I’ve been asked a few different times how I come up with the captions that appear under the images in my posts. Usually it’s just a matter of picture association, whatever comes to mind. That’s a boring answer, so I’ve decided to give you a peek into my “process” by using my recent Into the Storm review to illustrate.
I like to break my paragraphs up with images, so I write out what I want to say (using those prehistoric things called “pen” and “paper”) then go back through and make a note of what kind of image I want to insert for each break. Sometimes I’ll have a specific gif or screen-cap already in mind, while other times it’s just a mood that I’m looking for. In the writing of the ITS post it was the latter, which meant I would have to rely on Google images because I don’t have that many ITS images saved yet.
In the first paragraph, I end with the claim that the movie didn’t scare me. much. So I thought about what scene I found the most frightening. It was the High School hallway at the beginning of the movie. How many times in my youth did I moan and groan during tornado drills? Sitting/kneeling in the school hallway, facing towards the wall or away from it-depending on what the statistics deemed was safest that year, with a large battered text book over my head. Ugh. If I had only seen what a real tornado could do to a school hallway, I would have practiced those drills gladly! After finding a picture of that scene, I transferred the sentiment into the caption:
Donnie pulling at my heartstrings was the subject I wanted to highlight for the next paragraph. I searched for a good screen capture of the character and then was just simply honest about my growing interest in Max Deacon:
I initially had the family hug in the rain scene in mind for the next break but while looking through images, I found one of Trey and Donnie together that I really liked. I chose to plug that picture in here, but I was having a difficult time coming up with a caption. Trey and Donnie are talking to each other, which is the perfect opportunity for me to insert in a smart-ass comment about their dad, but my mind was blank. I tried to get inside their heads, thinking of things I might have said about my own dad at that age. Thus the reference to the Fresh Prince, because Parents Just Don’t Understand…
I needed an image that illustrated a lull in the storm for the next paragraph. When I saw Gary with a dog, I just had to use it! because: Armitage dog vs. cat debate. A cat will hide for days after a scare, while a dog will put itself right back in the same situation. Since there are no cats wandering around the streets, I think that’s a clue that the danger hasn’t passed yet:
The next paragraph was about being star-struck by the storm; I searched for an image that fit that idea. Sarah Wayne Callies previously starred in The Walking Dead, so I worked in a tagline from the series, “don’t look back”:
I wanted a screen-cap of Jeremy Sumpter for the next part. I was surprised to learn during promos that he was in a version of Peter Pan that my kids used to watch. Mom often urged them to watch the movie because she found that particular version of Peter oddly enticing but didn’t want to admit this out loud, because Peter was a child and that would be creepy. Anyways… when I saw Jeremy’s “moment” in Into the Storm at the cinema, I couldn’t help the several smart-ass comments about Pixie Dust that ran through my head. I didn’t want to spoil that part of the movie in my review though, so I chose to modify a Peter Pan quote instead:
The Titus is a bad-ass vehicle. Who else likes to drive bad-ass vehicles? Batman.done.
The Scene of the school buses driving away from the very large and very menacing tornado was another picture that I saved while looking for other things. I think the image is eerily beautiful and was the second scariest scene for me from the movie. When I mentioned Shakespeare, I knew my caption should be a verse or quote. “To be or not to be” is one of the most famous. They’re all fleeing from the tornado…
The last image I needed was of someone from the movie looking scared or shocked. When I saw the picture of Nathan/Trey with camera in hand, I immediately thought of his ICarly character. The villains on that show were Neville (who is utterly enjoyable) and Nora:
And that’s that. This is how I put together a post, often changing half the text and sometimes even the whole focus as I’m typing it into the blog :P
Genius cannot be forced.
**It saddens me to report the sudden passing of my “Armitage Army cannot keep calm” pen while writing this post. It served me well.