As one of our class assignments, I created a Twitter Bot, The Malted Falcon. I initially got the idea about taking a famous movie quote and replacing a word with something else. I consulted AFI’s “100 Years…100 Movie Quotes” and decided to use the famous quote from The Maltese Falcon, “The stuff that dreams are made of.” Last year, I read the book for class, and although I haven’t seen the movie all the way through, this quote is definitely representative of the theme of the book. I started thinking that if I changed “dreams” to a different word, it would change the quote, but still make it recognizable enough. My first thought was that it’d be funny to change it to names of recipes. I tried to find a list of recipes on Food Network’s website, but was unsuccessful. After some Internet searching, I came across a PDF of all the recipes from Alton Brown’s show Good Eats. I fiddled with the formatting and eventually was able to put the first 52 or so recipes into my bot’s vocabulary so that it would replace “dreams.” From there, I needed to change the name of my Twitter Bot. The first thing that came to mind was “The Malted Falcon” – part food, part movie. I’m pretty happy with what my bot has tweeted so far. I might add more to its vocabulary in the future, but so far I think it’s doing pretty well!
I’ve started work on my final project! Here’s the proposal I wrote up for it:
For my final project, I have decided to make Twitter accounts for the characters in the 1985 movie Clue. The tentative title for this project is “Character Clues.” This movie is based on the popular board game and is a murder mystery. The plot of the film takes place over a period of a few hours one night during a dinner party. There are fourteen characters in all. I will create accounts for each character and then proceed to tweet as them in the course of the movie. This will create the effect of the characters “live-tweeting” during the events of the evening. I intend to use these accounts to enhance the viewing experience of this movie by giving viewers a closer look at the personalities of the characters. I will collate the accounts either through a public list on my own Twitter account or through the use of Storify which I will then post on my website. After the project is over, I will write up an essay that reflects on my experience in creating the accounts.
I started making the accounts tonight…until Twitter discovered me. I’ve made 11 accounts so far, and I still need to make accounts for The Motorist, The Cook, and the Chief. These are more minor characters, but they definitely have significance in the overall plot. I’m pretty excited about this project, as it will give me ample opportunity to watch “Clue,” one of my favorite movies, multiple times. But first, I must finish making all the Twitter accounts! And figure out how to work TweetDeck…anyone know anything about it?