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An Update Regarding the ‘What You Should Know’ Series in 2017!

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Hello RotoReaders!

If it wasn’t obvious from the header, this is me stepping out from behind the wizard’s curtain to give you an update on what to expect from the What You Should Know series in 2017!

I should preface this update by saying that this year, the structure of the articles will look a little different. Specifically, I’m really putting in a concerted effort to shake up the formula and give readers a more dynamic reading experience. With that being said, let’s run down the list of changes being made to WYSK:

1. The opening sentence is being rewritten entirely, partially with respect to the fact that I now have a different module for how the article will be published.

2. Instead of releasing on the day before or the day of the film’s release, the articles will now have a   targeted window for publication. Basically, the articles may come out as early as 4-5 days before release or 3-4 days after release. If, for any reason, I’m unable to get out an article within that timeframe, I do have a back-up in mind.

3. Expect more guest appearances by other RotoWriters. If there are any RotoReaders who would like to pitch in, I can arrange that (see me in the comment section!).

4. Trailers will now be attached at the beginning of each article. These will usually be the final trailers released for each respective film.

5. Here’s a big one: there will now be discussion articles accompanying every WYSK article (they will be referred to as ‘WYSK discussion’ articles). In the same vein of last year’s successful discussion pieces for Sausage Party and Kubo, these articles will allow you, the reader, a chance to voice your own thoughts on the movie. These articles will come in ‘non-spoiler’ and ‘spoiler’ versions and will be published the week after their respective WYSK article and about five days apart from each other.

6. The back-up I mentioned? In the event that I’m unable to get a WYSK article out there, the discussion articles will be published instead.

In a nutshell, these are the changes that will be made for future WYSK articles. The reasons for these are twofold: updating the current model in order for articles to be more fun for me to write and for you to read!

The changes go into effect starting with this month’s WYSK article on DreamWorks’ Boss Baby. Soon, I will be posting (spoiler) discussion articles for the films I didn’t get to cover for WYSK: Illumination Entertainment’s Sing and Warner Animation Group’s The LEGO Batman Movie.

Sound off below: What would you like to see in future WYSK articles? 

Edited by: Hannah Wilkes

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About Brandon Smith

Brandon is your average nerd with a love for nerdy things (games, comics, anime/manga, etc.). He also loves reading and writing and plans to be an author someday. For now, he writes with passion and curiosity about the world of animation. He lives with his family in North Carolina and is currently attending college.
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  • Manuel Orozco

    I’ll try and look forward to some articles! Anything specific I would like to see is fun facts possibly found in the movie’s production notes.

    • brandon

      I already cover those facts in the ‘Brief History’ and ‘Important Stuff To Know’ sections of the articles.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Sorry my bad I’m out of certain ideas

  • brandon

    NOTE: The poll at the end there is a simple gauge for me to determine whether or not there’s demand for me to cover the live-action Beauty and the Beast as a special WYSK article.

    At the end of the day, the number of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ votes will decide if it happens or not. If you want one, great. The changes mentioned in the article above will go into effect starting with a special WYSK article on Beauty and the Beast. If not, the changes will happen as planned.

  • Marielle

    I think the comment section of the WYSK article should serve as the spoiler-free discussion. Then you only need to post one more article for the spoiler discussion. There’s no point in having three WYSK articles for every movie and there’s no point in posting a spoiler-free discussion so late after the movie’s already been released.

    • brandon

      You raise some good points.

      Judging by the current poll above, it looks like I’m going to do a Beauty and the Beast WYSK article (unless I get a flood of NO votes in the next hour).

      On that article, I may attach another poll asking if readers only want the spoiler discussion pieces. Anybody who’s seen the movie can discuss it on the main article WITHOUT spoiling the film.

      I can’t promise anything, but it’s a change that I’m strongly considering.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’m thinking we should only have spoiler free discussions

        • brandon

          Can’t have one without the other. If I go with Marielle’s suggestion, the comment sections of the main WYSK articles would function as spoiler-free discussion threads.

          I’m really leaving it up to readers to decide what they want. Do you want spoiler-free discussion articles on to go with the spoiler ones ore do they want to talk about the movie on the WYSK articles without spoiling a movie.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Very well

    • Manuel Orozco

      I agree with you

    • brandon

      Sorry, Marielle. The people have spoken and they want to keep the non-spoiler articles.

      • Marielle

        No need to say sorry, it was just a suggestion to lessen your workload, not something that makes any difference for me 😛

        • brandon

          Well, my workload is already pretty dense, so an added article or two dosen’t bother me 😉

  • Jeremiah

    My ears perked up when I read the “Rotoreaders can pitch in” part… eyes. Eyes don’t perk up. Whatever.

  • brandon

    UPDATE: The people have spoken…

    The live-action Beauty and the Beast will be getting a special WYSK article (in a first for the series). Watch this space…