Thursday, July 16, 2009
I think it is a good question. I myself generally root for the villains in a storyline. They are more interesting all the way around. They have the bigger weapons, they have the cooler items, and they have the crazy monsters that always make things more interesting. Essentially they are insanely overpowered yet the "good" guy always finds a way to defeat them. I would like a surprise every now and then. Say you are watching a movie, and all of a sudden the hero dies. Wouldn't that throw you for a loop? I have found that American cinema is typical for the happy endings. Everybody loves a happy ending, including myself. It makes you feel good, like life doesn't suck and anything is possible. It is a good feeling, but logically things don't always turn out that way. In real life the bad guys win much more, unfortunately. It seems lately that in movies, the good guys ALWAYS win. You get desensitized to that. The happy ending is expected, not enjoyed. I think we should inject a little unpredictability into our entertainment and let Megatron win, just once. I want a happy ending just as much as anyone else, but a little variety never hurts, much.
Monday, July 06, 2009
I have considered my options and have decided on the next couple of steps before I begin designing new work again. Promotion has been on my mind and I think I might have a few good ideas, but we shall see how they go. For one, I am going to send a Robotagami to G4's Attack of the Show and see if they will mention me for a freebie. That would be great. I also plan on sending one to the technology blog Geekologie to see if I can bribe them into mentioning me as well. I think if I could get mentioned by these two entities it might be fruitful. The last, but not least is to send a design submission to the Museum of Modern Art Design Store. They sell some really creative designs by other artists at their store and I think some of my work would fit in quite well there. All the while I shall be finishing my current Robotagami orders and updating my website. I think I might also start a Robotagami of the Month club and give away one a month to anyone who joins my email list or follows my blog. Stay tuned for all of these new developments.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Well, like any other fanboy out there or random person that saw the movie, I have to offer up my opinion. I have to say that I didn't go to the Transformers movie expecting much. I went to the first one expecting the world and I was sorely disappointed. I have watched Transformers since I was 5 years old and that leaves 22 years of expectations to build. I have to say that I feel that this movie was more loyal to some of the characters than I expected. They actually featured Soundwave as a satellite which I thought was a smart modern adaptation to his character. Boom boxes are not necessarily the rage any more. He even launched a jaguar/cat creature to earth to do his bidding which I thought was reminiscent of his old minions. People have said that the plot was lacking, but energon was all they were ever after in the cartoon, besides each other. I truly enjoyed this movie better than the first, maybe because expectations had come down to realistic levels. I was prepared for the campy humor, the injected love story, and the possible product placement. For me personally, it's all about the robots. I always secretly wished that the Transformers in the cartoon would step on the human sidekicks because they seemed gratuitous to the storyline. Unfortunately, people have to be part of story lines to make it "relatable." I did get my secret wish fulfilled sort of in the opening scene by "The Fallen." All in all, I saw some really cool Transformer designs, it had a decent story for me, and they were a little more loyal to the original cartoon. So, you could say I truly liked it.