Random thoughts from a cynical optimist.
Okay, I know we’ve been down this road before.
The thing about love is that it can make you do stupid things. I know, I was a teenager for about six years, what do you think happened?
And these stupid things can run the gamut, from simply not learning to let go, to getting overly-excited and scaring the other off, or not understanding that they’re just not into you until it’s way too late for…
I’ve mentioned before that one of my favourite movies is Contagion. A film all about a deadly pandemic and the impact it has on society and the world at large.
People die, others panic, and it all hits the fan. The film covered the event from every conceivable angle, including the perspective of a nutbar conspiracy theorist who creates more panic, and additional riots, over some type of miracle…
Haven’t we been down this road before?
The most important thing to remember about celebrations, like birthdays and anniversaries, and weddings, and other things, is to remember who they’re for. It’s not about the host, it’s about the guest of honour. It’s important to remember that, otherwise you’re just jerking off.
And there’s no better jerker than Pinkie Pie, who plans celebrations based on…
I DONT THINK PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW HARD ANIMATORS WORK
WHAT BUGS ME MOST IS WHEN ANY ANIMATED MOVIE BECOMES FAMOUS (DISNEY, PIXAR, ANIME’S, AND TV SHOWS) THE WRITER GETS 99.9999% OF THE CREDIT.
DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO DRAW THE SAME CHARACTER SLOWLY MOVING 24 TIMES- ONLY TO MAKE ONE SECOND OF ANIMATION?
HOW MANY SKETCHES THEY MADE?
PEOPLE NEED TO APPRECIATE ANIMATORS MORE.
I completely agree, animators need more credit. That being said, writers need even more.
To be quite honest, when a new episode of, let’s say, My Little Pony, is released, the quality is not determined by the animation, but the writing.
A great episode has its foundation in its writing. Without a great script, the rest of the episode can’t hold up. You can have the greatest animation team in the world, and even the greatest voice actors. But without a great script, you’re lost.
However, without decent animators, or voice actors, even a great script can result in a bad episode.
But generally, animation done well is not noticed. Animation done badly, is. The same goes with acting. But generally, in Hollywood, writers never get enough credit for their work. Take any film, Pacific Rim for instance. It stars Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, the ugly guy from Torchwood, and it’s directed by the one, and only, Guillermo del Toro, of Hellboy fame. Everyone knows this! Now! Who wrote it? Who wrote the script?
Without a great script, that film would’ve been terrible, even with the stellar cast and star director. Yet I don’t remember any of the film marketing saying, Written by this guy!
By the way, it was Travis Beacham, who also wrote Clash of the Titans. Guillermo del Toro also worked on it, but that’s beside the point.
I guess my point is, Everyone deserves credit, but writers never get enough. Animators also get the shaft, but that’s only because we generally don’t notice that stuff, and they don’t really get much creative control. They follow design guides, and have to read off of storyboards. It’s hard work, but you don’t hear people complaining about the gaffers getting too little credit.
Let’s just keep things in perspective.
I can’t help it though! ;A;
It’s too fuuuuuuuun.
But yeah, I should probably calm down with the revisions. It’s just that I feel like the stuff I’ve written when I was 14 isn’t as good as it should be. They feel outdated and too loosely tied.
Really, all the key things I’ve changed are: the name of the wing disorder, SB’s cutie mark story (which hasn’t been revealed publicly in detail yet), and the Spike saga (which also wasn’t explained in full detail). And all these were part of the Rev 3 rewrite last December.
At least, all this extra writing isn’t as bad as it was in 2012. And I made it through one whole year without scrapping everything is starting a fourth revision. That must be a good sign, right?
I’m gonna promise right here and right now: No more radical changes from here on out.
I’ll admit, I’ve sorta fallen into the same trap myself. Most of the stories I’ve written have been Jossed (contradicted by canon) more than once. Besides the obvious Princess Twilight thing, we have Rainbow becoming a bookworm (which sorta contradicts a line I wrote in My Little Destiny, that Rainbow wasn’t much of a reader before the start of the story), the introduction of Shining Armor (which contradicts an implication I wrote in My Little Destiny, that Twilight only has a younger brother), and most recently, the introduction of A. K. Yearling, author of Daring Do (which contradicts the introduction of Spring Orchard, Fluttershy’s Grandmother and the original author of Daring Do in With Rainbow Hair), and the official establishment of Scootaloo’s lack of flying skills (while she learns to fly in With Rainbow Hair).
But some of the minor contradictions in My Little Destiny, I’ve tried to ignore, and pretend that it’s closer to canon. Which is probably not on. Part of me wants to go back and fix that. Part of me wants to alter earlier chapters to match canon.
However, the compulsion to go over my old work is one I have to resist.
I’m glad someone asked this.
YES! Always yes! Primarily because, I’m not allowed to say ‘no.’