i really dont want to be one of those people who goes “well if you didnt like this movie then you just didnt get it” but i really do think that most of the people who didn’t like pacific rim just didn’t get it
also, while I was stranded without internet, I started planning a Pacific Rim/Soul Eater AU that ended up eating my brain and becoming much more detailed than intended, so
Mako is born a Weapon but suppresses her true form and chose to train as a Meister in honor of her parents. Takes the form of a sword (because come on, she was steel, forged and folded, brought to a lethal edge and polished - a weapon against the enemy that had helped forge her just calls up the mental image of Mako with Danger’s chain-sword protruding from her arm)
Raleigh used to fight as a Weapon-Meister team with his brother until Yancy’s death. He was able to defend himself and finish the fight thanks to his ability to fight to an extent as an autonomous Weapon (not sure about what form he takes yet?).
Stacker likewise is capable of solo combat, I’m thinking a dagger of some sort? Has teamed up with Herc in the past and helped Mako with controlling her Weapon form.
Herc is a Meister and has more recently teamed up with Chuck who, however, feels ambiguous about his Weapon status (missile form seems like an obvious choice) and would rather train as a Meister like Mako.
Sasha is the Meister of the Kaidanovsky team, Aleksis takes the form of a massive flail that’s about the size of her head.
The triplets are identical Weapons (like the Thompsons in Kid’s team) as some kind of bladed projectile weapons, reminiscent of Crimson’s rotating claws. In fights they switch forms and roles so that one is always handling the other two.
Newt is a Dr Stein kind of Meister, deemed too weird for anyone to want to team up with him. Hermann is a Weapon, but his disability manifests itself in his Weapon form (undecided as of yet, but I like the idea of Newt incorporating Hermann’s cane in his fight technique somehow) in unexpected ways that make him difficult to control.
I suppose the kaiju would be kinda analogous to Kishin in this AU (hive mind is Madness?), as well as Soul Resonance being the equivalent of the Drift. Idk, is there a PacRim fic meme somewhere where I can just drop this and see if anyone bites (or if someone’s already written something similar to this)?
pacific rim: a summer blockbuster in which empathy is more important than physical brawn, in which defending the lives of innocent civilians is more important than a demonstration of military might, in which a woman of color is given a complex arc and backstory, and in which a scientist with a disability helps save the world.
Imagine growing up in a place where you don’t exist. You watch TV, you read books, and you never see anyone like you. You look around and see lots of different people, on TV, in advertisements, in books, in films, but you never see someone like yourself. You know there must be someone out there like you, but you don’t have any proof. When people ask you what you are, they don’t believe you when you tell them, because they’ve never seen it, either.
Yesterday Rob Minkoff, director of Mr. Peabody and Sherman (as well as THE LION KING!) visited our campus for a presentation and Q&A. Check out his IMDB profile. It was a PACKED room with tons of energy and excitement. Below are some notes from the event.
Rob worked on Mr. Peabody and Sherman for 12 years! He spent 2005-2011 getting the ideas ready, and into a place where all the right parties approved, and then green lit the project.
He had a great teacher at Disney, Bill Moore, that wouldn’t tell you what you did wrong; he would just unpin your drawing from the wall and reverse it so you couldn’t see it, or take it off the wall completely. This teacher intentionally caused the students to struggle in order to force them into problem solving. He asked ‘What did I teach you?’ Students would respond with answers like design, color, shapes, etc. but the correct answer was ‘I taught you to think’. It turned out that it was all about the process, and problem solving, and trial and error, in order to think through the project.
When talking about Cal Arts he mentioned this article from Vanity Fair.
Question and Answer
Is 2d extinct?
At first Rob was resistant to digital but it works for a reason. 2d was always trying to have the illusion of space/depth/perspective. The environment would ‘suck you in’. However, there was a school of thought that said that the natural state of 2d was to be flat and by attempting to be perspective and to have depth, defied its natural state. There might have been an easy transition into 3d because 3d has perspective and depth by nature. That being said there are two 2d features in the Oscars this year, Ernest and Celestine, and The Wind Rises. Also, older 2d shows like Rocky, were made on a budget and it had to be simple and flat because of the limitations of the budget. Budgets for films are much bigger these days, and with a bigger budget you can focus on the content that you want to show, and choose the medium that best suits that content.
How did you go from animator to director?
He tried to always form an opinion on the boards, or character designs he was looking at. No matter what was being looked at he tried to analyze if he liked it or not, or could it improve. In all the meetings he made sure he took that critical approach no matter what scene or shot or design was being looked at.
What trends are growing in animation?
Animation is still unexplored in terms of stories, style, and tones. Animation is still growing to new audiences and as long as there is an audience for it, animation will grow. It may be moving more towards lower budget, low risk projects. If one of these low budget low risk projects becomes a hit, it’s a big deal.
Can you describe a usual day for a director?
Every day look at the story reel, or pre-vis reel. Watch them with the music and with the sound effects and voices and improve it every day. Keep looking at the work and making improvements until its done.
HE SIGNED A POSTER!
HE SIGNED THIS POSTER, TOO!
And he drew ROGER RABBIT on the spot, on the back of the poster!!!
Rob was gracious enough to sign some autographs for students after the event.
SIMBA AND BASIL! The audience went crazy when he drew these on the board.
Rob spoke to a PACKED room…this shot shows one half of the audience.
Speaking of drawing on the board, Jon Dege’s Writing for Animation class created a whiteboard MURAL featuring characters from Rob’s films. This thing is DENSE with detail.
This is how Rob responded:
What a great guy! Our thanks again to Rob for stopping by and providing such amazing inspiration!