We’re going for a long arc, so the idea is to show a group of characters—we have pilots, functional jaegers, but we have all these younger characters. I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors—the guys that control the kaijus. We have a lot of leeway in 13 episodes and I wanna make it sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim, which is the ideal audience for Pacific Rim was young—very young, 11-year-olds and so forth—but with really beautiful design and stories that make these characters interesting in a way that I found them interesting in, for example, Year Zero, the graphic novel that we did. And I think that’s the basic thrust of the thing.”
“If it connects we’ll go on [to more seasons], but the thing is I don’t want it to be weekly adventures. I don’t want it to be like Chapter One is a little action thing and it gets resolved in 40 minutes or an hour and then the next episode, [it’s like] nothing happened. My favorite anime series always have a long arc.
|—||Guillermo Del Toro on the Pacific Rim animated series (via fyeahlilbit3point0)|
Q: We are stuck in a movie phase where our heroes are accidental heroes, or heroes by destiny and not through any quality they possess.
del Toro: [Pacific Rim] is old fashioned.
Q: This is definitely old fashioned. Can you talk about that, the kind of heroism you wanted to have in this movie?
del Toro: I really wanted it to be a very complicated movie that played very simple. I wanted to make an adventure movie where the sentiments of the characters are there, but they’re not the main obstacle to overcome. I told Charlie Hunnam when he came on, ‘I know actors like complex characters, but Raleigh has very few moving parts.’ He’s really a guy who wants to do good, he’s just afraid to trust someone else and have them die on him because he’ll feel it, like he did when his brother went. You better put spoilers here! But I said, that’s him. When he finds somebody he trusts he’s ready to be good. He’s not Hamlet, wondering if he can do it. I said to Rinko, ‘The two characters need to trust each other.’ You literally see Rinko lose her heart when she’s a child - she has a red object - and then the blue memory stains her hair. She’s carrying it with her. Then when they come together they become one inside the robot.
It’s a simple, earnest heroism. It’s not jingoistic, it’s not ideological, it’s purely humanistic. It’s about the world saving the world. I really needed characters who have good cores. Even the asshole in the movie, the guy you’re meant to hate, he’s a good guy.
Badass Interview: Guillermo del Toro gets Spoilery on Pacific Rim (x)
Goddamnit, this is why I love the movie so much and I think why several of my friends deride it. Fuck them. This is great.
Think but this, and all is mended:
That you have but slumbered here,
While these visions did appear;
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend.
If you pardon, we will mend.
|—||Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (via onlyshakespeare)|
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell’d skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in:
And with the juice of this I’ll streak her eyes,
And make her full of hateful fantasies.
Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove:
A sweet Athenian lady is in love
With a disdainful youth: anoint his eyes;
But do it when the next thing he espies
May be the lady: thou shalt know the man
By the Athenian garments he hath on.
Effect it with some care, that he may prove
More fond on her than she upon her love:
And look thou meet me ere the first cock crow.A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2, Scene 1
'In this bucket,' said Stephen, walking into the cabin,' in this small half-bucket, now, I have the population of Dublin, London and Paris combined: these animalculae - what is the matter with the sloth?' It was curled on Jack's knee, breathing heavily: its bowl and Jack's glass stood empty on the table. Stephen picked it up, peered into its affable, bleary face, shook it, and hung it upon its rope. It seized hold with one fore and one hind foot, letting the others dangle limp, and went to sleep.
Stephen looked sharply round, saw the decanter, smelt the sloth, and cried, ‘Jack, you have debauched my sloth.’
- H.M.S. Surpise, Patrick O’Brian
|—||O´Brian, Patrick. Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin series, book 1. (via svartur-kottur)|
‘Why,’ said Stephen, ‘I am obliged to you for the sight of it, sure.’
‘But it does raise you heart, you know, whatever you may say,’ said Jack. ‘It raises it a hundred feet above the deck. Ha, ha — I can get out a good thing now and then, given time — oh ha, ha, ha! You never smoked it — you was not aware of my motions.’
When Jack was as amused as this, so intensely amused throughout his whole massive being, belly and all, with his scarlet face glorious and shining and his blue eyes darting mirth from their narrowed slits, it was impossible to resist. Stephen felt his mouth widen involuntarily, his diaphragm contract, and his breath beginning to come in short thick pants.
In which Jack forces that odd creaking laugh out of Stephen quite undeservedly
HMS Surprise by Patrick O’Brian
they’re like mini-island turtles holy shit
the pic wasn’t loading but i knew it was gonna be a pic a giant lion turtle
If video games have taught me anything, I’m supposed to jump on that.
"Darkness moves a flipper and Great A’Tuin, star turtle, swims onward through the void.
On its back, four giant elephants. On their shoulders, rimmed with water, glittering under its tiny orbiting sunlet, spinning majestically around the mountains at its frozen Hub, lies the Discworld, world and mirror of worlds.”
internet friends are kinda like illegally downloaded friends. you don’t get the physical copy but you still get all the great content
: I have to ask. Anything you can say about Iroh's experiences after Lu Ten's death and before he returned home to the Fire Nation capitol?
Michael Dante DiMartino
: He definitely had a 'walkabout', if you will, where he left the battlefield and had some sort of journey throughout the world after Lu Ten's death and before he returned to the Fire Nation.
: We're seeing Iroh in his golden years, when he's been softened by loss which has changed his perspective on what's important to him and what's important in life. As we've shown and had talked about, he was once aserious
military giant, a very capable general, and he was very fierce. To me he's such an interesting character because a lot of times people find themselves in situations which they happen to be very good at. He was born into this very powerful, aggressive family and just so happened to have a gift and the strength for it. But not all people are just one way, and he certainly had this gentle, kind side which appreciated life, all forms of life, and he could appreciate all cultures. If you look back on the great swordmasters of Asian history, a lot of them were artists, poets, masters of tea ceremony, actors, and the like. So I think when he lost something really near and dear, he went on a spiritual journey. He was lost and that other part of him was calmed. It's not gone, it's just not the most important thing to him anymore.
: So he was a very different man before the death of Lu Ten.
Yeah. He was never a cruel man. But he was very good at what he did, and it was the role he was supposed to play. He went along with it, very successfully.
If you’re no longer making money at cons, either stop going or refocus. It’s not other peoples’ fault that your business model no longer caters to them.
I’ll repeat what I said on Twitter in the wee small hours:- I don’t think it’s a complex question. People who sit behind a table making no attempt to engage people are going to play second fiddle to any fan who’s literally wearing their enthusiasm on their sleeve.
The idea cosplayers should feel bad about displaying their love for the medium they support and sharing that love with other people is awful. If you want to have successful shows, creators, try showing a tenth as much love and creativity in a similarly obvious way. Move with the times. Engage people. If you want to sell, be a salesperson.
That’s an oversimplification, but those who have tables at cons, whether indie creators or businesses like Mile High, need to remember that people who attend have no obligation to spend money with them. I may not be the average con attendee, but when I attend a con, what I feel I’m paying for is the panels and the opportunity to speak to guests. That’s all I’m getting for the price of my ticket. Everything else, from artists to retailers to publishers to actors charging for photos or an autograph are there for one reason - to sell me stuff. And I get to choose what I spend my money on.
Honestly, what cosplayers do is add value to a con. It’s great to see people in costume (and to be seen). It’s, essentially, a free show within the ticket cost. The idea that cosplayers are killing cons? The opposite. In a lot of cases, cosplayers are what keep cons going.
Because the one thing I don’t attend cons for? People selling me stuff. Sure, it’s nice to have a one-stop-shop for all my geeky needs, and I appreciate all the artists attending selling their works, but I don’t feel obligated to buy anything after already paying for entry to the show. It’s a crass comparison, but I don’t expect to be charged entry to a market.
Truth is, after getting through the door, most of us don’t have much money to spend. Just lead us to the free stuff.
And the finance aspect aside, people just love cosplayers. Because cosplayers are awesome. Cosplayers are the very epitome of what cons should be. A bunch of people getting together, being incredibly creative and sharing love, creativity and enthusiasm. When artists and creators at cons do the same it’s the best atmosphere ever.
What cons shouldn’t be is a bunch of tables of people who just want my cash.