WIP #3 This step is to help me quickly figure out the lighting before I go on to color. Normally it’s not part of my painting process, but I think it’ll help everyone look unified in the end.
"The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kind. "
"If there is one simple principle that is central to making any story more powerful, it is simply this: Raise the stakes. "
An excerpt from my current project, Fearless.
blindness - metric | girl with one eye - florence & the machine | leave my body - florence & the machine | something’s wrong - pretty lights | comeback - redlight king | soldier on - the temper trap | ready to start - arcade fire | the libertine - patrick wolf | trout heart replica - amanda palmer & the grand theft orchestra | dilaudid - the mountain goats | wilderland - anais mitchell | my songs know what you did in the dark - fall out boy | the lightning strike - snow patrol | old skin - olafur arnalds & arnor dan —— listen @ 8 tracks
"Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. "
Lechowski’s film, titled R’ha, is a fully computer animated six-minute short that you won’t believe was made by just one student.
This was animated by ONE student.SOMEONE PLEASE PICK MY JAW UP OFF THE FLOOR
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”
This is the the quintessential Trek manifesto. It has narrated many of the Star Trek incarnations. It speaks about unexplored barriers, breaking through norms, and adventuring into the unknown. The new. The unexpected. And being unafraid of those things. Tackling them with devotion and acceptance. Star Trek, at it’s core, is about trying new things.
Star Trek Into Darkness did none of these things.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the 2009 Star Trek and I really enjoyed Star Trek Into Darkness. It was a fun film with a wonderful cast. It was, technically, a well crafted action film. But it traded the essence of Star Trek for a helpless homage, perhaps a marketing ploy to get the older generations back into the series. To be honest, it backfired.
Devoted Trekkies are familiar with the original Trek films. The most prominent being The Wrath of Khan. The film is essentially a followup to the series episode “Space Seed”. In “Space Seed”, Khan is similarly revived (having been frozen after wreaking havoc in the 1990s in a eugenics war) and tries to take over the Enterprise. In The Wrath of Khan, after Kirk exiled Khan and his people, Khan takes revenge for the deaths of his family. In the process, while Khan is killed, Spock dies in the engine room from radiation poisoning.
Any of this sound familiar? Haven’t seen The Wrath of Khan? Hmmm. I wonder how that could be.
Perhaps the writers of Star Trek Into Darkness wanted to pay tribute to the beloved films of the past. Perhaps they wanted to preserve the Trek story line and repurpose it for a younger generation. Perhaps they just wanted to play with the same story in a new way. All valid ideas in their own way, I suppose. But is this not lazy? Is this not disappointing to those who had hoped to see a younger more relevant Star Trek?
The thing that made the original series so incredible, specifically during it’s time period, was that the show itself held up the Enterprise manifesto. Some of the earliest most controversial moments in television (such as the first interracial kiss) happened on Star Trek. Star Trek wasn’t afraid to break the societal norms. Yes, it was campy, but it was also incredibly thought provoking and well written. The people on and off camera were actively trying to change the way stories were told through this unconventional show. Star Trek undoubtedly boldly went where no man had gone before. Perhaps not in the universe, but in societal convention. Told through metaphor and symbolism, barriers were broken through the TV screen.
Star Trek Into Darkness tragically did none of this. Let’s forget for a moment that they cast Khan, an originally an Indian character (where they kept most every other character in the series in tact), into a British white man. Not that it isn’t important, but for now I’m just focusing on the story. Star Trek Into Darkness recycled the same story line from Star Trek II and repackaged it. Yes, the character development for Spock and Kirk was nice. But let’s examine the premise of the FIRST Star Trek reboot. The 2009 incarnation created an entirely new universe for the characters we know and love to exist in. None of the same rules apply to this Spock and this Kirk and this Uhura and this Bones as the ones in the original series. Their adventures can be completely new and so can their villains. But instead of taking this concept and running with it and making the new universes’ villains as relevant to this generation as the original series’ villains were, the writers decided to make a generic remake.
This goes against the entire Trek manifesto that Kirk speaks at the end of the film. I remember sitting in the theater and thinking to myself how shameful it sounded. I enjoyed the film, yes, but I was also incontrovertibly disappointed. As a general Trek fan, I wanted to see them do something NEW. Something relevant. And they just didn’t. Perhaps it was easier that way. But Star Trek Into Darkness was nothing of what I wanted from the reboot sequel. If I’d wanted to watch The Wrath of Khan again, I would have pulled it off my DVD shelf.
I can only hope if the franchise gets another film they do better with the next one.