Art by Sparth
If you’re confused, I understand. So let me explain. Back in February 2007, magicthegathering.com did “What If” week where they explored different paths that might have been taken to reach the current Magic we see today. During that week, one of the most compelling alternate histories I’ve ever seen was proposed—what if Magic had been sci-fi themed rather than fantasy themed? Thus was born Wizard’s self-parody, Space: The Convergence.
This seemed like such a cool idea that I thought perhaps one day it might actually be made into a real thing (if only as a small supplemental product or something along the lines of a silver-bordered un-set). And…here we are nearly seven years later and there’s pretty much no hope left for this idea going anywhere on Wizard’s end.
But I recently discovered Sparth’s Tumblr, full of sci-fi concept art for Halo and combined with a little inspirational assistance from some other fans of this Space:The Convergence idea, I went ahead and made the basic lands in the Space style.
Here’s a quick explanation of my stylistic choices for the Space mana symbols: Lux is crystal, Gelidine is air, Necroleum is oil, Carbos is a supersonic shockwave and Biolute is DNA.
So how did I do? And would you like to see Wizards make Space: The Convergence?
Those are cool replacements for the mana symbols.
Okay Tumblr, I see that this gif has caused a little bit of commotion by pointing out that Elsa’s braid “phases” or “clips” through her arm. Some people say that this is lazy while other’s justify it. However technical people get they ignore, from the posts I have seen anyway, addressing the possible reasons why the animators at Disney let this to the final cut of the movie.
Okay, the “phasing” or “clipping” of the hair is intentional. It wasn’t a mistake. Nor was it a product of lazy animators and directors. When looking at things like this you need to think of animation as a magic trick. It’s not real.
The first clue is how they position her shoulders when it happened:
Right before the dirty deed is done, Elsa is turned so that we can’t see the her hair flow through her shoulder while shooting arrows into the sunset.
The exact frame that her hair is in view, it has already performed its trick.
See? That’s the first clue.
The second clue is a bit more in depth and requires to look at the flow of animation and color closely.
We start out with:
Her head is just off center of the screen and is really bright compared to everything else. Naturally drawing our eyes to that spot.
Her hair bounces up making sure that our eyes focus on Elsa face and in the next few frames, her hands.
The hair is intentionally dropped behind the arm so our eyes don’t follow it and we REALLY focus on her face. Because right now it is the most important thing on the screen.
I wish I could style my hair this easily.
Here we are again! Take note that we have been basically following her left hand in our even if we can’t see it. It derives most of the focused motion in the shot.
Elsa’s left hand moves behind her head leading our focus back to her face. Having her also open her eyes at the same time also makes us want to look at her face and away from the trick that is happening.
And the magic trick is over. It is also important to note how her head has slowed down significantly and Elsa’s eyes lead our focus to her hand which stretches out to transition us to the next shot.
All in all, this must have been a carefully laid out shot that to be able not only look excellent but draw our notice away from a little trick/shortcut, and in the end made it a more powerful lead into the next shot.
I took my time to break this down because knowing the reason why Elsa is animated this way will give us a greater appreciation of the work. Because it really is fantastic.
Animation is a magic trick. Being the person who points out the misdirection doesn’t make you superior or smart. You just ruin the magic for everyone. Teaching the person the illusion shows respect and could lead to greater magic in the future.
From the tweets I read from someone who asked the lead animator about it at a college talk, it very much was done to preserve the flow of motion. They tried it a lot of different ways, but getting the braid over the shoulder broke up the movement too much. I bet that there was a hefty amount of arguments over doing it this way or not, but at the end of the day the consensus came down to cheating things a little to keep it looking smooth and unjostled.
To anyone bitching about “WELL THAT’S NOT HOW ANIMATION WORKS I’M AN ANIMATION STUDENT MY PROFS WOULD NEVER PUT UP WITH THIS” I hate to break it to you, but the real creative world is not school. Sometimes shortcuts happen, for a variety of reasons, and it’s not lazy or sloppy, it’s just the way things go sometimes. Your proffs wouldn’t put up with it because guess what: they’re teaching you how to make an application to a real job look the best that it can be. Once you’re in there, and discussions are happening, and executive decisions are made about what will make the project looks it’s best? It’s adult world and you do what you want.
Asked by Anonymous
Of course there are fanboys! :) in fact, some of my best friends are fanboys!
I’m not sure what you mean by “derision” (since I don’t feel like i’m trying to insult any fangirls in my videos, that’s definitely not my intention! Just good ol’ poking fun that people can actually relate to).
I guess the question you’re asking is why I don’t include fanboys in my videos.
Let’s start with- the future is ahead and has thousands of possibilities- I just totally might do that! :)
Anyway. I get that a lot. “What about the fanboys, hmm?”
Well, to this I usually answer- “Actually, what about the fangirls?”
The reason I made the first "fangirls" video is very much related to how, even this day, women aren’t nearly as significantly represented in the media as they should be. We’re getting there, but it’s simply not enough. And when it comes to Fangirls and Geek girls the situation is even worse- Almost nonexistent in the media (it took years before big bang acknowledged geek girls exist too, and they’re not nearly as fun as the other dudes), Accusations of “fake geek girls” everywhere, and when they do appear, they’re usually creepy, weird, too serious, or just an overly sexualized female geek the background in order for a girl to be there (i understand that’s not always the case, and you can find wonderful female geek/fangirl characters, but they’re just too little of them).
Men and Fanboys get loads of treatment in the media. There’s actually a Movie NAMED fanboys. Knights of badassom? Almost entirely dudes. That geeky larp scene in Role models? yep! also almost all dudes cast.
Even when there ARE girls they usually serve as a token minority (and women AREN’T EVEN a minority!) Or as a smurffette Principle character.
That’s usually the case with geeky scenes in lots of films, television, and other media representations.
I wanted to create an animated skit that has an all female cast (which is rare!) a good hearted comic situation that people can relate to Girls can look funny, girls can look goofy, they don’t have to just serve a purpose of token filling, love interest, or in worse cases the “normal” girls the geeks/fanboys have to woo or try to understand.
Later, the video became popular and thus a little series was created, starring these girls, a series named “Fangirls”. Because they are about them.
What you say btw is true- guys ARE usually accused of trolling. But that’s just because we still think of the default internet person as a guy. We need to change that! :)
This guy is the actual grossest. Lots of things are meant to stay in your head, and not travel the long and arduous road to your mouth. Or your hands! I can’t believe that groping one. Get a life.
Asked by Anonymous
Wow. you are the first person who I am kind of glad asked your question anonymously because I don’t want to know you.
as a reader of my work I want you to listen to me very carefully: you have major major issues. almost every line of your question reeks of complete misunderstanding of yourself as a man and of women in general.
it’s okay to find yourself more interested in something than others, of course it is, it’s okay to like Cyclops more than Jean Grey, but for you to draw the line at women characters not being interesting to you because you are a man or that you think I am being manipulated by some bitching women is really out there.
and as a reader of the X-Men whose entire philosophy is about tolerance and understanding… you are missing the point.