Even though it was just released a couple of days ago, you’ve probably already seen this because it has literally millions of views already. But here’s the scoop: a guy named Paul Johnson (also known as MightyOtaKing and OtaKing77077) spent the last four years basically single-handedly animating a seven-minute space battle set in the Star Wars universe, from the point of view of the TIE Fighters of the Empire. Bonus: it’s done in the style of old-school animé like Robotech and Starblazers!
Aside from the obvious awesomeness, there are some really cool technical things going on in this short. Johnson’s visualization of the interior of the TIE Fighter cockpits is actually a combination of the small amount we get to see in the movies with the 1994 LucasArts TIE Fighter video game display!
Johnson put a lot of care and thought into the film, including working up absurdly detailed character profiles and backstories for the four leads that get the most screen time in the film. You can peruse a PDF of them all (and extensive notes on the creation of the cockpits) at your leisure.
Flight Lieutenant Ada’s scar was apparently caused by a closet door.
You can also find the score for the film (by Zak Rahman) here:
I also appreciate how Johnson didn’t do any crowdfunding or anything like that in order to get this done. This was a labor of love and time, not a money-making scheme (though I’ve little doubt the offers will likely start rolling in after this). As he says:
Don’t support me on Patreon, because I don’t have one! And don’t donate to my Kickstarter, because I don’t have one of those either. Instead, if you enjoyed this, give someone at your workplace, uni, school or whatever a random bar of chocolate or can or Coke or something. Seriously, it’ll probably make their day.
That would totally make my day.
This film is proof that you don’t always need to seek funding to do something you love. Sometimes all you need is to put in the effort and time. Well, done, Paul. Well done.
Tomorrow (Friday) in a loose coincidence with Emerald City ComicCon, there is a very nerdy/geeky group of individuals who are going to join forces and put on one epic show for us!
Joel Jodgson, of MST3K fame!
Pat Rothfuss, be-bearded fantasy novelist
Paul & Storm, musical comedy
Marian Call, nerd jazz
Molly Lewis, ukulele geekiness
A Night of So Many Stars!
With a lineup like that I’m pretty sure that there is going to be quite a lot of content that I’m going to enjoy quite a lot. So I fully plan on being there. SO CAN YOU!
Nerds and Music: A Night with Joel Hodgson, Pat Rothfuss, and Paul & Storm in Seattle (Facebook event)
Friday, March 27th 8:00 PM
@ The Showbox
1426 1st Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
$22.00, All Ages! (tickets here)
Hey, you know Hoban Washburn Alan Tudyk, right? Well, he and his pal Malcolm Reynolds Nathan Fillion are making a show together! The premise might seem a little familiar: It’s about a couple of people who were on a prematurely-cancelled Science Fiction TV show that has a rabid cult following, and their adventures going to Science Fiction conventions.
CONVENTIONS… CONS… CON MAN. GET IT?
Anyway, rather than doing this show through a network (Wash Alan and Mal Nathan have “trust issues” as they put it), they’ve decided to make it into a webseries WITH OUR HELP!
In case you aren’t able or don’t want to watch the video (what the EFF is wrong with you), it basically goes over the premise I just told you about, and also has some fun cameos by some geek icons you might recognize, like Seth Green, Felicia Day, and Gina Torres!
Felicia considers her options.
Listen, if you read my blog you probably already know about this. And I probably don’t have to tell you to help fund it because it’s already like 516% funded. But I can tell you that I am excited for when this thing gets released in whatever form it gets released. Just watch this preview!
So there you go. Funny, funny stuffs from some of your favorite all-time people all together again and making us happy.
This Con Man isn’t out to cheat you. He’s out to TREAT you! (I’m sorry)
So, turns out Max Landis (son of famed filmmaker John Landis) is a pretty big fan of professional wrestling. And for some unknown reason he decided to do an oral retelling-slash-documentary of the entire career of professional wrestler Triple H… and then film recreations of it using an almost-all-female cast. The results are not 100% accurate, but they are pretty frikkin’ funny. It stars Chloe Dykstra as HHH and Ana Walczak as Shawn Michaels.
There is also a veritable who’s-who of cameos, from the Mythbusters to Seth Green and Macaulay Culkin. Anyway, just watch it if you’ve got a spare half-hour:
There are some events fudged around and some glossed over, but Landis makes some interesting points about the nature of character development and serial entertainment. Anyway, I enjoyed it. So shut up.
You can help BOTH of those things happen by pre-ordering his soon-to-be-finished upcoming album, The Sadness Will Last Forever! You can pay what you want for an album full of excellent, authentic country music. Like this sample (from his previous album, Alcohol and Isolation) here:
You know you want more o’ that. Three Ninjas is running a GoFundMe for this pre-order. Go there now and become overwhelmed with anticipation (until the end of the Month, when the album will prolly be released).