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Re-Imagining: Maleficent by jarredspekter
Re-Imagining: Maleficent
This movie had an interesting concept, but the execution I felt was poor in terms of story. The casting and costumes and computer animation looks fantastic, but this wasn't so much the untold story of Maleficent so much as a complete reworking of the classic Disney film this movie supposedly pays deference to, casting Maleficent as the hero. 
That's not an examination of the villain and their motives. That's just changing the story to make the bad guy a good guy (or gal in this case) and at least to me as a fan of the original film this seemed like a betrayal of what that movie was about. The rewriting to make the three fairies idiots and Prince Phillip useless came across as a mockery of the classic animated film, not an additional chapter to it.
So here I tried to tie in Maleficent's possible backstory into the original animated film with a lot more faithfulness to the characters I saw there. Maleficent doesn't start out as a villain, but she does end up that way. I'm not sure why Maleficent even needed to retell Sleeping Beauty (which already existed) so instead my version ends where that movie begins. I wanted to examine what drove Maleficent to become the cruel and vindictive 'mistress of all evil' by her own admission rather than try and excuse all of her actions. Stefan too instead of making him a pointlessly heartless and thoughtless character I attempted to provide more motivation for that again don't excuse his actions but puts them in a different perspective. To all villains, except perhaps the truly depraved, their actions are seen as necessary or just.
That was the idea I wish had been explored in the film and which I tried to explore in my reimagining.
The name Maleficent seemed kind of silly for an ordinary fairy to have before being evil so I tried to provide an explanation for how that name came to be.
Also I wanted to bring back the three fairies I knew and loved from Sleeping Beauty: Flora, Fauna and Merriwhether. They're not exactly untarnished, but they're not hopeless idiots either just to make Maleficent look good.
I hope it's interesting!
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Ed Edd and Eddy Dark Contract Title Design by jarredspekter
Ed Edd and Eddy Dark Contract Title Design
A request for :iconedthesupersaiyan: to accompany his fan-fiction tale featuring our three favorite cul-de-sac nere-do-wells, although grown up and embroiled in a supernatural conspiracy.
I tried to capture the look of the show but go for a darker tone as was requested.  
If there's any adjustments or suggestions to make this closer to the requesters vision, please ask!
Also I might include a link to the (as yet unfinished) fan-fiction if that would be appreciated.
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Re-Imagining: Sonic Boom Rise of Lyric by jarredspekter
Re-Imagining: Sonic Boom Rise of Lyric
I had to at least try.
Even people who acknowledge the design of this game/tv show as interesting have to admit that the story (not to mention the half-finished, buggy gameplay) didn't do the Sonic license any favors. Sonic Boom was supposed to be a reboot which reintroduced the characters we loved but with a new style and some new ideas, and it only really ended up making another bad game and another forgettable cartoon. It's not all bad ideas, it was just a combination of rushing the product, condescending to a child audience, and not providing any depth at all that made this reboot suffer.
So I ended up going back to the comics/original games for inspiration and this time left out the darker ideas of SATAM in favor of a more classic approach to the universe of Sonic using locations like South Island and the original explanation as to how Sonic got his speed (with a little twist) and how Robotnik went from a mild mannered scientist to a mad dictator.

If this was a basis for a game the opening part about Dr. Robotnik isn't necessary to include in the game itself, but if there was at least a little depth to the association between Sonic and Robotnik I think it would make their rivalry that much more meaningful. I also tried to make Lyric more interesting by trying out something I wish a lot more stories would try: make him the hidden villain who manipulates the situation in his favor, as opposed to just the blatant upfront bad guy. Time Travel was an idea in Rise of Lyric but not much was done with it, so I tried to tie that into the plot and the theme a little more. I hope I at least succeed in telling an interesting little tale :) 
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The Mobius Wars: Episode 1 Prt. 1 by jarredspekter
The Mobius Wars: Episode 1 Prt. 1
There's been some requests for me to write some more stories set in my adaptation of the Sonic the Hedgehog storyline. I thought it might be fun to step several years backwards before the events of the Knothole rebels and the rise of Dr. Robotnik to the time when humanity and mobians were locked in an ongoing conflict for possession of the planet. 

The three flags in the preview image represent the three major facts in the wars that followed: The Unifaction of Mankind (the dove) The Dunbar Rebellion (the paw print) and The Acorn Empire (the acorn with the crown on it). All three will play some role in the stories to follow if anyone is interested that I continue.

Aside from one obvious character so far the rest of the cast is my own invention so I won't feel bound to the same rules and continuity that sort of drained my interest in writing my earlier Sonic Freedom Fighers screenplays. I hope it's an interesting idea. Maybe it will let me explore aspects of human and mobian society alike I haven't had the opportunity to before.

Please offer suggestions as to what you'd like to see, if you like what's here, and how to improve upon it.
I appreciate all the support and suggestions I've already received! :thanks:

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I was recently accused of disliking all modern productions.
Guardians of the Galaxy fits firmly not only into movies I've recently very much enjoyed, but perhaps alongside my favorite films of all time.

There is only one major complaint I have about Guardians and it's an odd one (this whole movie is odd in many ways). The opening scene, without spoilers mentioned, is COMPLETELY incongruous with the rest of the movie, has little baring on the plot except for some superficial details and largely pointless callbacks, and takes up far too much time.

But aside from that GREAT.

This movie has a massive reliance on computer animation and it knows how to use it. Every instance of space crafts, alien worlds, massive cities, strange buildings and creatures is so outlandish, detailed and imaginative you can't possibly recreate it without the use of special effects. 

And this is one of this instances that as good as the effects work, props, costumes, and designs are the writing is what pushes this over the top. 
I laughed A LOT at these jokes because they were my favorite form of humor: the kind that feels like natural extensions of the situation. With very few exceptions each witticism felt intrinsic to the character delivering them. There wasn't any telegraphing, overuse, or illogic behind the humor here and it was refreshing because of that effort put in.

And the drama likewise was REMARKABLY effective.  It's hard to imagine becoming invested in a bunch of characters that look so strange and might have been so easily treated as jokes, but the characters don't regard themselves as jokes. I LOVED the moment when Rocket asked 'What's a Raccoon?' This wasn't just an inside joke or reference, it was a legitimate statement because to Rocket he isn't a raccoon nor has he even seen one. He happens to look like a raccoon to someone from Earth but just because that's so it doesn't mean that Earth's experience translates into the universe's own. The writer cared about believing in his world, believing in his characters.

I got teary towards the end. Over a CGI Raccoon. 
First time that's happened.

But I think this film has practically definitively proven that ANYTHING can make for smart comedy and even great drama if they are treated with some degree of serious respect. There's no jokes about science fiction, no references to other films without explanation. I thought it was great when Starlord does reference some films he does so specifically about films from the 80s.
Why? Because he was kidnapped by aliens when he was a child in the 80s. He doesn't know anything else about Earth's past because he's probably billions of lightyears away from it. No need for references to pop culture of our time. Instead even referential humor became a form of character development.
That takes skill.

So you'd better believe with this films success and by it's existence that niggling doubt that some had raised in me about supposedly silly concepts and ideas never working in a serious context?
Bull.
You can make a story about teenaged reptiles mutated and who have learned ninjutsu into a stirring story of familial love. You can turn the concept of a cheaply made serial science fiction series at the beginning of movies into a sweeping drama with legendary plot twists and even a nestled theme of the conflict between freedom and imperialism/the spiritual and the profane. You can make me care enough about a silly tree alien that I actually want to know more about where he came from. 
You COULD have made Transformers into something special and powerful if the writers had cared.
You COULD have turned the forgotten failures of Green Lantern and John Carter into something grand if you had only cared enough to give us something to think about, something to laugh about, something to care about.

You'd better believe one day I'd love to see a blue hedgehog and friends fighting the forces of tyranny, and laugh as hard and care as much as I did during Guardians.

James Gunn, I salute you :salute:
I was recently accused of disliking all modern productions.
Guardians of the Galaxy fits firmly not only into movies I've recently very much enjoyed, but perhaps alongside my favorite films of all time.

There is only one major complaint I have about Guardians and it's an odd one (this whole movie is odd in many ways). The opening scene, without spoilers mentioned, is COMPLETELY incongruous with the rest of the movie, has little baring on the plot except for some superficial details and largely pointless callbacks, and takes up far too much time.

But aside from that GREAT.

This movie has a massive reliance on computer animation and it knows how to use it. Every instance of space crafts, alien worlds, massive cities, strange buildings and creatures is so outlandish, detailed and imaginative you can't possibly recreate it without the use of special effects. 

And this is one of this instances that as good as the effects work, props, costumes, and designs are the writing is what pushes this over the top. 
I laughed A LOT at these jokes because they were my favorite form of humor: the kind that feels like natural extensions of the situation. With very few exceptions each witticism felt intrinsic to the character delivering them. There wasn't any telegraphing, overuse, or illogic behind the humor here and it was refreshing because of that effort put in.

And the drama likewise was REMARKABLY effective.  It's hard to imagine becoming invested in a bunch of characters that look so strange and might have been so easily treated as jokes, but the characters don't regard themselves as jokes. I LOVED the moment when Rocket asked 'What's a Raccoon?' This wasn't just an inside joke or reference, it was a legitimate statement because to Rocket he isn't a raccoon nor has he even seen one. He happens to look like a raccoon to someone from Earth but just because that's so it doesn't mean that Earth's experience translates into the universe's own. The writer cared about believing in his world, believing in his characters.

I got teary towards the end. Over a CGI Raccoon. 
First time that's happened.

But I think this film has practically definitively proven that ANYTHING can make for smart comedy and even great drama if they are treated with some degree of serious respect. There's no jokes about science fiction, no references to other films without explanation. I thought it was great when Starlord does reference some films he does so specifically about films from the 80s.
Why? Because he was kidnapped by aliens when he was a child in the 80s. He doesn't know anything else about Earth's past because he's probably billions of lightyears away from it. No need for references to pop culture of our time. Instead even referential humor became a form of character development.
That takes skill.

So you'd better believe with this films success and by it's existence that niggling doubt that some had raised in me about supposedly silly concepts and ideas never working in a serious context?
Bull.
You can make a story about teenaged reptiles mutated and who have learned ninjutsu into a stirring story of familial love. You can turn the concept of a cheaply made serial science fiction series at the beginning of movies into a sweeping drama with legendary plot twists and even a nestled theme of the conflict between freedom and imperialism/the spiritual and the profane. You can make me care enough about a silly tree alien that I actually want to know more about where he came from. 
You COULD have made Transformers into something special and powerful if the writers had cared.
You COULD have turned the forgotten failures of Green Lantern and John Carter into something grand if you had only cared enough to give us something to think about, something to laugh about, something to care about.

You'd better believe one day I'd love to see a blue hedgehog and friends fighting the forces of tyranny, and laugh as hard and care as much as I did during Guardians.

James Gunn, I salute you :salute:

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:iconedthesupersaiyan:
edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
who's a good voice actor you could see playing samus aran?
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm...Emily Blunt?
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:iconedthesupersaiyan:
edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
can you give me some examples of her work?
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Well Edge of Tomorrow for one :)

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sonicrocks57 Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
Nice to see that you're uploading a lot more frequently, now. :)
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! I hope it's interesting at least XD
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Thatnerdwithglasses Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Student
kinda reminds me of what ive been doing :lol:
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
How so? :)
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sonicrocks57 Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
It is! I'm really liking your Maleficent reimagining. :)
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D
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