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Teracorn Johnathan Scissorcombs
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I am a college student attending the University of Texas at Austin. I'm looking into majoring in Radio Television and Film but I mainly want to work on animation, graphics designs and writing for video games.

I'm a guy who likes epics. Full enriching tales of heroes struggling, villains destroying, empires corrupting, worlds changing, ideals tested. Simple ain't my style. Fleshing out a universe is what I do and I will go all out.

I've recently became a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and I'm currently trying to start my own little animated spin off series of the show called My Little Pony: Agents of Chaos. It revolves around a small group of lackluster artificial ponies who eventually engulf all of Equestria into a power struggle between order and chaos. Their main goal is to free Discord, but along the way they run into some complications once cast members from Friendship is Magic begin to fight back in order to preserve harmony in Equestria.
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"There are innumerable mysteries to the universe. But who we are, is not one of them. That answer lies inside us." - Optimus Prime

I am a huge fan of Transformers, but I will be the first to admit Transformers has always been a dumb idea, a dumb idea that was lucky enough to have enough charm, personality and imagination injected into its background to elevate the series from being about cool toy robots to being about loveable memorable characters. What I am about to expound is not a defense for the Transformers movies. What I am about to say is just my honest opinion that I need to get off of my shoulders because I feel it will spark a lot of controversy.

*Spoilers ahead*

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction is one of the biggest, dumbest, poorly written, poorly acted, nonsensical wastes of money I have ever seen in recent memory. . . . Transformers 4 is the best Transformers movie Michael Bay has made yet. Now let me clarify a few things before I continue. The human actors are terrible. The script is terrible. Most of the action scenes are boring. Too much money was wasted on this for it to suck this much. The music was underwhelming (which is a pity because I've actually always been a big fan of the music in the movies to be honest) and a lot of the jokes fall flat if you're not into crass humor. Basically these aspects of the movie are about as terrible and atrocious if not worse, than the previous 3 movies. Quite frankly I think things have become worse in this regard. So, how is it that I still think this movie is the best out of the series when I clearly think and know that it is garbage? The one salvageable thing about this movie is the most important part of this movie: The Transformers themselves. The unfortunate reality of all of the previous Michael Bay films was that the Transformers were never the main focus of their own movies. In TF 1 - 3, majority of the action and writing and dialogue went to crafting the riveting tales of Shia Le Bouf and the military get dry humped by a film crew and cluttered messes of CGI. In Transformers 4 a miracle happened. The Transformers got a significant amount of screen time and even had some character development. I absolutely love Optimus Prime, but I could never see him functioning normally. Everytime I see him, he's always in heroic valor veteran mode. Yes I understand that the Autobots and the Decepticons are engulfed in a civil war that has spanned thousands of years, but if I can't see Optimus Prime functioning outside of soldier mode, then I can't emotionally connect with what this character is fighting for which is peace. In the old cartoon, Optimus was charismatic and motivating. Over the years he would eventually evolve into a nitty-gritty-rugged speaking, gun toting badass vet who still spoke like a senior vet, and I respect that. I adore that, but again if I can't see this character functioning like a normal person, I can't empathize with him. It creates some disconnect from me and the character. It wasn't until Transformers 4 when I started seeing Optimus as a believable character. He was angry, he was weak, he doubted himself. He wasn't constantly spewing out deep profound sounding speeches. I finally saw a character, and in TF4: Age of Extinction, I saw him undergo a change in character. Was it handled well? No. Could it have been handled better? Absolutely. But I will not lie and say that I connected a bit more with Optimus Prime in this movie compared to the other 3. Now I'm not saying this Optimus Prime is the best iteration ever. No. I can never say that. Hell, I think Optimus from Transformers Prime is my current favorite (and by the way, Transformers Prime, while not flawless, is 20 times better than any of the movies), but I must give the film credit in finally making me care about this character again. In fact, all of the Transformers in this movie were well crafted I must say. The designs were better. They were more colorful and easier to follow during the battle scenes. Their personalities stood out more even if they were a bit cliched and formulaic. At least you can get a sense of these characters unlike the previous movies where each Transformer was so underdeveloped and have very little screen time, you'd wonder why they even called the movie Transformers if we barely get to see them. The group dynamics were . . . well at least they finally have group dynamics! What about the Decepticons? The Decepticons probably got the rawest end of the deal here. The inclusion of Galvatron was a huge mess, but I respect them for at least not killing him off for once. Having Frank Welker, the original voice of Megatron/Galvatron, definitely made me nerdgasm seeing as his voice definitely works and even gives a bit more eeriness to his new hauting demeanor as a supped up Transformer. Megatron is intimidating in the movies again. Who would have thought? The rest of the decepticons I won't even bother covering because they were not worth it. What I really want to cover is the surprise star of the movie for me personally, Lockdown. Holy shit. I was not expecting to like this character or even care about him. Seeing him turn into a big gun in the trailers did not give me a good first impression. It looked really stupid. I was expecting to absolutely hate him or not care about him. But you know what, I ended up really enjoying him because for the first time I finally saw a Transformer that was not gridlocked between choosing sides between the Autobots and the Decepticons (in the movies at least) in a continuous war that has evolved into complete pointlessness. This was really refreshing to see. For some reason, the Transformers that flip sides always seem to be my favorites. Perhaps because they're so devious and their actions are all based on their own personal wants and desires instead of some heroic nobility or fear of Megatron. I'm glad they included a third faction to shake issues between the Autobots and Decepticons up. Perhaps now that there is even a bigger threat they will at least attempt to reconcile even if it is momentarily. Plus, props to the animators in this movie. Lockdown and Lockdown's ship were two of the most impressive digitally crafted computer generated images I have seen in cinema history as of yet. It's a major improvement over the jagged mess of the older villains in previous Transformers movies. I'm glad to see the visuals finally getting cleaned up. The same goes for Optimus. I absolutely hated his design in the older movies. In this one, he actually looks decent and more heroic. And the Dinobots were . . . . well they were big dumb robots that turned into Dinosaurs! What more do you want?? Character and personality?? IF you want that shit, go watch that fucking stupid (but not really cause it's actually fun and funny) 1986 movie if you want to see good versions of the Dinobots!

So what do I have to say about the movie? It's still a godawful mess, and I do not recommend any person to see it. You'll get bored to tears and annoyed to the point where you'll want to smash your head into the wall just to drown out the human dialogue. However, for me this movie did for me what I was not expecting it to do. It made me interested in "Transformers" again. Seeing small glimpses of something good inside of a steaming pile of garbage made me respect the improvements over the last 3, and even rejuvenated my original interest in the Transformers series in general. For a while I was getting really sick of Transformers. The more I thought about how pointless the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons really is or how counter productive it really was, the more I began to think Transformers is just really stupid and not worth being interested in. I was ready to say the Transformers series was dead a few days before Age of Extinction was released. But after expecting a steaming pile of regurgitated corpses being force fed to orphaned children, instead all I received was an improved comedy sketch by a toned deaf drunken hobo wired on Red Bull. In other words, I expected the worst, but only received bad. I know the Transformers movies are terrible, but they're terrible substance-wise. As a throw away action movie it gets the job done. There have been much more underwhelming throw away action movies that have been released before, even in the past few years (The Expendables Franchise) . I'm not proclaiming Transformers 4 worth any movie goers time. I'm simply explaining why I don't think this is the worst out of the movies as so many critics claim. I'm not a typical Transformers fan which is why I needed something to remind me again why I enjoy this series so much. I don't like Transformers for the toys or to relive campy nostalgia (even I'll admit the original G1 series has major faults in it). I enjoy Transformers for the wonder and imagination. I enjoy it for the wacky characters and batshit insane scenarios (I'll admit, this movie had the most interesting setups which I know isn't saying much ;__;) that brings out the charm and humanity in these characters. I like the concept of robots that have souls and personalities. I like the sense of magic and wonder that exist in a world where majority of it is just machinery and technology. I like how some of them are dinosaurs and others are insects. I like how there are planet sized ones that are trying to each each other. It's a little kids fantasy that has charm, wit, good spirits and wonder. There is nothing wrong with that. Transformers like My Little Pony Friendship is Magic has a compelling universe full of endless possibilities for engaging narratives filled with colorful recognizable and character viewers can connect with which is why it is still one of my favorite series, and all it took to remind me about how much I love this series is for everything in the latest, mindless, cluster-fuck nightmare live action Transformers movie to suck significantly more than the Transformers themselves. Thanks Michael Bay (and everyone else responsible for making this movie especially the god awful fucking writers that I hate more than Michael Bay like Ehren Kruger who I'm sure is a good person in real life but was just part of a terrible script writing team no offense buddy) for not ruining my childhood completely! : D

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go find a copy of the 1986 movie to remind me what a good Transformers movie is like ,that or download some of Steve Jablonsky's music from the movies. Seriously though, the music is like the only thing I will defend in these movies, and I'm not talking about the licensed songs. I'm talking about the orchestral scores. "What I've Done" sucks : P
  • Listening to: "Soccent Attack"
  • Reading: The enclosed instruction book
  • Watching: The Amazing World of Gumball
  • Playing: Shovel Knight
  • Eating: Blocklee
  • Drinking: Dr. B

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CasTheSas Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi. Uh, about the project...
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MrFlabbergasted Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes?
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CasTheSas Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't know if I'll be able to work on it. :c
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MrFlabbergasted Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's fine. I understand if you have other priorities to attend to. I'm still going to work on it even if I have to do majority of the work. The whole project is voluntary anyways.
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RandomClicker Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, I was wondering if you could share any tips on how you create prototype ponies. My fanfic that I'm making requires one robot pony and as hard as I try I can't design him! I saw your robot Ocs and I was just thinking, 'how does this guy do it, his robot pony designs look awesome!' Thanks!
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MrFlabbergasted Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Naw but in all seriousness it took quite a while for these designs to finally take shape. A lot of my inspiration for the design of these robot ponies came from the TV show My Life As A Teenage Robot which I was a big fan of. The simple tech designs allows me to easily animate the robot characters without having to deal too heavily with perspective issues considering the software I use, Adobe Flash Professional, is a primarily 2D program. I wanted to make all my robot ponies silly and kooky, so I purposefully made the designs expressive and unique without being too distracting.
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MrFlabbergasted Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The vent mouths were a short cut design I implemented so I wouldn't have to worry about lip synching. However, the vents still change expression along with the emotions of the robot ponies and they light up when they speak or gasp. They're not just static symbols. The eyes I felt were the most crucial part of the Protoponies to nail down. I didn't want to give them boring glow up eyes like most robots. I felt that severely limited the amount of emotional expression they could present. So I more or less kept the eyes similarly to normal pony eyes with a few additions and alterations.
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MrFlabbergasted Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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RandomClicker Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconoutergodnyarlathotep:
Ever thought of trying out more steampunkish look on Robot OCs?

And moreover do you do commissions?
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