When I was watching HTTYD 1 and 2 back to back, I had a thought: I really appreciate RTTE.
(Confession: I don’t know anything about the canon of the HTTYD series, so I won’t pretend I do.)
I love the movies. I love the way they explore the themes of identity and friendship and differences. But I love RTTE because we get more than just the friendship between Hiccup and Toothless (which, naturally, I adore). We get more than just the developing feelings of Hiccstrid (if you look at my username, it’s obvious how much I love Hiccstrid).
But in the movies, we don’t get much of the others. Snotlout, Fishlegs, the twins, even Chicken, and their dragon companions are just background characters.
However, in RTTE, we get to see them in a brighter light. We see them develop as main characters, with flaws and strengths and quirks. We get to know the entire gang. We see their relationships with their dragons develop and grow into what they are in the second film.
For me, RTTE fills in that hole (especially for character development) between the first two movies. It lets us know the gang wholly, not just Hiccup, Toothless, and some Astrid.
Tutorial: Exporting Transparent Images from Packages
This is an update of my previous tutorial that showed you how to export an image as PNG from a package. I have been made aware that exporting as png leads to a smaller image with reduces quality. For this reason this tutorial will show you how to edit a dds to get the transparent background.
1. Open the .package you want the image from and export the image you need as a .dds (right click and “Save DDS”, name whatever)
2. Open the exported DDS in photoshop. It will have a background (here a white background behind a white image so the image is totally white)
3. Go to the “channels” tab (if you do not see it Window > Channels) and select the alpha channel, you can see that it shows the image in white and the background in black:
4. Press the shown button and then go back to the RGB channel:
5. Go back to the “layers” tab abd right click the background layer and say “layer from background”
6. You should still see the selection that you got from pressing the button in the channels tab:
7. Go to Select > Inverse, then press “delete”
You can see now you have a transparent background!
I made a new layer and filled it with black so you can see what the resulting image looks like as its hard to see on the transparent background:
You can see that it looks exactly like it should :)
can you do a scenario where bakugou's s/o is terrified of storms and so one night when it gets really bad outside they run over to his dorm room and he comforts them ??
(We never got to see Katsu’s dorm room and when I was writing this I felt the need to know *sobs*)
Word count: 670.
The first row of knocks reached deaf ears as Katsuki
lay, tangled in his sheets, and sleeping deeply. The only sound in the
background was the pouring rain and, sometimes, a thunder. He stirred, his unconscious
mind catching a slight amount of the noise and pulling him back into reality,
just when the second row of knocks, more insistent and desperate almost, broke
into the silent room.
He groaned his groggy mind into function, dragging
his body away from the sheets, and he didn’t even bother to look at the clock
because he knew it was early in the morning and didn’t need an exact number to
make his mood sourer.
He almost slammed the door open, and opened his
mouth to give the disturber a big piece of his mind when what met his
half-lidded eyes was the cowering, shrunken figure of his lover.
“[Name]?” He asked, rubbing his eyes and sighing
deeply. “Why the hell are you here?”
“I-I just… C-C-Can I p-please stay with you t-tonight?”
They trembled, and Katsuki raised an eyebrow at their sudden request. “I-I hate
s-storms- ah!” As they finished their sentence, another thunder roared, and
they threw themselves at him, hugging his frame and burying their face in his
“Get in,” he sighed, making it sound as
annoyance-filled as possible, because he certainly wasn’t happy about being
waken up in the middle of the night, but their reasons amused him more than
they bothered him in truth. “You never told me you were afraid of storms.”
“Because there had never been a storm before,” they
huffed. “And you never asked.” As they sat on bed, their lover moved towards
the desk of his room, opening the drawers and cursing under his breath the more
time he spent looking around.
Another roar outside, with a flash to serve as a
warning, a warning that did not help [Name] to brace themselves, and they
quickly scurried under the sheets, whimpering lowly.
“Here it is,” breathed Katsuki, turning around only
to find his lover shaking under his covers. He held back a snort and made his
way towards the bed with a smug smile. When he was close enough, and saw that
they weren’t budging, he threw the small device at them.
“Ouch,” he heard, and he almost had to refrain
himself from muttering “bingo” as they emerged from under the sheets, rubbing
the back of their head. “What was that for?” They asked, taking the silver
device in their hand, eyeing it with curiosity. “An mp3?”
“Don’t complain if you don’t like the music,” he
grunted, slipping under the covers next to [Name]. “At least it’s better that
listening to thunder, right?”
“It is,” they smiled, straightening the sheets so
they could both sleep as comfortably as possible. “Thank you,” they muttered,
placing the earbuds in place and starting the playlist, tense muscles relaxing
as the music took over the constant sound of raining.
They could still hear the thunders outside when they
roared, and they couldn’t help but flinch and squeal a little, but Katsuki’s
hand taking theirs was the best thing in the situation, his thumb rubbing
soothing circles on it.
“Stop jumping, damn it.” He groaned, staring into
their eyes. “I can’t sleep like this.”
“Sorry,” they mumbled, and pressed the volume button
to increase it slightly, yet it was loud enough for him to listen to the tune
without an earbud. He stared into their open eyes, hand never leaving theirs,
and his free arm brought them closer.
His lips moved as he muttered something they couldn’t
quite hear because of the loud music, but the way in which he averted his eyes
as he said it, and the simple shape of his lips as they formed words was enough
for them to understand what he had said. A smile broke onto their face and they
scooted as close as possible, snuggling into his chest, storm almost forgotten
by the time the following song started.
Did you see the blue light in Jack's video that he just posted?? I know that some people have been saying that they noticed it yesterday, but the red light was in the background and the blue light was on Jack's face today, when it was reversed yesterday. Do you think it's another sign for the Dark/Anti collab??
And you can actually see both colors in each photo (to the side or in the background)…
The mood your recent pictures have invoked are so good. The colors- everything go so well together. I get more and more excited to see new stuff for your series!
Thank you very much~! Colors and backgrounds do give me a bit of trouble, but I’ve gotten better by using different methods.
1.) After I draw my thumbnail I use google sketch-up to draw some simple boxes for my scene, it helps a lot with perspective! 2.) I make sure to do a greyscale thumbnail to know where my light sources are going to be. 3.) Flat colors work the best with me, rather than shading and blending everything out. I also love gradients, but sadly I can’t use them in the actual comic since it’s a gif, and gifs are really bad at handling gradients.
Who would have the other’s picture as their phone background Usnavi does. Vanessa has a pic of her cat.
Who leaves notes written in fog on the bathroom mirror I feel like this is something Usnavi would totally do, but also Vanessa wakes up so much later than him that she doesn’t always see the notes so he’s just started to leave post-its instead
Who buys the other cheesy gifts USNAVI BUYS THE CHEESIEST GIFTS, I feel like Vanessa is not good at gift giving at all, with anyone, not just him, so she always asks Nina for a good gift idea and she gives him really good gifts he actually loves because Nina is smart like that
Who initiated the first kiss
Who kisses the other awake in the morning I don’t think either of them do that because I think Vanessa loves sleeping late and Usnavi not at all and I don’t think he’d have the courage to just go back to bed just to kiss her and risk a nudge in the stomach if it’s too early for her
Who starts tickle fights neither of them, they don’t do that
Who asks who if they can join the other in the shower Vanessa doesn’t ask, she joins him and it’s up to him whether he’s in the mood for naughty stuff or not. Usnavi asks extremely awkwardly and Vanessa just learns to leave the door open just in case so she doesn’t have to suffer through 10 minutes of stuttering every time she says “hey I’m gonna take a shower”
Who surprises the other in the middle of the day at work with lunch I feel like this is something Vanessa would do, just pop at the bodega and spend time with him, a quiet lunch break, a bit of making out, nice stuff
Who was nervous and shy on the first date shameless fic rec https://archiveofourown.org/works/10485270/chapters/23131677 I think that Usnavi was, but also Vanessa was quite emotional on the inside because I don’t think they’ve ever really been FRIENDS before, more like acquaintances with a huge crush on each other and their first date is probably one of the first times they really sat down to talk and learn so much about each other just the two of them
Who kills/takes out the spiders both of them pretend they’re absolutely not scared of spiders so they’re both willing to, but they’re both secretly terrified
So I’m trying to dip into Sentai, Rider and other toku things. I come from a background of daikaiju and giant mecha and that’s mostly the hook I look for and then I figure out if I enjoy the show or not on its own merits. Coming from that background and being primarily interested in that, are there specific shows I should look into or avoid?
Ok, after taking a quick look at your blog to get a feel for the kind of kaiju films and media you are into, I can see you do enjoy the older films as well as the newer stuff. I see a lot of Showa Godzilla and that Era of Toho posted and I have to say, you have GOOD TASTE!
That also means I don’t have to give the usual preface of ‘well, if you don’t have a problem with older shows’ that I often give. So, getting into the tokusatsu hero shows from a Toho perspective the easiest place to start is 1966′s Ultraman.
Toho’s special effect guru, Eiji Tsuburaya felt that TV was the next big frontier for entertainment and wanted to bring his monster making skills to it. Thus, he created Ultra Q, which was a black and white science fiction series with different monsters and aliens. The next year, he made a sequel in color and added the giant hero, Ultraman.
The shows feel like 30 minute mini-movies with imaginative monster designs and science fiction plots that wouldn’t feel out of place on the big screen. They even brought over some actors, most notably Akihiko Hirata who played Dr. Serizawa in the original 1954 Godzilla and the technical adviser to the Science Patrol, Dr. Iwamoto in Ultraman.
Heck, Godzilla himself makes an appearance (kind of) rebranded and given a frill as the dinosaur monster Jirass in episode 10 of the series. Toho often let Tsuburaya borrow the monster costumes and alter them for use on TV in exchange for his continued work on their movies. Jirass was based on the suit from Invasion of the Astro Monsters/Monster Zero.
Around the same time, Toei company was produced a giant robot based tokusatsu series called Giant Robo (known in the US as Johnny Soko and his Flying Robot).
This was another series to bring the giant monster action to the smalls screen with different kaiju and evil robots popping up to battle the heroes week after week. This one is special because it would later be merged with other works of the original writer and animated as Giant Robo the OVA in the 1990s, a rather amazing and famous anime work.
Another Giant Robot series worth mentioning is Super Robot Red Baron from 1973. This one is a bit like Giant Robo but with an evil organization out to conquer the world with an army of mechanical monsters stolen and reprogrammed from a world exposition of robots.
The three series I have mentioned above are available on DVD in the US and give an easy entry point to tokusatsu heroes on TV. They all also fall into the general category of Kyoudai (giant) heroes. It was in 1971 that the second massive boom of tokusatsu heroes began with the Henshin Heroes, heralded by the arrival of Kamen Rider.
Kamen Rider is a series I highly recommend and is an entry point into a franchise that has lasted to today. It actually holds up surprisingly well (especially the later episodes) with the story of man altered against his will into a cyborg and then rescued before he could be brainwashed to evil. He then uses his powers to battle the evil group that tried to take his humanity, Shocker. It’s much smaller scale than the other shows I mentioned but does feature interesting monster designs each and every week. The later shows get even more creative with the monsters and there really isn’t one I wouldn’t recommend.
When we get to Super Sentai, the first two series are more down to Earth (if that’s possible) than the later ones and have an espionage, counter-intelligence, government experts group feel to them. No giant robots, no huge monsters. If that’s what you want, as much as I love Himitsu Sentai Goranger, I’d give it a pass.
I need to take a side step here though and say that you -should- seek out and watch the 1978 Toei Spider-Man series. Here is where the giant robots that would become a staple of Super Sentai make their first appearance as well as the monsters that start human sized and then grow to enormous proportions.
As far as actual Super Sentai series I would recommend. The first one that really comes to mind is Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan! Not only does it have giant monsters and robots but some great villains in the form of the Evil Black Magma, their leader Fuhrer Hell Saturn
and the Mistress of Malice Queen Hedrian played by the amazing Machiko Soga!
These are all good places to start and get into things coming from the point of view of Daikaiju films (especially the classics). There is a definite sense of evolution coming from Toho’s creations down through Tsuburaya’s heroes and then to Toei’s smaller scale affairs. When it comes to modern shows and shows to avoid, the only ones I can really caution against are some of the more lackluster like Shuriken Sentai Ninninger and Kamen Rider Ghost. These do have their fans and I don’t want to say they are outright bad but they don’t measure up when compared to others, in my opinion.
One other I will recommend that’s a bit more obscure comes from Toho itself, that’s Chouseishin Gransazer from 2003. I am watching this series right now and it’s got an interesting story. The only caveat is that it takes a while to really get going and spends a lot of time introducing characters before the meat of the conflict and what’s really going on truly gets started.
The series focuses on 12 warriors who have inherited powers from a civilization that existed millions of years ago on Earth and was wiped out by aliens who feared the growing power of humanity, forcing evolution to start over again. These warriors are split into four tribes based on the classical elements of Fire, Wind, Earth and Water. Each of these tribes controls a giant robot and they use their powers to defend the Earth against space monsters sent to destroy humanity once again by the very same aliens who once wiped out the original version of mankind.
I hope this very brief list gives you some places to start! As a fan of both Heroic Tokusatsu and Daikaiju myself, I understand where you are coming from. Happy viewing!
omg is that a Nightwish poster I see? do you use some of their songs as inspiration behind your art?
Haha, yes it is! :D I definitely use my favorite songs as an inspiration (I always have something playing on the background when I draw), although with fan art those connections aren’t necessarily obvious to anyone but me. Sometimes I add lyrics that fit a particular piece, though. Back when I still did photomanipulations, music was my major source of inspiration. Here’s one I put together inspired by Nightwish’s Bless the Child, for example:
Prompt: “I didn’t know you had an affinity for sparkling blue,” said John to Sherlock after seeing his painted nails.
A/N: Whoops, longer than a drabble xD #Sherlockismylife
John had found quite amusing listening to Sherlock’s constant grumbling and struggle for whatever he was doing in his room. It had already been two hours since the consulting detective shut the door and he could still listen to the muffled sound of a video, perhaps a tutorial, playing in the background.
“For Christ’s sake Sherlock, would you let me sleep al-” He paused mid word, mouth hanging open and hand clutching the doorknob as he saw the curly haired man delicately passing the small brush of the nail polish over his bare nail, lightly waving his hand in the air and blowing some air to dry the vibrant blue polish.
“-ready” The last of the word slipped out almost in a surprised tone as Sherlock faced John, both engaging into a silent and serious stare off. The blogger coughed after a couple of minutes, diverting his eyes from the intensity and almost scary observant eyes of his friend, deciding it had been enough staring for that day.
Sherlock, still remaining silent, focused once again in applying a second layer to the nail in his index finger, surprising John greatly, and actually pleasantly how he did it with great precision and concentration, managing to not mess up and get it perfectly in one brush.
Almost as if he had done it so many times already.
Deciding to break the silence, the shocked man ran his palm over his mouth and cleared his throat.
“I didn’t know you had an affinity for sparkling blue,“ said John to Sherlock after seeing his painted nails. It was impossible not to look at them for a long time. They just somehow fitted him perfectly, making his already beautiful slim fingers stand out even more.
Sherlock simply shrugged as he took a moment to look over them, making sure everything was just how he wanted them to be. “I do prefer a rasin or mauve purple but sparkling blue definitely falls in the highest levels. How it coruscates is just on point. Not too dazzling but neither too dull.” He stood up once they had dried, enough to approach the door and hold the door handle as his eyes fixed on John accusingly.
“You have to return to that boring job tomorrow so I suggest you vanish.” He started pushing the door shut but John managed to ask just in time. “Just answer my question.” Sherlock had let go of the handle, nodding for him to continue.
“How long have you been doing this?” John smiled rather sheepishly, deeply unsettled by the detective’s scrutinizing orbs.
“Three years, two months and eight days, does that answer your question?” Sherlock deadpanned, not unfazed a bit by the whole situation. It was getting too boring and he still had to do his toes.
“Yes. B-” (Referring to the gif ^)
“Goodnight John.” He shut the door and locked it, plopping down on his bed and going back to ponder on whether he should match his hands by painting his toes blue or use a darker tone to contrast.
One of the most important skills in any writer’s toolbox is description. It can be very difficult for some people to go beyond eye and hair color when describing a character, but fortunately, this is a skill that can be built up with practice, and that’s where this little daily picture prompt comes in.
Each day in July, for our Character Bootcamp, we’ll be sharing a portrait of a human being (selected from an assortment of free stock portraits found online). We’ve made an effort to choose people of a variety of backgrounds, with diverse skin tones, facial features, expressions, ages, etc.
What we would like you to do with these images is describe the person in them as if they were a character in your story. You can do this any way you please, and focus on whatever you’d like. Reblog the image you’re describing and add your caption so that we can see it, and so that other followers can check the notes and compare their own descriptions with yours. This way, everyone gets a chance to see how different writers handle description, and we can all learn from each other!
And, for the sake of everyone, please remember: these are images of real human beings. They may never see your description, but that’s no reason not to be respectful. We can’t force you to do anything, but we request that you keep your descriptions clean and use only neutral or positive language. You never know who will see them. Thank you for your courtesy!
I am one hell of a hoe for yuri soukoku, like imagine in a world where both male and fem soukoku were living. one day they see each other in a coffee shop and be like "Oh iTs Us As mAlE / fEmALE!" and fem dazai asks male dazai out for a double suicide (since she probably wants to commit a double suicide with a handsome man plus she probably found male dazai handsome and same for male dazai that he would probably find his fem ver hot) and chuuyas in the background be like "get yo ass here!"
I AM ALL FOR WLW WOMEN SOUKOKU! DO YOU KNOW HOW AMAZING THIS SHOW WOULD BE IF IT WAS JUST ABOUT WOMEN WITH SUPERPOWERS? if one of Skk was female they would probably be canon
I follow a lot of awesome vegans and a lot of vegan posts pop up on my dash. I’M NOT GETTING INTO AN ARGUMENT ABOUT VEGANISM WITH ANYONE. THAT’S NOT WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. I just feel like I need to address a trend I see pretty frequently:
Anthropomorphism of farm animals.
This is DANGEROUS, for both the animals and the people who believe what’s being said about these animals.
For example, cows.
For obvious reasons the images of cows in posts talking about how cows aren’t dumb, unfeeling hamburgers in waiting are generally like this:
And usually they’re accompanied by talk of how they can be trained, how they have best friends (which is actually true!) and how sweet they can be.
On the other side, there are posts like this going around
Thing is, cows do not cry tears like humans do. In fact, there are a lot of posts claiming to present animals weeping like humans do (and not always by vegans). In fact watery discharge can be a sign of early eye infections in cattle. Claiming they’re tears of sadness normalizes signs of ill health as normal animal emotions. This is also I why I get so worked up over people saying a stressed out dog with its lips pulled back is ‘smiling and happy’.
All of these posts combine to make the popular perception of cows something they’re absolutely not and is very dangerous for people with their hearts in the right place looking to help the world out.
Cows are dangerous. I feel like I shouldn’t have to tell people that a thousand pound animal is dangerous, but I do. Not the people I see on my dash, but actual people looking to interact with actual cows (I work with them). Yes, they can be lovely and docile when socialized and handled correctly and consistently but if you have no way of knowing the cows background you have no way of knowing their temperament. If you decide to volunteer at cattle rescues, this will very likely be the case. Moreover, well socialized and docile cattle ARE STILL DANGEROUS AS FUCK. Even the most tame animals can lash out if in pain, under stress or “out of nowhere” (read: lashing out because from their judgement of a situation in makes sense to them, but you misread their judgement). So you get things like this:
With the huge emphasis on docile cows who are good, loving, devoted mothers it’s understandable someone would want to give her a calming and congratulatory stroke after giving birth.
That cow could have killed her.
This is obviously dangerous for humans but it’s also dangerous for cows. Aggressive animals are often euthanized, no matter what provoked the aggression and it also inflates statistics that could be used as a counter argument to veganism.
The same sort of thing happens to pigs.
The vegan info posts about pigs tend to use images like this:
Cute, eh? The posts also talk about how intelligent these animals are and how they can be kept as pets. Who wouldn’t want one? Usually people who look into pigs as pets look into ‘mini’ pigs or ‘micro’ pigs. Pigs that will stay small forever. Except even ‘mini’ pigs can grow to a hundred pounds in size and they’re STRONG. I say ‘mini’ because sometimes people are duped into buying regular piglets that are claimed to be fully grown.
Which brings me back to warning anyone who wants to volunteer at a pig rescue that pigs. are. huge. People mislead into thinking they’re not will likely not keep and care for their little pig once it’s not so little and I don’t know anyone who would/could keep a 500 lb hog in their home and/or backyard.
And, like with cows, they are DANGEROUS.
And, unlike cows, they are not herbivores.
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED AND EATEN BY PIGS. Yes, eaten. One could argue that this happens when pigs aren’t well socialized and habituated with humans, but if you’re working with a pig you don’t know you have no guarantee that they’re tame.
I could go on, but cows and pigs are the animals I see most represented in these posts (chickens too, but they pose less of a threat, unless you count avian flu) and another thing I see very frequently are cute pictures and videos and cows, pigs, and chickens interacting with dogs. If you’re under the impression that these animals are sweet and docile and your dog is also sweet, what could go wrong?
Odds are your animals will not be used to interacting with an animal of that species and these animals ‘languages’ don’t always translate! Animals get things mixed up all the time! The most common one I’ve seen is a dog misreading a cat’s irritated swishy tail as a wagging ‘I want to play!’ tail. Claws to the face aren’t fun, but attacked by a large animal? Possibly deadly. Dogs do not comprehend size and strength and potential for an aggressive strike in the same way that we do. That’s why you end up with things like this:
Again, that dog could’ve easily died OR MIGHT HAVE DIED LATER.
This little trooper was kicked by a cow
Projecting your feelings and ideas onto an animal can potentially kill them. Again, if you have the opportunity to work with these animals KEEP YOUR OWN ANIMALS AWAY.
All of these things remind me very much of the people who claim wolves are nothing but big puppies, or who cohabitant snakes so they don’t get ‘lonely’.
You can’t love and advocate for the protection of an animal when you only love and advocate for the protection of your fantasy of that animal because when real animals fall short of that, real animals get hurt.
Horses, cows, and pigs are big. Respect their size. Horses, cows, and pigs ALL have the potential to become aggressive. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Respect their potential to become aggressive.
Signed, a person who is sick to fucking death of watching adults assume every farm animal I work with has the personality of a bowl of whipped cream and the patience of a saint and encourage their children to interact with them as such. That’s how animal “attacks” happen, that’s how lifetime fears and hatreds are born.
Rewind and Pause interviewed Rebecca Sugar in this fifteen-minute interview. Here’s a sorta-transcript–not word for word, but basically what the questions are and how she answered, paraphrased.
Question: A lot of the show’s symbolism is inspired by Utena. Can you discuss that show’s influence?
Rebecca: When I was a teen, that show was an epiphany for me! It plays with the semiotics of gender and I was a bisexual teen relating to it in a way I’d never related to anything before. The show is beautiful and I love that she decides she wants to BE a prince after being saved by a prince. And it’s also funny. It’s so extreme that it’s funny, and that was a huge influence on me as well, that something could be so dramatic and so beautiful but also wacky. It’s so extreme that it’s powerful at the same time as being funny. I got to see the origins and see Guys and Dolls at the Takarazuka Theater when I visited Japan. Osamu Tezuka grew up in that town! You know, Princess Knight, which has everything to do with Utena. I got to see some of the roots there and it was a big influence. Amazing.
Question: Another influence, especially lately, you can draw comparisons between Steven’s miracles and Christ figures. Are you exploring this, and potentially modernizing that allegory, with different kinds of love?
Rebecca: We’re inspired by every voice that has ever spoken about peace. I think–I’ve been reading about Hillel the Elder and how he said “If I’m not for myself, then who will be for me?” The gentleness with which he approached everything is really inspiring to me. I think that I’m very influenced by my Jewish upbringing. I’m half Jewish and was raised Jewish. I’ve felt the feeling of belonging but not belonging. I’ve been moved by this incredible history and this wonderful community that I wanted to understand and be a part of. That’s all been a big influence on the show as well. It was all about growing up with my brother, and that was a big part of my life. There’s a lot of spiritualism in the show.
Question: I wanna ask you about the color symbolism? And I’d be remiss if I didn’t say thank you for showing our community on TV. About Steven: His Gem is pink, his shield is pink, his sword is pink, his shoes are pink! It subverts the tropes of a traditional male hero. Was that intentional?
Rebecca: Oh, it’s COMPLETELY intentional. Yeah, I think one of the things I wanted to do as I went into the show was address how intensely gendered shows for children are and dissolve that. That was my first goal. And I think it came in large part because as a little kid I always gravitated toward boys’ shows, and I felt extremely guilty about that. And I don’t think my child self should have had to feel bad, but I understood “this is not really for me.” So as we went into this, I wanted NO ONE to have to feel that. I wanted everyone who wanted to, to feel it was for them. Especially since it’s gender nonconforming as a show.
Question: Silly question: Peridot and Lapis are roommates. What do you think their biggest pet peeves are of each other? If they have any, I mean.
Rebecca: Gosh. I think Lapis is sort of both annoyed and comforted by Peridot’s infinite energy. I often thought of them like the sort of old cartoon idea of a small dog and a big sort of like doesn’t-really-care dog. With a small very very excited dog. I felt that that was a dynamic for them. So I think that that, like those characters, it’s annoying to Lapis but she doesn’t actually dislike it.
Question: Congrats on the Emmy nomination!
Rebecca: THANK YOU!
Question: I hope we get to see “It’s Over, Isn’t It?” and “Both of You” during the Emmys. How do you feel?
Rebecca: I’m so excited, and I’m so glad it’s that one. It was such a fun dream to make a musical episode. I always loved those, they’re always my favorite. I couldn’t wait to do ours. Everyone was firing on all cylinders for that episode. I got to do music with Jeff Liu and Ben Levin, and Aivi and Surasshu’s compositions for the finals were stunning, the backgrounds are incredible, the art is so beautiful, it’s Jeff Liu and Joe Johnston’s last board together, it was one of the last episodes I got to work on with Ian before he left to do his show, so it also has a special place in my heart, I remember seeing it come back and being in the edit bay watching it and my eyes were welling up because “this is it, this is everything I ever wanted.”
Question: Not to mention Deedee crushing it.
Rebecca: She’s amazing! And that was when she was doing Tommy! So we got her on a day she’d been doing shows all day, and she came and knocked that out.
Question: First take?
Rebecca: We did several, but all of those takes were amazing. I love writing songs for Deedee. And that one, it has some notes in it that I cannot hit. But I know Deedee can do it.
Question: Now when you write songs, you hear a lot of the demos you write on ukulele a lot, but you play other instruments. Do you find that you write differently depending on what instrument you’re writing for?
Rebecca: Yes! Oh, completely. I have my go-to ukulele chords. But I also like to write songs on the omnichord, which is like a synthetic harpsichord from the 80s. And it has a row of buttons, you hit a button and you get that chord. I can use it for experimentation for chords I might not have thought of. I got one off eBay, the OM-84, and it was a little buggy, it wouldn’t play right, would go out of tune, and I took it to get it looked at, and these incredibly corroded batteries fell out of it! With this cloud of red dust! So I can’t put batteries in it anymore. But I can plug it in and it still works.
Question: So for “Love Like You,” is it connected to any of the characters or any point of view, or was it more a one-off?
Rebecca: “Love Like You” is so unusual. It started as a point-of-view song for all Gems, and the thesis of the whole show, sort of toward Steven, and my own brother Steven, but because it was the credits, I wrote the song over three years in little pieces. I thought at the start that this is about an alien that’s looking at a human, who loves them, and the secret meaning of this is that they don’t have the capacity to feel this way. By the middle of it I was deep into the show and going through a real crisis of confidence, where I was like “why are people looking to me? It’s not right!” and these people were coming out of the woodwork to thank me for the show, people who had been able to speak to their families in these wonderful new ways, people who had become comfortable with themselves in these incredible ways that I had not been able to do! Where I was like “I’m so inspired by everyone! Why are they thanking me?” So the middle of the song I was sort of in that place. And about a year later, I realized the beginning was not what I had thought it was about at all. It’s not a secret meaning about an alien who doesn’t understand humans. It’s about the fact that I had always loved my brother and had these people who would love me unconditionally in my life, and because of my insecurity I had not been able to be there for them 100%, and I realized this was maybe one of the most human things I’d ever written, and I had written it by accident. So I got to conclude it. It was seriously written over 3 years.
Question: Recently we talked about how the show has been dramatic and full of conflict. It’s great but do you ever have concerns about taking the show–it’s a very positive show, so does the conflict have the potential to go too far, or do you like making it more challenging?
Rebecca: I’m excited to be more ambitious with the story, and the danger they’re experiencing also feels like a danger for us who are writing the show. Writing stories that are more ambitious and challenging. It feels necessary, because it’s about how love conquers all, but you can’t write that story without showing what comes up against that. I’m excited to explore the–you’re right, it’s scary to explore where hate comes from in a show about love. I want to–it’s a challenge to stay positive while exploring that. But that’s a challenge I experience in LIFE. And that’s a challenge we’re all experiencing right now. So it also feels like the time to explore that in myself and in the show.