mrs. levine

This is the demo for the song “Mr. Greg” from the musical episode of Steven Universe entitled… Mr. Greg!  

I love old timey, vaudeville-y schtick.  And Greg spending big bucks at a fancy big city hotel had old timey schtick written all over it.  While writing the outline for Mr. Greg, I came up with the first half of this tune and pitched it a cappella to the group.  It felt very silly, but it must have amused everyone enough to stay in the picture.

We started making a demo.  I had the beginnings of a bass line and the percussion, and Jeff came in and made it an actual song with some great jazzy chords and an insane guitar solo, which I’m pretty sure he just improvised.

Like I said before, the song was originally only the first verse and the instrumental.  In the outline, Greg, gets so caught up in the spirit of the music that he asks Pearl to dance, and that’s when she pulls away - showing that Greg and Pearl have a long way to go.

We showed the demo to Joe, and I believe he was the one who said this needs a second verse.  Together we wrote a second verse, with Pearl singing, that incorporated those story beats into the lyrics.  

Have a listen!

Guitar & Steven Vocals: Jeff Liu
Bass, Butlers & Greg Vocals: Ben Levin
Pearl Vocals: Joe Johnston

Lyrics by Joe Johnston, Ben Levin and Jeff Liu
Music by Ben Levin and Jeff Liu
Image by Joe Johnston from the episode Mr. Greg

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xiaolinhodown  asked:

hi mr. levine! i'm really really hoping to get into the animation industry later in life, and i know that internships are a very important part of getting into the industry - do you have any tips on finding them?

Going to school for film/tv/entertainment/animation/creative writing etc… is best and apply for many internships you want. Do the work, learn and build a portfolio, get your degree, all the things you need to convince them to hire you at an entry level position and/or internship. From my perspective, it helps to have a clear target in mind, of where you want to be. Aim for it, but also be open to whatever opportunities may come across your path; ones that you didn’t expect… sometimes that’s where the treasure lies. Good luck. (Sorry I don’t have very specific info)

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Request: Can you do a fic where you are just some random little old girl walking home from school one day and two guys (demons) take you and start to torture you and then team free will appears and saves you. When they take you back to there motel to heal you injures and they do some research on you and it turns out Deans daughter. Dean is so happy to finally have a child he is almost jumping up and down, he is just sad that he missed so much of your childhood.

The final bell rang, and you ran out of the school. You didn’t feel like talking to anybody, and just wanted to get home as quick as possible. You had a ton of homework; Mrs. Levine didn’t believe in free time. God, Mrs. Levine. You were almost positive she was a spawn of Satan himself. Well, that’s not true. Satan wasn’t as mean as her. You were so deep in thought that you hadn’t noticed the two men who started to follow you.

You walked into the woods, your favorite part of the whole walk. It was a shortcut you’d found, and the noise of all the animals calmed you down after a stressful day of school. Animals scurried away as you broke branches beneath your feet, and you began singing AC/DC lightly under your breath.

Suddenly somebody grabbed you from behind, and placed a hand over your mouth. You screamed as loud as you could, but it was muffled. You kicked your feet back, and connected with something, causing a sharp crack. The hand moved away from your mouth, and you were released. 

You didn’t look back at your attackers, you just sprinted forward. Branches hit your face, causing tiny scratches to appear. You knew the way to the foster home, and ran towards safety. 

Sadly, that was easier said than done. Your foot caught on a branch and you tumbled forward. You scraped your hands during the fall, but didn’t focus on the cuts. You jumped to your feet and continued running.

Or, you tried to. Just as you took a step forward a strong hand grabbed the back of your shirt and pulled you back. You landed on your butt, and exhaled sharply. You didn’t have any time to react, you just saw a closed fist traveling towards your face, then there was darkness.

You woke up, head pounding and in a dimly lit room. You couldn’t see much, but you knew two men were having a heated discussion. 

“We should just kill her!” One with a raspy voice urged. Okay, that was kinda scary…

“We can’t! If she dies, we have nothing!” Another man replied, his voice a low baritone.

“I agree!” You shouted, alerting them that you were awake. That may not have been that smartest thing, but you were never good at controlling your mouth.

The voices both stopped, and soon two men walked into the room. One was of average height, a bit overweight, with thinning hair. Definitely not the ideal picture of a kidnapper. The other guy, though, seriously fit the part. He had thick black hair, a beard, was tall and muscular, and was even wearing a black turtleneck. If that didn’t spell murderer, you didn’t know what did.

“She’s awake!” Raspy voice, who turned out to also be scary murderer, exclaimed.

“Thanks Captain Obvious.” You muttered.

“Where is your father?” The other man demanded.

“Your guess is as good as mine.” You said, shrugging. Or, you tried to shrug. You were a bit restricted from the ropes that held you to a chair.

“You’re going to need a little more helpful if you want to live.” Scary guy threatened.

“Then I’m gonna die. Because I have no idea who my father even is.” You replied.

“You-” The accountant-looking guy started, but he was interrupted when somebody stabbed him. 

His eyes flashed brightly, then the body fell to the floor. Your mouth hung open slightly; you weren’t expecting that at all. Murderer looking guy spun around, and pulled a knife out of nowhere. He lunged at one man, but another guy, who was even taller than murderman, stopped him, and stabbed him in the back. You stared at the two men, not sure if they were going to help you or kill you.

They both looked at you, not saying anything. You hated awkward silences, and despite your brain telling you to shut up, you said, “Hi.”

“Hi.” The tall guy with long hair said, then walked to your side. He pulled his knife out, and you realized just how sharp it was. But instead of using it to carve your skin, he cut the ropes that were trapping you.

“Um, thanks.” You said, unsure of what else to do. You stood up and stretched.

“Do you know why they took you?” The other man with bright green eyes asked.

“Not really. Apparently they wanted information on my father.” You answered.

“Who’s your father?” Long hair asked.

“Your guess is as good as mine.” You shrugged.

The two men glanced at each other, then seemed to reach a decision without words. “I’m Dean, this is my brother Sam. We don’t want you to get hurt again, do you mind if we take you home?”

“No, I don’t really feel like walking home anyway. And I’m Y/N." 

"Do you want to call your mom?” Sam asked.

“Can’t. I don’t know who she is.” You said.

“Then-” Dean started.

“I live in a foster home. Honestly, they probably didn’t realize that I’m missing." 

"Well, then how about we take you to our house? Not in a creepy way. It’d just be helpful if we knew who your father was.” Sam offered.

“I’d love to, but I’m starving. You got food?" 

"What do you want?” Dean asked.

“I’m easy. Pie would be nice. Maybe a burger.” You answered.

“We’ve got pie.” Dean told you, nodding.

You smiled at him, then the two brother led you out of the creepy warehouse. There was a beautiful car parked out front, and you had to remind yourself not to drool. “Nice car.” You commented, running your hand lightly over the hood.

“‘67 Chevy Impala.” Dean stated.

“She’s beautiful.” You added, simply amazed that such an old car could look so good.

“You can ride up front.” Sam offered, jumping in the back seat.

“Thank you!” You exclaimed, hopping in the passenger side. The interior was gorgeous; nice leather seats and a cassette player. 

Dean started the car and AC/DC started blaring through the speakers. “Sorry about that.” Dean said, moving to lower the volume.

“Don’t be! I love this song!” You exclaimed. Dean looked at you a little shocked, so you started singing along just to prove your love for rock. Dean smiled at you, and started singing too. By the time you got to their home you and Dean were doing air guitar and Sam looked ready to kill himself. 

You climbed out of the car and stopped before walking into the 'house.’ “Uh, not to be rude or anything, but I was just kidnapped, and I’m less than excited to walk into a strange building with two strange men.”

Sam and Dean laughed slightly. “I understand completely. You can just stay here if you want. I don’t really know how to prove that we won’t hurt you.” Sam said. 

You considered his answer, and decided he wasn’t going to kill you. And by default, Dean wouldn’t hurt you either. You smiled and said, “I’ll go inside.”

Sam and Dean shook their head, then led you into the building. You walked into a large library, with books decorating the walls. You could see  kitchen through a doorway, and your stomach growled. “Sammy, you start trying to find her dad, I’ll get Y/N some food." 

Dean brought you to the kitchen, and you sat at the table. He rifled through the fridge, and pulled out an apple pie. Then he grabbed two forks and plates. "How hungry are you?” Dean asked.

“What time is it?” You replied.

“About eight.” Dean answered.

“The last time I had any food was eight hours ago.” You stated. Dean’s eyes widened and he cut you a fourth of the pie. 

“You poor kid.” He muttered, making you laugh.

You took a forkful and shoved it in your mouth. It was delicious. Cinnamon and apple exploded over your taste buds. “So, I need to ask. The guys that kidnapped me, what were they?" 

Dean was silent for a moment, focusing on a crumb near his pie. "You really wanna know?”

“Yes please.”

“Demons.” Dean stated, then watched your reaction closely.

You shoved another piece of pie in your mouth, thinking. It made sense. Light doesn’t flash out of normal people’s eyes when they die. “Huh. Interesting." 

Dean burst out laughing. "That is the best reaction I’ve ever seen to learning about the supernatural world!”

Your laughter mixed with his, and tears started streaming down Dean’s face, making you laugh harder. “What’s going on?” Sam asked, walking in the room with a laptop.

“Y/N just learned about demons.” Dean explained, wiping the tears from his eyes.

“Oh, naturally.” Sam said, giving you and Dean a weird look. “But, I almost found out who your dad is.” Sam said, sitting next to you.

“That fast?” You asked.

“Your files were pretty easy to find.” Sam shrugged. “It’s loading, and I thought you’d want to be there when the guys name popped up.”

“Thanks.” You said, smiling at him.

You watched the screen, your heart racing. You’d never thought about your father. Sure, you’d wanted to meet him, but it never seemed like a possibility, so you didn’t think about it. Suddenly, a name appeared on screen, and the whole room remained in a shocked silence. The screen read:

Dean Winchester

“Is that…. Is that you?” You asked the man sitting next to you. 

Dean’s face had gone slack with surprise. His eyes were wide open, his jaw hanging slightly. Sam’s expression was almost identical. “Holy shit.” Dean muttered.

“Uh, Dean…?” Sam asked.

“I have a daughter.” Dean all but whispered. 

“Um, I, uh. I don’t expect you to take care of me.” You said quickly. 

“What?” Dean asked.

“You’re my dad, which is awesome by the way, but i don’t expect you to-” You were cut off by Dean wrapping his arms around you. He pulled you tightly against his body, and you completed the hug, wrapping your arms around his waist. 

“I’m so sorry I missed so much of your life.” Dean said, kissing the top of your head.

“It’s alright. You didn’t know.” You assured him. 

“I know that you may not want to, but you’re my daughter, and if you want, we’d love for you to move in.” Dean said, pulling away from the hug and looking into your eyes. 

“You don’t have to-” You started.

“You’re family. We want to.” Sam interrupted you. Then he hugged you. He was more gentle than Dean, but still shared the same amount of love.

“I.. I’d love to.” You managed to say, choking back tears.

Then Dean pulled you into another hug. Sam joined in, and you were sandwiched between the two men. This was your family. You’d never felt luckier.

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THE ACADEMY INVITES 322 TO MEMBERSHIP


Actors
Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games”
Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy”
Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”
Martin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot Fuzz”
Heather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights”
Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception”
Kevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along”
Felicity Jones – “The Theory of Everything,” “Like Crazy”
Stephen Lang – “Avatar,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats”
Jodi Long – “A Picture of You,” “Beginners”
John Carroll Lynch – “Shutter Island,” “Zodiac”
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Beyond the Lights,” “Belle”
Denis O’Hare – “Milk,” “Michael Clayton”
Michael O’Neill – “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Transformers”
David Oyelowo – “Selma,” “A Most Violent Year”
Dev Patel – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Slumdog Millionaire”
Rosamund Pike – “Gone Girl,” “Pride & Prejudice”
Chris Pine – “Into the Woods,” “Star Trek”
Daniel Radcliffe – “Kill Your Darlings,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
Eddie Redmayne – “The Theory of Everything,” “Les Misérables”
Jason Segel – “The Five-Year Engagement,” “The Muppets”
J.K. Simmons – “Whiplash,” “Juno”
Sonny Skyhawk – “Geronimo: An American Legend,” “Young Guns II”
Song Kang-ho – “Snowpiercer,” “The Host”
Emma Stone – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “The Help”

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Here are all 322 new members of The Academy:

Actors
Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games”
Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy”
Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”
Martin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot Fuzz”
Heather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights”
Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception”
Kevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along”
Felicity Jones – “The Theory of Everything,” “Like Crazy”
Stephen Lang – “Avatar,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats”
Jodi Long – “A Picture of You,” “Beginners”
John Carroll Lynch – “Shutter Island,” “Zodiac”
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Beyond the Lights,” “Belle”
Denis O’Hare – “Milk,” “Michael Clayton”
Michael O’Neill – “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Transformers”
David Oyelowo – “Selma,” “A Most Violent Year”
Dev Patel – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Slumdog Millionaire”
Rosamund Pike – “Gone Girl,” “Pride & Prejudice”
Chris Pine – “Into the Woods,” “Star Trek”
Daniel Radcliffe – “Kill Your Darlings,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
Eddie Redmayne – “The Theory of Everything,” “Les Misérables”
Jason Segel – “The Five-Year Engagement,” “The Muppets”
J.K. Simmons – “Whiplash,” “Juno”
Sonny Skyhawk – “Geronimo: An American Legend,” “Young Guns II”
Song Kang-ho – “Snowpiercer,” “The Host”
Emma Stone – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “The Help”

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