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Episode Four: Halloween

When Payton got home she told Ian all about the costume contest in her class and how she’s working with a new partner that she’s never worked with before. Ian offered to help her choose or even make the costume she wanted but she declined politely as she said her partner was going to think of something, then she went off to do her homework and wait for dinner to be ready.

Ian, watching his daughter walk away started thinking, he’s made a good amount of friends in the last week or two and decided he’d try to throw a halloween party. He’s never thrown one before but he’s confident that it’ll be a success, he’ll even let Payton invite a few friends so she won’t be left out. So, while Payton was doing her own thing, he started calling up all his friends or people he’s been introduced to. After calling everyone and explaining that he wanted to throw a party, he gathered that the best day to do it was actually tomorrow. So, he texted them with the full detail.

An half an hour later, Payton finished her homework and even decided to do the extra credit. Ian cooked dinner, cleaned the house a little and got him and Payton ready for bed.

Ian: “Payton, tomorrow we’re having a halloween party.”

Payton: “Tomorrow? Why not on halloween?”

Ian: “I’ve already talked to the people I wanted to invite and they where free tomorrow sometime in the late afternoon. So if you want, ask someone of your friends to come, i’m pretty sure I know all your friends and have their parents emergency contact.”

Payton: “Wel, ok then. I’ll ask around. But I can’t help you set up, because my partner is coming over to start discussing ur costumes, or something like that i’m not sure.”

Ian: “That’s fine … but I thought I was supposed to drop you off and meet his parents? What happened to that?”

Payton: “I’m not sure, he said today at school that his dad was sick or something.”

Ian: “Well alright. It’s a little bit past your bedtime, so get to bed, do you want me to pull out your princess costume?”

Payton: “No thank you. I wanna go different this year. But, goodnight dad! See you in the morning!”

SDCC 2017 Rebecca Sugar interview

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.

ANIMATIC: OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes Main Title

(See the final version here!)

Presenting the rough animatic for the show’s main titles! This was a true labor of love and a chance to work with one of my animation heroes, Hiroyuki Imaishi(Best known as the co-founder of Studio Trigger)!

For this project, we began by solidifying the theme song. Our team at Mint Potion Studios, headed by composer Jake Kaufman, created a blood-pumping disco song that not only extols the virtues of friendship but also brings to mind the visual of robots exploding. As an easter egg, the first 9 notes are a callback to the theme song of the original 2012 “Lakewood Plaza Turbo” pilot!

We sent the theme song and some early episodes to Imaishi-san in Japan for him to get the vibe of the project. He sent us a mind-blowing storyboard- he created an otherworldly image of a planet encased in a discoball seamlessly transitioning to a wild action sequence(described by him as “CRAZY FIGHTING”)! Our storyboard supervisor Jeremy Polgar took it from there, and animated the heck out of it. Pausing randomly on the final version reveals some pretty out-there character drawings!

This intro is very special to me, as it encapsulates all of the feelings of the show into one place. It took months of coordinating across multiple time zones. It was a challenge to get all of the main characters, rivals, settings, and a discoball all in 20 seconds! Please, enjoy our hard work!

-Ian JQ

Storyboard: Hiroyuki Imaishi

Director: Jeremy Polgar

Revisions & Additional Animation: Max Collins, Anna Craig, Ian Jones-Quartey

Music: Mint Potion Studios

Special Thanks to Will Feng, Studio Trigger

Dating Joji would include...

- Joji calling you “love”

-He also had a nickname to tease you

-”George stop calling me that!” “oh you know you love it”

-Watching him edit videos late at night, with the soft light from the computer illuminating his face

-You guys going out in just your pajamas to run errands was a frequent occurrence

-Mornings were spent in bed until absolutely necessary to leave

-Sometimes you’d come home to him passed out on the couch, other times you’d hear his muffled Filthy Frank voice and his pink suit on the floor

-Joji would be the king of somehow making a simple dollar store item become the most romantic thing you have ever gotten

-Comforting him in times of stress was a recurring event

-Watching him film FF videos and every time he made eye contact with you he couldn’t help but laugh

-”Y/N…you gotta stop looking at me like that” would be stifled out between laughs

Bob Morley at #ShowTimeCon2

so this is a master post of what bob said during his panels in Barcelona this weekend. i’ll update it as much as i can:

- Bob was 30 minutes late (x)
- Bob doesn’t ship Becho (x)
- Bob thinks Bellamy deserves a happy ending (x)
- Bob is bad at taking compliments (x)
- Bob is really happy with a scene that’s coming up soon. Ian directed it (x)
- Bob loves working with Ian, Eliza and Marie (x)
- Bob’s favorite character this season is Murphy and he loves how crazy Jaha is (x)
- Bob’s favorite superhero is Hulk (x)
- Someone said Echo is better than Gina and Bob said: “You are entitled to your opinion” (x)
- Bob said he’d like to play Becca and that Erica does an amazing job. He also said he’d look amazing in a red dress (x)
- Bob said there’s a huge episode coming up in 3 episodes (x)
- Someone asked about Bellarke but Bob said he doesn’t know what will happen (x)
- “I definitely think that they’re pushing the audience to think that way.” Bob about Bellamy having feelings for Clarke (x)
- Someone asked Bob if he thought Bellamy is in love with Clarke and he tried to avoid the question but he said Bellamy cares more about her and Octavia than any other of their people. (x)
- Bob about Bellamy and Octavia: “There’s a big episode coming, I think it’s one of the biggest we’ve ever shot.” (x)
- “Would I like Bellamy in real life? No. He’d probably beat me up.” (x)
- “What do you have in common with Bellamy?” - “We have the same hair.” (x)

Frisk Gets Political
Ian Murray Feat. Jordan Scarzfava
Frisk Gets Political

I was scrolling through my dash, like usual, but then I stumbled upon this glorious & Hilarious comic drawn by @askfriskandcompany . After reading it, I just had to do a voice dub of this. So I asked my friend @jordanthecat11 if she could voice Olivia & Frisk. She said yes, after getting her voice recordings I did my part and I have to say. The dub came out beautifully! 

I hope you all enjoy :3

& Thank you to @askfriskandcompany for making something hilarious & @jordanthecat11 for providing the voice lines. You did beautiful work.

Carry on

Pairing: Carl x reader

A/N- This is inspired by the song carry on by Fun. Please don’t hate me after this. It’s my first time writing like this! Oh yeah and it’s my first Shameless piece so if you like it and think I should do more tell me!

If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone.
Carry on.
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground.
Carry on.

Tough. The word everyone thinks when you hear the name Carl Gallagher. But I know that’s not all he is. Considering I have known him my whole life. Yes, he is tough, but he is so much more than that.

“(Y/N) wanna come over after school?” Carl asks while he lays his head on the locker next to mine. “Yeah of course!” I say as Carl puts his arm around my waist and we walk to class. Well more like I walk to class but Carl just walks past the room and out of the doors.
After school I wait for Carl to meet me at our usual place— by the front steps— , but he never comes. I figure that he never came back to school so, I just walk over to his house.
When I walk in I see Monica sleeping on the couch. Monica never liked me but I never liked her so I guess it’s a hate-Hate situation.
Up the stairs I go and into Carl’s room and, see him laying on his bed just starring at the ceiling. “So, I see Monica’s back. How long do you think she is going to stay this time ?” I ask him while i climb into the bed with him.
“I hope only for a day. But, most likely until she steals something or finds something better to do.” He says with a slight frown on his face and, a sad look in his eyes.
He holds me tighter to his chest and cuddles me into his chest. “How long has she been here?” I ask looking up at him. “Not long she was here when I got home. I tried to get her up but she wouldn’t so I just gave up.” He sighs.
“It’s cool. Just carry on. Act like she isn’t even there. To try and soften the blow when she does leave.” I suggest lightly.
“you know what would make it even better? If you stayed with me.” Carl said smirking.
“I will stay with you but, not in the way you are suggesting” I chuckle.
“Works for me!” He says. Then he positions himself to where his head is laying on my chest and he is holding me like a 3 year old would hold a teddy.
I don’t know how carl can be so cool with his parents just in and out how they are. So, Yeah he is tough but sometimes I can tell it gets to him. But sometimes you just have to carry on.