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Post by MechaCreator » Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:12 pm

Hello all!
I'm extremely pleased to have found this site,
as active mecha-fan sites seem to be harder to
find these days.

I am (as noted by my name), a fairly large fan of
the mecha genre. I think I've spent the better
part of a day or so reading the sites forums :-)

A bit of an introduction on my part- I am an
artist with a background in engineering, as well
as arts (3D, and sculptural primarily). I'm also
a part of Mecha-Play, Inc.- a startup company
that's working on realistic mecha costumes.

Not sure on what the allowance for 'corporate
plugs' is, so I'll stay silent unless the forum
admin, or site head tells me it's okay to talk
more on that part of things.

Anyways, currently wondering- what's the best
three new(er) mecha movies either anime or
Live Action- out right now? Looking for
surgical down-time watching materials. :-)

Hope to be able to talk to you all more often
later, and to hear responses :-)

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Post by Tachyon » Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:35 pm

Welcome to the forums. If it has to do with mecha I think it's fine to make a post about your business. Frequent posts may not be a good idea but a few is fine.

I'm catching up on classic mecha anime these days so I'm not the best person to ask about newer stuff. The Gaiking TV show remake was pretty recent. I enjoyed that. I watched it at veoh.com.
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Post by Mr March » Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:10 pm

Hi there and welcome to the forums! I'm a newb here at GearsOnliine as well :)

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Post by MechaCreator » Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:54 pm

Thank you Tachyon, and Mr. March-

It's good to know that the reception
party for us 'newbs is friendly (no
hidden frags thus far). ;-)

Drats though on no highly advised
new mecha / mech movies. I hope
that the movie industry brings back
some good, hardcore sci-fi again in
the next year or three. I miss the
classic style of the original alien(s),
predator, RobotJox, Terminator 2,
etc....
Even when the above mentioned were
cheesy - they stayed consistent in effect
& style, adding to that whole suspension
of disbelief aspect (at least the first time).

... I wonder what the chances are of new,
or revisisted mecha arriving on the big
screen are in the near future. I can picture
RobotWars, or Gundam as a live action now-
and the concept would revitalize the genre
I think... After all - look at how well the
transformers movie just did....

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Post by Mr March » Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:36 pm

Live action mecha is a hard sell. I'm hoping the success of Transformers, despite it's poor quality, breeds more giant robot movies. Yes, most will be horrible, lowest-common-denominator trash. But the exploration of the genre live action should produce at least one or two gems.

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Post by Tachyon » Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:05 pm

I'm hoping the success of Transformers, despite it's poor quality, breeds more giant robot movies.
What was it about the movie that was poor quality?
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Post by Mr March » Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:21 pm

No offense to anyone who likes the movie. I hate the film, but I hate all Michael Bay movies. Acting, dialogue, casting and story were all weak, IMO.

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Post by Tachyon » Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:53 pm

Oh, no. I'm not offended. I saw the movie and kind of liked it but I can see your points and I'm actually inclined to agree with you.
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Post by Mr March » Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:40 pm

Good to hear. I suppose from the most optimistic view I have, Transformers is a giant robot film, good or bad. How often do we get the pleasure? Never :) It's just too bad it had to be a Bay film and that it took this long to finally get a live action robot movie :(

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Post by MechaCreator » Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:49 pm

True on the points with Michael Bay movies-

While they're good for filling theatre seats,
and generally entertaining to watch, they
are weak in regards to actual character
development, or in depth combat scenes..

He has a tendency to switch camera views
and blur out detail on his movies "for dramatic
effect" - pfft.

Personally I think it'd be awesome to see
more of a style taken from Final Fantasy
Advent children with the effects, buttttt that's
just me. And in regards to art style- I hope
for the love of everything mecha that some
of them are done with the dark and gritty vibe.

Apparently there's now a Robotech movie in
developement (so I hear), and I hope it focuses
more on the mecha..

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Post by Kuruni » Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:17 am

Welcome! We aren't active as few years ago, but still has nice topic pop-up time to time. So I hope you will be happy with us :wink: .
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Post by Zoxesyr » Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:45 am

do you have a place where you display your 3d work?

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Post by MechaCreator » Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:57 pm

Zoxesyr, No since our little company venture kicked off, all of us have taken down our online portfolios. This was as much to prevent temptation on our end of posting in our 'normal spots', as well as to keep us from the temptation of accepting many, if any contracted pieces.

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Post by Mr March » Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:07 pm

The cinematography and editing in Transformers (and most post-MTV styled film) is not something I'd worry about excessively. There are other areas much more critical to the success of a film than those, like the ones I mentioned in my post above.

Personally, I have little hope for this Robotech live action film with Tobey Maguire involved. Robotech already took the semi-hammy elements of Macross and ramped them up to nearly intolerable levels along with the technobabbling the science fiction itself. It'll be awful if they go the same route. On the flip side, a Battlestar Galactica (2004)-like reimagining could be a major success, but I really doubt the creative people involved in this film have that much vision. It'll be made in the same vein as Transformers is my guess.

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Post by MechaCreator » Mon Nov 12, 2007 5:54 pm

Well in all fairness, story line has never been a strongpoint of many of
the Mecha-Type movies / anime. Almost all of the Gundam / Eva / etc
films, OVA's, and movies were fairly bereft of it. True one could argue
that- and I'd likely get flamed by 99% of the fans- but, although the
story of the Mecha-genre is generally weak- it more than makes up for
it in entertainment factor.

I do not mean that the story lines of Mecha-type multimedia are non-
existant, or devoid of very cool (often) story twists, origins, etc- but
it's hard to say that for their extreme length that many of them could
not be shortened to a 'standard film' length- as opposed to the many
hours they're normally stretched across...

But I do agree that the acting (even the dubbed) on many of them *is*
pretty well done- and that while it was passable in the Transformers
movie- even better than I'd expected- it could have been **MUCH**
better... As could the story. Focusing as much as they did on the
humans- was a bit of a mistake, would have been more appropriate if
they'd named it to something like "Transformers: Rising" or something
that implies that it's their 'birth' on the screen so to speak.. Much as the
old 80's tv series for awhile focused on the humans and their reactions.
Though... The humans didn't seem "freaked" by the giant robots popping
up- which bugged me- no Independance Day style riots / crowds/ jaw
on the floor hordes that one would expect- no real faux tv comercials..

I mean seriously- alien robots pop up, people find out the government
has known for sometime, and *no one* bats much of an eyelash???
*chuckles*
But All in all - it was a 'fun' flick. Provided one can shut off their brain
for the 2 hours.

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