Living the Dream (Final Project Idea)

After 3 days of thinking this week, I’ve finally discovered what I wanted to do for the final project! Throughout my 13 weeks of being apart of this class, I believe I’ve mentioned something My Little Pony related a good number of times. I’ve decided that this final project will be no different! Ladies and gentlemen take your seats and prepare to admire the crazy adventures of the fastest, toughest, and most energetic pony in all of Equestria, Rainbow Dash!

Living the DreamPoster

Pretty nice poster huh!

Okay so here’s the plan! I want to make a mashup of Rainbow Dash’s best scenes and have them explain how her determination and spirit brought her to the top of her class. Sort of a zero to hero kind of tribute.

The forms of media I plan to use are audio, design, and mashup. For the design portion, which I already got a jump on, I created a movie poster to advertise the “movie.” I made it in GIMP and used a vectored image of RD looking tough (this image was over 7000 pixels tall so naturally it crashed my weak browser when I opened it,) a picture of her cutie mark to go in her pupil, and a black border to wrap it all up. I also used one of her most known quotes that pretty much sums up her personality. The white background may not seem elaborate, but the video will be the complete opposite.

In the video, there will be multiple clips of RD demonstrating her agility, quickness, determination, and overall awesomness. Along with these clips will be an immense amount of flashy effects to lead her flashy flying moves. Actually there’s this image distortion effect that I’ve been dying to try that makes the video seem “ultra wide screen,” like the screen encases itself by extending farther on both sides (don’t know how else to explain it, but when you see it you’re gonna LOVE it!) There will also be clips of her ultimate idols, The Wonderbolts, the greatest team of flyers in the land and whom she’d do anything to meet and be apart of. The inclusion of the Wonderbolts in the video will remind us what RD is working toward.

For the video’s audio, I wanted to use a fanmade song called “The Wonderbolts Take Flight” by Kristen Cooper. I’m using this song because I personally know Kristen and can get permission to use it without getting sued for copyright or something. Plus this song has just the amount of energy I need without having words. Also, to overlay the music I’m going to have a handful of audio clips from some of the MLP episodes. Since the background music wont have words, you’ll be able to hear them.

As you can probably tell by now, I envy Dash’s courage and wish I could be like her, which is why she’s my absolute favorite pony and deserves an awesome tribute!. It’d also be the perfect way to top off the Ds106 experience.

Collect Them All! Fan-made My Little Pony trading cards! (****)

Now for a limited time you can get the new “Insanity Twilight”¬† Trading Card! Once played on the field, this card is unstoppable!
"Insanity Twilight" MLP Trading Card

I love Yugioh cards, and I love My Little Pony, so why not combine the two and see what happens? I created this for the Movie Trading Cards assignment.Instead of using a movie, I ended up using a screenshot from one of my favorite episodes of MLP (Movie, Episode…they sound the same to me. I don’t watch many movies.)I tried to duplicate the format of an actual Yugioh card to create this. I used 12 layers in all, including the background, border, title template, text, and drop shadows. The background is a mix of a tile filter, and a multicolored gradient.

I took a screenshot from an episode called Lesson Zero where Twilight only has 24 hours to submit her weekly friendship report. She ends up going crazy because, as a straight-A student, the thought of being tardy is devastating to her. She ends up going to extreme lengths to make up a report to turn in. What this episode and the card have in common is that both are results of waiting until the last minute to do something. Only when the player’s life points are almost gone can this card be played, and when it is played, it deals an immense amount of damage to the other player’s life points or card. (Life points are like…points that keep the game in motion. If you lose them all, you’ve lost the duel.)

There’s already a kid-friendly version of MLP Trading Cards, but I figured mine is what they would look like if they were characters that you could actually battle each other with. If they all looked like this I would TOTALLY collect them all!

Sonic Rainboom! The Story Structure

In the video we reviewed, Kurt Vonnegut discusses the common ways that stories are structured. I used his ideas and applied them to an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (don’t laugh! these aren’t your average ponies!) entitled “Sonic Rainboom.”

In this episode, Rainbow Dash, a blue Pegasus, practices for a contest called “The Best Young Flyers Competition.” The winner of this contest gets the chance to spend the day with the Wonderbolts, the greatest team of flyers in all of Equestria (also Rainbow’s idols) The central problem of the episode arises when Dash figures out that she can’t perform the legendary Sonic Rainboom, and she believes that she’s going to blow it at the competition. In the end, after a major minor inconvenience, she does eventually perform the technique and meet her childhood heroes.

I chose to start off Rainbow Dash’s story arch a little above the “average protagonist line” because Dash is a gifted pegasus who’s speed is nearly incomparably to any other flyer, which gives her character a small advantage. When she discovers that she cant do the Sonic Rainboom her position on the timeline goes down and continues to decrease until her friends arrive to cheer her on, which causes it to go back up slightly. Now here’s where the 2nd conflict arises; Rainbow’s friend, Rarity (a preppy fashionista,) is so busy admiring her newly acquired wings, that she completely forgets about Rainbow Dash’s nervousness. This new conflict reduces Rainbow Dash’s confidence once again, and even more as the episode progresses and Rarity gains more of the other ponies’ attention. Finally, Dash hits her lowest point when Rarity decides to enter the competition herself¬† to show off. (Some friend she is!) Miraculously, Rainbow’s luck changes when Rarity’s wings melt in the sunlight and she begins to fall to her doom! How does this boost Rainbow up on the timeline? Well this is the exact catastrophic incident that Dash needed to give her the wing-power to perform the Sonic Rainboom. After this incident, she wins the competition AND gets to meet the Wonderbolts, which propels her story to OFF SCALE HAPPINESS!

This episode is one of my favorites of the series and I encourage others to watch it! Sure, in most of the episodes there’s usually a happy ending for the mane main cast, but it’s not about the ending. It’s about the journey traveled to get there!

Side Note: This series is not just for girls anymore. There is a huge group consisting of millions of fans called Bronies, men ages 15-30 who enjoy the series. Not kidding! There’s even a Brony Club at UMW!