As a fan of the Warhammer 40K universe and a former Games Workshop Employee (that is 16 years in the past, so I have nothing to do with any of the weird stuff that has been happening recently) I was really excited when I heard about the „The Lord Inquisitor“ movie project.
The movie is animated, produced, cut etc. by one person (!): Erasmus Brosdau and tells the story of a Lord Inquisitor on a mission to retrieve a chaos artifact.
If you are unfamiliar with the Warhammer 40k universe, here is a very brief rundown:
The universe is set in the 40th millenium of our calendar (thus 40k) and in our galaxy. For the past 10.000 years (i.e. since the 30th millenium) the Imperium of Man under the guidance of the Emperor of Mankind, who sits on the Golden Throne has withstood being assaulted on all sides, including within, by uncountable foes.
One of the most dire threats to the Imperium is Chaos. During a civil war within the Imperium, 10.000 years ago, forces of the Imperium who had been corrupted by Chaos were almost victorious and were only beaten back after their supreme leader, Horus, was killed by the Emperor of Mankind. But the Emperor of Mankind, gravely wounded during the battle against Horus, has ever since been confined to the Golden Throne, which is amongst other things, his life-support system.
To battle Chaos, the people left in charge of the Imperium after the Emperor was interned in the Golden Throne and became basically incummunicado, formed the Inquisition, specifically, the Ordo Malleus of the Inquisition, a.k.a. The Deamon Hunters, dedicate their life to battling Chaos and its deamons. The most influential and powerful members of the Inquisition are called Lord Inquisitors.
So much for the very brief summary of what is going on in the Warhammer 40k universe is about and who and what the Lord Inquisitor in this movie is. From what is said in the trailer, he has to be a member of the Ordo Malleus.
Erasmus has this to say abou the trailer:
“This is the first trailer for my private free time animation “The Lord Inquisitor”, based on Warhammer 40.000. I have done this almost alone over the last 1.5 years of hard work and was lucky to gain a cool community who support my animation. There is a lot to tell about this project, please visit thelordinquisitor.com or Lord Inquisitor on Facebook for much much more info”
The movie is still in production, which is little wonder since it is a one-man project, and has been in production for years, but the prologue will be released on the 28th of August 2016, i.e. in five days as of the writing of this article. You can go and check it out on Erasmus‘ Youtube Channel!
Kenny Baker, who will forever be known and remembered as the actor who brought R2-D2 to life, has passed on today aged 81, just 11 days shy of his 82nd birthday. According to various sources, he had been ill for a while already.
2016 has claimed another Great One. Rest in the Force, Sir!
It happens rarely I simply post a press-release, but here I happily make an exception, because the whole topic is so awesome and also neccessary:
In Korea, orphan Rayven Choi has had 20 years to feel bitter about the hitman who brutally murdered her parents in cold blood. Now it is time for the thinking to stop and for action to take over. She is back in America, and she is on a mission. She is a bounty hunter with a score to settle…
Los Angeles, CA, July 25, 2016 – Right on the heels of this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con International, award-winning writer and director Shequeta L. Smith has launched the first book in a her six-part graphic novel series, Rayven Choi, complete with a 14-minute companion film. The book will be available in both English and Korean.
The multimedia series turns the comic book boys‘ club on its head with a strong African-American heroine leading the action-packed story of vengeance and female empowerment, written and directed by a woman.
Putting a powerful African-American protagonist at the heart of the adventure was important for Smith, knowing that positive female characters are in short supply in the comic book world. And recognizing female creators are even rarer in the comic book and film sectors, Smith aims to shine a light on the untapped talent of women in both industries.
Smith is a seasoned filmmaker who beat more than 5,000 entrants to become the only individual female director to reach the Top 20 in HBO’s Project Greenlight. After that, she turned her focus to adapting her award-winning screenplay, Rayven Choi, into a graphic novel.
“The female voice has been difficult to find in both the comic book and film worlds,“ she says. „I created Rayven Choi to help fill this void and to showcase the superhuman inner strength that all resilient women seem to possess.“
My word! I happened across Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, by pure chance, but what a wonderful piece of 1950s sci-fi it is, and not simply for the nostalgic value. The tropes, the sheer concentraton of tropes.
Before I go into detail of the tropes, I guess I should give a short explanation and introduction as to what and who Rocky Jones, Space Ranger is.
Rocky Jones is the titular character of a short-lived 1950’s sci-fi TV series of the Space Opera persuasion.
The series centered on the adventures of Rocky, the archetypical 1950’s good-guy hero. Clean-cut, square-jawed and of course most famous of the Space Rangers (a sort of interstellar police force). The Space Rangers patrol the United Worlds of the Solar System in the then not-too-distant future, which may or may not be the current present. Rocky and his crew fly a V-2-like spacecraft, the Orbit Jet XV-2, later in the series this became the nearly identical Silver Moon XV-3. Rocky and his crew always get the most dangerous missions the Space Rangers can assign but of course always succeed. Two things concerning the general topic of conflict resolution are notable: Although the Space ranger crew can destroy spaceships full of evil henchmen with impunity, they never fire their ray guns at people/aliens, this type of opponent is always engaged with good old brave fistfights.
Also, the script writers had serious issues with scientifically correct nomenclature and regulraly mix up planets, moons, stars and constellations, so that the locations where the adventures take place are vague in an almost cosmic sense.
Now for the TROPES, and oh my Cthulhu, do we have tropes:
The Hero, of course. Rocky Jones is smart, brave, handsome and the spiritual ancestor of Captain Kirk, because every single woman in the series (including the evil space queen, see below) finds him irresitable.
The Evil (Space) Queen Cleolanta, who is the main antagonist but also has a crush on Rocky.
The trusty side-kick Winky, who also doubles as comic relief and on top of it all is a hidden bad-ass with quite the brawling skills
The futuristic space lingo: „Sparkling stardust!“ „Roaring rockets!“ „Jumping satellites!“ „Super cosmic!“ „Mighty meteor!“ and the list goes on. Glorious!
There are more tropes hidden in there, believe me. Just feast your eyes now:
As I have stated in a previous post, I have sojourned into the realm of cosplay and went to my first event today. Well, I have been at the RPC (Role Play Convention) in Cologne before, but today I went in full gear.
The gear I chose was that of a post-Great War Innsmouth Ranger. A (up to now) slight variation on the NCR ranger of Fallout: New Vegas.
And may I say: I got a lot (and I mean: A LOT) of compliments for this helmet. After the sixth I stopped counting. The craftsmanship and overall quality found many admierers, so well done, Brazen & Bold Productions and Deadbeard Props. You really know what you are doing!
The helmet will get its own dedicated article and review in the near future.
Since I do not have any other specific equipment yet, except for the Cthulhu pendant I featured here several posts ago, I went for completely black attire. To signal my generally non-violent intent, I also carried this sign:
The sign proved to be a great success and I was able to give a huge number of hugs to a diverse range of RPC visitors and made quite a few friends:
So the first mission was a success. I shall continue with another mission eventually and there is also more to tell about the RPC but this will have to wait for another day. I had a day full of concentrated Awesome at the RPC and it si time to rest, now!
I think I just leave this here. Bask in the glory of everything that makes Star Wars so visually stunning. And let’s disect this trailer scene by scene and try to infer things about the movie as a whole from it. Go!