djtetsuo. Performing at Equestria LA 2013
EQLA – The Editorial
My thoughts were filled with hopes that this visit to Equestria LA would be as good as last year. When I left, I couldn’t imagine how any convention could beat what I just experienced. It was an amazing weekend, filled with great panels, new friends, and the general badassery that is the pony community. Some of the best times I had in general are conventions, and this is definitely no exceptions. I’d really recommend anyone go to a pony con just for the amazingly humble experience that is us!
I had some awesome interviews, not with the show staff nor community guests, but with the vendors, I felt like they are a greatly under appreciated part of the con scene, and I want to shed some light on what it is like to make your way as a vendor.
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Saturday , Newsbrony of BNN, the Brony News Network is going to unveil an interview with the inimitable Amy Keating Rogers on their YouTube channel.
We’ll add the interview in here once it has been released.
Hi there! Newsbrony here. I’m the host of the Brony News Network, and if you don’t know about my show, then you’re missing out! We feature pony news, humor, music, videos, interviews, and more, all on BNN! We put out a new episode every Saturday evening, and this Saturday, we have our biggest episode yet! Amy Keating Rogers, one of the writers for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, stops by (virtually) for an interview! Be sure to tune in! You won’t wanna miss it!
Our pals over at PVL pulled out all the stops at EQLA this past weekend and put together over 2 hours of MLP staff and musician interviews! Follow the link below or watch them after the break.
Equestria L.A. 2013 in Anaheim, CA was a blast! The lights may have gone out for a few minutes, but the pony kept going strong all weekend long.
Now that everyone’s made it home, we’ve put together a package of very special interviews with select guests from EQLA. From the funny and goofy to the insightful and exciting, we’re very happy to share our conversations with these ponyfolks with you.
Our featured guests came from a variety of backgrounds, including:
Andrea Libman – Pinkie Pie/Fluttershy
Brenda Crichlow – Zecora
Cathy Weseluck – Spike/Mayor Mare
Michelle Creber – Applebloom
Tabitha St. Germain – Rarity/Luna
Amy Keating Rogers
Fan Community Musicians:
Check all of the interviews out on the Ponyville Live! YouTube channel:
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At Pon3 Con this weekend, the Journey of the Spark crew is promoting some new material for their upcoming film. I caught up with Zach Holcomb, the lead vector artist, and Meredith Sims, the voice of Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy.
You can check out the interview after the break. Read more →
Recently, Mike Vogel, VP of Development for Hasbro Studios, conducted a phone interview with Christina Radish of Collider.com. We learned quite a lot about how he balances making great entertainment with selling toys. Some of the highlights were:
- He is the go between for the animation and toy sides of the company.
- The reaction to MLP has been his biggest surprise thus far, in terms of toy sales. he cites the strength of the show as the reason for this.
- He has to discern what would make both a good toy and a good cartoon at the same time, without compromising one or the other.
- They knew from the outset what direction they wanted to take Transformers, the time table to do so, and what the end game was for that series.
- He strives to find a balance with keeping the current characters relevant, and introducing new characters, to make the story more interesting and epic.
- His plan is to bring more 80′s era reboots onto TV.
- He commented on how “cool” it is to see instant reactions to shows like MLP and LPS, because of the internet, but in some ways it’s “horrifying” and “stresses you out.”
- Mike made a very interesting comment, relevant to the negative Alicorn Twilight reaction that some of us had.
Sometimes when the fans hear about some major change happening in a show, it makes them really nervous because they love the show and they love the characters, and they don’t want anything to change. Our job is to find that balance between giving the fans the characters and the stories they love, and then shaking things up that sometimes upsets them, but hopefully, at the end of the day, once they see what we’ve done, makes them go, “Okay, they’ve still got it. They’re still on track with what we love about these characters.
- The unexpected adult fanbase for MLP inspired them to create the comics, and embrace that audience.
- Mike made the point to point out how free the studios are to bring thier vision of the shows to life, namely MLP and LPS.
My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop for us, it’s amazing when you get these creative people in a room and you start talking about these brands. Half the people have the toys. Half the people were obsessed with the old version of the show.
Everybody brings a lot to it. And then, you give them the freedom to say, “Okay, what would you do with it?,” and the ideas you get are just crazy and fun and out there. That was what was great about Lauren Faust and the Studio B team with My Little Pony. They had this love of the original ‘80s My Little Pony, and they got to say, “Here’s what I loved about it, and I want to bring that part out, even more, in this new series.” It’s actually really exciting to have brands that have that level of love, respect and nostalgia, and then just let creative people cut loose on it.
We try to be really free with that. Even though we have a lot of needs and global brand desires, we try, in those very early stages, to let them go crazy and come up with whatever they want, and then bring it in, as opposed to giving them all of the parameters, right away. When you let creative people go loose on a blank canvas, sometimes you get stuff that surprises you, that you never would have thought of, in the first place.
- There’s evidently a powerpoint presentation outlaying how a Kreo cartoon would work.
- Unlike other studios, Hasbro hires people, including him, who work on the animation side of the industry, as opposed to marketing individuals. He and his whole team have a very impressive resume with creating and developing children’s cartoons.
The whole article can be found here.
A relatively new commercial site run by TV Store Online has interviewed Cathy Weseluck. Here a small excerpt:
BRONY.COM: Then what about Mayor Mare, how did you find that character and voice?
CATHY WESELUCK: Oh the Mayor is basically just my own base voice. When any other actor uses their own base voice they tend to go into a mode. In other words, what I would say in my own voice, “Hello, I’m Cathy and I’m the Mayor.” It’s no different then if you were an actor on camera. When you put yourself in the role of someone playing a mayor, then you get into that character. You imagine yourself literally as being a Mayor. There’s a presentation feel to the character. So you just put yourself into the character. When I teach in my workshops, I even teach that it’s important to go to the essence of the character first. Meaning, I let myself feel that character and ad-lib in that character how I may think they’d respond if they were in trouble, or sad or under attack or something. I like to work with the essence first and work out in the details in the script after.
Head over here to read the full piece.