Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston Anime - Part 3: Matthew meets Greg Ayers (Why your fan base stinks.)

So Sunday was my final day at Boston Anime. I was kaijued out and I found something that caught my eye, a lecture by anime voice-actor Greg Ayres. He has such a great voice so I attended the lecture called “Why your fan base stinks?” He talked about how people can horribly go to far with their fan-bases. For instance, during a lecture he talked about the Hetalia fan-base, where in the manga (comic-book), countries are personified. Germany is depicted as Nazis! Here comes the shocking part, those nutty Nazis paraded at Boston Anime and posed around for goofy photos at the Holocaust Memorial! This caused a horrible uproar and as a result, they got in trouble and the reprentatives of Anime Boston apologized.
http://hetalia.livejournal.com/6828345.html
This happened in 2010.

A few years ago, there was a problem with the Homestuck fan-base. There was this little girl who was dressed up as her favorite characters, got beaten up by other people who were fans of one character, but hated the other. As a result, the person who came up with this idea blogged about it (“real smart move” there), leading to get not only arrested by the police, but banned from Anime Boston! The little girl who got clobbered became guest of honor. Greg Ayres said, “It is like fighting over the Smurfs.” It is just art.

Then there was this brony related story. Now what is a brony? A brony is a man ages 18 to 30 (or older) who is a fan of the cartoon My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic (which is aimed at little girls). He is a fan because of the witty humor, clever writing, interesting characters and pop-culture references. To get a full understanding of it, let Doug “The Nostalgia Critic” Walker, explain.




So now you got an understanding through this video, back to the story. In the cult-cartoon (or colt cartoon), there is this character named Derpy Hooves. Think of this wonky-eyed (which was a mistake in the animation), grey Pegasus as the Clumsy Smurf of the cartoon. In her first appearance, she caused controversy for poking fun at the retarded people. The Brony Community struck back by saying that it is not making fun of retarded people, it is reaching out people with special conditions! If anyone who is reading this, I would like to say that I am not a brony.



After that, it was time to talk to Greg about anything in relationship to fan-bases that fouled up. Now is my chance to go and warn them about a new fan-base that happens to grate me. I told Greg that I was watched this series called Toons These Days. Hosted by Doggie D. Daschund (a retro 1920’s/30’s cartoon character) and Conroy Cat (a modern day cartoon character). In one episode, there was a review of the web-series Barbie-Life in the Dream House. Doggie bashed it as usual, but Conroy gave an honest review of it saying that he enjoyed it because it was inspired by Toy Story 3! He went on to say that it was the next brony fad! Behold, the rise of the Brobie! I told him told him all about it, saying it was like having a vampire convert to Christianity. Mr. Ayres joked that the communion would be weird. I told him this joke that went like this: “Did you hear about the vampire who converted who converted Christianity? He died.” With that bad joke aside, hearing and bringing out mad news like that is like the Destruction of the Gender Barrier. My gosh what has happened here?




Here is a link to Greg's site:
www.gregayres.com

So that is my whole Boston Anime story.  I hope you enjoy it, sorry that there was lack of updates because I was busy. Stay tuned to this site for more.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Boston Anime - Part 2: Matthew meets (the Stars of the Original) Godzilla! (Not Exactly)

After failing to meet my favorite stars on Friday, I decided to meet them on Saturday and boy what an awesome experience!  Before the movie, there was a questions and answers segment with Akira Takarada and Harou Nakijama, the original stars of GODZILLA (1954).

They talked about their thoughts on the original movie, the wonderful experience and their thoughts on the 2014 movie.  As a fan, it was amusing.


Now this was followed by the audience who wanted to ask questions to them.  I was ready!  I was going to ask a question to Mr. Takarada:  "What is it like working with American actors in the film KING KONG ESCAPES?"  I was going to ask Mr. Nakijama: "Is there a difference when you are playing Kong on KING KONG ESCAPES and Godzilla?  What is it like?"





However, when I came to ask, time was up.  As a result, this was followed by a screening of the original 1954 version of GODZILLA.  Uncut, undubbed, uncensored and unseen by American audiences.  This was the one by Rialto Pictures from 2004 (which I saw 11 years ago).
So here is a music video I made.


So that concluded it and tune in next time when I attend a lecture called: "Why your fan-base stinks."

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Boston Anime - Part 1: Matthew meets Ultraman '80 (Watching It For The Very First Time)

I was at Boston Anime in April and let me tell you how it went.  It was great on Friday I was planning to see Harou Nakijama and Akira Takarada (the stars of the original GODZILLA),  to get autographs.  However, I was one of the people who was the over 100 in the line.  Only the first 100 people can get their autographs for free.  As a result, I ended up watching a special screening of the first four episodes of ULTRAMAN 80.  Let me tell you, it is an awesome show.  Some monsters come from the supernatural, some are created by science, others from unexplored places, some are created by atomic mutation, pollution or come from outer space.  In this show, the giant monsters of terror are created by twisted evil thoughts!


But the song in the closing credits is awesome.


You can catch some at this link.

So the next day, I decided to see the two guys in the flesh that is for another post in this blog.

Sorry, that this blog wasn't updated recently, but there will be more posts.  Stay tuned as Matthew B. Lamont meets Godzilla (as in the original actors of the film).

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hail to the King!

On March 2nd 1933, there was one movie that took America by storm (not to mention getting their minds off the Great Depression).  King Kong was the name and it's wonder gained its fame.  There was a sequel, two high-profile remakes and a ton in imitations in all forms of media (e.g. comic books, other films, TV shows and cartoons).  It has been over 80 years and it holds the test of time.  Also, Kong's animator, Willis O'Brien was born on March 2nd 1886 (he died in November 8th 1962).   This movie had a grand effect on many other people at a young age.  Including me.  If it wasn't for this flick, there would be no love for stop-motion animation, dinosaurs, apes and voyaging into the world of obscure and bizarre cinema (in the words of Carl Denham, "Something no one has ever seen or heard of").
Happy Birthday Kong and Obie (short for O'Brien) and to pay tribute to the great timeless classic, here is my senior thesis film, Hail to the King - A King named Kong.


Hail to the King - A King named Kong (Teaser Trailer) from Matthew B. Lamont on Vimeo.



Hail to the King - A King named Kong (Trailer) from Matthew B. Lamont on Vimeo.



Hail to the King - A King named Kong by matthew-lamont-9237

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love is in the air.

You know, with severe weather going around Boston, snowing things up, there is nothing to keep us warm than the power of love!  Valentines Day is coming around the corner, so what is the best way to spice it all up by having a nice music video.  From 1979, here is "Funky Disco Princess" by Spinach Power.  So bring out the kids and the family.  You are in for a ride.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Believe it You're Nuts!

Ah yes, here is my final assignment for Digital Toolbox III.  It is a funny one that takes a good lampooning on futuristic science and technology.  Even though I graduated, I continue taking extra courses just to boost my portfolio.


Believe It You're Nuts from Matthew B. Lamont on Vimeo.

Enjoy

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Rabbit The Squirrel and The UFO

Rabbits, Squirrels and Flying Saucers. Oh my!
This assignment was a fun challenge.  It took two weeks to complete.
My first attempt on the squirrel looked awful.  I found out where I went wrong.
It looked like the program, Maya, cannot accept altered shapes, so I decided to use shapes that it is familiar with.  What you are about to see, will be explained (in rhyme).


The Rabbit The Squirrel and the UFO from Matthew B. Lamont on Vimeo.

Enjoy.