When I saw ( this )
's blog, I thought it was pretty amazing but just a novelty article. "Oh cool, someone's made a movie Bumblebee out of paper and card." Then I went to check out his blog
. Apparently he was a crazy fan of Transformers when he was a kid; especially struck by the production quality of the toys...However, other toys cannot be mentioned in the same breath. Because its materials, style is far beyond to compare. Even I was shocked that the logo of Transformer could change its color, which is the clearest memory on my mind till now. I cannot believe that a transformer toy can be made in such an excellent level.
But because he couldn't afford a proper toy, he made race cars using boxes of pencil lead. Then after experiments with paper, he made a full model of Starscream, from scratch. Nothing to copy except the TV series. I'm not kidding. ( the process in his own words )
Then, like me (and many of us), he forgot about TF while busy growing up, until he watched the movie...Freezing Enthusiasm has been ignited again. People can be easily influenced, but something in one's heart cannot be changed. The first time I saw the foreshow
[sic: trailer?] of the transformer, I felt that my feeling comes back. The moment I enter into the cinema, I feel that my dream will soon come into true. According to familiar names, strange faces, classical actor's lines, and fashionable and brand-new Camoro, I exert myself to recall things in 1988. Something just appears and then dies away silently. People always touched by recalling. I'm touched and excited during watching film. It's time to do something to express my true feelings. For I know that I'm still passionate.
Just LOOK at his designs
. He made those from MEMORY. From watching the movie a few times.Go read the whole thing. Seriously.
I know it seems like just a fannish thing, and it is
, but it's such
a fannish thing that...to me it goes beyond Transformer-specific fandom and touches the heart of all enthusiasms and true inspirations. It's like watching my own childhood over again--"if I watch this
, then I want to make this
, and making this
makes me want to do this
and..." Plus, English translation aside, his actual writing is really touching. I welled up when he talked about his excitement during the movie, because it matched my own...it wasn't what the movie was
, but what it awoke in us that we loved so much. The fact that a movie based on a cartoon based on some "toys that transformed into some other toys indistinguishable from the first set of toys" (to paraphrase Gaiman and Pratchett) could spark so much crazy productivity from a bunch of otherwise reasonably sane and mature people...it awakes a kind of hungry ambition in me. I
want to do something like that, or help to do it. That's why I'm doing what I do, after all. This IS my life: not one specific fandom, but the whole of it, the continued perpetration
of it, whether through fan work or my own work. Fan work is like getting into practice for what I REALLY want to do, which is make more reasons for nerds to spend days at a time on the Internet. :P
I am now scrambling through the guy's blog to find some of his original work, but am thoroughly lost as it seems to be in Chinese. Help?