Wednesday, August 23, 2006

A 'few' questions...And answers

A young lady, Blaze Rocket, sent me a few questions and instead of just e-mailing her back the answers I thought I would post them here. I hope she doesn't mind, but this way I've got fodder for a new post too....

BR: Will there ever be a "How to Draw" for any Brotherhood members? I`d love to see Wanda or Pietro, and I know plenty who would be interested in one on Toad. Freddy would be a good one, as drawing "larger than life" characters isn`t something that most people get instruction on. A drawing tutorial for Mystique that simply said "see all above" would make me giggle. Oh! And the Professor! Wheel chairs are hard! That`s my personal reasoning as to why the she`ar hover chair come into existence. Somewhere along the line, someone said "Screw wheels. I`m giving him a hover chair."

SG: The "how to" pages that were put up on my web-site weren't created specifically for this web-site, but were created for the show for the overseas studios to use. Due to the limited amount of time that I had at that time - between creating new models for every show and directing a third of the season's shows gave me very precious little free time. So I usually only made these construction sheets for characters we were very concerned about going way off model. The main good guys. I know that may not seem fair to all you fans of the brotherhood and other bad guys, but we had to make a call as to where to focus my energies. Though on the bright side I am adding a Blob walk cycle pretty soon to the animation section - hopefully that will satisfy you somewhat.

I also hate drawing wheel chairs and other props like that, but unfortunately we felt that it was better for the show for him to be in a more standard wheel chair than the hoover-type chair. I did cheat a little though and based it on the one used in the movies.

In interviews, it`s been stated that the new recruits got the short end of the stick, as it were, in that when an episode needed "tightening," their "B" stories were the first to be cut. Will any of these "B" stories ever be shared with the fans of the show?

When a script is being created often things are cut and added to make the script better for a variety of reasons. I doubt any of these B stories will ever re-surface - mainly because I doubt anyone could remember them.

In the "future vision" Professor X gets at the end of season four, were these teasers actually based on stories that the Evo team wanted to do, or perhaps had plans to do and weren`t able to... Or were they just teasers, perhaps a nod to those fans who also enjoy the comics?

To my knowledge the next season's shows had never been seriously discussed (this usually only happened after the next season was green lighted) and these visions were created as just a way to wrap up the series for the fans - and ourselves.

If, miracle of miracles, Evo was revived and renewed for another season (or four, so long as we`re dreaming), would you and the rest of the creative team return to work on it?

Anything is possible...but I seriously do not believe there is any chance of the show coming back after being cancelled so ong ago at this point. Unless DVD sales are huge (like Family Guy) I wouldn't hold my breath.

Between DVD extras, in-show statements, and statements made on former WB web-pages, there`s some confusion as to the proper ages of characters. How old, exactly, were the characters of Evo supposed to be? Minus Logan, as that would just be cruel.

We never determined specific ages other than the obvious ones. Kitty was young enough to just be learning to drive in season 2 (if I'm remembering right) and Scott and Jean were seniors. Most of the characters were discussed in more general terms. Like so-and-so was in their 30's or so-and-so is younger than Kurt, etc.

Realizing and taking into consideration that Evo was a kids show, was there ever any sort of family back story or time line developed for the Maximoffs and their daddy? Specifically...
The last name "Maximoff" seems to indicate that at some point, Django and/or Marya Maximoff were involved. Were they?

If there was any discussion then I never heard it or was involved.

A DVD extra states that Pietro is an Eastern European exchange student. Any truth to that?

That's news to me.

Storm says that Pietro and Evan have been competing since they were babies. Is that a literal statement or figurative?

That's also news to me.

Magneto looks to be about 12 when he is rescued by Captain America and Logan. How old then, would he have been when Pietro and Wanda came about?

Hmmm...let's just say that Magneto led a very active senior life. Actually we never discussed this concern.

What happend to Magda, the Maximoff mother? Was Anya ever considered? What about Polaris?

These things were also never discussed to my knowledge.

How old were Pietro and Wanda when Wanda was institutionalized?
Who`s older- Pietro or Wanda?

Pietro was probably 8 and Wanda was probably 6. But I could be wrong...

Do you have a favourite character in Evo? A favourite to draw?

As I've mentioned before my favorite characters were Rogue, BoomBoom and Wanda. Mainly because I think the new concepts we created for them were so unique and different then the comics. My favorite to draw would probably be the easiest to draw...Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Todd.

You`re obviously aware of Evo`s on-line fandom. What are your thoughts on the homosexual parings that crop up- usually Lance/Pietro, Amara/Tabby and Kurt/Todd?

No, actually I wasn't aware....and I'm not sure I want to explore those ideas too far. As far as who was Gay or not we subtlely tried to indicate that Mystique was living at one time with Destiny and raising a child (Rogue). We also tried to indicate that Risty was Gay (Mystique in disguise) and she was flirting with Rogue - which actually leads to a very weird situation on it's own merit. Some of us also kind of felt Kurt might be Gay, but that was never addressed in any way on the show.

What are your thoughts on such things as fan sights, fan fiction, fan art, and fan flicks?

I think they're all good fun and help to keep the shows alive. At first I was a little shocked at the amount of them, but it did help us understand what type of impact we were actually making on the fans. I'm sorry to see some of them disappearing - but I guess it was bound to happen since the show has been off the air for some time now.

What advice would you give to an aspiring animator?
What was your education like?

Things have changed quite a bit since I started in the business, but I would suggest that anyone interested in the industry should learn CG, as well as drawing and to learn other aspects of the business like storyboarding. And study film - not just animation.

My education was mostly on the job. Though in retrospect i wish i had gone to school once you start earning money it's very dificult to take time out to go back to school.

So...all the questions are answered --somewhat and I've added another post. Not a bad morning all in all...


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear about the Blog walk cycle!

Presuming you did walk cycles for Ultimate Avengers, would you be able to add any of them in the future?

Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks! I really appreciate your taking the time to answer my questions. Thankyou so much!

Anonymous said...

Oh Steve,I wanted to ask u about your website's DOWNLOAD section.Will it ever be up and what will it look like?

Nabil said...

Can some one clearify this to me:

In 2001,I think so,X-M:E cast(including Boyd Kikrland) made a live-appearence at a show(in Canada,I think). They showed some deleted scenes from first 4 episodes of season 2,played a X-M:E music video,answered fans questions and signed free posters.This event happened way too back when I wasn't a fan of X-M:E at that time.I was hoping if the show got a video-shoot and I can be able to watch it somewhere.


Anonymous said...

Mr.Steve,Are there any deleted scenes from X-Men:Evolution?

gemini82 said...

Quick question

I know you worked on Ultimate Avengers, but did you also help translate the Black Panther, for Ultimate Avengers 2.

P.S. Will it be possible to see some model sheets from UA and UA2

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Anonymous said...

Hi Steve

Remember when u had told me through at private message at Toon Zone,that there will be a new X-M:E team sketch poster coming soon at your Blog? Well,I had requested u about that in July 06, and u had told me to keep my eyes open on your Blog within the next few weeks.My eyes are opened since then,but I haven't see any X-M:E team sketch or poster.Lol.

Unknown said...

Pat...sorry, I didn't create walk cycles for UA,

Unknown said...

anonymous...the download section was added as a 'bolier=plate' type of thing. When Francesco was putting the web-site together he was just putting together a lot of the standard web-site type items. I'm not sure there will be anything put into the download section, but who knews what I'll do in the future.

Unknown said...

harboryy...any dleted scenes that exist in any finished form were restored to the DVDs- At least, that's my understanding.

Unknown said...


The original design for BP was created by Bryan Hitch and I worked off of that. I basically adapted it to work for animation - under the guidance of the show's producer.

Unfortunately Hitch revamped his design too late for me to change my model. Oh, well.

Unknown said...

cheeno...yep, I remember. It's on my to do list...but I doubt it will be turned into a poster...just a drawing for posting.

Anonymous said...

still cool!thanks.

Anonymous said...

hello! I ave a simple question ( really simple?) i Loooove x men evolution but one question walk in my head...what magneto make to kurt?? I try to understand ^^ tanks before ^^

Unknown said...

X2B...sorry it took so long to get back to you, but i wanted to check with Boyd first. He doesn't remember anything like what you described.

tammy...I'm not sure what you're you mean did Magneto make Kurt?

Anonymous said...

What are the chances of an Evo DTV, then?

Anonymous said...

ok in shadow past ( episode) mystique said to magneto : What have you done to him?" ( she spkeak about kurt) and my question is the same ^^

Anonymous said...

X2B - Maybe this is what you're talking about?

Tammy - I don't want to step on Steven's toes, but I remember Greg Johnson, one of Evo's producers, answering that exact question when he and Boyd where posting on the Beyond Evolution messageboard while the show was still airing. Good thing all of that stuff was archived.


GREG JOHNSON: "The way we see it, Magneto experimented on him in an attempt to trigger the X-Gene, and succeeded."

That particular Q-&-A shows up in the middle of this page.

Okay, I'll be quiet now. :)

Unknown said...

tammy...I thought you might be going there...sounds like morgan answered your least it was approximately what i was going to say. Thanks, morgan.

Unknown said...

"What are the chances of an Evo DTV, then?"

anonymous...I'm not saying it couldn't happen, but I doubt it.