I’m Sanso, and I have a special announcement! Since around New Year’s, I’ve been laying the brickwork (Pun intended) for the foundation of a serial BIONICLE film project I’m deciding to hit the gas on, featuring revamped MOCs of our most beloved heroes and monstrosities.
Here’s my imgur page with some of my revamps, though some won’t appear in the film, all are outdated, and many of my pics are just posted straight to reddit. I’ll get that link out after a little autumn cleaning. You’re certain to see more of them soon, so prepare to snap your eyes to me like eyes snap to a Toa Mata head!
I have yet in my lifetime to actually look into the RPs and fanfics that have come out of this fandom, so I can’t judge any of that, but I’ve seen some of the stop-motion work, and I, like many of us, was devastated when they stopped making the official movies. There was always such intense posture and motion conveyed in BIONICLE’s imagery, even a single picture fulfilled the classic power fantasy in so many ways. My creative mind always knew that, more than any regular LEGO, these bonks belonged in motion, and LEGO knew it too, making sure to give us at least a bit every year from Day 1. Since our beloved franchise began to BI-uckle under its own weight(Eh?), kids from 1 to 92 have seen the rise of the science-fantasy-comic-book-turned-CINEMATIC-UNIVERSE format, with all that debatably glorious television spinoff potential, and setting the standard and precedent for similar works, at least in minds of audiences. I suppose, perhaps minus the spinoffs, that could be what the creators of Noah Production’s Ignition parts 1 and 2 were reaching towards, or at least in some way, inspired by.
Nonetheless, I myself was inspired by Noah’s Ignition. That being said, I honestly think I might be able to do better, knowing full well I may technically have less experience film-making than some of that cast and crew did. I’m here to give myself and this fandom a BIONICLE stop-motion series unlike any before, and to turn my passion into a portfolio using custom sound and scoring, brilliant and refreshing writing, soulful animation and cinematography, and hopefully somewhat detailed VFX.
Note : “Project : Ignition” is definitely a working title.
Here’s the elevator pitch, encompassing the plot of Voya Nui:
“Toa Takanuva and Kopeke, the Chronicler, navigate their newly-repaired city of Metru Nui to collect tales from the survivors of the year’s many epic journeys : Returning to a home they can’t remember, Jaller and his friends notice their heroes, idols, and protectors, the Toa Nuva, were sent away by the Turaga. They journey blindly, but bravely, out into the dying universe beyond to bring their heroes, and their hope, back. They find themselves reborn as the Toa Inika, with their own elements to master and legends to live. Meanwhile, the Nuva face unexpected challenges, learning higher forms of Unity. Back home, the matoran of Metru Nui only become rowdier with distrust, forcing Dume and the Turaga to tighten their grasp, and the lone Toa of Light to pick a side.”
This will be a story of heart, of laughter, pain, and exhilaration. It won’t be rife with fandom in-jokes or overheard lines. I’m rewriting the story because I believe in its potential for incredibly powerful messages.
I’m probably not gonna be stop-motioning at 60FPS, and probably gonna be “filming” it on a smart device, but aside from those limitations, I’ve identified a number of aspects I am willing and – for now – able to bust my gears on for a satisfying result, and also discovered a trick or two that might even make certain parts of production relatively breezy.
Now, I’m sure many of you are thinking this all sounds… idealistic, if not familiar, and I’m aware that it is, but I’ve been working on it since the start of this year, and remained quite convinced that I’m gonna see this project through, even if I have to do it alone. So far, I have most of the builds mostly finished(the smaller ones, granted), and most of the story’s outline, as well. But, though I might have a heavy hand directing it, or perhaps be wearing many additional hats, I would sure love some help with a few aspects I’m already aware of, and a great many things I have yet to determine. So I just joined these fine boards yesterday to share my work and extend my hand to this already quite passionate and talented community, and see if you guys would be interested in watching the series in the making? I want to be open and live about the process, though I’ve never hosted a stream before. I’m also here, instead of on any other BIO community, to ask : Who among you would seriously consider answering my call to tell another story together?
This is the place to inquire about anything related to this project, what I’ve built, what I’ve written, where I’m at with it, and where I intend to go with it, or any of its details. I know the people here love giving advice, so I’m happy to hear any of that, especially about stop-motion! It’s also the place to give opinions, make suggestions, or just express your support!
Best luck on your creative endeavors!