Posts Tagged ‘behind the scenes’

I got asked if readers would find out anything about the characters past and what gets them to the place they are now, and that was actually one of my very first thoughts upon creating XMTFFS. In my mind, I know the backgrounds to all these characters… when their powers manifested, the reactions of those around them, and how they came to be in the X-Men, Brotherhood, or other. With how many characters there are in this universe, I could literally make every episode into an origin episode.

Which is exactly why I’ve decided not to do that.

It’s true that where the characters come from is as important as where they are now, but there is no point in dredging the past when you’re building a future.

With that in mind, the main characters will get origin episodes as the series goes along. So far Scott had his in 1X04 Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Kitty will have hers in 1X10 Ghosts which airs 12/13.  After the winter break, Bobby will get an origin in 1X15 Blizzard and Jean-Paul will reconnect, after a fashion, with his sister in 1X19 Straight on Till Morning.

Should XMTFFS get a second season (which is a post for another day) then straight off the bat, Jean gets her origin in Red Queen. Later in the season, Wolverine will get his own episode Weapon X, and then there is The Oncoming Storm for you know who.

As for the Brotherhood, I’m holding them closer to my chest, there is no planned origin episodes for them in the first two seasons, but there will be lots of references and information that can be extrapolated from (Pyro’s ‘I like cherries’ comment is not as random as it seems at first glance). Season two is more open to the possibility of adding in another origin episode, so we’ll see when we get there.

The secondary characters won’t get full origin stories but we’ll see more and more of their back history as they tie into the other character’s history. I’m attempting to make this a well rounded series and not spend the whole time doing LOST-esque flashbacks (something that annoys me in Arrow to no end).

Only time will tell how effective I’ve been…

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Rogue - Eris O'ReillyAn artist friend of mine, Eris O’Reilly, is doing some artwork for me and X-Men: The (fan fic) Series.

First up is Rogue!

I have given my version of Rogue reddish-brown hair. I know she’s pretty much a brunette now in the comics but back in the 90s, her hair was more red, both the comics and X-Men: TAS, so that’s how I always envisioned her. It’s also kept short to accommodate the wigs she often wears to hide her distinctive white streak.

Being a southern gal, she’s most comfortable in a pair of boots and jeans, but her trademark green is found in her shirt. Of course she has the brown jacket. Actually, I imagine half her closet is full of coats and jackets and the like. As she is often to say, she’s from the South, she hates the cold.

No opera gloves or other fancy long gloves because, seriously, have you ever tried to take off a pair of opera gloves in a rush? Yeah, no, ain’t gonna happen.

As for Deadpool… why not?
(for those of you interested, Deadpool will eventually appear in the series, just not season one)

Next up will be Pyro!

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On my latest post on FanFiction.net, I got asked this question:

When you transfer it from your blog to here, do you do any kind of editting or is it just copy and paste?

That’s a good question.

The way I write the series is that season one has a folder for every episode, and inside that folder is six word docs as I write each act in its own document. I do this because it’s easier for me to visualize each act as its own separate section with ‘commercial breaks’ in-between.  It’s also easier to move sections around if I decide to put a particular scene earlier or later in the story.

Then when I go to make the pages here on my blog, I copy/paste everything after I have done one last edit. Then I create a new word file and that becomes the world doc for use on FF.net. I copy everything over to the one document and upload that to FF.net to be posted as the next chapter/episode.

Long story short, no, I don’t do any editing between them, at least nothing significant. If I do catch the odd misspelled word (cause I know I don’t catch them all as hard as I try) then I will go back and edit it on the blog, but nothing of significance is changed. If I did decide to change something significant, I would edit on both sites and post on my blog to that effect. So far though, I haven’t had to do that.

Anyway, this was probably more than you wanted to know, but I wanted to share.

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I’ll start posting my fan fiction series on my blog here in a month and I was going to also post it on FanFiction.net where I have an account and posted several of my fics. However, I’m running across the problem of not knowing where to file it on FF.net.

X-Men: The (fan fic) Series is a proposed television and so far there have been no live action tv-series, only cartoons. The upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. series is live action but not X-Men, in fact, no X-Men will ever appear in it since it’s Disney!Marvel.

So I’m left with either posting in the comic or movie sections of FF.net.

This is an AU of the comic-verse, I’m trying to stay as close as I can to comic canon even though I’m taking from the movies, cartoons, etc.

This is a live-action treatment more akin to the movies and may appeal more to the movie-fans as it’s more in that style.

I have a month to decide what to do, but I’m at a bit of a standstill and could use some input and suggestions.

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Well, been telling myself I would do it and I finally did. I upgraded the blog to Premium which means I have more space to work with, can load videos, do some more custom work on the theme, but most important for the time being… I get myself a domain.

www.xmenthefanficseries.com

It’s all coming together.

I should also have a new trailer for you guys tomorrow as well.

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Quiet

Sorry, been a little inactive the past two weeks. I got involved in watching Fairy Tail, a 175 episode long Anime which is awesome. Unfortunately the marathoning of episodes was too addictive and I didn’t get anything done. I have a stack of comics to review, some stuff to write, and news updates to post. I should get back on schedule tomorrow!

p.s. I do recommend watching Fairy Tail… just be aware that it will suck you in and take over your life until you finish…

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Jean-Paul Beaubier aka NorthstarCharacter Spotlight: Jean-Paul Beaubier aka Northstar

Concept:
Jean-Paul was the last addition to the team. I had already decided that I wasn’t going with the original line up or any of the newer teams because I had specific ideas where I wanted certain characters to be. Yet, I knew the team needed one more member in the core team, it just wasn’t feeling right as is.

So I got to thinking about my villains and who would be a good thwart for Quicksilver and I thought to myself ‘another speed mutant’. I looked at a list of those with speed and Northstar jumped out at me as a character with a great background who would work perfectly into the universe I was creating.

Coming from Canada and Department H, I have a plethora of possibilities, story wise, to draw from. His sister, Jeanne-Marie, sets up my ideas for Dissociative Identity Disorder. Jean-Paul himself is a perfect analogue for Mutants and current equality parallels. He’s also a bit of a jerk which nicely rounds out all the personalities.

Unfortunately, due to the realistic take I’m doing, I had to nix his ability to fly. But he can still run really fast, has endurance and invulnerability. This still makes him pretty formable.

Series Biography:
Growing up in Quebec with his twin sister Jeanne-Marie, Jean-Paul was kicked out of the house at 18 when he came out to his parents that he was homosexual. Not sure where to go, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces along with his sister Jeanne-Marie who also left their parents as a form of protest. Their mutant abilities were easily discovered and the siblings were then moved up into elite training and became some of Department H’s finest soldiers.

When Jean-Paul realized that his sister was being pushed too hard and being mistreated by those who only saw Jeanne-Marie as a weapon to use against other mutants, he took her and fled South, ending up at Xavier’s. Seeking refugee, Xavier welcomed the twins, giving Jean-Paul a job as a teacher at the school.

There is much Jean-Paul left behind in Canada but he blames himself for his sister’s current dissociative state and will do anything he has to in order to help her.

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Character Spotlight: Robert “Bobby” Drake aka Iceman

Robert "Bobby" Drake aka Iceman

Robert “Bobby” Drake aka Iceman

Concept:
Iceman is one of the original X-Men and I debated for a moment using him. He makes a great foil to Pyro (or Pyro makes a great foil to him?) in the whole Ice vs Fire thing. This was used in the movies and it worked, mostly, but I got annoyed at how forced it felt since they basically re-wrote Pyro to fit. That’s when I realized that I was balking on Iceman because of how much I like Pyro which is totally not fair.

The character of Bobby is that of a prankster (though he’s grown up a lot over the past few years) and he’s the one with the most sense of humor and now I realize I would have been an idiot not to include him. He brings a lightness and fun to the series that I would have found sorely lacking. Yes, this does mean that Bobby gets to be the butt of some classic slapstick, but at the same time he’s the heart of the team. He’s the one who inadvertently holds everything together.

This is how I’m running with Bobby’s characterization. He’s a bit younger than everyone else, very much still a ‘kid’ without actually being a kid, but at the same time, there is a maturity in him just waiting to come of age. He’s the jokester who when he has his moments… he has his moments.

Series Biography:
Bobby grew up in Long Island, the visual aspect of his mutation manifesting a little later than usual. Your typical class clown, his world is turned upside down as his own family doesn’t seem to know what to do with him and just dump him off with Xavier.

The first mutant he met was Scott and the two have become best friends. He’s extremely hopeless, relationship wise, most of the women within dating range at the School thinking of him more as a brother than anything else.

Still earning his degrees, Bobby is a certified Accountant and performs this job for the school. If you are going to buy anything class related, make sure you always save the receipt. If you don’t, you’ll probably find yourself the victim of his latest prank.

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Character Spotlight: Jean Grey

Concept:
Jean Grey is one of those characters that you love or you love to hate. Whether it’s wishing that she stepped up and was as awesome as she could be, or maybe you just want her to stop dying, everyone has a pretty opinionated opinion of her.

She is a strong character, being a telepath and a telekinetic means she can pretty much do whatever the heck she wants. In my realistic-ish universe, most powers, such as cryokinesis, terrakinesis, basically anything with kinesis at the end, is just a type of locked telekinesis. Meaning that anything Magneto, Iceman, Pyro, etc, can do, she can do, if she puts her mind to it.

That is dangerous ‘over power’ territory which is arguably why in the comics the Phoenix turned into the Dark Phoenix and it all went downhill from there. They had to reign her in somehow? Well, that’s a theory anyway.

In the movies, they decided that instead of Phoenix being an alien-like entity, they simply gave Jean a split personality ala Jeanne-Marie aka Aurora from the comics. I think this was a good move to replace the Phoenix’s cosmic origins with something more realistic. Whether or not they meant to rip off Jeanne-Marie, I don’t know, but I like the concept.

This is why in my universe there is MIDID, Mutation Induced Dissociative Identity Disorder. It’s a very real disorder to worry about as we will see from Aurora in the first season and something which holds Jean back. It’s not that she has MIDID, but she knows she could easily suffer from it, if she pushes herself too fast and too hard. So Jean is only limited by herself. This keeps her within a reasonable power threshold while adding some character traits and development tools for me to use.

As for Jean Grey not having a nickname, I couldn’t exactly use Marvel Girl in a realistic universe especially as Marvel still exists in this world. I can’t use Phoenix because she’s not Phoenix. I decided to simply not give her a mutant name because not everyone out there has a nickname nor wants one. It also allows for a mixture of character styles which keeps things interesting.

Series Biography:
Jean Grey grew up in upstate New York the daughter of a wealthy and influential lawyer who has served on several State and Congressional Councils as well as on the boards of Fortune 500 companies. She was Xavier’s first student when the first part of her mutation, telepathy, manifested at a rather young age. A few years later, her telekinesis manifests during an attack on herself, the Professor, and Scott.

Even though she is teaching and helping at Xavier’s, she’s studying to get her PhD in Genetics to better understand how mutations work and how to help her fellow mutants.

Jean has two potential suitors, Scott Summers and Warren Worthington III. Her best friend is Betsy Braddock, also a telepath, and she thinks of Kitty and Jubilee as younger sisters.

Currently Jean is the biology, natural sciences, and social science teacher at Xavier’s School for Higher Learning.

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You might think that since all these characters have been pre-named, I don’t have to really worry or think about that aspect of their character, if only.

Jeanne-Marie Beaubier, otherwise known as Aurora, is one of those cases that is troublesome. The main question being, how do you pronounce Jeanne? Is it Gene or Genie? This is a pretty important question because we already have a major character named Jean, i.e. Jean Grey.

I did a poll of my friends and their vote was pretty much unanimously “Gene”.

Now, visually, there is an obvious different in the names and under normal Fan Fiction circumstances I’d leave it at that. However, if this is played out like a tv show, then audibly we have two characters named Jean. Granted, two people with the same name working/living together is not uncommon, I’ve even worked with another woman who shared my name. And it’s because of this I know that something is going to have to give and some kind of alternate name/nickname is going to have to be used. (how do you think I earned the nickname JayCee?)

We can nix the use of Jeanne-Marie outside of specific circumstances because, well, we’re lazy. We like to shorten names and give nick names. Jeanne has one, Aurora, but that is her alternate personality so I have to reserve that name for that personality.

I considered JM but it doesn’t roll off the tongue or seem as fitting as John-Paul’s JP. I thought about turning it into Jem, but that’s way to 80s and something Jubilee would do.

My last thought, which is probably the one I’ll have to go for, is Marie. The problem with Marie is that we sorta/kinda have another Marie. Rogue’s name in the comics is Anna Marie and her name in the movies is just Marie. Thing is, no one knows her real name in the comics and it won’t be revealed for some time (if that really is her name in this series, spoilers, it’s not, one of my changes I’ll highlight in a separate post on a later date).

I still have time to think about this before I have to settle on exactly what everyone will call her, after all, the first episode doesn’t go live for another year. However, I’m looking at six months till every episode is ready to go bar last-minute grammar edits.

This is just another small little tweak that may seem insignificant but makes this series that much more than your average fan fic.

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