By James

10 thoughts on “Manic Expression: The Animated Movie Now in Production!”
  1. In my most recent edit of the ‘Manic Expression’ page on the Tropedia and The True Tropes wikis (https://tropedia.fandom.com/wiki/Manic_Expression ), I note that the animated movie has been in Development Hell for a long time. It’s good to hear that now things are changing.

    Of course, obviously the script had to go through lots of changes. When initially conceived, everyone was talking about Twilight and ‘Still a better love story than Twilight’ was an Internet meme. Now, no one talks about Twilight anymore, and pop culture and the Internet have moved on and changed in many ways. It’ll be interesting to see if the pop culture commentary still holds up, or whether it ends up resembling a ‘time capsule’.
    Just the same, I’m glad to see it’s finally in production and things are moving ahead.

    1. Yes, I can officially say that development hell is over. Someday I’ll have to detail the many trials and tribulations that have finally got us to this point, but we are now nine months out from a finished movie.

      As for pop culture, I can say this: Martin’s script was really smart. He stayed away from anything too specific, so the movie doesn’t feel dated. One thing we always talked about were “background gags,” jokes that you would see just over someone’s shoulder. These weren’t in the script, so it will allow the animator to do something that is much more fresh and up-to-date. So, look forward to hot takes on Tik Tok that will be dated in two years!

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