2021.10.18 12:04 LevelSixtyNine What is the most broken item in the game? Comment if it’s not on list
2021.10.18 12:04 HeyImArchie dani 😳
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2021.10.18 12:04 nocheezepleeze A very Australian spring. [Canon A2, EF 50mm f/1.8, Kodak Gold 400]
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2021.10.18 12:04 TheGiverAndReciever Pls help us
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2021.10.18 12:04 Key-Ad-8400 They ALL moved to LS?
I've thought about this: what are the odds that Trevor, Michael and Dave (Dave probably moved there because of Michael's "witness protection") moved to the same city? Also what makes trevor think Brad ended up inn specificly Bolingbroke?
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2021.10.18 12:04 Tripledoble The cloak slot continues to gain strength after the leaked video.
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2021.10.18 12:04 omegansmiles [DISCUSSION] Stealing Perfection: The Tremors of Creating Land Sharks - The 35 year story of how Universal stole the series from its creators
Welcome to the Graboid hole, Valentine.
Now you've probably heard of the underground movie Tremors. This is the story of how Perfection was created then stolen from its makers after over 35 years of work.
Warning, "Here be Dirt Dragons".
It all started with a man named Steve Wilson, out on a rock in the middle of the desert. Sound familiar?
“One day I was sitting out there on one of those boulders and thought how interesting it would be to have something that moved through the sand like a fish, and I couldn’t get off the rock,” - Steve S.S. WilsonHe'd go on to meet Brent Maddock and Ron Underwood at UCLA film school and a legendary partnership was formed. Known as special effects wizards, they made their way into the film game until writing "Short Circuit" and getting the help of one Nancy Roberts, the true behind the scenes figurehead of the Tremors series. With the success of "Short Circuit", Nancy turned to them and asked if they had anything original in their back pocket they wanted to do on their own. To which Steve pulled out.... Land Sharks.
“The studio wanted to keep the film hidden due to it being a non-union production, although they were involved at an arms-length distance with the picture being a negative pickup as opposed to a studio picture. They wanted it to be under the radar.” - Ron UnderwoodThough the day-to-day filming was challenging due to the nature of creating a low-budget monster movie, production went surprisingly smooth thanks to the abilities of Brent, Nancy, Ron and Steve. Well actually, everyone involved. You already know the actors but there are some incredibly talented people involved behind the scenes. Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis as the main creature designers of the series. Turning their penis shaped designs into the Graboids we know and love today. That's just two of hundreds who painstakingly created Perfection. Steve Wilson's dad, Bob Wilson, also joined in the production of his son directing/writing/producing his first movie. He loved it so much he brought a home camera and filmed the greatest behind the scenes series ever with it. The whole team did what they could with they had, trimming what they could and fighting for what they couldn't. The scene where the car is sucked under was originally longer and about to be cut before Nancy and Jim stepped in. There was even two aborted openings, one with Old Fred and Edgar, and another with a rabbit and coyote being eaten by Graboids after landing from space. As well as a different ending.
"We got a backhanded compliment from them when they said, ‘We could sell an empty video box called Tremors, we have to have it.’” - Steve S.S. WilsonWith the advent of VHS and home video rentals, Tremors found its true home. And so came the call for Tremors 2: Aftershocks.
“When my son was eight, I let him see Tremors, because at that age he could appreciate it. When I spoke to him on the phone, I asked, ‘Travis, did you see Tremors?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I saw it. Dad, have you seen Tremors 2? It’s really great.’ I said, ‘Son, I’m not in Tremors 2.’ And he said, ‘No, but it’s cool.’” - Kevin BaconFun fact: The unused designs of the Shriekers from Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. were repurposed for Starship Troopers as Arachnids instead. There was even Phil Tippett joining in to help create the CGI Shriekers.
“I could see where they were really excited because you’d be able to move those videos so quickly just on the word “Tremors”.” - Cristin Carr StrubbeAnd Tremors came Back to Perfection.
“We got to a point with Tremors 3 when there was no promotion at all. I remember saying to Universal, ‘There’s not even a poster to put up in a video store.’ What some stores were doing was putting up their own posters to notify customers there was a thing called Tremors 3 available. That was part of Universal’s austerity; they wanted to spend as little money as possible on these films. I’m not sure saving money on promotion is the smartest way. Rabid fans would find out about it, but as far as the general public knowing there’s another one of these movies available, that wasn’t the case.” - Brent MaddockWhich is when Tremors landed on the small screen in the best piece of the puzzle yet. Seriously, I'm trying my hardest not to editorialize yet the TV show and 4th movie are my absolute favourites. That's why I've been able to track the irregularities with it. The worst is that the order of episodes is constantly distorted, leading to many viewer's confusion as characters are talked about before introduced and events referenced that haven't happened yet. It's so bad that even Google has the wrong order. See for yourself.a Not to mention how Universal has pulled it from every streaming app ever since I started this #StampedeTremors campaign so they make more more money off of the incomplete DVD sets.
“Universal made a lot of money off that product, it always sold well, especially in the Asian world. I was the unit production manager on Tremors 3 and the TV series and I still get residuals off them. Ron Underwood told me a story about the premiere of his second film, City Slickers, in Japan. They sat in the theatre and nobody laughed the whole time. He was really depressed and when he came out the publicity people came up and they said, ‘There’s a lot of people that want to talk to you’. There was a line around the block and all they wanted to talk about was Tremors.” - Tom Keniston
“The video department begged the studio proper to make ‘Tremors 2’ and then it was a while before we made ‘Tremors 3’. That was designed to be the last one - the thinking being that surely we couldn’t milk this for more than those two sequels. But by that time, it was rolling forward on its own momentum, and they ordered ‘Tremors 4’ almost immediately. We explained that we’d structured three to be the end of the sequels, that we’d ended the life cycle of the monster and brought it full circle. The studio wasn’t bothered and basically said, ‘Well, what can you do?’ We asked if they’d mind if we made it a Western and start over. Their response was, ‘We don’t care, as long as it’s called ‘Tremors’ - so that’s why ‘Tremors 4’ is a Western.” - Steve S.S. Wilson
“If Universal had been willing to delay the start of Tremors 4 by two weeks, or if Sci-Fi had been willing to wait until the end of T-4’s shoot to start the series production, Michael Gross could have been in all 13 episodes. Both sides absolutely refused to compromise, even though they’re both owned by the same parent company. After all that, Universal Home Video then delayed the release of the finished T-4 several months. Go figure.” - Steve S.S. WilsonThirdly, and what I have found as the most important, is Mixmaster. A compound created as a plot device for the TV show which allowed the DNA of any animals to be combined to create a new monster every week.
"But it will keep spreading, mixing willy-nilly the DNA of every plant and animal that ingests it. There'll be countless, unimaginable mutations. Grasshoppers with scorpion tails, Gila monsters with bat wings." - Cletus PoffenbergerTHIS is why Universal stole Tremors from Stampede Entertainment.
"We get a lot of fans asking why they can’t buy rubber Graboids and Val and Earl action figures or video games. Some of you have even offered to help design or even manufacture them. Others have helpfully suggested lower-budget ways they could be produced. Still another asked if we just had a small leftover graboid in “hardened clay” he could buy. (Sorry, the graboids were constructed full size; the clay versions are gone, and the casting molds are huge. Even the ¼ scale graboids are pretty big.) In answer: we wish we could get Universal to think like our fans! You have to believe us when we say we’re just as frustrated as you are. We don’t control the Tremors “franchise.” Universal Pictures has the final say over all marketing and merchandising. I hear from sources inside Universal that the various marketing departments are expressing increased interest in our “franchise.” In English, that means they’re recognizing that there are a lot of Tremors fans out there. Nothing is definite, but here are some of the things that are being considered at Universal: Toys, action figures, collectibles and video games. The Tremors series is being considered for promotion in these areas, and deals may be discussed with toy companies, game designers, etc." - Steve S.S. WilsonAnd Universal knows how to grab monsters and keep them for later. Though the classics like Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman, Mummy and Invisible Man are in the public domain, you'll be sued if the image gets too close to what Universal first created. Not just those creatures. They have Kong, Hulk, Jaws, Michael Myers, The Thing, all the Jurassic Park dinos, all the Romero zombies, Chucky, Casper, Riddick beasts, Hellboy, and Jaegers/Kaiju. Pretty much every monster you can think of that's not Godzilla. If Graboids, Shriekers, AssbBlasters and Mixmaster were added to that list, it would almost be a monopoly on monsters. In a world where the multi-verse is common, a MonsterVerse is easier to make than it seems (though they tried and fucked it up already, they WILL try again). Tremors is basically adult Poke'Mon. This is why Universal completely redesigned the Graboids, Shriekers, and Assblasters. The more they can make that associates Tremors with their version, the more they can take from Stampede before the end.
"It was written while we were doing ‘Tremors 4’. Everybody was excited by the idea and, for a while there was talk of an even bigger budget and the potential for it to be a theatrical feature. So we were looking to how we could be really different." - Steve S.S. WilsonAnd from 2004 to 2015, Brent and Steve would write and rewrite Tremors 5 Thunder Down Under 7-8 times. But it seemed that while Universal wanted it, they also didn't.
“There was never-ending interest from the fans, I became something of a de-facto frequently asked question answerer. I lost track of the number of times I had to write ‘I’m sorry, but there’ll never be a ‘Tremors 5’.” - Steve S.S. WilsonThat's when Universal stole Tremors. And you should start asking yourself why a studio who thinks there is no money to be had in a series has made 7 movies and 2 TV shows from it...
”We were on the way back from Chicago, and got a call on the road from Nancy (Roberts), who was still heading up Stampede (the production company established by Maddock, Wilson, Roberts and Underwood). She said ‘You won’t believe it! ‘Tremors 5’ is happening! They want to make it!’ We got very excited, Nancy was going to get the information so we could hit the ground running. Nancy asked whether they wanted Brent or I to direct, and they told her neither of us were going to direct or even be remotely involved in the film. We were floored - it didn’t make creative sense, and it didn’t make financial sense. The story they gave us at the time was that they needed a team that did low-budget movies. The sequels we made were all low-budget films. That clearly wasn’t the real reason, and we never were able to find out what that real reason was. We did have a ‘right of first refusal’ clause built into our contacts that had just lapsed - a clause which meant they would have had to offer the sequel to us, and, if we said no, they could then take it to someone else. But we never got any real information about what really happened that led to that.” - Steve S.S. WilsonFor a time, Stampede Entertainment chose to forget about Tremors since it was all they could do. Even though Universal cannibalized their script and took over half of it to make Tremors 5: Bloodlines. Nothing.
"Nancy called us out of the blue again and said ‘You’re not going to believe this. Kevin’s finally thinking about returning to the character of Val! They want you to come in and talk about this new series idea that he has!’ Then, when we called back to set up a time, they said ‘Oh, we’re sorry. There appears to have been some sort of mistake. No-one here wants to talk to you in any way, shape or form and never will.’ It was classic Hollywood - classic, bad Hollywood. There’s a lot of good Hollywood too, and Brent and I have experienced a lot of that. But this was not fun.” ' Steve S.S. WilsonUniversal/SyFy would go on to make that Tremors series anyway. Or at least a pilot of it. To the point where it had finished VFX and was able to be shown in full at festivals. But they cancelled it before it could go anywhere. Then they buried it. And no one really knows why.
"I looked at that character [Valentine McKee] and thought to myself, 'You know, this is probably the only character I have ever played that I want to really go back and see what’s happened to him.' He was such a fascinating character to me because he’s such an ordinary man; not that smart, not that special, and yet he had this extraordinary circumstance that he had to sort of step up to the plate for. I thought to myself, 'If you take that away, if they just went away, those worms, what does a guy like that do? The rest of his life has now really become uninteresting,' so exploring that I thought would be fun. We made an excellent pilot outside of Albuquerque, recreated the town, had a really great cast, director, and writer and to this day I still don’t understand why they didn’t want to move forward with it. It’s a real head-scratcher for me. If I honestly thought the pilot was shit then I’d say we just didn’t crack it but it was cool, and that’s a really hard balance to get, between funny and scary, as you know, that’s the sweet spot. Tremors was good at that." - Kevin BaconRead the script for yourself. It already had Mindy and Melvin in it with the return of Burt and Earl on the horizon. And if you watch the trailer, just know that it's completely misleading. The redesigned Graboid lives alongside the old one and Val IS wrong when he says "They don't plan. They don't strategize.". Him being ignorant is part of the plot.
“Things could get a little uncomfortable as I tried to protect the franchise. Because we had a different director who hadn’t done this before, there were certain things we would disagree with, and I’d say, ‘Burt can’t say that, because it’s not factually true.’ So there’s a real balancing act without somebody like [the original writers] Steve or Brent there to ultimately say, ‘No, that can’t be done.’... Long story short, Stampede had the will and the passion, but they did not own the property. So it was either sit out this dance and they’ll reinvent the franchise without Burt, or here’s a chance to do Burt again." - Michael GrossBringing us to the semi-present day and the part where #SPOILERS# happen.
"They decided it just had this punch. Frankly, I thought to myself — I didn’t express it to them, but I thought to myself — ‘Maybe Universal’s getting a little tired of this franchise.’ Because this wasn’t my idea. Universal and the director came to me with this idea, and they said, 'This could be emotionally very powerful, if we have to say goodbye to this man after 30 years. And I hemmed and hawed, and I thought about it a little bit. And I said, 'You're absolutely right about the emotional gut punch this can be.' And I said, 'You're going to hurt a lot of people's feelings.' "What we negotiated -- well, it wasn't really a negotiation, we all agreed on this -- is that we kind of left the door open. Because although Burt is gone, we never see a corpse. We never see his remains. I said, 'I can live with this,'" Gross said. "Because they came to me. They said, 'Look, you've been doing this so long. What do you think?' And I said, 'Well, as long as we kind of leave the door open.' I mean, I can kind of see an eighth film where it opens with Burt in a hospital bed, in a full body cast and saying, 'I survived.' He could hardly move a muscle. And maybe eight is...if I had a concept for eight, it would be Burt horribly injured, but in a motorized, weaponized wheelchair that has rocket mounts on the side and can leave an oil slick behind like James Bond's car. So nobody can chase him." - Michael GrossWhich would be fine if that's what Universal actually did. Instead, they tacked on a cheap montage of clips at the end and make it seem like Michael Gross himself is dead. They even show clips of Hiram Gummer but nothing of Burt from the TV show despite it having more hours than the movies combined. That's how you treat the one person who has been with this franchise for the last 35 years? I smell a reboot.
"Just to be clear, a wildly successful video game (an idea we've always wanted to work on) would make Universal a fortune. Not us." - Steve S.S. WilsonAnd since Universal won't make them, Tremors fans have done what they can with what they have. And there are a lot of them. All across the spectrum.
2021.10.18 12:04 sourceshrek Okay, what’s your best corny one liner about everyday stuff that people see or do?
2021.10.18 12:04 THEZUKUS Ghana’s LGBTQ: How a US group with links to the far-right may have influenced a crackdown on the community
2021.10.18 12:04 Camroy1996 Is there a shortage of good umpires?
Currently watching the 2009 ANZAC day game as it’s on Fox Footy (definitely turning it off once it hits the 5 minutes warning) and Matt Stevic and Brett Rosebury are umpiring. This games almost 13 years old and they’re still the 2 best umpires in the league. Just makes me wonder who the next batch of good senior umpires are!
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2021.10.18 12:04 CandyIllustrious7020 What can’t talk but will reply when spoken to?
2021.10.18 12:04 Arforextrading USD/CHF: USD is recovering
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2021.10.18 12:04 Additional-Data7419 Let's be spirits and float throughtout the world
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2021.10.18 12:04 indiana-jonas Why aren't there more universal symbols for things like speed?
It would be so convenient if somebody figured out what abstract and difficult concepts could look like. The save file icon is such a convenient thing for example, I know it's not abstract but it's likely gonna stick around for a long time and it would be a real struggle to always have to come up with a new icon to represent that.
Some examples of things that could use universal icons:
I make games so these are just the first things that came to mind.
It seems very hard to try to force any kind of universal icon, maybe it can only happen accidentally.
Would love to hear if you have any suggestions for concepts that could use universal icons in the real world. Or any thoughts or ideas.
Just want to add that by "universal", I don't mean that anybody should be able to understand them at a first glance. But that they are something that you can easily learn, such as the save icon.
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2021.10.18 12:04 smvrsharma Please Someone Explain Why No One Is Upvoting This Content
2021.10.18 12:04 D3rDr3ckigeD4n writing a new thread on the wiki but im not allowed
I just created my account on the wiki and now i want to post a new scp idea but i still get the error that i have to be a member, even though i created my account. What have i done wrong?
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2021.10.18 12:04 Spynder Timeloophole? (late game spoilers)
So, the question is time travel shenanigans. We know that you can travel back in time by powering black hole core hard enough, but can you travel into the future?
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