Post by engineerrailman on Mar 30, 2019 11:26:25 GMT
I wanted to create this thread because I thought of an idea. What one of us created a reboot of a Thomas show that is aimed at a more General Audience.
I came up with this idea because not long ago I watched a show called Once Upon a Time. This show is a mature take on the classic Disney films. I liked the show, and I thought to myself "If Disney can do a mature take on their classics, why not Thomas?"
I was thinking of doing a live action take on the show with his using real people, miniatures, practical effects, animatronics, and digital matte painting. With a very limited use of CGI. It would be a mature retelling of Awdry's books, TV series, as well as original content. The stories would be extended to 30 to 40 minutes long rather than 4 minutes and 30 seconds or eight or six minutes, and cover real life events such as The Great Depression, World War II, and the Beeching Axe. The show would be renamed The Railway Series.
I would do this myself, but I have other plans in mind, so I thought someone might do it for me, with me making ideas, and script writing thoughts
Any ideas or thoughts from you hard core RWS fans like SleeperAgent, Ryan, Christopher, Knuckles, etc?
Post by Sleeper Agent on Mar 30, 2019 14:20:50 GMT
Not to be a Negative Nancy but wonderful as it sounds such a thing is a chimera I'm afraid. I'm hardly the most prolific modeller but even with ten or so of the top enthusiasts out there it would take a long time under a voleenteer umbrella and the distance between them vs what occurred at say Shepperton Studios would make such a team effort difficult on a project of such size. Fan fiction and a working script out of it is more of a possibility but usually anything involving a short film is usually a one or two man affair concerning the actual modelling and filming aspect. Personally i've a few notions in my head centred around the RWSverse that I would like to flesh out in the fulness of time but i'm not really a fan writer and know nothing when it comes to film editing etc so I wouldn't be much help with this anyway Trainz and similar are probably the best bet for such a new verse launch as the graphics have come so far in the last few years and is a lot quicker to expand with the right know how and chums.
Post by engineerrailman on Mar 30, 2019 22:45:53 GMT
Yes it is a big project, I agree. However, stuff like what I thought of can become a reality. Take a look at the Thomas Creator Collective. Fans came together to accomplish a big project. I'm thought is to try and come up with ideas that could work for a new series for Thomas.
You don't have to be the modeler or storyteller yourself. Maybe an idealist. Or the Sudrian Historian (judging by a lot of knowledge on railways) something, whatever you do best. I'm not a writer really. If anything, I am terrible original writer. I can readapt stories, but not be original.
My idea is The Railway Series show is presented by SIF. So members of SIF can come together to show their talents to bring Thomas into the real world, this time in his proper E2 shape.
Post by engineerrailman on Apr 21, 2019 23:47:46 GMT
Hmm... Not bad. Tales when Topham was working for the Elsbridge and Knapford Railway. It would be nice to see him even build the coffee pot engines, including when the line was extended to Tidmouth and the flooding that happened.
how about adapting some of the railway history from the island of sodor, or reading between the lines into a prequel series like their doing with game of thrones? i came up with that idea the other day and i think it would be cool
A semi-reboot to erase BWBA from canon if Thomas ever gets back on track. The Classic Series, the RWS, TGD, HOTR, BMM, Seasons 17 to 21 and some Sodor episodes of S22 & S23 all remain in canon.
Thomas, Percy and Toby would be re-located back to the branch line sheds.
Emily is relocated to Thomas's Branch Line.
Henry would be brought back to Tidmouth.
Rebecca stays but Nia leaves. It can be revealed Nia was just on loan.
Pip and Emma would be introduced to help "semi" modernize the show.
The reboot would be aimed at an older audience given the TV series fails to keep up with a younger audience.
Another reboot idea I have is to remake bad episodes from Seasons 8 to 12 into good episodes. Like what S17 did with Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough.
That sounds like a plan. Season 13 to 16 can be redeemable. Especially with the Episode Adaptions where the fans redid some of the terrible Thomas stories like Wonky Whistle (The trouble with an Engine Driver rather than Thomas), Fiery Flynn (Flynn is well respected, and a diesel engine is set on fire rather than firebox on fire), Misty Island Rescue (Ferdinand keeps Bash and Dash in order, and all three become characters who needed sympathy), etc.
Also I would like to bring back Knapford Harbour as the main port and not Brendom Docks. Cranky and Salty can still stay at Brendom though. Percy can go back to working at Elsbridge Harbor, engines meeting Thomas at Elsbridge rather than Knapford.
Edit: Although if I was doing reality version of Thomas, then Tidmouth would be the main port, and Knapford will be the junction to Thomas' Branch Line, with Percy working at Knapford Harbour
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