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I'm sure a lot of you already know about this one... LoL

Airs: April 21st, 2012

Directed By: James Wootie Wootton & Jayson Thiessen

Storyboarded by (All Seniors!):

Sabrina Alberghetti
Raven Molisee
Justin Nichols
Tom Sales

Official Synopsises:

Part One!: Twilight's brother, Shining Armor, is marrying Princess Celestia's niece, Cadence.

Part Two!: Twilight discovers a dark secret about Cadence right before the wedding.


We split this up differently than other 2-parters have been split (from my understanding). Like I was saying to Sabrina earlier, we were all doing the types of sequences we're best at. The result is something we're all pretty proud of. :D

-Raven
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Wanderwolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
I have to ask: I know Rebecca Dart was the one who came up with the insect design for Chrysalis, but were there any notes on the "base form" of her changeling army?
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I don't know actually! I would speculate that she talked over the design with Jayson or Wootie before sitting down to draw the characters if that's what you mean.
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Wanderwolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Oh, I just meant if there were any notes in the script. After all, given Ms. Dart came up with the insect motif, there had to be some communication in order to make the final "drone changeling" design look so similar to Chrysalis; I was just wondering if the script said anything about what the "grunt" changelings looked like in their own form.
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Dread555 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
This finale was everything I hoped MLP would evolve into since my first becoming a fan, I thank you and the rest of the team for making my most favorite pair of episodes out of the entire series, it was truly wonderful (I listen to "this day aria" on a continuous basis, I can't get enough of it lol, and BBBFF was a very relaxing, heartwarming piece, and easily became my second favorite song)
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Writer
I found something to give thanks to the whole team!

[link] - Not mine but I hope you all see it with our immense thanks.
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Awe! Looks like something more to print and hang on the wall at DHX. Thanks for showing me. :D
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Writer
PS - I noticed a theory on the top comment of Youtube with "This Day Aria".

[They describe the moment when the camera pans up and turns to show Fake Cadance's silhouette/shadow on the ceiling]

DaRkLoRdZoRc's comment - [link] (Never tried linking comments on Youtube before, so here's the full text just in case).

"Pause at 1:06 at just the right time. The wedding veil is a transparent, tattered mane. The curve of the inside of her mouth dips inward near the bottom, giving it the shape of a fang. The three chandelier arms above and beside her head are the 'crown' of antennae she bears. And one of the aforementioned chandelier's bulbs covers a small bit of her horn, making it look like it has a bite or gnarled hole taken out of it....That isn't Cadance's shadow. It's Chrysalis the Changeling Queen's."

Coincidence? Or did you put that in there as a bit of (literal) foreshadowing? :)
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Writer
^_^ No prob.

I see by Jayson Thieesen's Twitter that he saw and got it printed out - [link] which is awesome! ^^ *hoofs it through the screen*

And lots of Pinkie Pie cheers! - [link]
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Neoameba Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
the result is amazing, like really amazing loved the finale
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Very happy to hear that! :D
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VulpesMundi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, there were so many interesting tidbits to these episodes. Was it just me, or when they were riding on the train, went through the force field, and made those funny faces, was that a shot at the TSA and airport security scanners? Rainbow Dash almost looked like she was covering up because it made her feel naked (even though she already was). lol
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student Writer
I'm gonna take a guess and say you got the disturbing sequences in the finale because there were some truly disturbing moments of the type which come in your episodes. Also, EYES @_@....

But that was fantastic. Although I wish there had been one more episode of story to really flesh out Cadence and Shining Armor's relationship with flashbacks and give just a few more scenes between. But still, loved it ^^.
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
You might be correct on that. Ha. Depending on what you think is creepiest.

My parts:

-The Wedding Rehearsal (Where Twi bursts in/Is shunned by all & banished/B.B.B.F. Reprise)

-The Crystal Caves (Twilight discovers the real Cadence)

-And the "This Day Aria" villain song. First song that I've gotten to board and it was pretty intense but enjoyable. :D I did my board in flash so got to be pretty tight with the timing--oddly this sequence took the most of my time.

You know, all of the 2-parters could probably have benefited from an extra episode. I'd love to do a full-length movie if ever there is one.

I'm very glad you enjoyed this one though. :) Thanks for watching! :D
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Kaloyan-Alett Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Those are some of the better scenes of the episodes when it comes to the darker parts of it.
Also I LOVED the aria. The way the song is sung between both characters was a great touch. The best part I think was where Cadence is so eager to get to Shining Armor and she's struggling to get the mine cart going and we see Twilight's expression, how she realizes that Cadence really does care for her brother and right then and there she accepts them as a couple and helps out Cadence.

I think it's probably my favorite scene in the whole wedding.
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Awe... Thanks. When I first presented it to the directors, Jayson told me that was also his favorite part--well I don't know out of the whole wedding but at least out of the song :D
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Kaloyan-Alett Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You guys did an amazing job on the finale. I can't wait to see what happens in season 3.

Well really yall did amazing on the whole season period. So many little minks to the fandom, like Lyra's cutie mark on Bon Bon's saddlebag, them two being together so often, Derpy and The Doctor put together. Having Pipsqueak from the Luna Eclipsed episode show up, Fluttershy hiding in a tree, and DJ pony3's eyes being red.

I dunno who is responsible for all those things, or if we're just reading too much into them or what. But if they are indeed nods to the fans then thanks to the entire team.
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AnimationTyme Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
"I did my board in flash so got to
be pretty tight with the timing--
oddly this sequence took the
most of my time. "

Not odd. Normal.

If opportunity ever rises try to
get a look at musical board
sequences, "Aladdin, Beauty
and the Beast, Animaniacs,
etc" and you'll see that some-
times the boarding is so tight as
to be seen as animation extremes
for the 'tween animators. Layout
gets ticked because not much for
them to do if done tight enough.

"I'd love to do a full-length movie
if ever there is one."

Soooo...What your saying is...if
the chance arose you wouldn't
mind living near Burbank for
almost a year boarding an MLP
feature, if it couldn't be done in
Vancouver.

Congrats on the year's work.
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It sounds to me that you're being a bit cynical. Apologies if that's not the case--its difficult to get the proper tone from text.

I have always worked on very tight boards--this is not the part that's new to me. One of my favorite things is posing to audio which in itself is very specific. The difference here was doing it in flash, so I could take more into consideration (like the different musical instruments--cymbals crashing, bells ringing, etc). Controlling timing with an animatic is less precise--in flash I was almost completely animating things myself.

As for re-locating, I didn't seem to mind moving from Wisconsin to Vancouver for an indefinite period to work on a television show. So I probably wouldn't mind relocating for a year to live in my native country. :)
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AnimationTyme Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
No apologies necessary. You're
right that it is difficult to perceive
proper tone from text. So let me
apologize for not using more
concise wording.

I was focusing on the sentence
fragment, "...oddly this sequence
took the most of my time." I read
your post in a way that seem to
indicate that you were surprised
by the amount of time it took to
do the "villian song" as opposed
to ordinary dialogue sequences,
as this was your first effort into
that area of boarding.

Most musical sequences, if done
well, consume more time and
material resources than dialogue
sequences, ie, it is a "normal"
thing to expect, and budget for,
[...if you've done it before.]

I totally forgot this was your first
effort in boarding such a sequence.

Yeah. I screwed up on that. My
bad.

On moving, some folks move once
and refuse to budge after that, for
any reason; some will move at the
drop of a hat after stating they will
never move again. Depends on the
folks. Didn't know. Now I do. :)

Good luck on Season 3.

P.S. On paragraph 2 of your reply:
Excellent.
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I want a movie and CD soundtracks. In theaters, physical stores, and MP3 sites like iTunes and Amazon.

By the way, thanks for telling us what scenes you did! But considering how much else there is, the other three guys (*Sibsy, Justin, and Tom) must have had to do a lot! Did your three scenes really account for 25% of both episodes?)
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Writer
Ooo...some of the ones I expected. Btw, that song *glee*. Daniel Ingram made what I feel is the most amazing song in the entire show and the visualization of it was fantastic. Visuals with music made something really special there, truly Disney villain song top level amazing. So yeah, you did a number of the creepy things I had in mind and really nailed them ^^. Bravo!

And agreed. This one especially I would've liked to have seen just a little more. But the best keep you wanting more.

Now I wonder who did Queen Chrysalis's design...

I hope there will be a movie (even if it's just for TV on the HUB or something). For now, I'm hoping they keep letting you all do more amazing, fun, and occasionally-creepy episodes ^^ *cheers*.
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AnimationTyme Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Rebecca Dart did Queen Chrysalis and
Changeling designs.
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Writer
Just saw that on Equestria Daily but thanks ^^.
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maxwestart Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll be looking forward to it...as well as the third season!
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HappyMaz Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
First part is happiness second part is an dark discovery. Right?
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
May I ask what kind/type of scenes the four of you (or other storyboarders) are good at, as you say? I think Sibsy said she doesn't like action scenes, but she's getting better at them. What are your preferred types of scenes?
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Ahh.. Hard to answer this without giving things away. I will say this in a vague way:

Tom is *amazing* with action sequences, so is Justin... (particularly some of his anime-inspired effects.) Sabrina is excellent with subtle acting, and I am (apparently) great with scary and/or dramatic emotional stuff.

And I would agree with that.. since those are the types of scenes I prefer. We all got to choose what we worked on in this and I have no regrets.

I can be more specific after the show airs. Perhaps then I will provide some sort of visual break-down. :)
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Writer
I knew it! Tom Sales's episodes tend to be the ones with more action sequences, the three action movie types in the Detective Pinkie penultimate airing.

It actually made sense when Sibsy pointed out she did the earlier scenes on her journal when I think about the expressions characters tend to use in her episodes, Twilight in particular. Typically expressions of annoyance but cute and touching expressions too.

And you are an absolutely fantastic visual storyteller with a darkly dramatic feeling. And, as I mentioned, EYES...you have managed to make me afraid of animated eyeballs in a way not even Japanese horror animes have done.

My favorite moment of the entire season was in your episode (Secret of My Excess) during Spike's confession to Rarity. Visual storytelling at its finest. Thank you so much for all your work this season. I was delighted to hear the finale pulled in the biggest audience in HUB's network history and hope this is a positive sign of a long future for the show.

Oh! And I gotta share this - [link] It got tweeted to Jayson Thiessen so it probably got around but just wanted to spread the love :).
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
What kind of "visual break-down" did you have in mind? What would that look like?

And besides your scenes outlined in this comment, which scenes did the other three artists do, if you know?
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Thank you! I'm looking forward to it!
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Marvforty2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Can't wait to see it, but i'm sure it will exceed my expectations like many of the other episodes =D
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Helsaabi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I'm looking forward! :D
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geradexacondari Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I never thought in a thousand years I would be excited over a wedding between pretty pastel ponies... but I honestly can't contain my enthusiasm!
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Ha! You're saying what everyone is thinking.
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KevlarMosys Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I was pretty on the fence of how good this was going to be, in fact I was almost expecting to be disappointed.

Now I'm sure it will be good.
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
*YES!!* Have hope. :) We didn't think we'd like it when we heard about the idea either, but now we all seem to really think its swell. XD
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Now that would be an interesting story to hear, like on DVD bonus features or commentary or something. The staff's reaction when they heard they had to make an episode or two about a wedding.

The way I understand it, Princess Cadence was created because toy retailers still want a PINK pony princess toy to sell, and since Celestia can't be that pink, they made her whiter and created Cadence (or is it Cadance? I'd like official word on that.) Anyway, they wanted a pink toy to sell, so a story had to be written for the show that incorporated Princess Cadence, and make it a huge thing for Hasbro to promote to the moon and back just to try to sell some toys.

But you laughed in their faces at the challenge, and once again made something awesome (look at my predictions!) out of something that only three years ago would have, in theory, sucked so badly we'd all be making fun of until those involved were shamed from society. (Like James Farr and the poor people who had to work on this thing.)
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Malbenthomas Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
Am I the only one curious about where the clones of the mane six fit into the story? Could it be....:iconmlpdiscordplz:
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
You'll have to wait and seeeeeeeeee....!!! :D
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Jackie-SugarSkull Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I CAN'T WAIT!!!! :eager:
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Dark-Tsubaki88 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Looking forward to it!
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Writer
All hands on deck for storyboarding from the sound of it. Can't wait! Sounds like it'll be a fantastic finish ^^. *applauds*

Here's hoping M.A. Larson wrote it or co-wrote part of it because he always brings the best out of big episodes.
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
From what I understand it was Meghan McCarthy who wrote it. *Sort of weird* that the NY Times article linked on EQD called her the "show runner." (Could have sworn that was Jayson).

But yeah, we watched it on Saturday as a group (the board artists/supervisor & Jayson--at his place). Out of all the two-parters I think it works the best, so hopefully you will all enjoy it. Its really tricky with television to get things to NOT feel really segmented.. I'm sure you've seen lots of animated movies for television that just feel like 3 eps hooked together. :P Not the case with this one.
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Maybe Meghan has a more important role in season 3?
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Writer
Oooo...very cool. That's a weird citation though. They probably intended that she was the runner so far as the writing staff goes. Which I think she is or either will be from what I've read on EQD about the writing staff. But not sure.

However, "show runner" sounds more like Jayson's job and I'll assume he's still on staff for the third season.

But that sounds awesome! Can't wait to see because I'm curious how Cadence and Shining Armor will fit into the show...especially with what has been said so far in TV magazines (TV Guide especially) about her being a niece of Celestia and Armor being Twilight's brother. Plus amusement of whether the future of Celestia and Twilight as technically related by marriage will come up :). I have a particular, humorous moment from Doctor Who in mind...

But, again, cheers and very much looking forward to it ^^. Thanks so much for replying!
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angeliIy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012   Artist
ovo Can't wait! <3
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:D
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goukai Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! ^_^ i cant wait to see it now! Sabby sent me her interview with Everfree radio it was so cute ^^
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Awe!! I haven't listened to it yet but I'm eager to. Nice to see a dear friend getting a little attention. XD
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goukai Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe it is nice :)
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