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Movie Inspiration: Speed Racer
You can never be too careful at those programming competitions these days. They’re getting brutal.
CJ came up with the basic idea for this one while we were traveling on vacation earlier this summer. We bounced a couple of ideas around, but settled on the scene where Speed is getting briefed on all of the tweaks being made to his machine. We thought it would be funny for our Dude to be entering a programming competition, and having a similar need for defenses against cheaters.
Part of the fun for this one – ok, a LOT of the fun for this one – was coming up with the list of modifications. Jump jacks were left in, mostly because they were the most recognizable feature of the Mach 5, but also because it’s just plain funny to think of a laptop having them. They give a whole new meaning to “booting up”. One of CJ’s original ones was having the cutting blades in the DVD-ROM drive, which was also awesome – don’t even THINK of trying to peek at Speed’s screen. I came up with most of the others, but got stuck with how to twist the homing robot. The movie described this as being able to transmit video footage from wherever the car was, so we converted this to a “Remote 3-D web cam”. I’m not sure what exactly this means, but it sounded cool.
When I had it mostly finished, CJ remarked at how visually different this one is from most of the others, specifically the blue. She pointed out that since a lot of TCF end up being in the office, and since the most recognizable feature of an office tends to be the rows and rows of cubes, the color scheme tends to be very neutral. The technician’s glasses were also a bit of a challenge. It took me four or five attempts to arrange them on her face without making her look cross-eyed.