some of the Frequently Asked
Questions we get about "My Little Transformer." If you've got
any you'd like to see answered that aren't here, feel free to Ask Mary & Silas!
I can't get the
MPEG versions to play! HELP!!!
Intstead of clicking
directly on the MPEG file to play it, try saving it to your computer
Right-click on the MPEG file link and select "Save File As"
from the menu. Then save the MPEG to your computer. After
you can watch it on any media player you want.
Where did the
idea for MLT come from?
It was about two
weeks after Prime Passion wrapped up. We were hanging
watching a movie or something. As always, Silas had some
Mary had her My Little Pony's. We started creating little skits
strip ideas with the toys, and snapped a few frames with a digital
camera. We first thought about making MLT a webcomic, but then
idea about a Prime Passion follow up. The idea for
film was out of the question, since there was just too much material to
in 8-10 minutes. Mary then asked, "well what about a series?"
How did you come
up with the name?
Transformer" was our first choice, but definitely not our favorite
^_^. At one point we were asking around for ideas on what to call
series, and Silas said something like "we don't want anything stupid,
'My Little Transformer'." But every time we said "My Little
Transformer" to someone, they always found it funny and knew exactly
they were getting into, so in the end...the name stuck. (A
of thanks goes to Kelly H. for creating the MLT 'shield' logo!)
Are you related
to "My Little Beast Wars?"
sorry. For those of you wondering, MLT came around after "My
Beast Wars." We've collaborated once so far on an episode (#33,
"New Recruits") and are trying to get permission to post the MLBW
picfics on the site. We'll keep you posted.
Did you have any
idea that Episode 2 would be so popular?
Nope, but then again
we didn't really think that any of this would be popular.
Where do you get
ideas for episodes?
sometimes, like hurricanes. And sometimes holidays, obviously. Toys we
access to are always an influence. Maybe one of us will get a random
and decide "this [Pony or TF] looks really [weird/funny/scary/stupid]
we should have them do..." (like the pony Wondermint and Episode
5). We'll then take the idea and run with it.
What goes into
the making of an episode?
After playing around
a lot with toys, we've got a chest full of ideas. Episodes
off with lots of phone calls that start with "So I had this idea for an
episode..." well they start with that after us yelling our names at
other for a while. Then it goes to choosing or finding appropriate
finding voices, finding/making props, and working on scripts,
Playing with toys, mostly. And then we get to shooting, which takes
days. A couple of hours of editing after that, depending on the
the episode (usually takes about 4-5 hours). And lots more phone
How much does it
cost to make an episode?
Normally we don't
spend anything...unless we need to pick up something like Castle
Greyskull or a
What equipment to
you use to tape and edit?
To shoot episodes we
use a Sony Hi8 or JVC MiniDV Camcorders (we like the Hi8 a bit more
colors translate better when digitizing). For capturing we use a
Stormrack system and we cut it together with Adobe Premiere 6.5 or
Pro. For exporting purposes we use the built-in Adobe Premiere
Media converter for MPEG's and WMV's and RM's Real Producer for the .rm
Where do all the
toys come from?
Mostly from out own collections.
For the newer stuff, stores like Wal-Mart and Toys 'R Us are our first
stops. We also grab a lot of stuff from online stores and (of
What other stuff
have you guys done besides MLT?
We've put together a
few live action spoof short videos, plus the now-infamous Prime
(which the sequel IS being worked on!). We've also got some other
stewing, but MLT is priority-one at the moment.
How do I get to
be a voice?
Got a mic on that
computer? Good! We're always looking for willing voices to
the 'pool.' Check out our Voice Page
Hey, I have an
idea for an MLT episode, can I send it your way?
Sure! MLT has
an Open Script Policy. That means we'll accept and consider every
and idea that comes our way. If we think it'll work, we'll try to
develop it into an episode. If you use your idea, you'll always
credit. Check out the Writing Page
info. Keep in mind that we get dozens of submissions a day, so if
don't get back to you right away please bear with us. ^_^
Why hasn't [insert
favorite character here] been in an episode yet?!
There are HUNDREDS
of TF's and MLP's out there, and we'd love to give them all their day
sun. But that probably won't happen until, say, MLT episode
Usually toys in the episodes are selected because of their character
their color, whether they can stand in certain poses and so on.
you've got a fave robot or pony that you're just dying to see featured,
Do you make any
money off of this?
Nope. When it
comes to episodes like the Valentine's Day one, we end up spending a
dough for materials like the Valentine's bags. MLT is done
love of toys and to share the fun.
I love MLT! I
want to donate all of my money to it 'cause its more important to me
stopping genocide or feeding third world children! Just tell me where
the check baby!
The idea has been
kicked around to put up a PayPal donate button on the site, but
officially decided on yet. We were also thinking of selling some
"props" seen in various episodes (such as the "For Rent"
sign in Ep. 1, He-Man's towel from Ep. 3, the Go-Bot's leashes from Ep.
the Starscream's Valentine's Bag from Ep. 14), but again no solid plans
What do you two
do when not working on MLT?
Mary just finished
her theatre degree at AU and is [always] waiting for the next
Silas teaches at AU, does video work for AU Vet school, and kicks kids
the local KB Toys.
Wouldn't you like to