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Old July 8th, 2004   #3
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Default Bonus Data from the Director Part 2

PART II

In the first half, humans treated robots like objects.
I guess that's only to be expected, but that was the concept.
And in this later half, that is reversed ...
... and the robots treat humans like objects.
A sort of anti-humanism is expressed here.
Those are the themes that we thought out.
The real revenge of the robots who have been taken advantage of starts.
It was the humans who attacked first ...
... but the robots, whose home, Zero-One, was destroyed, are beginning their attacks.
This image was taken from a street corner in Eastern Europe ...
... and it shows that the machines' towns have advanced and grown this far.
Here, as it shows, there is a military operation called Dark Storm.
"Why did the world become what is called the Matrix?"
It's because humans initiated a suicidal plan and destroyed the sky.
And this is the final battle.
This battle has a mythical element to me ...
... as if the sun were setting on humankind ...
... and this is mankind's last battle.
Rather than just being a war film, it's more like a battle of the gods.
Gods and Titans, God and Satan. Like those types of legends ...
... there is an apocalyptic sense ...
... and a sense of the Book of Revelations.
And people of all ethnicities and cultures come together ...
... to offer their final prayers before heading off to battle.
And these planes flying here, if you look closely ...
... they are the machines invented by the robots.
They fly using the hovercraft engines.
And the bombs being dropped ...
... are not normal bombs ...
... but house micromachines, or nanomachines ...
... and they will destroy the sky and bring darkness upon the world.
And they will be distributed, on a large scale, all over the world ...
... blocking the sun in order to shut off the robots' power source.
And they plan to dismantle the robots while they are inoperative.
That was Operation Dark Storm.
Up to that point, the images are still realistic.
From here on, we're in the dark due to Operation Dark Storm ...
... and we created a mythical and hell-like landscape.
The enemies are machines ...
... the advanced machine equipment the humans used ...
... they become useless as well because they are all machines.
And humans begin to act recklessly, as if they were sent back to the primitive age.
Their only choice is to confront the robots with violence.
These cruel scenes continue for a while.
Depending on how you look at it, they are only destroying objects ...
... so it might be hard to call it a violent scene.
This scene displays that sort of irony as well.
This here depicts ...
... views from the periscopes on the tanks and powered suits.
And the powered suits use nuclear weapons and neutron bombs ...
... and they plan to burn the enemy's micro-chips to destroy them ...
... but it doesn't quite work.
Scenes like this too ...
Basically, powered suits and the machines are drawn in 3-D CGI --
Oh, this is 2-D. This was drawn by hand.
But this is a combination.
Using them in combination was pretty difficult.
I just hope it worked well.
These scenes too.
In the script, we wrote this scene to be like peeling the shell off a lobster.
A powered suit being peeled off like the shell of a lobster.
That was one of the more difficult scenes.
Basically, all of these images here ...
... are a collection of images gathered ...
... by informational CCD cameras worn by the soldiers.
Oh, but these images ... This is a pure image.
We tried inserting images here and there ...
... in hopes to convey the sadness and devastation of the humans ...
... who have been trampled on by the machines and their inhumannness.
Humans can also be considered machines.
The machines created a plague with an unknown virus ...
... a virus designed to kill humans one by one.
And the machines who lost their power source because of Operation Dark Storm ...
... begin to try and extract energy from the body of humans.
And they stop killing humans, but rather try to keep them alive, albeit in great pain.
And they extract the electric currents that flow within the nervous system ...
... and use humans as an element of power generation.
And a very disturbing vision unfolds.
And later on, there is the place where Neo awakes in The Matrix.
He's connected to a huge human generator, so we designed this accordingly.
We tried to convey the mass deaths that occurred in the 20th century ...
... and it is our hope that you will be disgusted by it.
And here, the machine ambassadors reappear ...
... but they have already quit imitating humans.
In Part A, they were imitating human appearances out of respect for humans ...
... but they no longer recognize the worthiness of humans.
They stopped being human-like.
Rather, they take on an appearance unique to machines.
They changed into an insect-like, grotesque appearance.
It can be said that they evolved.
With the self-destruction of the machine, the UN building and Manhattan are blown away.
This was also ...
... a very hard scene to watch.
The storyboard for this scene was completed last year before September 11th.
And with that event, I thought that we wouldn't be able to create this scene.
Well, but ...
There was no order to cut the scene ...
... so we went ahead and created it and put it in.
I was still worried that it might get a bad review from viewers ...
... but it was a scene I didn't want to cut ...
... because of its importance to the film's message and story.
And so humans, like this ...
... by closing their hearts ...
... with civilization retreating back into its shell ...
... everything becomes extinct. Extinct might not be the right word ...
... but all mankind becomes connected and wired to this matrix ...
... and they live within a collective dream.
This kind of demonic world is waiting.
But we don't really know if that world is truly scary.
Is it scarier to see the reality of Earth utterly destroyed ...
... or is it just better to continue living in a peaceful dream?
It wasn't the goal of this project to try and answer that question ...
... but it would be great if this question is brought to mind by watching this.