Hey, everybody. I know it's been a rough week for everyone ever since the news about Monty's passing. I've already had to tell a couple of my friends that knew of Monty or watched RWBY that he had passed away. That wasn't an easy feat.
When I first heard about it, I thought that it was a sick and cruel joke. I had hoped that it was just a joke so that I could only be angry at Burnie and the others for about a day or so. However, as I saw more and more updates, that idea had slowly withered away. I started looking back and I had heard of Monty sometime around RWBY was announced. I hadn't realized that I had actually watched some of his work when I stumbled upon some of the action sequences back in RvB Season 8 when I was like 11 years old.
Then, I watched the White Trailer and my God, it blew me out of my mind. I was instantly hooked onto RWBY without seeing a single episode. That's when I started to familiarize myself with the DDR Phenomenon known as Monty Oum. As I watched more and more of his work, the more I was in awe. Everything he did was so awesome! From the action sequences to the character designs, it was perfect in my eyes. Subconsciously, he was one of the main reasons why I want to become a Film Major when I go to college.
It was his dedication to his craft and his is probably what impressed me the most. It enticed me to create characters with elements of RWBY and try to figure out their backstories. Everyday, I think of RWBY storylines and how each one can take shape. It absolutely excites me on how they can end up. I'm just sad that it took me this long to realize that he was fueling my creative drive. And I'll be damned if I let that light burn out.
And to those who are still struggling with Monty's passing, know this: you are not alone. I'm still trying to cope with the news but I would like to impart a saying from the Eleventh Doctor that feels appropriate to me during this time.
"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don't always spoil the good things or make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things."
This is a reminder to myself and to all of you. Monty's death hasn't spoiled anything for us. In fact, I'd like to believe that he is driving us to become more creative and better versions of ourselves. To inspire us that we can do anything we want if we have the right resolve. Monty has added a lot of good things in our pile and I hope that we've added a lot of good things into his pile.
"Keep moving forward." - Monty Oum
Until next time.