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Check it: Lord of the Rings is Still Awesome

27 Aug

If you’re like me, you’ve gone through the past months waiting with baited breath for video updates about the upcoming The Hobbit release. Such a mass team effort on costumes, art, stage, and setting coming together is always an amazing thing, especially on such large-scale productions.

I was tickled pink when this gem popped up on my go-to video blog (if you can call it that) wimp.com, showing how Peter Jackson’s original Lord of the Rings films made not-so-small actors appear as their halfling counterparts using the not-so modern technical magic of forced perspective.

While I couldn’t find a video for it (sorry guys), I also remember from the special features in the latest Star Trek film that J.J. Abrams also used forced perspective in a clever (and frugal) way by placing a barn in the background of a scene set in Kirk’s hometown. It was just a perfect scale miniature of a barn placed a distance away from the actors in the shot!

It’s always nice to know that even the creatives with monstrous budgets still make effective use of some of the simplest and cheapest tools in the game. Personally I find it inspiring that such easy things can have such high-quality results.

What’s your simple trick for fancy creative endeavours?

 

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Check It: JuBaFilms

10 Aug

So I was doing my daily internet video roundup (today’s splendour including Epke Zonderland’s insane routine, my Daily Grace, and re-watching communitychannel’s walrus-clap-inducing return preview video), when I came across a video amazing.

That video was this:

And then I hit up the Youtube, and I found them. JuBaFilms. Or as I shall now call them, “Sweet-Mother-Of-Holy-Saint-Lord-Christ-How-Did-They-Think-Of-That Films”  (no trademark… yet…). Their stuff is AMAZING.

The crew is based off four crazy-talented individuals, Julien Bam (dancer, creator), Gong Bao (dancer, creator), Michael “Hillli” (film and acting), and Vincent Lee  (music man extrodinarie). Each of their films features a comic-like editing quality, astounding cinematography, increasingly impressive graphics, hilarious visual jokes, and above all jaw-dropping dance skills. Stories are well-developed and portrayed, and most are word-free, making them oh-so internationally accessible.

To see more of this talented bunch, check out out their YouTube channel and/or their website.

Fashion on Film: Winter is Coming

30 Jul

So after becoming thoroughly addicted to Game of Thrones (after missing that bandwagon for quite some time), I finally understand the true visual inspiration that blogger Miss Moss connected from the series to Givenchy’s fall 2012 couture collection.

The show’s heart-melting attention to detail is enough to send any fashion addict into fits of delight, and to see it manifested into a dreamlike collection of medieval-come-modern makes the period costume lover in me the happiest of campers.

The collection is filled with intricate detailing, luxurious fabrics, and rich furs that take GOT’s stylistic mixture to a whole new couture level. The comparisons are best seen in Miss Moss’s photo matches, my favourites of which are pictured below.

Amazeballs right?

So for some of the more *ahem* budget restricted folks here (what? Couture not in your paycheque? You’d rather eat!?! How quaint…) who are looking for some Seven Kingdom’s style for this fall season, have no fear!

I’d check out some of the amazing faux leather skirts that are already coming out in the pre-fall/ fall collections at two of the saviours of student style, H&M and Urban Outfitters. Pair with a textured knit and heavy chain jewellery to keep you warm through the long winter.

For right now, how about trying some GOT-inspired braids? Youtube is filled with tutorials, one of my favourites being this look by LaDollyVita33, based of the hairdo Daenerys wore in the Pyre scene in season 1; Perfect for finding your dothraki man warrior!

Are you thinking of channeling a bit of medieval maven this fall/winter?

Are you also impatiently waiting until March to find out what’s going to go down in season 3?

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