“BP” stands for “Big Problem.”

June 6, 2010 at 11:24 am (Uncategorized)

Remember that one day when BP dumped thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico? Neither do I, really, because it wasn’t that big of a deal, right? BP keeps assuring us that it has everything under control and that its doing everything possible to block the spill, so why should I be concerned?

Just kidding. BP wishes I was that naive. According to this article by Mark Sappenfield, the well of oil will probably keep gushing into the ocean until August, when BP can build another relief well and solve all these nasty problems. BP representatives are starting to shift focus from an immediate solution to a successful rejuvenation of the coast after a long-term recovery process.

This one time, I really wanted some brownies. I kept thinking about the outcome of what would happen if I made brownies: I could eat them. Eating brownies became my ultimate goal. I kept looking towards the future, to the day that I could finally eat brownies, but it never came–probably because I forgot that good results don’t just happen; there is a process, a procedure, steps to follow in order to achieve the result desired. I had to go to the store, get brownie mix and whatever else the recipe calls for, drive home, mix everything together…it goes on, as I’m sure anyone else who has ever made brownies will know. So shouldn’t BP be taking steps to get the ingredients and trying to mix it together, instead of only wishing for a freshly baked, delicious solution to just pop up?

The recovery of the Gulf Coast will probably take an extremely long time. I won’t even bother to estimate how long it might take. While BP has rightfully compensated many businesses along the coast for any loss of profit because of the spill, it has to know that the claims will not stop pouring in. This is a man-made disaster that has destroyed the livelihood of thousands of people, not to mention the lives of animal wildlife, from pelicans to lobsters to the tiniest sea organism. What will this do to the ecosystem? The food chain? Will any species come closer to extinction because of this fiasco?  There’s no doubt that the cost for seafood will skyrocket, and the tourist trade will probably suffer a blow or two. I don’t know why, though; I love going to the beach and finding oil-covered birds waddling around. It’s my favorite pastime.

You would think that all the gallons of oil pouring into the gulf would be the only problem BP has to worry about, right? Wrong. A few weeks ago, another spill was reported, this time at the Alaskan pipeline. This article from the Morning Star, written by Greg Pallast, reveals that yet another few thousand gallons of oil escaped from BP’s control due to lack of upkeep to the pipeline. It reportedly hadn’t been checked or repaired for about a decade, despite requests from pipeline managers. The pipe that blew was 800 miles long, letting loose a good 100,000 gallons of oil into the water, and all because BP hadn’t kept up proper maintenance.

Now I’m not an expert at cleaning up oil spills, but I do understand one thing: BP needs to stop fucking up and fix what it has done. Oh, and it should be relatively soon. Don’t wait around until August, BP. If you can’t do it, no one can–not even the government. So suck it up and start working on it.

P.S. A google earth app that compares the size of the oil spill to the size of your own city or state. Go here to view it.

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Cancer

May 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm (Uncategorized)

Another faculty member died today (technically yesterday, May 4…it’s just a few minutes past midnight as I type) from cancer. This marks the second professor/teacher/esteemed and distinguished person in our theater department to be claimed by cancer in just two years.  Dr. Esiaba Irobi, a poet, playwright and more, was a teacher at OU and his classes, I’ve heard tell, were incredible. I never got the chance to take one–he was often out ill, and only taught a few courses which never fit into my schedule. I’m not quite sure what type of cancer he had, but I’m hoping he didn’t suffer too much. According to this article, he’s survived by his wife and the enormous amount of published works he put forth, not to mention the unpublished. He died in Germany yesterday at the age of 49. Read the article if you’d like to know more–I know I do. I wish I had known him and could have benefited from his knowledge. I take comfort in realizing that even if I haven’t had an experience with him, many other people have, and I know they are grateful.

Ursula Belden, who died in January 2009, was pretty much known as a god around my department–or to me, at least. She was the head of our Production, Design and Technology department, as well as a Distinguished Professor of scene design (according to this article). I didn’t know much about her, but I knew she was terribly talented and quite a nice person who encouraged innovation and artistry. She won many awards for off-Broadway designs and has many Broadway credits to her name; I think she’s probably the main reason why our program is so well known for excellence. We knew it was coming–she had been ill for awhile, and while she managed to hold out for the holidays, her health couldn’t last.

It makes me sad to know that we’ve lost two great minds and personalities within such a short time. I hope to God that we do not experience a third. I hope everyone goes home tonight and hugs a loved one or calls someone on the phone to say how much they care. Let the people in your life know that you appreciate them and love them.

For more on Ursula Belden or Esiaba Irobi, please visit the articles I have listed. Searching them on google wouldn’t hurt either. Let’s pray for a cure for cancer.

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Nonsense Rants.

March 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm (Uncategorized)

A month later, I decide to update. There’s a lot of things to talk about, so I’ll write down what I can remember.

1. ORPHEUS, the movement piece I designed costumes for, closed two nights ago. It went surprisingly well. Makeup and tattoo pictures will be posted! I won’t lie: it was an incredibly taxing process. However, I absolutely loved the cast and crew; they are the most lovely people and I had a wonderful time getting to know them this quarter.

2. Sprained my foot a few weeks ago. I got to ride in an ambulance and walk with crutches for a week. Now I just wear an ankle brace that supports everything, but it still hurts–mostly because I’ve got pretty extensive bruising all along my entire foot. I’m pretty sure that my ligaments are mostly healed, though.

3. I’m officially working at the Ohio Light Opera for my third summer in a row this summer! (Check out our website and our 32nd season!) I will be joining some of my best friends there, and I can’t wait.

4. The Oscars are THIS SUNDAY!! I think Sandra Bullock is a shoo-in for Best Actress, and Jeff Bridges for Best Actor, but the nominees for Best Picture are too numerous for me to pick out just one. There are TEN nominees, if I’m not mistaken. I personally want Inglourious Basterds to win, but I don’t care who wins as long as AVATAR does not win. I also cannot be as judgmental as I was last year, seeing as I haven’t seen all the films nominated. That being said, I am very well aware of the costume designers nominated this year.

COSTUME NOMINEES:

1. Bright Star–Janet Patterson

2. Nine–Colleen Atwood (my idol!!)

3. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus–Monique Prudhomme

4. Coco before Chanel–Catherine Leterrier

5. The Young Victoria–Sandy Powell
I personally would love for Monique Prudhomme to win for Parnassus, but I know that Sandy Powell is more likely to get the award for The Young Victoria, since it is a period piece. I have seen The Young Victoria, and it was done really beautifully and accurately. It’s really difficult to predict an outcome this year (if we ignore the academy’s track record of awarding period pieces…) because each film has a very different point of view and style of execution. It all depends on personal taste, in my opinion. For the first time, I am rooting for someone other than Colleen Atwood. Blasphemy, I know. I, the girl who sits and pauses movies and sketches Colleen’s costumes from film stills. I, the girl who entertains the notion of finding Colleen and having her mentor me and/or recommend me to Tim Burton. I, the girl who is now completely obsessed with stripes, buckles, and design oddities….am rooting for Monique Prudhomme. Why? Because to me, the costumes for Nine, while beautiful, did not stand out. They were typical of a Rob Marshall/Colleen Atwood film–glitz, glamor, strategically placed sequins and feathers, and tastefully put-together outfits for mothers and wives. The only thing that truly stands out to me, as I can remember from watching the film, is Marion Cotillard and her simple, yet beautiful, clothing that helped bring out her gorgeous face. I don’t remember what the clothing was, I just remember Marion’s face, her expression, and her eyes. But I remember everything from Dr. Parnassus. That white suit he wears in the Imaginarium is completely genius. The daughter’s dress as she floats through a sea of shoes is completely amazing, and Mr. Nick’s double breasted coat, bowler hat, and grey gloves do indeed have a certain sense of forboding. Or maybe it was his melodramatic, villain-y mustache. Either way, that film was incredibly, absolutely, perfectly executed in every aspect of the word “visual.” Monique, you’ve got my vote.

The Imaginarium will, hopefully, win Best Art Direction as well. How could it NOT? The only threat will be, I think, Sherlock Holmes and Nine.

I do plan on trying to see “bright star” soon, though. Several people have told me to see it, and that the costumes are stunning.

The Award for cinematography will be really hard to predict. Nominated are: Inglourious Basterds, The White Ribbon, HP 6 (YAYYYY!), The Hurt Locker, and Avatar. Avatar will probably win–the technology was 12 years in the making, and is really stunning. But I would love for IB or The White Ribbon to win.

Directing will go to either Jason Reitman for Up in the Air or Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. If they pick James Cameron, I will throw something at my television and then scream. I would love for Quentin Tarantino to win, but, let’s face it: the Academy will never pick him. He doesn’t have enough political pull in Hollywood…which is really sad, because Quentin is truly talented…much more so than James Cameron. I mean…what? Who said that?

Foreign Language film will most likely go to The White Ribbon (Germany). I haven’t seen it, but there’s so much buzz about it that I think it’s a shoo-in for sure.

Makeup will go to Star Trek, most obviously for the alien faces of the Romulans and the Vulcans. I don’t think stage makeup for the singers of Il Divo is really quite enough for an Oscar–which pains me to say, since I’m partly a makeup lady and I know what it takes to make stage makeup look perfect. And I’m not exactly sure what was so innovative about the makeup done in The Young Victoria.

Best Score will go to either Michael Giacchino for Up, or Hans zimmer for Sherlock Holmes. I’m rooting for Michael. Meanwhile, best original song will probably go to Crazy Heart.

Avatar will undoubtedly win the Visual Effects award.

I have no idea who will win for best adapted screenplay. It’s a huge toss up.

I think that’s it for my predictions right now. Yes, I skipped some categories…whatever.

5. During strike for SOT’s show, Marisol, I helped clean out the magazine section of our storage unit. This is where we keep all different types of magazines for students to use for collages, research, renderings, and inspiration. We’re about to remodel that room, so we had to decide which magazines to keep and what to toss. And boy, did I find some fantastic things. Let me just list some things: 1998 issues on Angel, the spin-off of Buffy; issues on Star Wars, The Phantom Menace, and interviews with the cast members, etc; The Oscars of 1996, the new pop sensations Britney Spears and NSync; Lord of the Rings….need I go on? It was HEAVEN for a pop-culture nerd like me. So much awesome in just a few magazines. It was like I was traveling back in time with extensive knowledge of the future. For instance, we all know what happened to the new Star Wars episodes (they were horrible), Britney Spears (mother of two, nervous breakdown, one of the most famous comebacks in musical history), and whether or not Julia Roberts stayed married to Lyle Lovett (she didn’t). It was just…AHH! So incredible. I hardcore geeked out.

Where was I? Rambling, of course.

6. If you have a school of dance/dance major at your college or university, please go support them. Dancers are incredibly talented, and dance concerts are some of the best displays of art I have ever seen. We have out winter dance concert tomorrow and Saturday, and I’m helping out with hair for one of the pieces. When I got a break, I went down and watched some of the routines, and they were INCREDIBLE. It blows my mind how they can control their movements so well; how they can transition from standing still and upright to being on the floor, legs in the air and rolling into the next pose, only to stand straight up again. The choreography alone is a masterpiece. Add costumes, sound, and some ridiculously awesome scenic/lighting elements, and you get the most fantastic, beautiful experience that you can possibly get within a two-hour concert. And sure, some of the movement and music is weird…but it is still some really cool nonsense that you can’t really get anywhere else. What’s even better is that it’s live. You can feel the dancers and their passion; you can feel their stomps and steps reverberate through the floor to the music; you can feel the emotion and see it on their faces and in their bodies. It’s beautiful. And that is my School of Dance plug. =)

More updates will follow once I see the outcome of the Oscars and whether or not I can somehow get pictures of the dance concert. Peace!

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A fleeting update.

February 10, 2010 at 1:10 am (Uncategorized)

I will post a more relevant update when I have the time and energy…but right now, school is sucking the life out of me. I’m designing a movement piece called “Orpheus,” a thesis show for a senior here at the university. It’s incredibly time consuming, probably because it’s my first time designing and I’m unaware of the process. It’s also very frustrating, involved, difficult, easy, fun, exciting…so many words to describe the process. I’m doubting myself yet asserting myself. All of these things are happening. It’s just very weird for me to be this involved with an extracurricular activity (if you can count a theater project as extracurricular…since I’m there all the time anyway); I usually hate putting myself out there. but all in all, I’m glad that I’m doing this. It’s been a terrific experience so far. However, we don’t open for another 2 weeks, so…we’ll see!

I finished my puppet, Horatio the giraffe. Now, wordpress is being a bit widgey with me and will not let me upload photos of his complete awesomeness. I’ll fix that eventually, but just know that he is wonderful and cuddly and will hopefully receive at least a B+. Fingers crossed!

There are so many things in the entertainment world to discuss. Oscar noms, Michael Jackson’s children being actually physically visible at the Grammy’s, the newest episodes of Skins and my failure to hop back on to the LOST train, the newest season of Project Runway….it goes on and on. I’ll pick something I’ve had to time to actually process and write thoroughly and extensively on the subject! But until then, enjoy this lovely picture.

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Horatio

February 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm (Uncategorized)

As promised, pictures! Various stages of the final foam form. Now I have to make the inside of the mouth, drape my fabric, cut the fabric, glue everything together…

But I am very pleased, and Holly seems to be pleased as well. It has to be completed by Monday, so I’ve got some hard work ahead of me.

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Under the (SKINS)

January 31, 2010 at 5:11 pm (Uncategorized)

Behold, the return of SKINS! My first foiree into the world of teenage British drama started up again on Thursday, January 28th, for its fourth consecutive season. The brainchild of E4, it is the very first drama made exclusively and originally for the channel, as opposed to the normal airings of specific American shows or reruns of the popular, slightly older British sitcoms and rom-coms.

Skins follows the lives of teenagers in Bristol trying to cope with things way beyond their maturity level. School takes a second to drugs, alcohol, sex, relationships and sexual confusion. This sounds like a typical teenage soap opera, but it really isn’t: The actors are actually the same age (or maybe a year off) as the characters they portray; the series does not take place in some rich upper-end neighborhood like Manhattan or Orange County; and the love triangles are way less ridiculous.The writing is unusually gritty for a teen drama, and the minds behind it have given birth to plots that make my brain churn: a Casanova-esque lad who must relearn how to feel after being run over by a bus; a financially bankrupt teen who is living on his own, having an affair with his teacher, and is being actively destroyed by some mysterious illness that runs in the family; an almost clinically insane, depressed girl hopelessly in love and desperately trying to find something in life to hold on to….and that’s just in the first two seasons. The third season started with an entirely new cast (after the older cast graduated), and the fourth season has picked up right where that new cast left off.

I have high hopes for this new season. The first episode focused entirely on Thomas, a pleasant surprise and strange departure from the Effy-centric plot lines. It follows his struggle to deal with a death in a nightclub on his watch, a drug dealer who it turns out he knows personally, and pretty extreme girlfriend problems. It also explored something I have rarely seen on teenage dramas: the need to reconnect to a spiritual community. Thomas is a Frenchman, and I feel as though he his from Haiti because of the colorfulness of the community and the tropical beat of the hymns they sing, and I find it really refreshing. It isn’t often that I see religion portrayed in a positive light, or religion that is not only there to discourage sex and drugs, and I really like that Thomas actually wants to be a part of it.

While I liked parts of this episode, it seemed too incredibly mopey and moody for me. Or maybe I was just waiting for some Emily/Naomi story lines? Emily and Naomi are the two halves that make the whole of the ground-breaking lesbian plot line that has garnered attention from gay and straight communities alike. In series three, it was a heart-wrenching path to self discovery and acceptance, and watching Naomi struggle as a straight girl having feelings for a gay Emily was revealing and honest. Naomi breaks Emily’s heart several times and breaks her own in the process, until she just gives up trying to be straight and gives in to her feelings. It’s a lovely, lovely story and it makes me very happy to see. I love gay rights and anything that portrays gay people in a positive and normal light.

So that I don’t rant about gay rights and why some of us straight people are downright crazy for not supporting it, I will just say this: thanks for coming back, Skins. I await the return of Effy, the conflicts between Thomas and Pandora, and some cute JJ antics.

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The Inbetweeners! A gem.

January 31, 2010 at 4:06 pm (Uncategorized)

Oh, BBC America. You please me yet again. The television series “The Inbetweeners” is now available to American audiences!

I couldn’t love a television show any more than I love The Inbetweeners. Think of one of those horribly raunchy teen comedy movies that never do very well nor succeed in actually being a comedy. Now think about if one of those movies was actually uproariously hilarious, set in Bristol, and intelligently written. FANTASTIC. Another brilliant example of an original series for the E4 channel, catering directly to teen/young adult audiences. It’s of course filled with the standard group of male teen nerds or outcasts who just want to be accepted, pass their A-levels, and maybe get laid along the way; but it is told with such blunt honesty and biting wit that it is unlike any other show I’ve ever seen. The summary on the show’s Facebook fan page (which I shamelessly follow) reads as follows:

Every Thursday at 10pm on E4 from the 2nd April, the six-part series voted the Best New British Television Comedy at the 2008 British Comedy Awards will continue where the first series left off. Centred at Rudge Park comprehensive school, four dysfunctional friends are all desperately trying to work out how to fit in.

Will (Simon Bird), is still trying to be part of the crowd, but now also has a new challenge: to raise the social standing of his new friends to ‘cool’ – it’s not going to work

At his side is Simon (Joe Thomas) who is still hopelessly besotted with Carli D’Amato (Emily Head) and anything she thinks is cool he immediately goes along with. Jay’s (James Buckley) still boasting stories of impressive exploits and sexual conquests that are just a little too fantastical to believe. Making up the quartet is Neil (Blake Harrison), an easy going lad who is not exactly the brains of the outfit and whose dad is definitely not gay.

Just reading this makes me laugh. The language is vulgar and witty at the same time, filled with awkward teen moments that make me cringe because they are so ridiculous, yet so relatable. The four main characters do an astonishingly fantastic job at playing giant, lovable prats who just don’t know what the hell they’re doing, and the supporting cast of various parents, teachers, and fellow students are superb counterparts. The series ended months ago with Neil, Simon, Will and Jay passing their A-levels and moving on to university, but with it finally airing on BBC America, I have great hope that it will garner an even greater audience and be more appreciated than ever before.

I’m honestly at a loss for words as to how to further describe this television show. Just…watch it. There’s a reason I watch The Inbetweeners when I’m unhappy. Enjoy.

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Movie Music News!

January 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm (Uncategorized)

Disclaimer: I am in no way claiming to be an expert in music, music theory, composition, orchestration, or performance. I’m just really obsessed with music.

Darklings, I have some juicy bits of news concerning upcoming movie scores.

First of all, I had NO IDEA that there was a Movie Score Magazine!!!! Seriously? It makes my heart smile to see that there is actually a periodical dedicated exclusively to movie scores. I never would have guessed! Audiophiles/movie buffs, eat extra helpings of this because there’s a feast of knowledge here. Thanks to my friend Candice for alerting me to its presence!

It is to Candice that I also credit one of my new findings: Howard Shore will be composing the score for the next film in the Twilight saga (she was outraged. A quality composer writing music for some half-assed vampire flick? no way.) Now, I’ll be the first to admit: I read the books and found them mildly interesting (mostly because I like scifi/fantasy stories with vampires and such), only to watch the first movie and laugh my ass off at the quality of the acting which can be described, very kindly, by words such as “poor,” “cheap,” “inexperienced,” “dreadful,” “horrendous,” “near-sighted,” etc. Yet the score, I thought, was really quite charming–I could honestly care less about those whiny emo songs featured on alternative rock stations around the globe that made it onto the film’s soundtrack. Alexandre Desplat and Carter Burwell, both favorites of mine because of very specific individual scores, both had a turn to change some of that teenage-vampire-romantic angst into a coherent musical theme. I guess it all depends on your point of view. I didn’t necessarily fall in love with either of the two film scores, but I won’t go so far as to berate them for participating in such a pop-culture phenomenon.

Meanwhile, thanks to MuggleNet, I have finally found out who will be composing the next (and penultimate) Harry Potter film.  I’m hopelessly attached to Nicholas Hooper’s haunting bass lines, cheerful woodwinds and crescendo-prone string pieces, and was upset to hear that after 2 movies, he would not return for the final installments. Hope is not lost, however. The aforementioned Alexandre Desplat has signed on for Part 1 of the Deathly Hollows, and while I am skeptical, I have faith. His score for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is, to me, truly moving and beautifully, poignantly sad. The first part of Hallows is based largely on traveling, delving into a deeper and more dangerous journey than has ever been depicted in the Harry Potter series–something I think Desplat can handle.  However, he has a tremendous legacy to live up to: the legendary John Williams wrote the music for the first 4 Potter films, followed by Hooper’s 2 consecutive years of success. Let’s hope he doesn’t let us down!

More news! This is technically old news, but I saw it as a headline and felt obligated to report it. A splendid musician by the name of Michael Giacchino won the Golden Globe for the best original score in the Pixar film UP. His previous works include other Pixar works such as Ratatouille and The Incredibles, the television series LOST, and the recent remake of Star Trek. His work is incredibly fantastic, and I encourage everyone to not only see the movies I just mentioned, but listen to them as well. You will be blown away.

Other random tidbits: Randy Newman’s score for Disney’s The Princess and the Frog was “denied eligibility in this year’s pony show” by the Academy (read more here). Cinemusic.net goes on to describe other projects,  such as The Dark Knight and LOTR: The Two Towers, as being cruelly snubbed by the Academy as well. But based on the rules for submission, the Academy says that Newman’s score does not meet the requirements.  I have not yet seen this film, but I have heard rather melancholy things about the music–this is especially surprising because the non-computer-animated film was supposed to mark the return of the Disney musical. Thoughts?

Hans Zimmer has decided to take over MORE of the world by launching head-first into the video game genre. Yep.

If you didn’t know, Carter Burwell, along with Karen O, is the master behind the Where the Wild Things Are score.

Damn. If I could just find some current news on my all-time favorite man, Thomas Newman, life would be fantastic.

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Hot Glue and Horatio.

January 20, 2010 at 2:31 am (Uncategorized)

It has come to the point that I don’t mind being covered in hot glue, foam, thread, or permanent marker from head to toe anymore. I might complain about my schooling like any normal college student, but I really and truly love what I do…working in theater.

The crafts class I am taking has given me an opportunity to try my hand at puppetry with my seasoned instructor, Holly Cole. I have always been fascinated with puppets, from The Muppets to Sesame Street to Avenue Q, and I jumped at the chance to make one this quarter. After much deliberation, I decided to make a giraffe puppet (based on the long-nosed donkey pattern that Holly has honed to perfection) and powered along with much enthusiasm.

Fast forward to a few days later–my first day doing extra work on my puppet. I’ve spent about 24 extra hours in the crafts shop since Friday working on that thing. I never realized how hard it is to make something that seems so simple at first glance. Developing a pattern, deciding what material to use, and then actually beginning to build the shape of your object/animal/person, etc., is incredibly difficult–to me, anyway. The bulk of my time was spent trying to make the shape of the giraffe. The eye ridges, the hump on the forehead, the eyes themselves….I wanted to tear my hair out. By the time our first “rough draft” of our puppet was due, I had managed to create a somewhat giraffe-like silhouette (this meaning that if I stood a few feet away and squinted, I could kind of see the essence of the giraffe in my big pile of foam and hotglue). With Holly’s helpful suggestions and revisions, I finally achieved success today. Horatio (his name, of course) looks magnificent, even though he is nowhere near completion. He looks nothing like the semi-retarded, possessed horse that he did a week ago, or even yesterday, for that matter. I’m so excited!

The process isn’t over, of course. Next, I have to drape muslin over it and create a very clean, precise pattern–which I know I will have a hard time with. Draping on dress forms is fairly easy, but draping over a shaped mound of foam with bits of three-dimensional pieces sticking out for eyes and other various parts feels foreign and very intimidating. But I know I can do it. I’ve come so far already–why stop now?

Pictures to come soon! Each time I go in to work on it, I end up only having my phone to take pictures with.

What lesson have we learned today? Making puppets is a hard, but rewarding, skill to master. I think everyone should do it. Tomorrow is going to be great: 4 hours in the costume shop making a fabulous mock up for a coat, a meeting with a senior performance major who would like me to do costumes for his show, and then more Horatio. I love Wednesdays.

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Phatasmagoria: Alice/Marilyn Manson?

January 19, 2010 at 1:59 am (Uncategorized)

Holy Damn, Batman. And I call myself an Alice in Wonderland freak fanatic? Then why did I have no idea about this project?

First of all, how did I come across this? I was reading up on model/actress Lily Cole, who starred as the lovely Valentina in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. On her page listing her upcoming films, Phatasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll popped up. (A few articles on the subject are here, here, and here). It has apparently been in the works for several years. Written and directed by Marilyn Manson, the film is supposed to be a Hitchcock-esque psychological thriller that provides an in-depth look into the psyche of author Lewis Carroll. Carroll, in the late 1860s England, is apparently locked into a tower and is frequently visited/tormented by visions of a girl named Alice.

According to wikipedia, the film was to start production in 2007, but due to the writer’s strike the start date was pushed back to March 2008. IMDB categorizes the film as “in-production,” and I haven’t been able to find news on current progress. The cast includes Manson as Lewis Carroll, Cole as Alice, Evan Rachel Wood as Alice’s alter-ego, Tilda Swinton as Carroll’s wife, and other fantastics such as Alan Cummings and Angelina Jolie.

Marilyn Manson has broken all the rules when it comes to music, fashion, and self-perception, and his perspective on Alice could quite possibly break rules the world of film didn’t even know it had. As I said before, Manson intends for the film to be deeply psychological, feeding on the roots of evil at the base of all of Carroll’s metaphors for life, childhood, etc. He’s been quoted as saying that horror films should be more than just slasher movies, but a narrative about a person’s personal, lonely hell. He apparently plans to push the boundaries of sexuality as well–again, according to wikipedia, Tweedledee and Tweedledum might be twin lesbians…and not like Tegan and Sarah are twin lesbians. Add to that his portrayal of Carroll as a haunted man who has a penchant for photographing young girls, and this will definitely live up to Manson’s reputation for excess in all areas–not necessarily in a good way. But films that have portrayed worse have done well at the box office before.

Aside from his odd sexual perception, I think this movie could really be something. A cult classic at the least, or even higher status right up there with A Clockwork Orange. Only time will tell. In the meantime, enjoy these photos that I scalped from google image search for you.

Marilyn Manson and Lily Cole

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