What advice would you give to other actors on working with bears? Make sure there’s country and western music playing. And don’t cuddle it. Our bear was called Bart and he was a real diva. When he stepped out of his trailer, you had to give him a round of applause. None of the rest of the cast is so demanding. - Gwendoline Christie
Victorian fairy painting
'Fairy painting, particularly when produced in its Golden Age, between 1840 and 1870, is a peculiarly British contribution to the development of Romanticism. […] As modern industrial progress engulfed the English countryside, the Victorians embraced belief in fairies as a reaction to the disenchantment of the world […] Fairy painting is the visual evidence of a spectrum of mid-19th-century preoccupations: nationalism, antiquarianism, exploration, anthropology, the dismantling of religious belief and, crucially, the emergence of spiritualism.'
Jeremy Maas and others, Victorian Fairy Painting, exhib. catalogue (Royal Academy of Arts: Merrell Holberton, London, 1998)
John Anster Fitzgerald (1823-1906), The Fairy’s Barque, 1860
John Anster Fitzgerald, Fairy Hordes Attacking a Bat, date unknown
Richard Dadd (1817-1886), Titania Sleeping, 1841
Joseph Noel Paton (1821-1901), The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania, 1847
Edwin Landseer (1802-1873), Scene from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Titania and Bottom, 1848-51
Richard Doyle (1824-1883), ‘The Triumphal March of the Elf King’, from In Fairyland, or Pictures from the Elf World, 1869
I’m calling it now.
I see great things ahead for this guy.
I cannot stop reblogging this.
pity he announced that he is quitting acting. but yah know, whatever makes him happy.
Please help with a question for people from ethnic minorities:
Early concepts of the lead character for Infamous Second Son show him with much stronger ethnical signifiers (skin color, hair, facial features), while the version they went with could as easily be seen as a white person.
Also the way he wears his hair together with the bandana makes him in the concepts identify more with native american iconography, while the final version hides his hair under a hat, only revealing some tribal tattoos on his arm.
He is native american, but I only found that out after seeing the concept on the left and googling for the characters backstory to confirm if he still is of native american descent or they completely went with a white person. I did not see his ethnicity in his design.
Do you – as a non-white person – agree with the designers way of removing ethnical signifiers from the character? Would you be comfortable being represented with more signifiers – like on the left or would you appreciate being more ethnically ambiguous presented – like on the right?
I know, that being from one ethnic minority is not the same as being from another, so I understand, that my example is specific to native americans. But the representation problem affects many ethnic groups and I’m looking for opinions from everybody.
Thank you very much.
i am a POC (southeast asian descent, born in the USA). i can probably identify with the lead character: he’s a person living in dual cultures (mainstream america and his own ethnic culture), and i think it’s pretty important to show that.
i know zero about the game, but here’s my take: will his ethnic/cultural background have a strong, important presence in the story? then yes, the ethnic “signifiers” probably could be stronger—like ethnic dress or the way he wears his hair. but it’s not completely necessary — it can end up in stereotypical tokenized imagery if the designers overdo it, the way black people —or any nonwhite person for that matter —were portrayed in old racist cartoons (just to exaggerate). context and story are always always important when designing a character no matter what their ethnicity.
also, the way you approach the term and concept of “ethnic signifiers” is a little problematic for me: it’s as if there is a slider scale of “white” to “ethnic,” or that the default is white, once you remove the “ethnic signifiers.” it sounds too simplistic. thinking of how a character should be designed should be less of that and more of what serves the story and the character (and the audience if the developers want to stay “safe” and keep that mass market appeal, whatever that is. kidding!)
but yeah, at the very least, he just kind of looks mixed race in the final version. it’s somewhat easy to tell that he’s not white. as long as the designers do proper research, find “what feels right,” and listen to tons of feedback from all different kinds of people, then it’s all good. i personally like the character’s final version. his ethnic ambiguousness IS still a signifier. it should be seen the same way as someone who looks “very white” or “very exotic” (that’s problematic too) or “very ethnic.”(this response got a little long, i hope i made sense!)
Yes, you made sense. Thanks for your input.