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Being good to each other is so important, guys.

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What a 2 million dollar pool looks like.

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The latest awesomes by Stanley Lau (Artgerm)
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atc412:

This is art work by Stanley Lay who goes by “Artgerm”. I’m a huge fan of his works. Here is a link to explain more. And go check out his Facebook page and devainart page (highly recommend his devainart page)

http://www.icanbecreative.com/super-cover-girls-justice-magazine.html

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justira:

Reblogging not just because special effects are cool but because body doubles, stunt doubles, acting doubles, talent doubles — all the people whose faces we’re not supposed to see but whose bodies make movies and tv shows possible — these people need and deserve more recognition. We see their bodies onscreen, delight in the shape and motion of those bodies, but even as we pick apart everything else that goes on both on and behind the screen, I just don’t see the people who are those bodies getting the love and recognition they deserve.

We’re coming to love and recognize actors who work in full-body makeup/costumes, such as Andy Serkis, or actors whose entire performances, or large chunks thereof, are motion captured or digitized (lately sometimes also Andy Serkis!). But people like Leander Deeny play an enormous part in making characters such as Steve Rogers come to life, too. Body language is a huge part of a performance and of characterization. For characters/series with a lot of action, a stunt person can have a huge influence on how we read and interpret a character, such as the influence Heidi Moneymaker has had on the style and choreography of Black Widow’s signature fighting style. Talent doubles breathe believability and discipline-specific nuance into demanding storylines.

Actors are creative people themselves, and incredibly important in building the characters we see onscreen. But if we agree that they’re more than dancing monkeys who just do whatever the directors/writers say, then we have to agree that doubles are more than that, too. Doubles make creative decisions too, and often form strong, mutually supportive relationship with actors.

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Image 1: “I would like to thank Kathryn Alexandre, the most generous actor I’ve ever worked opposite.”

Image 2: “Kathryn who’s playing my double who’s incredible.”

[ Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany on her acting double, Kathryn Alexandre, two images from a set on themarysue, via lifeofkj ]

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I’ve got a relationship that goes back many, many years with Dave. And I would hate for people to just see that image of me and Dave and go, “oh, there’s Dan Radcliffe with a person in a wheelchair.” Because I would never even for a moment want them to assume that Dave was anything except for an incredibly important person in my life.

[ Daniel Radcliffe talking about David Holmes, his stunt double for 2001-2009, who was paralysed while working on the Harry Potter films. David Holmes relates his story here. Gifset via smeagoled ]

With modern tv- and film-making techniques, many characters are composite creations. The characters we see onscreen or onstage have always been team efforts, with writers, directors, makeup artists, costume designers, special effects artists, production designers, and many other people all contributing to how a character is ultimately realized in front of us. Many different techniques go into something like the creation of Skinny Steve — he’s no more all Leander Deeny than he is all Chris Evans.

But as fandom dissects the anatomy of scenes in ever-increasing detail to get at microexpressions and the minutiae of body language, let’s recognize the anatomy in the scenes, too. I don’t mean to take away from the work Chris Evans or any other actors do (he is an amazing Steve Rogers and I love him tons), but fandom needs to do better in recognizing the bodies, the other people, who make up the characters we love and some of our very favourite shots of them. Chris Evans has an amazing body, but so does Leander Deeny — that body is beautiful; that body mimicked Chris Evans’s motions with amazing, skilled precision; that body moved Steve Rogers with emotion and grace and character.

Fandom should do better than productions and creators who fail to be transparent about the doubles in their productions. On the screen, suspension of disbelief is key and the goal is to make all the effort that went into the production vanish and leave only the product itself behind. But when the film is over and the episode ends, let’s remember everyone who helped make that happen.

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[ Sam Hargrave (stunt double for Chris Evans) and James Young (stunt double for Sebastian Stan, and fight choreographer), seen from behind, exchange a fistbump while in costume on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Image via lifeofkj ]

I applaud these guys as much as the suit actors in my japanese tokusatsu shows. They do just as much work. 

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The August 10, 2014 supermoon was the closest, brightest supermoon of 2014. These are some of the photos submitted to EarthSky.

  • Supermoon over Ireland by Damian O’Sullivan.
  • Supermoon by Stephen Curtin.
  • Super cool super-moonrise composite from Fiona M. Donnelly in Ontario.
  • Supermoon by Kimberly O’Donoghue.
  • "Fly me to the Moon …" Boston, © Manish Mamtani Photography
  • Supermoon over Lake Ontario by Steve Thamer.
  • Supermoon and shipwreck by Damian McCudden.
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Robin Williams 1951-2014

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I never met Robin Williams and have no idea what kind of man he was behind the camera except for what I can glean from the words of others.  People say he was a good man, a kind man, a professional, a comedic dynamo and a great person.  I like to think this was all true, but I will never know.

The funny thing about the world we live in is that we grow to idolize and respect people we will probably never know.  Robin Williams was one of those people for me – a funny man who seemed to be committed to wanting to make everyone laugh all the time.  I never knew him, but that was my impression of him.  And it struck a chord in me because I feel the same way – I want to make others laugh. 

Robin’s stage was vastly bigger than mine, his time on the stage so much longer, his audience so much larger and more diverse.  Millions of us know his voice.  Millions of us have watched and will continue to watch the amazing films and comedy specials he made.  He was a funny guy.  I always wanted to be a funny guy, too.

And behind it all, Robin Williams was a man who felt sadness, and loneliness, and depression, like so many do.  It’s so easy to think how can you be depressed if you’re rich? Or famous?  If nothing else, perhaps we can also see that question doesn’t even logically follow.  Depression clearly has nothing to do with fame or wealth.  It’s another beast entirely.

I wish Robin Williams could have found whatever he needed to help him get past whatever turmoil, whatever private anguish that I have no right knowing about.  I don’t want to know his demons, they were his own.  They drove him to the darkest place imaginable and TMZ telling me about them will help neither me nor his family.  I just wish a different path could have been taken, as I wished the same for one of my musical inspirations Kurt Cobain all those years ago. 

Unlike Cobain, who spoke to me with a curious detachment, Robin Williams spoke to me as a kindred spirit.  I wanted to emulate his success, his path in life in many ways.  I want to make you laugh.  And when I’m not making you laugh, I feel my own anguish and sadness and wonder why it is so many funny people seem saddled with pain.  Is it a coping mechanism? A defense? A weapon?  I don’t know. 

I want to make you laugh so that you will in turn like me.  It’s simple in that way. Childish and basic.  I wonder why Robin Williams wanted to make us laugh.  I wonder if he knew how well he did it, or if he paid attention to such things.  Did he focus on what he thought were failures?  Was it all just a job?  Did he want something more, something totally different none of us could ever guess?  Did he grow tired of it?  Did he want to be more than a punchline with legs?  Did he hate it when people asked him to say something funny?

I can’t ask Robin those questions.  That’s tragic, because he should be around for me to wonder about in those ways.  But as ever, my eyes and ears are open for people I do know, who I can talk to and try to help if I feel they may need it.  There’s help for everyone out there somewhere, if only we can find it, or if someone can recognize we need it.  Too often we look back and wonder what could have been done, instead of looking forward and deciding what steps to take next.

Thank you, Mr. Williams, for making me laugh and inspiring me to make others laugh.  Good Morning, Vietnam.  And goodnight, sir.