Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Peter and the Beast

A couple of updates for you all you lovely people.
I think I finally have my cast in place for Beauty and the Beast and like I said I really do hate to  announce things online because then it doesn't work out and I feel like I've let you down.  However in this instance I think I've come up with a rather elegant solution to that problem.  Part of that solution is to let you in on my little secret.  The truth is, that for any "main" role in a shoot multiple offers go out for a part.  Then whoever answers first tends to be locked in, when or if an actor falls through then I have a back up.  And if the actor doesn't fall out I tend not to tell the other guys about each other.  It's all very shady, and I do feel bad about it on some level, but not bad enough to stop.  So here are the top three candidates.  And trust me I've lined up some sexy beasts.

First off we have Reconstructing Grimm favorite Nick Zajdel:

This is one of my all time favorite shots of Nick. I know that most of you don't know him out there, but this look is super against type for him.  Nick is sort of the human equivalent of the Forth of July.  He's all American, bright, lots of fun, and usually ends his conversations with you with some kind of sparkly finale.

Ladies I'd like to introduce you to John Glowacki.
John is a clever new talent at UWM currently.  I had the good fortune to work with him on one of his first projects when he started college and he blew me away.  I have since been wanting to use him in a shoot, but the tricky thing is he's super hard to pin down.  So I'm hoping that his schedule will clear up and I'll finally get to use him for Beauty and the Beast.

Here's where I'm going to be a little evil:
That's right it could be neither of the above mentioned choices, and  I have yet to send out a few more notices. So we'll see.  

I can tell you that every other role in the shoot has been cast.  And I've heavily started work on one of the Belle dresses.  That's where we're at folks.  I'll keep you in the loop the best I can in the next few weeks and we'll get there together.

Also, Perry sent me three shots from Peter Pan that weren't included in the last blog post because I didn't think we had anymore.  So as to not deprive you of these pics I'm including them in this post.

Hook was fighting now without hope. That passionate breast no longer asked for life; but for one boon it craved: to see Peter show bad form before it was cold forever.

All children grow up, except for one... Peter Pan
"So, Pan," said Hook at last, "this is all your doing."
"Ay, James Hook," came the stern answer, "it is all my doing."
"Proud and insolent youth," said Hook, "prepare to meet thy doom."
"Dark and sinister man," Peter answered, "have at thee."
There you are.  I think this is the last of the Peter Pan pics, but who can really say  when we'll see the last of Peter Pan?  As I always promise, if I get pictures you'll get to see them.

Lastly, I would like to pose another question to you.  I can read where you're all from in the blogs stats section.  I am also thrilled to know that Reconstructing Grimm has been international for quite some time now.  What I'd like to know is, where specifically you're from.  For example, my second largest readership is in Australia, where specifically in Australia are you guys from?  Also let me know what brought you here the blog, you guys know so much about me I'd love to get to know some of you readers a little better.

That's all for now.  Goodnight Neverland.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Peter Pan: The Last Adventure

Here are the photos from day two of the Peter Pan photo shoot.  I was going to keep them until day two of the webisode was ready, but I'm not sure when that will be and I don't feel like it's fair to keep you guys waiting anymore. Because there are a TON of shots.

I'd also like send a massive shout out to you guys.  The followers and fans of Reconstructing Grimm.  You're comments seriously are so cool.  It makes me feel like this whole project means something to people.  And I love the fact that I can share the things I love with all of you lovely folks.  So keep your opinions coming!  I love to hear what you think, and I love even more that you care enough to share it with me.  You all rock my socks.

Then Peter knew that there was not a moment to lose. "Come," he cried imperiously, and soared out at once into the night, followed by John and Michael and Wendy.

Tinkerbell's voice was so low that at first he could not make out what she said. Then he made it out. She was saying that she thought she could get well again if children believed in fairies.

It was as if Peter's terrible oath had boarded the ship. Hook felt a gloomy desire to make his dying speech, lest presently there should be no time for it. "Better for Hook," he cried, "if he had had less ambition!" It was in his darkest hours only that he referred to himself in the third person.
"No little children to love me!"
Hook was not his true name. To reveal who he really was would even at this date set the country in a blaze; but as those who read between the lines must already have guessed, he had been at a famous public school; and its traditions still clung to him like garments, with which indeed they are largely concerned. Thus it was offensive to him even now to board a ship in the same dress in which he grappled [attacked] her, and he still adhered in his walk to the school's distinguished slouch. But above all he retained the passion for good form.

This had got on Hook's nerves; it made his iron claw twitch, and at night it disturbed him like an insect. While Peter lived, the tortured man felt that he was a lion in a cage into which a sparrow had come. 
"So, my beauty," said Hook, as if he spoke in syrup, "you are to see your children walk the plank."

"Are they to die?" asked Wendy, with a look of such frightful contempt that he nearly fainted.
"They are," he snarled. "Silence all," he called gloatingly, "for a mother's last words to her children." At this moment Wendy was grand. "These are my last words, dear boys," she said firmly. "I feel that I have a message to you from your real mothers, and it is this: `We hope our sons will die like English gentlemen.'"
She had not long to wait. In the cabin he had found the thing for which he had gone in search: the key the would free the children of their manacles, and now they all stole forth, armed with such weapons as they could find. First signing them to hide, Peter cut Wendy's bonds, and then nothing could have been easier than for them all to fly off together

...One thing barred the way, an oath, "Hook or me this time." So when he had freed Wendy, he whispered for her to conceal herself with the others, and himself took her place by the mast, her cloak around him so that he should pass for her. Then he took a great breath and crowed.

Seeing Peter slowly advancing upon him through the air with dagger poised, he sprang upon the bulwarks to cast himself into the sea. He did not know that the crocodile was waiting for him; for we purposely stopped the clock that this knowledge might be spared him: a little mark of respect from us at the end.
He had one last triumph, which I think we need not grudge him. As he stood on the bulwark looking over his shoulder at Peter gliding through the air, he invited him with a gesture to use his foot. It made Peter kick instead of stab.
At last Hook had got the boon for which he craved.
"Bad form," he cried jeeringly, and went content to the crocodile.
Thus perished James Hook.

...  As for Peter, he saw Wendy once again before he flew away. He did not exactly come to the window, but he brushed against it in passing so that she could open it if she liked and call to him. That is what she did....
                         ..."You won't forget me, Peter, will you, before spring cleaning time comes?"...

..."I am old, Peter. I am ever so much more than twenty. I grew up long ago."
"You promised not to!"
"I couldn't help it. I am a married woman, Peter."
"No, you're not."
"Yes, and the little girl in the bed is my baby."
"No, she's not."
But he supposed she was; and he took a step towards the sleeping child with his dagger upraised. Of course he did not strike. He sat down on the floor instead and sobbed; and Wendy did not know how to comfort him, though she could have done it so easily once. She was only a woman now, and she ran out of the room to try to think.
Peter continued to cry, and soon his sobs woke Jane. She sat up in bed, and was interested at once.
"Boy," she said, "why are you crying?" ...

Hope you all have enjoyed this series.  Like I said episode two will most likely be up by the end of the week.  Thanks again!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tale as Old as Time: Part 2

So far I've been doing a lot of fabric choices and drawing for that the "belle" dress.  I'm walking a fine line I think between my own creations and giving a nod to some classic animation.  I won't reveal too much, but I am super excited for this gown it's going to be very very different from any thing you've ever seen in one of our shoots so far.

I think one of the other things that deserves a mention is that there there will be two dresses for Belle in this shoot. The gown and the "peasant dress" and the "peasant dress" is interesting due to the fact that is was sewn by my grandmother int he 70's and it is my mother's prom dress.  It sounds a little weird, but trust me it's going to be awesome.

I'm also playing with the whether or not I want to do some level of creature make-up on the beast, or have it be more a hairy thing.  Don't know yet.  You'll have to come back and see what I come up with in the mean time.  Here's episode 3 of Reconstructing Grimm, hope you enjoy.

Reconsturcting Grimm: Peter Pan

I'll embed the video as soon as I can.  Later.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tale as Old as Time: part 1

The final shots from the Peter Pan shoot are coming I swear.  I'm just holding off to post them so I can add the Peter Pan webisode of Reconstructing Grimm.  I have been told by the end of the week the video will be up.

In the mean time I thought I'd give you some updates on Beauty and the Beast.  The nice thing about this particular shoot is the fact that we had already been planning to do it once upon a time.  Right before we had to switch gears to Peter Pan I had done a lot of the ground work.  For example, the shoot is already almost completely cast.  However until I have everything in place I'm not going to say anything.  Like I've said before, the second I announce something, I summon the "plans-fall-through" demon who drags my best intentions down into the depths of scheduling issues and the vortex of Murphy's Law.  So to save everyone this awful fate, you'll all just have to be patient.  Trust me I'm doing this for you...

Anyway back on topic, I will tell you the theme that we're going for.  I have been playing with the idea for some months to do sort of Old Hollywood Glamor with it.  Making the beast this hotel room destroying rock star, and Beauty more Audrey Hepburn like.  I realize this might sound strange weird even.  But most of my ideas sound really weird to people.  I am constantly reminded of this by Mother Shipe, every time I explain an idea after about fifteen minutes she tells me, "I just have to see it when it's done, I don't understand it Elizabeth." I shrug and hang up and go back to working on my stuff.

That's what I'm shooting for anyway.  The next bit I have is a question for all of you!  That's right, so here's what I'm wondering.  The original story is short on minor characters.  In fact The only ones that carry over to the house of mouse version we all know are Belle, her father, the Beast and the Enchantress.  Everyone else, GONE! Question: How many characters should I attempt to include from the Disney's arsenal or should I stick to the original story.  Up to you guys.  Post in the comments what you think.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Off to Neverland: Part 2

Today was the second part of the Peter Pan photo shoot.  I'm going to be completely honest when I say, it was AWESOME.  We all had fun, lots of laughing. Super cool.  I won't have any of the pictures from today until a little later this week, but I'll post them as soon as I get them.

The success of today's shoot was due in large part to the incomparable Matt Kemple.  Matt was joining us today as Captain James T. Hook and was super fun to have on set.  I can't wait to show you a few of the pictures we have of him in all his pirate glory. (Matt is a local performer who heads up the Milwaukee Comedy scene.  Check out more on that here: Milwaukee Comedy )
Several people  who had known Matt was taking on the role had expressed that they felt he might be too young looking as Hook.  However, when I sat down to think about what I wanted in a villain this time around I was looking for someone who was almost as boy-like as Peter.  Somehow that seemed to make him more terrifying to me, the idea that he and Peter are so similar.  They just happen to have very different issues, Peter is of course afraid of the future and a bit of a thrill seeker.  While Hook is more in that murdery pliagey kind of a place.

On a Chris likes to terrify Liz note.  Chris was two hours late to the shoot today.  This information is not really relevant to the post on the whole, but I feel a public reprimand is in order.  I'm telling you people it's a good thing he's so gosh darn adorable.

And last, but certainly not least Jason Waszak was back for the shoot today in two respects.  The first being that he was kind enough to lend us his attic for the innards of the Jolly Rodger.  He and I spent something like a half and hour to fourty-five minutes set dressing yesterday afternoon so all was good to go today.  Jason also was featured in one or two photos as Smee.  He was a joy as always.

I also have a few shots from that last shoot that I'll include in this post.I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were some really cool pictures from that last shoot as well.  Like...

From the Adventures of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
...Certainly Wendy had been dreaming.
But Wendy had not been dreaming, as the very next night showed, the night on which the extraordinary adventures of these children may be said to have begun...

...The window was blown open by the breathing of the little stars, and Peter dropped in...

...Second to the right, and straight on till morning...
...That, Peter had told Wendy, was the way to the Neverland; but even birds, carrying maps and consulting them at windy corners, could not have sighted it with these instructions. Peter, you see, just said anything that came into his head...

..."Pirates!" he cried. The others came closer to him. A strange smile was playing about his face, and Wendy saw it and shuddered...

 That's all for now.  Come back for the third and final installment of Off to Neverland!