Out of 0ver 100 members on the board I'd hoped for at least a 10% participation in the polls and at least a 5% regular posting rate. We seem to be adding one or two new members a month but no "new posters". Please humor me; vote and post...at least for these two simple threads.
We have more votes! Oh my goodness! Christmas miracles and all! I knew some good news was on the way when it snowed down here in southeast Texas last week! Many thanks to the additional participants! ;D
The top five vote getters are: 1. Christian Bale 2. Liam Neeson 3. Jeremy Irons 4. Johnny Depp 5. Eric Bana
The second tier of actors selected are: 1. Daniel Day Lewis 2. Ewan Macgregor 3. Hugh Jackman 4. James Cavizel 5. Ben Barns 6. Jude Law 7. Rufus Sewell
Wow, some folk that I thought would be shoe-ins did not get votes at all, or just got 1 vote. I hope to wrap this up (the ladies too) by year's end. I'm actually trying to wrap a lot of things up by the end of the year.
I have had some fun with all of this and hoped that others would too but it seems that this was not as brilliant an idea as I once thought. Still, it points out the struggle that it would be to cast a live action version of the project. A good anime version would probably be the best thing as long as the style was not too out there.
Why can't we use the illustrations by Ted Nasmith in the book to base our characters on? Also I've seen some pictures on the net of some of the elves with dark red hair that I really liked. I thought the twins were red heads. Don't remember where I got that impression at, but I think it would be cool to set them apart like that. Why can't we do something with the Ainur like giving them eyes that glow or are odd colored or shaped or all of the above and instead of giving them solid bodies give them like a misty appearance or have an aura around them, I don't know maybe make them exceptionally tall things like that which give an other wordly appearance and presence so it will be obvious that they are a different sort of creature than elves or men. Also I have a question. I know we are doing this animated, but are we doing it with stills or motion?
Last Edit: Dec 20, 2008 18:21:45 GMT -5 by tamitha
Post by Glorfindel on Dec 22, 2008 13:28:56 GMT -5
I like Ted's illustrations and even his music. I have looked through his posted art for ideas but I don't like every representation of Arda that he has done. His Valar don't seem right to me all the time and his elves are not distinct sometimes in his pictures. Still he has great tone and volume in his presentations.
Yes, the twins are red/auburn headed as are Maedhros and Caranthir I believe. Some of the others (cousins) looks are not given. Take a pick at the posts:
I mention in both post the need to hone in on a look or style for Valar and Eldar. I believe that the Valar should be embodied and not just "misty ghost" most of the time. The issue is actually in the script. They can go with out a body and that will be shown of Melkor and Ulmo in FOTN. The question is how much "altered" would the Valar look, other than height and maybe eye color, without looking ridiculous.
The whole "Live Action Casting" post was for fun (mostly) but also to breath some life into character design. You will have a lot of faces which have to have their own look so it won't be "is that Maglor or Orodreth". At the same time, groups of them must look more related than to other kin. Anyway, like I said, it was mostly for fun.
As far as the style of animation...that is up to the animators. I thought it was going to be with at least some motion but if that is too hard, the I'm open to stills (of course that won't be "animation") ;D
Last Edit: Dec 22, 2008 13:34:01 GMT -5 by Glorfindel
Well, I hope that the animator "decide" on motion, because I've looked at some of the U-tube with stills and it doesn't draw me in. I get bored with it. I'd just as soon read a book and look at the pictures as that is essentially what you are doing with looking at stills and either reading the words or listening to the voice-over. But I'm not an animator and I'm certainly no artist so I was just throwing some ideas out there to try to help the process along.