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Just back from HobbitCon

Rosie-with-the-ribbons
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Apr 1 2013, 7:17pm


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and wow!!!! that was amazing!!!

Got to meet Laguz and Kiwifan, they will come in later to tell their experience.
But what a fun this was.

Where to start?!?
This group of actors (Jed Brophy - Nori, Dean O'Gorman - Fili, Mark Hadlow - Dori, Peter Hambleton - Gloin, Graham McTavish - Dwaling, Stephen Hunter - Bombur, John Callen - Oin, Adam Brown - Ori and Sylvester McCoy - Rrrrradagast the Brrrrrown), what a group of friends. Such a nice, relaxed, kind, friendly, open and fun group of people.
The dwarves really have become friends. Normally with the guests they are in the main hall on stage when they have a talk and leave the convention ground. But these guys took a seat in the main hall while the others were on stage. Which made for the most fun moments; comments coming from the "audience", sneaky comments from the stage towards those "audience" members and in some cases even very strange questions from the "audience"members. But all in so much fun and joy. Teasing like brothers Wink.
We laughed so much, about everything they had to tell, what happened on stage, during filming, outside of filming, auditioning. It was just great to hear from all of them.

Sylvester McCoy, what a gem this guy is! I already encountered him on the first day, just going over the convention ground, looking for a Radagast figurine.
He had his first panel right after opening. Which means almost all the convention goers are in the hall. And it was a blast!!! Normally they star stays on the stage, answering questions, and the MC (in this case Mark Ferguson, also known as Gilgalad) is standing (or sitting) beside him. Pointing who gets to ask a question or jumping in when an inappropriate question is being asked. But not Mr McCoy. After two questions on stage he has enough of it, and went into the public, walking around, answering questions while going through the hall. It was hilarious! He kept moving with a tail of people behind him who wanted to ask him a question, hugging people, dancing, whistling, it was amazing! So much laughter (and I felt so sorry for the girl of the DVD-team, they record everything, she was sitting down, camera on a tripod to record, and she ended up running behind him, to get everything).

And not forgetting the wizards from Weta. Daniel Falconer and Paul Tobin came over. Wow, what a treasures! My weekend started with a workshop by them. And this workshop was a true workshop, two hours drawing with both of them. It was a "brief" to design weapons from the Silmarillion. And you got to go and draw along. And Daniel and Paul came along to give suggestions, put you in a certain direction you hadn't thought of. It was amazing to see how much work goes into designing something, how hard it is, what you all have to think about. Just to stay focused unto drawing for two hours, to keep on coming with ideas to keep working on. It was also very clear why you need a team for designing, to keep feedback going, get ideas from others.
And if that wasn't enough the two of them gave 5 talks! About designing weapons and armours, designing the dwarves, the history of Weta, the books from Weta and the collectibles from Weta. I already had the most respect for what Weta is doing, but with these talks and seeing these two guys at work, just WOW!!!

Oh, and sneak peeks..... well not much, all the actors and the guys from Weta kept pretty tongue tied. But... there will be a dwarf/elf something happening. And we will be THRILLED... (that's the cue one was saying too much and they stopped talking, I can't remember what it was they were all referring to, maybe some will come back later).

And one of the supreme highlights of the weekend, closing ceremony, always a sad moment, ended with all the dwarves singing the Misty Mountains. Amazing!!! We missed a few singing voices (those lovely baritons from Richard Armitage and James Nesbitt) but it still gave me goose bumps.

More probably later. And when Laguz and Kiwifan can join in when the get home (it was great to get to meet you ladies!!!).

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Subject User Time
Just back from HobbitCon Rosie-with-the-ribbons Send a private message to Rosie-with-the-ribbons Apr 1 2013, 7:17pm
    *applauds* tarasaurus Send a private message to tarasaurus Apr 1 2013, 8:13pm
    It sounds like you had a blast. :D / Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Apr 1 2013, 8:44pm
    * turns into green eyed monster* elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Apr 1 2013, 10:39pm
    *applause* TariArFiniel Send a private message to TariArFiniel Apr 2 2013, 6:55am
    Sounds like you had the most amazing time! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Apr 2 2013, 10:30am
        Control yourself (or rather, not controlling yourself) in which way? kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan Apr 12 2013, 2:33pm
    Fantastic - thanks for sharing it with us all! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Apr 3 2013, 2:14am
    "Wow" is right! Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Apr 3 2013, 3:17am
    What an experience! Laguz Send a private message to Laguz Apr 3 2013, 12:42pm
        Hooray - great report! entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Apr 3 2013, 12:54pm
        I need to go!!! tarasaurus Send a private message to tarasaurus Apr 3 2013, 2:17pm
        Fabulous report! Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Apr 4 2013, 2:29am
            You guys can't half talk XD Autumn Send a private message to Autumn Apr 4 2013, 10:04pm
                woot! Laguz Send a private message to Laguz Apr 4 2013, 10:57pm
                    I did blame you! Autumn Send a private message to Autumn Apr 5 2013, 9:41am
                        Hi Autumn --- welcome to TORn! Yay! Yes, I'm back kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan Apr 5 2013, 9:50pm
                Welcome Rosie-with-the-ribbons Send a private message to Rosie-with-the-ribbons Apr 5 2013, 6:33am
                You have a floor map of Bag End??!! kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan Apr 6 2013, 8:54pm
                    yep! Laguz Send a private message to Laguz Apr 6 2013, 9:38pm
                        Gift codes for what precisely? kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan Apr 6 2013, 10:00pm
                            :D Laguz Send a private message to Laguz Apr 7 2013, 8:24am
                                That's great! kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan Apr 12 2013, 2:19pm
    Rosie, THIS is really fabulous stuff! silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Apr 6 2013, 2:40am
    Thanks for the report ByThorinsBeard Send a private message to ByThorinsBeard Apr 7 2013, 6:36pm
        Spoilers? Galasriniel Send a private message to Galasriniel Apr 11 2013, 1:57am
            I really have no idea kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan Apr 12 2013, 2:25pm
    HobbitCon impressions, part one kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan Apr 12 2013, 3:14pm
    HobbitCon impressions, part two kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan Apr 12 2013, 5:00pm
        Thank you for the wonderful report! entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Apr 13 2013, 10:09pm
            =) its was so awesome Akanarichan Send a private message to Akanarichan Apr 17 2013, 4:28pm
                Great! entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Apr 18 2013, 2:43am
                    All of " Your Breathless..Stream-Of-Conscience--zz.. Writing"' really PUTS US there... Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Apr 23 2013, 1:20am
                If I remember correctly kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan Apr 28 2013, 4:24pm
    HobbitCon impressions, part three kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan Apr 28 2013, 5:16pm
    HobbitCon impressions, part four kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan May 20 2013, 5:29pm

 
 
 

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