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Tol Eressea


Jul 11 2013, 2:27am

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Things have been rather hectic around my house lately. Lots of house/yard work, and I'm waking up in seven hours to go to Chicago (for the annual G-Fest ((Godzilla)), my first time going after a two year hiatus). So I'm making this week's SCODs into a two-fer-one on account of my time limit Tongue. Here goes!

1.) Gandalf



a. I don't know if anyone else gets this (and you can't really see it here), but this particular shot always sticks out when I see it in motion, namely on blu-ray. There's something about this shot amongst its neighbors that seems extremely clear, sharp, and eye-popping. It's hard to describe, but does anybody else have a similar sense with this one, or am I just crazy?

b. How do you read Gandalf's face here? Why do you think it is the way it is?

2.) Orthanc



a. It's almost self-explanatory why I picked this one. Let's play this like a rorschach test - what do you see (and I don't mean it literally, of course).

b. Any other thoughts?

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Radagast-Aiwendil
Gondor


Jul 11 2013, 3:02pm

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1.) Gandalf
a. I don't know if anyone else gets this (and you can't really see it here), but this particular shot always sticks out when I see it in motion, namely on blu-ray. There's something about this shot amongst its neighbors that seems extremely clear, sharp, and eye-popping. It's hard to describe, but does anybody else have a similar sense with this one, or am I just crazy?

I know what you mean-there is indeed something about that shot-no idea what it is though Wink

b. How do you read Gandalf's face here? Why do you think it is the way it is?

I think he is trying to gather in his will. He knows the nature of the difficulty ahead of him (i.e. Saruman), but he doesn't know what tricks the old traitor is going to pull out of the bag and so is mentally preparing himself for what may occur.

2.) Orthanc
a. It's almost self-explanatory why I picked this one. Let's play this like a rorschach test - what do you see (and I don't mean it literally, of course).

Ooh I hope you're asking for symbolism-I like that sort of thing. I see a being whose own pride has literally engulfed him (hence the water around the tower), and yet even so he is still too consumed by his own views to see where his failings have led him to (hence he is standing in a high tower above all of the water). Nevertheless he is trapped, although he himself won't admit it.

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."-Gandalf


Darkstone
Immortal


Jul 11 2013, 3:49pm

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1.) Gandalf

a. I don't know if anyone else gets this (and you can't really see it here), but this particular shot always sticks out when I see it in motion, namely on blu-ray. There's something about this shot amongst its neighbors that seems extremely clear, sharp, and eye-popping. It's hard to describe, but does anybody else have a similar sense with this one, or am I just crazy?


Excellent use of shallow depth of field with a bright lens to emphasize Gandalf the White’s whiteness. His clothes (and hair and beard) seem to have been soaked in optical whiteners.


b. How do you read Gandalf's face here? Why do you think it is the way it is?

He’s definitely moved from folksy huggy-huggy Gandalf the Grey to ruthless Realpolitiking Gandalf the White. As Gandalf himself said, he is now Saruman as he should have been: No longer a gentle nudger, but a forceful leader. Of course, knowing what a leader must do, Saruman will exploit this transition in the upcoming negotiations. (“Gandalf does not hesitate to sacrifice those closest to him, those he professes to love.”)


2.) Orthanc

a. It's almost self-explanatory why I picked this one. Let's play this like a rorschach test - what do you see (and I don't mean it literally, of course).


Either the blades down inside a blender, or the top portion of a Bouncing Betty mine. Getting too closely involved with either one is not going to end well.


b. Any other thoughts?

Pie is an absolute good.

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willowing
Lorien

Jul 12 2013, 11:27am

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a. I don't know if anyone else gets this (and you can't really see it here), but this particular shot always sticks out when I see it in motion, namely on blu-ray. There's something about this shot amongst its neighbors that seems extremely clear, sharp, and eye-popping. It's hard to describe, but does anybody else have a similar sense with this one, or am I just crazy?

In this shot if you remove the staff you would be left with twice as much blur of forest features than what we are suppose to know, see or understand about the White Wizard. I think the white accessory is used to great effect here.

b. How do you read Gandalf's face here?

A very solemn and serious Wizard with a lot at stake and also concerned for those around him.

b2 Why do you think it is the way it is?

"Fool of a Took" but Gandalf need not have worried Gandalf left Merry and Pippin in the capable branches of Treebeard.

2.) Orthanc

a. It's almost self-explanatory why I picked this one. Let's play this like a rorschach test - what do you see (and I don't mean it literally, of course).

An ocean of debris, like a tsuami just hit and the four spires seem to be leaning more outward rather than straight up giving an exposed feel and look about it.


Elenorflower
Gondor


Jul 13 2013, 1:43pm

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Gandalf
a. I don't know if anyone else gets this (and you can't really see it here), but this particular shot always sticks out when I see it in motion, namely on blu-ray. There's something about this shot amongst its neighbors that seems extremely clear, sharp, and eye-popping. It's hard to describe, but does anybody else have a similar sense with this one, or am I just crazy?

He looks transformed and almost Elven. He has taken on Sarumans mantle and it fits very well. The whites are translucent. He looks keenly around him and has the upright bearing of a warrior.

b. How do you read Gandalf's face here? Why do you think it is the way it is?

He looks like he can see through trees, his gaze is so piercing.

Orthanc
a. It's almost self-explanatory why I picked this one. Let's play this like a rorschach test - what do you see (and I don't mean it literally, of course).

It looks like a weapon seen from above, with those blades sticking out.




 
 

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