Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rufflecon Indiegogo - Help Make This Awesome

For a couple of months, I've had to keep somethings going on in my life under wraps. Now I can start talking about something very cool happening that I am involved in - an event that could be one of the coolest to happen in the East Coast if done correctly.

Here is the official description of Rufflecon:

"RuffleCon is the annual conference we hold as a two-day event, showcasing different informational panels, activities, dances, and other fun things to get involved in. We also have a Marketplace where you can purchase clothing, accessories, and other items any alternative fashion lover would enjoy."

RuffleCon just posted a few days ago their official Indiegogo page! Check out the link and video here

So, East Coasters, do you want to have a conference where you can have an amazing time with all your frilly friends and make new ones? Do you want to experience an elegant (mature) place to get dressed up that isn't your local Anime con? Then RuffleCon is the place for you!

If you donate you can help us get some cool events/guests for the conference, along with helping make the entire weekend truly incredible. But we can only get there with your support!

If you'd like more information, check out my friend (and one of the ladies running the event) Caro's blog for more information. Her post is fantastic!

Incase you were curious, I am going to be one of the major staff members that will be helping with the Screening department of the conference. We have a lot in the works, so keep a look out for it on the site  in the future. Also, I will be running a couple of panels (which is always awesome) at the conference, so look for that as well.

So, in general, support something that could be an amazing event! We need your support and your ruffle love!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

La Belle et La Bete (2014) trailer is finally here

Oh...my...god. The trailer me and many a BatB fanatic has been waiting for is finally here.

I literally am a bit speechless at how truly stunning every aspect of this movie is from first glance. From the composure of the shots, to the lighting, to the costumes - every aspect of this trailer is truly breathtaking. Let's break it down with some interesting shots from the 1:58 trailer of brilliance.

The sequence with Belle riding the horse was perfect, and you could clearly see the inspiration from Cocteau's version. 

I love how in this version, the area surrounding the Beast's castle is actually more spring like than winter. Maybe this changes because of the seasons or that possibly its a reflection of the Beast's enchantment, that it reflects his mood. 

Out of all the costumes I've seen on Lea, I believe this might be my favorite of her gowns. It's very similar to the gown Belle wears in the 1946 version, the perfect princess dress. 

Right off the bat, the motion capture work for The Beast is very well done. I'll have to wait to see the full movie to give my complete review on this aspect, but so far it seems up to pare with a lot of Weta's recent work. The hairs are especially interesting. 

Again, the CGI sets in this movie are nothing short of brilliant. They capture the perfect fairy tale quality needed for the story, and I love how Belle's dress compliments the colors in the set design. 

Now of course, there is always something that leaves the audience questioning elements in the film, and no BatB adaptation is complete without something new and fresh. These little dog/fairy like creatures seem to be the new "servants" of Beast's castle. Not sure if I dig these little guys yet or not. They don't seem bad, but they sure aren't the awesome scary trolls from Panna a Netvor. 

Another perfect example of the excellent cinematography shown so far for this film. The framing is stunning, and I love the stink eye Lea is giving here. 

Uh, can we just talk about how handsome Vincent looks here? *sigh* 

Like, seriously. *sigh more*

Also apparently there is a ballroom sequence. *claps*


This scene is by far the most interesting. The ice setting, the Beast chasing after Belle in some fluffy Elton John coat - the curiosity is killing me. Especially since the bottom shot is probably in the same sequence. Um... well god damn

One interesting element that should be addressed is how The Beast facial design seems to be completely different than the promo poster lead us to assume. If you compare the two, one face (the poster) is more fluffy and lion like, where his face in the trailer is definitely Cassel's facial features covered by the motion capture design. Interesting

So what are your thoughts on the La Belle et La Bete (2014) trailer? Comment below and let me know. I'm just gonna be replaying it for the entire rest of the day. 



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