when i went to london in september and attended secret cinema’s the empire strikes back event, i couldn’t fully explain just how AWESOME the event was. the sheer magnitude of it: the visual FX, the cantina bar, the droids, the landspeeder, the life-sized x-wing fighter, culminating in a big a** screening of the movie.
the sheer theatrics of it all. not to mention the collectiveness you felt. the ultimate nerdgasm experience.
AND it’s hitting the road. if you ever have the chance to participate, go! best live event ever. for a peek at what went down, click the below link:
Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackThis Summer, in a secret location in London, 100,000 adventurous rebels lived in the world of Star Wars. Here is the film of their journey. Secret Cinema is changing the way you experience Cinema. Tell No One.We return with a new secret world in 2016. Apply now to become a part of it: www.secretcinema.org/tickets
i was beyond bummed when i missed the national theatre live broadcast of coriolanus starring tom hiddleston last year. i was hoping that cineplex odeon would bring it back for an encore performance. it started to feel unlikely since a year past, but then surprise! i saw it listed on their events page. there may have been a squeal. MAJOR tom hiddleston fan here. like top 5 laminated fan. and so i purchased advanced tickets.
as much as i love watching live theatre or opera, there are times when i do think that it gets a little ass-draggy. i know that the production is being performed as the original story or composition intended, but sometimes i wish it could be edited and tightened up. as well, live performances are not known to be very subtle or nuanced and thus has an abundance of over-acting/projection. coriolanus was no exception – in particular, deborah findlay who played coriolanus’ mother, volumnia and rochenda sandall and her angry barking of lines. it was so off-putting.
however, it didn’t dampen my enjoyment, because tom hiddleston in coriolanus was pretty incredible in his role. he commanded attention whenever he was on stage. so compelling was his performance, that i couldn’t take your eyes off him – wet or bloodied.
you never know just what you might come across when downtown. like say, the filming of the flash?!!
the sucky thing about my current job is the location of our office. it’s on the opposite side of downtown where there’s hardly any film action going on. the building at my last job saw a lot of filming right outside our doors and at nearby streets where the flash, the x-files, izombie and the cancelled tomorrow people regularly shot. quite a bit too. i miss walking by and spying on all the action.
but! i was going to lunch the other day and walked past robson square when i saw signs saying central city, plus a coffeecart with CC jitters emblazoned on it! plus xmas decorations in october.
you know i just had to STOP and take some pics.
i may have stopped by at lunch and after work… which by then drew more fans as the word got out. um, i may have contributed to that a wee bit.
i was chatting with one of the film crew and they told me that filming was scheduled to start around 10pm or 11pm, and that they would be all wrapped and gone by 4am-ish – which unfortunately is too late for me. but it was still a kick to get a preview of what the christmas episode was going to look like.
for more photos, press play or click here for my flickr.
12/9 update: the flash christmas episode, running to stand still aired last night with special guest mark ‘luke skywalker’ hamill as the trickster. yay for hollywood north!
only commander hadfield could get me up at the ungodly hour of 630am. i was so excited for vancouver board of trade’s leapfrogging innovation to business revolution tech forum. it’s one thing to have met him through a book signing, but it’s an entirely different experience hearing him speak. the man is an amazing speaker. he’s charismatic, intelligent and an eloquent storyteller. we were completely in awe of him.
i live-tweeted the sold-out forum. here are some of highlights:
after commander hadfield’s keynote, he took some questions from the audience. i’m sure everyone would agree with me when i say that we didn’t want him to leave. he was such an engaging speaker and totally down to earth. BONUS: he even stayed on for photo ops with audience members. as much as i would’ve loved to do that, it was one helluva line-up. naturally. and i unfortunately, had to get back to work.
and if the book signing that i went to was any indication, commander hadfield would’ve graciously stayed on to make sure everyone waiting in line would’ve gotten a picture or an autograph. that’s the kind of gentleman he is.
the flash filming right outside my office. the perks of being downtown right by hornby plaza, or central city in the show.
here’s the wide shot, chock-a-block with extras, waiting to film a walking scene. or rather, everyone was walking but the flash was standing still. the finished scene may look like a sped up one with post effects? just have to wait and see…
this is the third time the flash filmed in our neighbourhood. however, this is the first time i saw the flash! barry allen! so cool. one of my new favourite shows of the season.
for our anniversary, sean and i just had to check out EMP’s exhibition: star wars + power of costumes. 60 hand-crafted costumes, sketches, photos and interactive displays. a rad behind-the-scenes look on the creative process.