Saturday, July 1, 2017

Marg, the Princess Warrior

To celebrate Canada Day I wanted to highlight Marg Delahunty, the Princess Warrior.  Here in Canada we have a long-running political satire/sketch comedy show called This Hour Has 22 Minutes.  In the 90s, Mary Walsh originated this hilarious character who still makes the occasional appearance.

Only in Canada would a comedian have such unprecedented access and leeway. Marg Delahunty was frequently a visitor at Canadian parliament and she had interviews with two sitting prime ministers, Jean Chretien and Stephen Harper.

Her costume is clearly modelled after Lucy Lawless' Xena: Warrior Princess which I have covered here and here.

Marg has even been a force for political activism, campaigning actively against former Prime Minister Stephen Harper with the Marg Brings Change campaign.

Happy 150th birthday, Canada! and long live Marg, the Princess Warrior!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Xena's Costume on Display

Today on Twitter, producer Rob Tapert shared the news that one of Lucy Lawless' hero Xena costumes will be on display at the Christchurch Arts Centre from now through October.  When production ended in 2001, Pacific Renaissance donated one of Xena's costumes, complete with sword, chakram, whip and saddle bag; and one of Gabrielle's costumes, complete with sais to the Museum of New Zealand.

In this short video from 2011 we get up close with the costumes in the museum. I've grabbed some screenshots that show some great details on Xena's costume.  The host notes that Xena's boots are quite large. That's because they were built on top of running shoes for comfort.

The exhibition is called We Could Be Heroes: the gods and heroes of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. More information can be found here.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Alexander Production Artwork

eBay seller animationkarchives has listed some original production art, screenused props, and set dec from Oliver Stone's Alexander (2004).  I find the artwork most interesting. It really gives you a sense of the attention to detail that goes into a production of this size and scope.

Unfortunately, the art doesn't seem to be signed so we can't credit the artist.  The Production Designer on the film was Jan Roelfs but the art department was fairly large and these might have been done by a member of Roelfs' team.

I think it's amazing that the art department considered details like the furniture below. They really made an effort to give every environment in the film its own identity and the historical references are plain to see.