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 They really made an effort to give every environment in the film its own identity and the historical references are plain to see.