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On Friday I spent some time with the sibs and the sprout at the Henry Vilas Zoo. Not many animals were out when we were there, but it was a fun outing just the same, and the sprout managed to be completely adorable as usual. He has so many words now, it is amazing to me. He's started to call me by name, and let me tell you, all it takes is one "Johnna" from that lil guy and I am complete mush.

Friday night I took in Lucia di Lammermoor as performed by the Madison Opera at the Overture Center. While it isn't my very favorite work, it was extremely impressive. The famous mad scene is something else indeed. Even from my nosebleed seat in the upper balcony, the emotion and horror cam through. (It also made me what to do something melodramatic and LARPy, involving stage blood, though I don't know what.)

Saturday afternoon found me at the Chazen watching members of Cycropia performing for Circus Day. It was pretty spectacular to watch them swinging around in the museum space, though not nearly as spectacular as their annual Orton Park performances under the oaks. It occurred to me that I haven't been to nearly as many of their shows as I could, something I plan to remedy in the future.

Date: 2008-05-11 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aaron-pike.livejournal.com
Didja spot Tristan? He was one of the fencers.

Date: 2008-05-11 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kayjayoh.livejournal.com
I knew that he was down there, along with Eric and Brandon, but from where I sat I couldn't pick anyone out.

Date: 2008-05-12 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iralith.livejournal.com
Sounds like a pretty grand weekend! I'm sorry to confess that the closest I've ever gotten to Lucia di Lammermoor is . . . well, you know, The Fifth Element

—but anyway, my friend [livejournal.com profile] shatterdaymorn once did this spectacularly gory scene at a weekend LARP in which he was voluntarily, uh, disheartened. I didn't get to see it, but I remember having a conversation with his (still walking and talking, but not what you'd call alive) character the morning after. It was a great effect, chatting with this pale-looking dude with his fixed stare and suddenly noticing the remaining bloodstains on his shirt . . .
Edited Date: 2008-05-12 11:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-05-13 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kayjayoh.livejournal.com
I also had a awesome LARP scene involving a blood pack and a white shirt. I was a narrator NPC for a big Halloween event in the last year of our 4 year chronicle (which had all sorts of cool ghosts and fears and flashbacks).

Turns out, about two years back the PCs had slaughtered a family of hedge witches under the mistaken assumption that it was The Right Thing to Do™, I was playing the Sole Survivor Out for Revenge™, and had opened up some horrible Rift in Time and Space That Would Doom Them All™. Fortunately for them, the PCs were able to talk my character down, even to the point where she made the Selfless Sacrifice™ and closed the rift with her own death. (cue blood pack taped to chest under white shirt)

By the time it came for the dramatic moment of death, the fake blood had gotten quite warm, and it was a cool October night, so the impact of warm blood/lifeless body was quite impressive.

I'm still more of a roleplayer than an actor, but damn, I love that kind of thing on occasion.

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Ok, I *know* I've seen The Fifth Element once, long ago, but I don't recall the connection to LdL. Most of what I recall is Mila Jovovitch's "costume" and "We're sending someone in to negotiate!"

Date: 2008-05-13 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iralith.livejournal.com
I don't think I've ever done anything with blood, or goop in general, in LARPs. One day, perhaps—I don't know why I should be so squeamish about mess and costume-ruinage, given that I routinely get my LARPenclothes wet and roll around on the ground in them.

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Wait, Mila Jovovitch was wearing something in that movie?
</hackneyed joke>

In The Fifth Element, there's this giant blue lady with tendrils growing out of her; she sings something from LdL in a big concert hall midway through the movie—in fact, as I now know from looking it up, it's "Il dolce suono."
Edited Date: 2008-05-13 01:21 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-05-13 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kayjayoh.livejournal.com
I took a credit course in theatrical hair, make-up, and costume when I was in school, and learned some excellent ins and outs for blood effects. For that one I used orange dish soap as the blood base (added red and a bit of blue food coloring), sealed it in a "daisy sealer" and taped it under a white shirt that was mostly polyester. Not only was the look and feel of the blood right, it all washed out completely.

The thing with blood effects is to use the right stage blood for the right effect. So many people go straight for the corn syrup. (Once we needed to stage a Vaulderie for a Sabbat pack, and I brought some undiluted cran-raspberry juice concentrate. Right color, good consistency, didn't taste wretched.

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Well, not so much "wearing" as "adorned with".

I don't recall the blue lady. Maybe time to rewatch.

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