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That was quick, it arrived yesterday evening already. This is the scene that I loved wo much, with the many actors who all have played Hamlet. With a very special guest appearance at the end: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khu4UbwBD_w






Also, I forgot this yesterday:

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That was quick, it arrived yesterday evening already. This is the scene that I loved wo much, with the many actors who all have played Hamlet. With a very special guest appearance at the end: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khu4UbwBD_w






Also, I forgot this yesterday:

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Today was the #Shakespeare400 celebration, with lots of things happening all day long. Shakespeare died on this exact day 400 years ago.

I've just watched the BBC gala, moderated by David Tennant and Catherine Tate, and with guests such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and lots of others. Loved the scene where all actors that have already played Hamlet couldn't decide how to pronounce "To be or not to be". And that monologue by David at the end - he really knows how to make the language alive and not complicated at all and it is just a joy to listen to him. There was music from a live orchestra and ballet and opera and rap and everything in between. Great show.

To join the celebration, I want to re-post the link to the Hamlet I have done some years ago, together with a friend, with action figures of Doctor Who, Torchwood and Primeval. We re-created the theatre play with David Tennant, I even changed the Tenth Doctor into Hamlet. Please look at the complete story with explanations here: http://dieastra.dreamwidth.org/27300.html

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PS: Seems I have another Tumblr hit here as well. 68 notes already since I posted it a couple of hours ago, and a lot of re-blogs also.
dieastra: Strauss (Strauss)
Today was the #Shakespeare400 celebration, with lots of things happening all day long. Shakespeare died on this exact day 400 years ago.

I've just watched the BBC gala, moderated by David Tennant and Catherine Tate, and with guests such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and lots of others. Loved the scene where all actors that have already played Hamlet couldn't decide how to pronounce "To be or not to be". And that monologue by David at the end - he really knows how to make the language alive and not complicated at all and it is just a joy to listen to him. There was music from a live orchestra and ballet and opera and rap and everything in between. Great show. And now I can't stop singing "Brush up your Shakespeare".

To join the celebration, I want to re-post the link to the Hamlet I have done some years ago, together with a friend, with action figures of Doctor Who, Torchwood and Primeval. We re-created the theatre play with David Tennant, I even changed the Tenth Doctor into Hamlet. Please look at the complete story with explanations here: http://dieastra.livejournal.com/28212.html

 photo 01Shakespeare.jpg

PS: Seems I have another Tumblr hit here as well. 68 70 73 notes already since I posted it a couple of hours ago, and a lot of re-blogs also.
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A beautiful video from Big Chief Studios, showing all the stages of making figure heads in 1:6 scale. From sculpting to making a cast to painting. I like especially the time-lapse of the sculpting - showing how many stages it goes through until it is seen as a perfect capture of the actor. Big Chief is the only distributor I buy from, they make "Doctor Who" and "Sherlock" figures, and the faces are so real and wonderful.

I can't even start to imagine how to sculpt something like that. I had a hard time already with the Hamlet naked feet - whenever the top looked good the bottom looked awful, and when I had corrected that, the top was totally out of order again... I went through a few rounds of that. But it looks like they harden the face first before adding the hair? That would help I guess. Still, needs a lot of patience - and a steady hand.


Check their stuff out here: http://bigchiefstudios.co.uk/

Both the fourth and the original (brown suit) Tenth Doctor are sold out now, but a new Ten in blue suit is in the works and can be preordered.

Nice music in the video as well and very fitting. I'm glad I was able to watch it - last time they posted a video of how the figures get assemlbed in China German GEMA had blocked it because of the use of music.

Video link in case the embedding doesn't work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wY4Z0YbgV8

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A beautiful video from Big Chief Studios, showing all the stages of making figure heads in 1:6 scale. From sculpting to making a cast to painting. I like especially the time-lapse of the sculpting - showing how many stages it goes through until it is seen as a perfect capture of the actor. Big Chief is the only distributor I buy from, they make "Doctor Who" and "Sherlock" figures, and the faces are so real and wonderful.

I can't even start to imagine how to sculpt something like that. I had a hard time already with the Hamlet naked feet - whenever the top looked good the bottom looked awful, and when I had corrected that, the top was totally out of order again... I went through a few rounds of that. But it looks like they harden the face first before adding the hair? That would help I guess. Still, needs a lot of patience - and a steady hand.


Check their stuff out here: http://bigchiefstudios.co.uk/

Both the fourth and the original (brown suit) Tenth Doctor are sold out now, but a new Ten in blue suit is in the works and can be preordered.

Nice music in the video as well and very fitting. I'm glad I was able to watch it - last time they posted a video of how the figures get assemlbed in China German GEMA had blocked it because of the use of music.

Video link in case the embedding doesn't work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wY4Z0YbgV8

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So this just happened ;)

It's really hard to get this pose right. He should be slumped even more but I was afraid of breaking him.

I wonder if David Tennant should get his own action figure theatre tag.

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So this just happened ;)

It's really hard to get this pose right. He should be slumped even more but I was afraid of breaking him.

I wonder if David Tennant should get his own action figure theatre tag.

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Especially for [livejournal.com profile] hai_di who wanted to see David Tennant at the stage door of "Richard II" without his hat, but of course also for everyone else in here! Very unusual sight on him. On stage, the hair was open, not braided. And he flung it around as if he had never worn anything else. He tenderly stroked it with his hands, or shook it back... Was nice to watch ;)

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These pictures were taken by my friend who has a very good camera. I just cropped them to show the most important parts ;)
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Especially for [personal profile] hai_di who wanted to see David Tennant at the stage door of "Richard II" without his hat, but of course also for everyone else in here! Very unusual sight on him. On stage, the hair was open, not braided. And he flung it around as if he had never worn anything else. He tenderly stroked it with his hands, or shook it back... Was nice to watch ;)

 photo David1.jpg

 photo David3.jpg

 photo David2.jpg

These pictures were taken by my friend who has a very good camera. I just cropped them to show the most important parts ;)
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So yesterday was the big day, and of course my Doctors wanted to come to the cinema as well to see their show on the big screen. I had to smuggle them in in my bag, as I hadn't bought a ticket for them. Then again, I probably could have, as old as they are, they could have gotten pensioner's discount. Anyway, here are some pictures of our journey to Chemnitz!

I already started to regret taking them before we even had taken off. They were fighting for the best seat in the car like children.

Eleven: "Adi, stop making yourself bigger than you actually are! Some of us also want some space here!"

All pictures can be found behind this cut )

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After that the movie finally started, and it was phantastic. But you probably know that, as you have seen it yourself. Yesterday we did history, people, we got the Guiness Book award for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama, following a global campaign from BBC Worldwide that saw "The Day of the Doctor" broadcast in 94 countries across 6 continents.

Looking forward to the 100th special in 12-D. I will be 90 at the time, so it is possible.


Disclaimer: None of those dialogues did actually happen. They are dolls after all, they cannot talk. Ow! Stop hitting me, Eleven! And you Ten, stop sulking! I promise you won't have to wear the rain coats ever again!

Tweeted at 29.11.2013: https://twitter.com/dieastra/status/406503943418572800
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Never mind I still haven't posted all pictures from Peterborough, but I finally scanned the ones from the "Midnight" convention in Birmingham back in December. And here is the reason why I went there:

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I got asked to take a picture of my "vitrine" which in fact is a CD shelf with glass doors. It's where I keep all my customized action figures. In this picture you can see:

JB and his dogs - http://dieastra.dreamwidth.org/41635.html

2 Hamlets: http://dieastra.dreamwidth.org/25348.html

John & Carole Barrowman: http://dieastra.dreamwidth.org/42406.html

David Tennant in Much Ado About Nothing: http://dieastra.dreamwidth.org/39636.html

The 12" Eleventh and Tenth Doctor I did not make myself, but the Eleventh did cost 150 GBP so he belongs behind glass as well. I so hope they make a Captain Jack Harkness one day!



I'm still trying to select a few pics for the photoframes on the top.
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I got asked to take a picture of my "vitrine" which in fact is a CD shelf with glass doors. It's where I keep all my customized action figures. In this picture you can see:

JB and his dogs - http://dieastra.livejournal.com/40390.html

2 Hamlets: http://dieastra.livejournal.com/27731.html

John & Carole Barrowman: http://dieastra.livejournal.com/41677.html

David Tennant in Much Ado About Nothing: http://dieastra.livejournal.com/37992.html

The 12" Eleventh and Tenth Doctor I did not make myself, but the Eleventh did cost 150 GBP so he belongs behind glass as well. I so hope they make a Captain Jack Harkness one day!



I'm still trying to select a few pics for the photoframes on the top.
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Remember the David Tennant as Hamlet figure I did a year ago? I have done another one.
Here he is in his white Navy uniform from the theatre play "Much Ado about Nothing", I saw this live in London.

Here you can find some step-by-step pictures and explanations )





My next projects are the complete white uniform, with jacket, sash and sword (from the end of the play), and the blue Superman shirt from that famous scene.
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dieastra: Strauss (Strauss)
Remember the David Tennant as Hamlet figure I did a year ago? I have done another one.
Here he is in his white Navy uniform from the theatre play "Much Ado about Nothing", I saw this live in London.

Here you can find some step-by-step pictures and explanations )





My next projects are the complete white uniform, with jacket, sash and sword (from the end of the play), and the blue Superman shirt from that famous scene.

Masterlist of all my customized actionfigures

Edit: I just found out that I got featured with my action figure projects here which is pretty cool: http://geekcrafts.com/much-ado-about-the-tenth-doctor/

Tweeted at 17.04.2012 https://twitter.com/dieastra/status/192366087856332800
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Wow. Well, that is - wow. Speechless over here. Only David can make me watch a horror movie, and watching it I will be! Hopefully they will have an original language version in our cinemas, I want to hear his original voice.

Have you all seen the new trailer, with extended David scenes? Halfnaked David, I might add? Go here and squee with me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnrfDa7HwX0


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A plea to all my friends: Would you please also sign the petition to make the "Much Ado About Nothing" theatre play with David Tennant and Catherine Tate (from Doctor Who fame) into a DVD? I saw it live in London two weeks ago and I would love if many more people could watch it, and I would like to repeatedly watch it, too. A petition worked for the Hamlet DVD, so let's hope it'll work again! There are already over 9000 signatures.

Here is the link:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/muchadotodvd/

For those, that are going to see it yet - you will have a great time! If you want to wait till after to sign that is fine - I wanted to see it first myself, but now I am trying to do everythin I ca to make this DVD work!
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While I was in London I met this nice guy who showed me a bit of the city. He only said he was "The Doctor", but Doctor Who?!? So, I have no idea who he was, but we had much fun together! Click the link under the picture for the rest of the story!

I ran into him by accident at the London eye - he was just standing there:



read on under the cut )

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