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Kaldath's Corner – Herr D Edition

The following was submitted by community member Herr D. Lets all thank him for his efforts in the comments below!

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Music Video Review Of “Let It Go” From Disney DVD “Frozen” Special Features by Herr D

Artist, Language, Rating 1-5 starfish.
Stoessel Spanish: 5
Stoessel Italian: 5
Milan Malaysian: 4.5
Lovato American: 3.5

So, I’ll start off by saying that I’m not a professional singer, I’m not a true polyglot, and the only academic credentials I have for this are a minor in Theater Arts from a Big East school. That being said, I’ve sung professionally twenty times, I’m a moderately-well-informed comparative linguist, and most people who don’t like my opinions at least find them interesting.

I hadn’t had the pleasure of hearing Malaysian sung before, but Milan made those syllables flow despite the constant consonants consistently jumping out. Obviously some skill there. I’d have been tongue-tied even if I knew the language, and I’ve done auctioneer speed with American English. The most interesting singing was by her. The emotive gestures were right up there too. Visual treat.

Stoessel, with the Romance languages, in the studio, with obvious skill. What’s that phrase? She killed it! The translation she had and the grammatical requirements she faced meant she had to sing double-time during some of it. Sunni D, my technical consultant, says those were over language tense requirements. I hadn’t known that you can’t mix tenses in LYRICS in the middle of sentences. Stoessel’s emoting visually as well as vocally were equal to Milan’s. I have to rate the performance parts between the three songs by the two singers as equal.

Lovato was all there vocally, though I don’t like ‘belting’ as much as most people I know. Where she fell down was visually. Some of that was influenced by the other professionals who made the video, no doubt, but I didn’t see her put her life into how she moved.

I don’t know who made the decisions, but Lovato looked like they didn’t bother with an art director or to plan out what they were doing in advance. The video didn’t even successfully showcase Lovato. What editing was needed was executed well.

Milan’s video was beautifully shot and edited. Some fine work. The selection and dicing in of movie shots was executed well, too, resulting in a feast for the eyes. The reason Stoessel’s videos top it is the production style itself. Not so beautiful, it mixes the properly showy emoting and a subtle story in the video itself with true finesse. The level of editing skill and the scenes shot showed me a commitment to the final product by the whole ‘cast’ and crew that I didn’t see in the Lovato video at all.

This group of videos clearly demonstrates the value of having the right team behind every great performer.

On a side note especially for comic book enthusiasts, the other bonus feature is a great example of cartoons breaking the fourth wall in early cartoon history.

Original art for first Wolverine appearance sells for $657,250

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I saw this story on Facebook and decided to share it! You can read about it HERE

Character Of The Week: The Forsaken by Valyndril

So, two days ago, this new guy starts a thread on the forums, begins filling it up with work that literally causes peoples minds to be blown. I mean, some of the effects he’s doing with heromachine I’ve only ever seen done in photoshop and the like. Then, today he posts this;

Do I really need to give any further explanation as to why I’m doing a Character Of The Week post for this? Just go and check out the rest of his work here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/valyndrils-heroes/#p42381. He hasn’t uploaded much yet, but what he has uploaded is spectacular.

 

Kaldath's Corner #2: Babymetal World Tour

On my first addition of Kaldath’s Corner I brought to your attention the Kawii Metal Band and Dance group Babymetal. Well I am writing about them again because I just learned that they are going on a world tour! I do not know how many of you actually liked their music when I shared them with you a few weeks ago, however if I did happen to create any Babymetal fans with my last post I wanted to let you know about this. I do not see any US dates as of yet, however If Babymetal plays anywhere in the New Jersey / New York area you better believe I am buying some tickets!

Kaldath's Corner: Kawaii Metal"

Greeting everyone, I have decided to try something a little new here on the HeroMachine blog and have started what I am calling “Kaldath’s Corner”.  In these posts I am just going to be discussing things that I “Kaldath” like, be it music, books, movies, TV shows, what have you! The catch with this is it will not be a schedules weekly feature and instead will be posted when something catches mt attention enough that I want to talk about it. Hopefully with this loose format and posting schedule I will not get burned out on it and you the reader won’t get too bored with the contest! So let’s get started!

To kick off this first ever Kaldath’s Corner I present to you all …………. BABYMETAL!!

BabyMetal – Gimme Chocolate (YouTube)

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Jim Cummings Reads Star Wars as Darth Pooh and Darkwing Daine Jir (ConnectiCon 2013)

A friend of mine shared this on Facebook and I thought it funny enough to share with the community here! So everyone get your nerd/geek on!!!

Character Of The Week: Candruth- Summer Flight

I know I don’t do Character Of The Week as a regular blog post anymore but I thought I might as well bring it back as a one off because I feel that this picture is in need of being singled out for sheer awesomeness.

Now, Cadruth has been doing a lot of truly amazing stuff recently (if you haven’t checked out the forum thread Candruth’s Characters :3 you’ve really been missing out), but I think this one takes the biscuit, if not the entire cookie jar. And if I had to single out one reason and one reason alone (which is quite hard actually), it would be the shading.  The use of colour here to accentuate and add depth is truly superb, especially on the wings and on the neck. And whilst we’re on the neck, I have to applaud Candruth’s posing here. It is fairly difficult to do a raised head in Heromachine, mostly because the join between the chin and the neck is quite hard to get right, but it is pulled of brilliantly here and the use of shading just add to this. I also have to make mention of the colour usage here. We’ll start of with the colour usage in the shading, because I haven’t gone on about the shading enough yet, but it’s nice to see shadowing without using black (especially as someone who uses that technique exclusively) it adds much more vibrancy to the picture and allows the highlighting to make the subject shine. Then we have the contrast between foreground and background. Whilst I do think there could have been more done to the background (maybe loosing the outlines around and adding some shading to the clouds, as they look quite flat currently, also maybe a few more stars would make it more visually pleasing) but the overall sunrise/ sunset (I think it’s more likely meant to be sunrise going by the colours) effect is very nice and it contrasts well against the main foreground colours, the light creamy gold of the wings against the slate grey is especially effective. Overall a very impressive composition.

Creators Club Poster 2014

Ok guys, I’ve finished putting together this years Creators Club poster. First, I’d like to thank all the creators who entered, seeing all your work was really awesome. Sorry, a few people didn’t send me the text files for their entries so they didn’t end up on the poster (I struggled to fit everyone on as it is).

You might want to open it in a new tab to see it in more detail. Funny thing is, the poster was much bigger than it ended up whilst I was creating it, something must have got compressed during the export, so sorry about that.

If anyone else wants to do next years poster, I’m ok with that, but otherwise I’ll try to come up with an interesting theme for this time next year.

Creators Club Final Reminder

Hi guys, your friendly neighbour-hood Creators Club reminder man here. Just to let you know that you only have one week left to submit your entries for this years Creators Club poster. Now I have had quite a few submissions already, but I still think we can do better. So keep ‘em comin’.

You can find any further information here: http://www.heromachine.com/2014/01/08/creators-club-2014/

Remember, this only happens once a year, so if you want to be immortalised forever as part of the HM community for this year, make sure you enter.

JR out.

Succubus by Therianthrope

I’m sorry, I know it’s Jeff’s thing, doing a random character of the day, but I just came across this in the forums and it needs to be given this sort of fanfare.

You can check out the rest of Therianthrope’s gallery here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/therianthropes-characters/