Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day-Ellison: de Doelen

Gary Day-Ellison, designer of The Music of the LOTR Films (and a not-at-all-unimpressive list of other works), was in attendance for Rotterdam's recent performance of The Fellowship of the Ring. His latest blog entry recounts his experiences. I've provided a taste below, but please be sure to dart over to Gary's blog and read the full piece.

LOTR: FOTR @ de Doelen

There is a fair amount to say about design, its inception, creation, execution, reactions and reception. (Let's skip occasional perdition.) Strictly speaking this blog is intended to highlight the back-stories to some of my design projects. This one ends back stage.

But the fact is that the more involved you become with your work the more the work/life thingy blurs. One good part of life celebrates another. That is how it seems to go with me and The Lord of the Rings. Every time I get involved there seems to be a coming together of events. I have put iQuill to App before about Doug Adams' splendid book and you can read more about it via this link. And those of you who are as yet unaware the enormity of this book/film/music project may well have just missed the point, possibly got sniffy about Middle-earth and gone off to watch celebrity wrestling. Bear with me.

GDE with Maestro Ludwig Wicki

For my curmudgeonly disposition slips into pleasure at the thought of this past week in Holland. Eurostar to Brussels was superb. And through ticketed to Rotterdam for less than a train from Exeter to London - shame on you First Great Western. Towards the end of that leg of the journey we chatted with a charming Dutch cellist who had just completed her music finals in London. Onwards, switching to regular trains as we hurtled onward through the Belgian countryside I became aware of the chap next to me. As did fellow passengers. A young man with tousled curly hair was peering at an unopened Tupperware lunch box. Through a crack in the lid he stared intently and the salad within. Frequently putting it back in his bag before nervously re-examining it at frequent intervals.

"When the going gets weird the weird get going"as someone once said (who was it? Hunter S. Thompson?). [READ ON]
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