vexvamp said:

I sent you an ask about this awhile, but since I never got a response I'm going to assume Tumblr ate it ^^; I wanted to ask, do you think the swordfight scene in the 2004 PotO film was out of character for Erik? I've been mulling it over for sometime and would love to hear your opinion.

Hello! Great question! I don’t necessarily think the sword fight itself was out of character for Erik—I think losing the sword fight was out of character for Erik! I prefer Erik’s pyrotechnics in the stage version for several reasons. One, it hearkens back to his days as a magician in Persia and allows him to keep up that veneer of other-worldliness as it’s coming apart at the seams. Remember, Raoul knows very well by this point that Christine’s “angel” is a man, and though Christine knows the same thing, a part of her still wants to believe he’s superhuman. I think Erik would have wanted to maintain that illusion as long as he possibly could.

Two, the fire allows him to keep his distance and gives him the upper hand in the graveyard. As far as I  know, Raoul doesn’t have a flamethrower, so Erik would naturally win that round. :D Also, Erik probably loves the drama of the scene because he’s nothing if not theatrical!

If he did start a sword fight with Raoul, there is just no way Raoul would gain the upper hand. This is nothing against Raoul—I love him as much as I love Erik—but Erik is a trained assassin, after all. And I’m sure his fighting style would be as graceful as it is deadly (Gerard Butler kind of lumbered around like he couldn’t quite control the heaviness of his cape). 

Also, I think if Erik resorted to sword fighting, he would do so with the intention of killing Raoul, which, by this point in the musical, I’m not sure he’s willing to do. This isn’t due to any sort of affection he has for Raoul—far from it, obviously—but I’ve always thought that Erik enjoyed the psychological torture his waiting imposed upon Raoul. In the novel, Raoul grows increasingly paranoid waiting for Erik to do something: kill him, kill Christine, kill everyone in Paris…I’m sure Erik loved sitting back and watching his rival squirm. A sword fight strikes me as altogether too ridiculous for Erik—at least at that point in the story. He enjoys being the master puppeteer behind smoke and mirrors and would rather have people think he’s some sort of demon than a caped crusader jumping out from behind tombstones and playing Errol Flynn.

anonymous said:

what are your magical girl names and powers

Isolde didn’t seem to understand the question at all. “My name is Isolde and my power is song?”

Mephariz, however, got into the spirit. “I am Winged Trickster Mephariz and my power is Joyful Eldritch Explosion!” He strikes a pose, cue transformation music and pyrotechnics.

Isolde looks on fearfully. “Did he plan this?”




Great Balls of Fire

Still-life and product photographer Rob Prideaux was looking for a “decent” shot of fire on a white background as a reference for a project he was working on. He could not find one, so he is making his own. Images from “Smoke & Fire” are shot on the loading dock at his studio in Berkeley. “I can open the huge rollup door on one side, and the giant rollup door on the other, and get plenty of ventilation,” he says. “People get all uncomfortable once you mention gasoline explosions. However, the volume of fuel I’m using is in the milliliters. I guess without more explanation people imagine the kind of stuff you see in action movies. Which would be AWESOME, don’t get me wrong.” These remarkable fireballs appear as they were originally photographed. Minimal retouching is used to clean up the final image.

To see more of what Prideaux calls his “quest to shape one of the more uncontrollable phenomena [fire] in nature,” visit his website.