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Music Video/Storyboard Script: A Gorey Demise

This isn’t even the final draft and, like In the Backseat, you’ll see a much cleaner version down the road. For now bare witness to the bones of what became the highlight of my mini drama portfolio, ft. characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas and a song by Creature Feature.

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I have no context for this but it’s amazing.

I just love how Demore Barnes played “Think of Me” oh his human cello at Red Dragon Con. Tobias would probably think that The Phantom of the Opera is incredibly plebian and would be sick and tired of his younger students playing those songs for their lessons. He never liked Andrew Lloyd Webber to begin with but now he HATES him just on principle. But then one evening Franklyn drags him to a performance because of COURSE Franklyn would like something like that. Tobias rolls his eyes for the first ten minutes but then he notices how the performance is affecting Franklyn. Franklyn is downright moved by the cliché story and clumsy score. So he begins to pay attention, listening carefully and thoroughly annoyed whenever he catches himself actually enjoying the show. The rest of the evening is a blur and Tobias doesn’t come to his senses until he’s standing in the Chordophone with a Phantom of the Opera CD and music score that Franklyn bought for him. The music is stuck in his head for days, all reminding him of that evening. So when he made his human cello, the question of what to play on it barely even needed to be asked.

Hannibal Rewatch: 1x08

Season 1, Episode 8: “Fromage”

**Warning: rewatch blogging, written with knowledge of the full series

This is just gonna be a straight live-blog this time, with pauses for longer thoughts on occasion. There are… a lot of occasions. This is a lot of live-blog. SETTLE IN, FRIENDS. It’s “Fromage” time.

GAHH WHAT IS THIS FIELD & STREAM CENTERFOLD, oh my god warn me next time I almost choked on my Vert Chaud. He is literally stretched out in front of a bed with two buttons undone working on a boat motor surrounded by fluffsome dogs, I just…. *sips drink while cocking an eyebrow* Bryan….

Will you actually live in an Andrew Wyeth painting. I adore Wyeth’s beige bleakness so it’s like this is finely designed to rend my heart apart, and I sincerely appreciate it. Also the fact that Will is hallucinating animals in pain is bringing me a lot of pain. It’s almost like the animal’s voices are his own cries, but he has to frame it as others he can help, because god knows he’s not gonna help himself.

Cello Kid: “I should learn to play the easier strings first, then the harder ones.”
Tobias: “No you shouldn’t.”
Me: “Damn straight, that’s why you’re not allowed a saddle when you’re learning to ride.” *sips drink again, Westernly*

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Hannibal Fan Devotion Is Alive and Well, Even If It’s Cancelled

THE COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL panel for NBC’s Hannibalmirrored the show’s very existence: Only about two-thirds full, but what it lacked in numbers it made up for with fan devotion. The recently cancelled weekly art film has been doing unbelievably intense horror on network TV for two and a half seasons now, but the big wigs have said three will be the end… At least on conventional broadcast outlets.

Fans hoping for a grand announcement about Hannibal’‘s resurrection didn’t quite get that, but it was clear that the entire panel—composed of Hugh Dancy, show creator Bryan Fuller, Richard Armitage and producer Martha De Laurentiis—all want to keep the story alive in some form. Fuller would only go so far as to say “We’re cancelled on NBC,” before adding that they’re still trying to find a home for America’s favorite cannibal, and even voiced a desire to make a feature film. “It’s not over in the sense that we were fully committed and living this thing for several years,” said Dancy. “That’s still true.”

It was an emotional panel for fans, with several of them getting choked up at the microphone during the Q&A portion. Dancy and Fuller said that if they had to pick a death on the show to be staged as, Dancy would pick the human cello and Fuller would be the man in the tree. They discussed their most influential works of fine art (Fuller, unsurprisingly, said Francis Bacon), how decisions are made about the remarkable food presentation (apparently food stylist Janice Poon has almost full creative control and will even contribute dialogue for meal-related scenes), and how they balance plot advancement with all that “pretentious dialogue” (a question to which either Dancy or Fuller responded “Plot?”).

Having a cast on stage to talk about their recently cancelled show feels kind of weird, but all the panelists (each one wearing a crown of flowers) took care to thank the Fannibals for their deep devotion and promised to keep looking for ways to continue the story. Fuller, wearing a Star Wars blazer with his floral headpiece and a homemade scarf given to him by a Fannibal in attendance, called the fan commitment “the best hug you can imagine” and Armitage—new to the gang—talked about how impressed and moved he’s been by the sense of community surrounding the show.

Speaking of Armitage, he will be featured heavily in what could be the final episodes of show, coming on as Francis Dolarhyde, aka The Red Dragon, complete with busted dentures, full body tattoos, cleft palette scar, and a grab bag of sexual perversions. And about those perversions, two fans took time at the mic to thank Fuller for not writing rape stories into Hannibal, and he assured the crowd that despite the sexual nature of the violence inherent in Dolarhyde’s character, this was not turning into a show about assaulting women, and even called out writing rape into TV shows as “shallow and lazy” unless enough time can be devoted to the topic to fully explore the implications of the act on everyone involved. Fuller understands that rape isn’t a subplot. It’s an actual plot. And you shouldn’t just toss it around like an extra-aggressive insult for effect.

You’re one of the good ones, Fuller, and we really hope we haven’t seen the last of your Hannibal.