i just really love this camera angle

PLL 7x14 Power Play - (long, sorry!) Thoughts

- Yep, one of the best episodes of the series. Call me dramatic, whatever. But in my opinion, it was. The story was constantly moving and I loved that. That is all I need to classify a PLL episode as good. And, combined with answers.. they had a formula for success. I wished I recorded myself watching it because I genuinely had a smile on my face from start to end, and two particular reveals got a great reaction out of me. Even the romance scenes I appreciated. Ugh, such a good episode! So many feels. Happy, intense, OMG, frustrated, emotional.

- Well… after this post, you know where I’m off to… my unanswered questions post! Finally I get to cross off more! SHOUTOUT TO US TUMBLR FANS FOR THEORISING EVERY SINGLE ANSWER WE GOT TONIGHT WITH 100% ACCURACY!! 

- I don’t know how you guys did it, but theorising that Ted is Charlotte’s father… what the hell! I always dismissed that theory. I thought it was too out-there. But it happened! I was sooooo shocked. I thought Ted was just a random guy from the church that liked Ashley. End of story. Apparently not end of story! Loved it. There is no way they had that planned all the way back then. I really do think that Ted was brought to the show just to be a love interest for Ashely. Then they created the Charles story and realised “oh shit, we need a male to be Charlotte’s father. Lucky we made a character like Ted!” I refuse to believe they intended to use Ted for more than just a pastor in love with Ashley. Anyway, not that that matters. I’m happy with this answer.

- Last week I complained that PLL has severely lacked good production since the dollhouse episodes; production in the sense of unique camera angles, music, etc. Well today they finally returned to its glory. The ending scene was so good and dramatic with the music, that camera angle where Ali finds her hidden puzzle piece and also when Mary steps out from behind the door to reveal herself with Ted… little things like that, I appreciate. 

- The reveal that Lucas knew CHARLES… wow!!! OMG!! I actually said “no fucking way” for once in a few years in PLL. They’re going somewhere with this. Lucas built that board game, he is an app developer and has the resources/money. 

- Another reveal that made me actually throw my blanket off and sit up… when they actually SHOWED that scene from 4B of Mary creeping up on Spencer!! We all kind of guessed that it was Mary in that scene, but to actually SEE the writers SHOW US that link very explicitly rather than let us just guess… it was AMAZING. I hope the series finale is like that, where they actually SHOW us past scenes like that, rather than expect us to make the links. Such a good scene, learning the backstory behind that.

- Mary killed Jessica. I knew it! I was not shocked one bit. But hey. After 7 seasons of this craziness, I am totally happy to take logic over shock. “Sydney killed Jessica!” like no. Get lost. Zero logic. Mary killed Jessica, yeah, I’ll take it!

- People are probably disappointed that it was Sydney under the hoodie… I told myself it’s not AD so I was expecting someone like that. I was happy with that.

- Aria going dark.. I’m all in. But please don’t cause a massive divide in the group. The small divides it causes now is fine, but I don’t want to spend the final 6 episodes with the girls pissed off at each other/Aria.

- Amongst all the storylines going on, they still managed to have scenes relevant to Archer. Thank god! See, that’s what we want. Forget the ping pong, and just keep us updated on other side mysteries like that. We don’t have to solve the side mystery, but just keep mentioning them in the ‘filler’ scenes. That’ll keep us going until the finale.

- I thought finding out who killed Jessica, and that Ted is Charlotte’s father, would be enough for this episode. Nope, they revealed what we’ve all been thinking since August last year! Emison fans on Twitter telling Marlene to go kill herself: fuck off. NEVER wish that upon anyone. As if I’m actually saying that. I know Emison fans are really passionate, and rightfully so, but chilllllll. Spencer said it very well: they are feeling violated. Emily isn’t saying “yippee, let’s have a baby Ali!!” Yes it’s controversial, yes it’s diving into areas of rape, but don’t tell a woman to kill herself.

- Not gonna lie. I did laugh at AD’s hoodie talking to Aria. The concept was cool but it looked far too fake. This show never is good with visual effects and stuff like that (*cough* CeCe watching the girls in the window in 610 *cough*)

- Shoutout to Paily. I really enjoyed their scenes. All of them. I was a shipper of Paily during season 4 and so this brought me right back to those good old days. Paige has barely smiled since she came back in 7B so it was so good to see her be happy for once. 

- There was one thing that someone said that really made me think Spencer has a twin!!! I can’t remember what it is! I’ll rewatch later in the week and update you all.

- Thank god Ezra is being dismissive of Nicole. I mean, it’s sad for Nicole, but at the end of the day and putting realism aside, just get lost Nicole. Ezria is endgame and you’re just making PLL fans frustrated.

- Next week’s promo!! Directed by Troian!!!!!!!!!! Wren’s return!! “Every theory I come up with leads back to you” is Furey hinting towards a Spencer twin? Not that he knows, but if all his research keeps pointing to a Spencer, it’s only a matter of time before he finds something? It is in 2 weeks but I’m so happy because it means the finale is pushed out to when my uni exams finish!

- 9/10. I can’t give it 10/10 because I’ve forgotten what a perfect PLL episode feels like. It’s been way too long. Maybe this is what a perfect PLL episode feels like? Again, I can’t remember. But it’s up there!

- Sorry this is long, but hey, 6 to go. Need to summarise it all and it’s better than sharing thoughts all over the place with scattered messages. Compare this to 712, which never even got a post!

Can I Take Your Picture? (Draco x Reader)

Originally posted by nellaey

Request:  A Draco x reader where the reader is training to become a photographer and likes to take photos of Draco and he protests but she keeps doing it cuz he’s beautiful (cough sexy af cough) and Draco secretly loves all her photos?  - Anon

I hope you like it!


You were an aspiring photographer with a love for nearly everything around you.  Anything from a little flower that had sprouted between the cracks of a sidewalk, to a simple cup of steaming tea resting on the counter top, you would whip out your camera and snap photos from at least three different angles.

You were never really one for photographing people, that is, until one morning you realized just how photogenic your boyfriend, Draco, was.

He was sitting in an armchair by the window, dressed in his usual black attire, legs crossed, delicately holding a cup of tea, bleach-blond hair fluffy and beautiful, and head turned to look out the window with the soft pink-orange rays of the rising sun pouring through.

Before you could speak, you snatched your camera from the table where you had set it and began taking photos.  However, after the first audible ‘snap’, Draco whirled around, nearly dropping his tea.  You set your camera down.

“Were you taking pictures of me?”  Draco said, not sounding too pleased.

You grinned.  “Yeees.  Is there a problem?”

Draco knit his eyebrows.  “I’m not very fond of having my picture taken,” he replied, setting his tea down on the chairside table next to him.

“But Dracooo!” you whined and moved across the room to where he sat.  You plopped down on his lap and lay your head on his chest, tilting your head up to look at him.  Draco instinctively wrapped his arms around you.  “You know I’m taking pictures of you because of how handsome you are, right?  And bloody hell you looked hot looking out that window.”

Draco smirked.  “Did I, now?”

You swear you could see the faintest of red on his pale skin beneath that ego.  “Yes!  So am I allowed to take your picture?” you asked hopefully.

Draco thought for a moment.  “No.  Sorry, love.”

You made a puppy-pleading face.  “If you truly love me you would let me.”

He shook his head.  “Love isn’t defined in photographs.  You know I love you more than anything in this world.  Universe, I should say.”

You rolled your eyes.  “Fine.”  You pressed a quick kiss to his cheek.

“Good.  Now I ought to finish those reports for the Ministry,” Draco said and lifted you up with him, before setting you back on the ground and placing a quick yet loving kiss on your lips before heading out the door.

As soon as he shut the door behind him, you smiled.  There was no way you were going to let such a beautiful specimen (I’m creepy af) go to waste.  You picked up your camera and looked at the photo you managed to get of Draco before he noticed you were taking pictures.  It was perfect.

**Time Skip**

The next morning, even more photos of Draco were piling up on your camera.  You managed to get photos of:  Draco pouring a cup of tea, reading a book, Draco drinking said tea as he was reading said book, Draco putting the book back on the shelf, Draco putting the teacup in the sink, even more photos of Draco putting that same teacup in the sink… So basically just a bunch of photos from the same five minutes of the next morning.  How exciting.  Pretty quickly Draco caught you and you playfully ran away.

Two days later, you hadn’t taken any more photos.  You didn’t want Draco to be mad at you.  You were out with an old friend from Hogwarts exploring London.  Not thinking, you didn’t take your camera with you, leaving it in the hands of Draco.  He picked up your camera, and by using the knowledge he had gained watching you work the thing, he managed to navigate to the photo library.  He scrolled through all the photos.

He carefully observed each photo, noticing how you always got the lighting just right and the angle spot-on.  You took everything into consideration.  Noting that a little less than half the photos were of him, he finally realized just how much those photos meant to you.  He secretly adored the fact that you had taken a liking to taking photos of him.  There was no way he was going to tell you to stop from now on.

When you got back and walked through the door, you were suddenly greeted by Draco sweeping you into his arms in a tight hug.  “I’m glad you’re back, love.”

You laughed.  “Well who’s so happy to see me?”

Draco kissed your head and released you from his tight grip.  “While you were gone… I went through your camera.”

Your face dropped.  “Oh–uh–I’m sorry… I’ll delete them if you want–”

“No!” Draco interrupted.  “I realized just how much you love taking photos and how much I actually love you taking photos of me.  I’m sorry if I was rude to you at first.”

Your face lifted back into a smile.  “Really?”

He nodded.“Indeed.”

“Oh thankyouthankyouthankyou!”

“Now don’t get too excited,” Draco said smiling.  “There will be limits.”  

You knew exactly what he meant by that.

“In the mean time…” Draco leaned in to place his lips on yours in a loving kiss.  Your hands tangled into his hair while his came down to your waist.  

When you pulled apart a minute later, you wrapped your arms around Draco’s torso and looked up into his bright blue eyes.  “Sooo can we go to the city tomorrow and take some photos?”

Draco rolled his eyes and laughed.  “As you wish.”


Please let me know what you thought of it and what I could do better next time!

hey guys hear me out: legends as a ghost hunting show au

  • rip is the founder of the group and picks the places they investigate
  • ray and jax are the tech mainly, but leonard also helps out sometimes (he’s mainly in charge of Where Cameras Go and shit like that tho because he’s really good at memorizing the layouts of places and somehow knows exactly where to get the perfect angles)
  • nate is in charge of research and lore
  • everyone else is mainly just there to investigate and fight some fucking ghosts
  • they typically split into 2 teams: team A that consists of rip, sara, jax, and amaya; and team B that has leonard, mick, ray, and nate
  • team A is very organized and careful, they just sit around and try to get voices on their recorder most of the time (sara tends to provoke them a Lot and that usually gets a few good reactions)
  • team B is basically just watching an episode of ghost adventures with mick yelling at the ghosts to fight him (followed by ray and nate pissing themselves when they actually do scratch him or some shit)
  • ft. kendra, carter, and jonah that sometimes appear on the show as Special Guest Investigators
  • stein is in charge of evidence review with ray and jax, he’s too old to go out hunting with them he’d probably have a heart attack or something
  • the flash, supergirl, and arrow have their own ghost hunting shows too and they sometimes appear on each other’s shows to provide some extra insight on evidence captured, they’re all in Cahoots with each other and really admire each other’s work even if their television networks are rivals
Thoughts and theories.

Pretty Little Liars S07E14.

Wow. What an episode. We’re going to skip over a lot of the boring subplots and storylines that have nothing to do with the current mystery, and rather talk about the answers (which were mainly already predicted) and theories we have formed after watching the episode. 


1) This episode was everything. I wish the first three episode of 7B were just like this. The first half of the episode wasn’t as great as the second half, but the episode overall just gave us early PLL vibes and it was amazing. We got answers to old mysteries, and even got flashback scenes explaining things.

2) Let’s start off with Mary Drake and Pastor Ted Wilson. Hanna and Spencer visit an address that Peter Hastings private investigator has found that is linked to Mary Drake and when they get there, they find Pastor Ted there. Apparently she’s been on his couch for a couple of nights and when Spencer and Hanna leave, Ted finds out that he’s the father of Charles/Charlotte DiLaurentis. Apparently he and Mary dated when he was in college and their relationship resulted in them having Charles. Ted however, never knew about Charles. He did, though, meet Charles at a camp he held for troubled young boys. He pulls out a photo of himself, Charles and Charles only friend, Lucas Gottesman. 

3) Aria finally get’s an interesting storyline. What’s in her file that is so bad that would make Ezra choose Nicole, and that Nicole would be visiting Ezra in jail? “Jessica kept excellent records.” Whatever is in that file is pre 5x01, so before Jessica died. Aria leaves a vulnerable Ali to go meet AD and when she arrives who takes the hood off? Sydney Driscoll. She tells Aria that she shot Spencer, helped Jenna escape and made up the new A game. BUT, she accidentally reveals an ear piece. AD was feeding her lines the whole time. She’s just a decoy. And something tells us that she’s being blackmailed to be on AD’s team. 

4) Alison + Emily’s eggs = apparent endgame? Now 90% of the fandom predicted this storyline, but there was some sort of hope that the storyline wasn’t going to make it onto the show. Remember when AD stole Emily’s eggs all that time ago? Well he/she fertilised them and implanted them into Ali that time at Welby whilst she was being tortured by her former husband. 

5) Who killed Jessica DiLaurentis? That would be her crazy, unhinged twin sister Mary Drake. There’s just something about Mary. Let’s go back to 4x22, Mary Drake, pretending to be her sister Jessica, sneaks up behind Spencer one night. Before she can say anything, Veronica walks into Spencer’s room. Mary tries to sneak out of the Hastings house but gets caught by Peter Hastings. “I had to see her. Just one look. She’s beautiful, isn’t she Peter?” This was kind of sad. You’ve gotta feel for Mary. ANYWAY, Mary found out that Charles wasn’t really dead (as Jessica had told her) and set out on a mission to kill her sister for all she had done to her. Mary asked Peter to help and when he denied, she took his pills and used them to kill Jessica. The use of wrong medication made Jessica’s heart stop, with Mary ultimately killing her sister. 

Things we wanna discuss. 

- When Peter revealed Mary used his medication to kill Jessica, he says Mary killed Jessica and buried her in the Hastings yard. This clashes with what Charlotte had said in 6x10; she found Jessica in front of the DiLaurentis house and buried Jessica before she went to New York to see Ali. This could go two ways; either Charlotte lied to cover up for Mary, which means she knew about her birth mother not being Jessica before the time jump, OR, it’s just Peter assuming that Mary buried her in their backyard because he wasn’t there to hear Charlotte say she buried Jessica. 

- We sorta knew Lucas was connected to Charlotte/Cece somehow, but we didn’t think it would go all the way back to childhood. Were Cece and Lucas dating? One scene that stands out is in 5x05 when Lucas talks to Hanna about his mysterious new girlfriend who apparently is coming into town. At the end of the episode, Cece/Charlotte moves into a new lair (as she is back from Paris and 5x05 marked the return of Big A). 

- Alison gave Aria a weird look at the end of the episode when Aria’s turn was skipped. It was super sketchy and suspicious, but it’s probably just Alison becoming super suss of Aria. She went missing, is acting shady and now her turn is skipped? Ali is totally catching on already. 

- The acting in this episode was everything! Especially Sasha, she did so well! All round good job! And the music and camera angles, this episode was just brilliant! I really, really hope the rest of this season is like this, because that would really be the love letter we were promised! I’m giving the episode a 10/10 because I am completely satisfied with the episode!

Hope

Originally posted by frozen-delight

Pairing: Dean x wife!Reader
Word count: 570
Warnings: A swear

Part 8 of Last Chance


There seemed to be a fire under Dean lately, and you were wondering what clicked for him. He’d been extra considerate, and more like the Dean you’d fallen head over heels in love with all those years ago.

When he was home, he took one day to give you a break. He’d do everything you did every other day, telling you to relax. Of course, you still wound up helping with little things, but just the fact that he was trying meant the world to you.

At the moment, you were relaxing in your bathtub, a glass of wine, bubbles, and candles all around. You’d put on a face mask, some music, and let yourself feel human. For now, you were Y/N, the twenty something year old who liked music, reading, curling up and watching a funny movie, and had a habit of trying new hobbies just to give them up a month later. You weren’t so-and-so’s mom, you weren’t just Dean’s wife, and you weren’t covered with everyone else’s names. You were yourself.

Hearing the door, you looked over and smiled. Dean was leaning on the doorframe, smiling. “So, both kids are out.” He sounded so proud of himself, and it was deserved. Most nights your daughter conned him into ‘five more minutes’ of dolls a few times over. Or ‘just one more book’ until he’d read her the entire fairy tale book. “I’m going to heat up the oven for dessert, and I will meet you in the living room when you’re done. Take your time. You deserve it.” Moving forward, he leaned over and kissed you lovingly, your heart skipping a beat.

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anonymous asked:

you and your art are seriously so inspiring. im in awe. any tips for an aspiring storyboarder on art and characters and stuff? id love to hear what you know

Oh geez that’s really sweet to read. To be quite honest, I’m still working on my storyboard stuff, myself, so I can’t say I have any big pro tips or anything. But I guess something really helpful would be to just… watch movies. Pay attention to shot composition and angles. Learning about camera angles and the rule of thirds is really helpful in making the subject of a shot stand out more.
One thing my teachers had me do was while watching a movie, I’d pause each time the shot changes and quickly redraw it. Like even if it’s messy, you just gotta get the point across. That’s something that certainly been helping me out a lot.

fanboyofallthingsfandom  asked:

Pretty please with cherries on top for really random pairings, Harry Potter/Colin Creevey? I'd just love to see what you could do with them, your writing is so amazing!

Colin sighed and adjusted his camera angle, again. He had been beyond excited when Harry had finally agreed to let him take a few photos, but now realized why other journalists rarely submitted pictures of him. 

 “Harry, you have to stop fidgeting.” Colin said patiently. “You can move around if you want, but the fidgeting makes you look nervous and that’s going to show up on the photo.” 

Harry stopped twisting the handful of his Auror robe he had grabbed and smoothed it down his thigh. Colin bit back a moan at the small action. He had thought, after all this time, his crush on the famous Harry Potter had faded. But then Harry had walked in with his messy hair and bright green eyes and Colin’s crush had roared to life, flaming higher than ever before and threatening to consume him whole. 

“Sorry Colin.” Harry offered with a shy smile, and then he let out a deep sigh. “No matter how many interviews I give, these things always make me nervous.” He began to wring the fabric in his hands again. He shifted and caught the heel of one boot against the bottom rung of the stool he was sitting on. The small action caused his thighs to spread out a bit wider, but Colin wasn’t paying attention to that. 

He had moved closer, placing himself right between Harry’s thighs, and pulled the wrinkled fabric out of Harry’s hand. “You don’t have to be nervous with me Harry. It’s just me. Colin.” He looked up and smiled. 

Harry’s face was incredibly close to his own and Colin suddenly realized where he was standing. Harry’s breath caught and Colin was certain he had stopped breathing as Harry reached out a slightly shaking hand and pushed some hair away from Colin’s eyes. 

“Just you.” Harry repeated his smile wide enough to light up his whole face. “Colin.” 

Dubsmash Wars

Originally posted by wwhatfinn

Request: hey Grant Gustin one shot? Where you and him have a dubsmash war (like the one the Marvel actors did and you both post them on Twitter and all the fans ship it and then you end it with a really cute one of both of you and everyone just really loves you together?

Notes: I’ve never experienced what the logistics of Dubsmash are so some of the technical things might be wrong. Otherwise I hope this was kind of what you were looking for, there are only a few ‘dubsmashes’ because otherwise this would be super long hahah. Hope you enjoy!

Y/F/N is “Your friend’s name”

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Bella On Beauty

On skincare

I’m not even just saying this – I know I’m a walking Dior commercial – but I love the Dior Hydra Life Lotion-To-Foam Fresh Cleanser, it’s the green one. It’s the perfect foamy face wash. So I use that and then I’ll moisturise with the Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Crème because it’s really light – it feels like you have nothing on. My face is always so dry, so it sucks up all the moisture. Then if I’m doing proper hair and make-up I’ll use the Glow Better Fresh Jelly Mask first. It just kind of plumps your skin up and makes it super moist and sort of tightens it… I don’t know what it does or how, but it’s something incredible.

On her beauty sins

I do sleep in my make-up sometimes but I always wake up at 2am, freaking out and feeling completely guilty about it. My body knows! So I’ll get up, wash my face, moisturise and go back to sleep because I hate waking up in the morning with make-up on – it’s the most horrible feeling. But I’m usually a good girl about taking my make-up off at night.

On make-up

I usually do concealer under the eyes, on my chin and around the nose, and then always a good bronzer and a good brow. That’s my top three for everyday. I love my natural freckles and just keeping a natural look. And I love mascara. What’s so amazing about the Dior Pump’n’Volume Mascara is that it looks like you’re wearing false lashes. It’s a perfect mascara. I always do a top lash, but I rarely put mascara on my bottom lashes. But with this mascara I’ve started doing my bottom lashes and it really opens up your eyes. And I always use a curler. With or without mascara, you always gotta curl.

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lilmizzkrazie  asked:

Top 5 favorite storyboarders, go!

1.  Raven Molisee

I feel like her style shows the most analysis of the show’s artistic strengths.  Every character in every shot Raven directs has a specific pose or expression or interaction, and she gives careful thought to color design and tone and looseness.  I think the most impressive thing about her work on EEnE is that it is exclusively in the digital era– don’t get me wrong, all the artists were on fire in the digital era, but I still feel like her scenes are the most consistently in tune with the classic episodes. like there’s an increased sense of continuity.  My favorite characters she draws a lot are Edd, Eddy, Kevin, Sarah, and Jimmy.  Here are some examples:

2.  Scott Diggs Underwood

Everything Raven mastered about the style? Scott invented it.  ,,,Or so I choose to believe.  Scott’s solo episodes, like Pain in the Ed and Dueling Eds, have such a great sense of organic visual mayhem. Could anyone else get away with an ending as ridiculous as Ed turning into a fish? His scenes also produce some of the best animation, whether they’re cel or digital.  I consider him the best at drawing Eddy, and he is great at using the trio dynamic to its full potential.

3.  James “Wootie” Wootton

At this point, I stop being able to tell styles apart, honestly. Everyone’s got their own version of drawing the characters perfectly.  But Wootie’s episodes stand out to me as cinematic and technically advanced.  Whether it’s cel or digital, his episodes make memorable use of effects, like a handheld camera or an electrical mushroom cloud.  I really wish he had been around to contribute to the movie, I’d love to see more of his dramatic camera angles!

4.  Sabrina Alberghetti

Now we’re getting into less familiar territory for me, unfortunately, I have a lot of trouble telling apart the multiple artists who draw within each episode. I just know I love Sabrina’s art, that she works well with Raven, and is fantastic at drawing Rolf!

5.  Big Jim Miller

Responsible for Evil Tim and probably drew my favorite Eddy-in-socks scene.  Enough said.

anonymous asked:

ok but what if,, genderfluid mc+seven dressed as each other???? "woah, seven i thought u were taller!" "haha, no, its just;; uh,, camera angles,,," and "wow, mc did u get a growth spurt?" "yeah definitely;; haha... u got me,,,"

-you guys probably dress as each other ALL THE TIME

-cue zens confused screaming, he doesnt know how to feel about this

-seven really loves wearing your clothes because you have more than three outfits (he only has three outfits help him)

-you both have some pretty gender neutral clothes, so you guys pretty much came to an agreement one day to just share all your clothes 

-so really you guys dress up as “each other” quite often

-sometimes it’s sad because he’ll see a really cute shirt but IT DOESNT FIT!!!!! 

-why is this his fate

-he’ll wear it anyway

The Dual

Originally posted by whitmerule

The fight between Peter and Miraz is one of my favorite scenes in both the books and the movies. (yes, I have lots of favorites, its Narnia okay?) In the books I love how the fight is described from Edmund’s point of view, (which is a great characterization of the two characters and their relationship) creating a sense of panic because you don’t know if Peter will live or not. I also love that you read the reactions of the fight instead of the fight itself. (just like the HHB battle)

The movie version of this fight gives me chills every time even though I know every beat by heart. The camera angles are amazing. You really get to see the experience that Peter has from being High King. And you can tell that Will is in his element and enjoyed shooting. And the nod to the books by having Peter stab Miraz in the arm pit shows the thought that Andrew put into these movies.

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Probably should’ve shelved a couple more of these, but what the hey.
I upload so infrequently anyways.


This is my first time actually trying to apply several lip products. I mostly just used gloss, or occasionally a single shade of something. Definitely messed up the liner and blending, but I know I can improve on it a lot.

Man oh man
I feel like I owe it to myself to start exercising and getting fit.

Anything that helps me passively look more like a woman, really makes me consider *actually* living as female one day. I feel like getting toned will help me a lot in some areas, but there’s certain facial features that I can never get past in daily life using advantageous camera angles. Not without some kind of facial feminization surgery.

It’s like… yeah, that’s be awfully fucking dandy to get or afford one day.
But uhh… so would a supercar, or a monster gaming PC. It’s just another thing at the top of the ever-growing list of “nice things I’d love to be able to afford”.

16 Days of Outlander - Day #11 The Devil’s Mark

So this episode has actually grown on me with repeated viewings though I find the witch trial part of both the show and book to be a hassle to get through personally having studied witch trials for a class in college there are lots of little things that just… I don’t know. I understand including people who said Geillis used witchcraft to get back at them for things but I will never understand the disconnect of having Laoghaire admit that she approached Claire to procure a potion - it doesn’t make sense for her to implicate herself in that way. I mean, she almost got beat in the hall for “loose behavior” but doesn’t bat an eyelash at the possible consequences of confessing to seeking someone she suspects has knowledge of the dark arts? Makes me think the show might choose to have Laoghaire be there at least in part because Colum pushed her to get involved… but we’ll have to wait and see. I go back and forth on whether I like the alterations to how Father Baine helps damn Claire (I kind of like the book version and knowing that he will die because he won’t let Claire help and the poetic justice in that). Anyway, onto my favorites.

Favorite “That’s not in the book” Part: Claire explains the birds and she and Geillis bond. I loved the title card for the episode and the way that Claire brings it up later in the episode finding hope where and when she can and that she’s able to forgive Geillis for her naïveté and role in whatever’s happened - she and Geillis aren’t quite so close at this point in the books and Geillis is fond of Dougal but it’s pretty clear that book Geillis and love aren’t familiar with one another. I kind of like the shift they went for in the show more than I did the first time or two. The pair of them joking about how if they were witches, now would be the time to come clean and get them both out of the thieve’s hole and that Claire seeks out Geillis’ baby-bump where earlier she pulled her hand away when Geillis wanted her to feel the baby kick. It makes the rest of the trial and Geillis’ confession/sacrifice/distraction more powerful. 

Favorite Location: the church/court. The setting for the trial itself is visually stunning. While the book has everything take place in a courtyard outside, the fact that the proceedings unfold in a church (at least, I’m pretty sure it’s a church) is chilling - bringing such evil and hatred into a house of God, no matter which side of the trial you’re on… And the camera angles they used throughout, reinforcing the isolation of Claire and Geillis from the people and the examiners is just gorgeous.

Favorite Minor Character: Ned Gowan (one last time). I love, love, love Ned Gowan and Bill Patterson’s portrayal of the lawyer never lets up. From his first appearance in the proceedings, clutching his books and papers to his chest, to the moment when he whips out his pistol in a last ditch effort to protect Claire (he’s clearly there for Claire and if he can save Geillis it will be a mark of how skilled he really is because he knows from the beginning she’s beyond saving). His distress as Claire digs herself a nice little hole from sheer indignation is so NED. I really hope we get to see some of him in Season 2 (even if he wasn’t really a presence in Dragonfly in Amber, I’m sure there are a few places they could work him in and I would not mind one bit just please don’t make me wait until Voyager and Season 3 to see him on screen again).

Favorite Costume: Geillis’ dress. There’s probably a better shot of it at the end of By the Pricking of My Thumbs as she and Claire are being arrested but the stark black and white ruffles of her dress, the lacey choker thing she wears, she’s even wearing her red shoes underneath (there’s a picture of those a little bit further down). The textures are wonderful and add to the frayed and disheveled appearance after they’ve been in the thieve’s hole for a while. 

Favorite Performance: Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan. This was Lotte’s episode as far as I’m concerned. The slow dawning of realization when Claire tells her that Dougal won’t be coming, her passionate questioning of Claire before she realizes that Claire really did end up there accidentally, the amusement at the ridiculous townsfolk, and the pain as she watches Claire throw away her only chance at saving herself because she won’t betray her friend. 

Favorite Music Moment: Jamie to the rescue, Geillis’ confession. There’s tension in the music as Claire is being struck and it shifts but doesn’t quite break when Jamie bursts through and stands over her with his sword and dirk held out to keep the well-armed crowd at bay. But when Geillis begins her confession the music and attention shift again and it’s more of a lament as Geillis details the things she’s done, creating quite the distraction so that Jamie and Claire can slip away. (Also, there are Geillis’ red shoes! There’s another shot of them when the townsfolk are carrying her through the streets, but this one with that bit of her black skirt struck me as particularly reminiscent of the Wicked Witch of the East’s feet sticking out from beneath Dorothy’s house; just missing the striped stockings).

Favorite Book-to-Screen Adaptation: Claire comes clean to Jamie. This is such a difficult scene to capture well on film because it’s practically a monologue and they’re not doing anything except sitting around in the woods. But the emotions they manage to portray throughout - Claire’s desperation and relief at being believed, Jamie’s anger and sorrow as he stares at her marred back and then at himself as he realizes that she had merely been trying to go home to her “real” husband and he’d beat her for it… it’s all just so much better than I ever expected them to do for this scene. 

Honorable Mention for Music Moment: Jamie and Claire by the fire. I don’t think too much needs to be said here. The music underscores the tenderness of the moment as Jamie knows their time together is limited and Claire is simply enjoying the moment. I guess a second honorable mention should go to the closing shots as Claire wakes Jamie by the fire (not in quite the same manner but with just as much joy) and their theme plays as their choices are made once and for all and their kiss fades into the closing credits. It was one of my favorite episodes musically.

Favorite Jamie and Claire Moment: last kiss before spotting the stones. So while it isn’t written out in a voice over in the show, I love that they managed to display one of my favorite aspects of Jamie bringing Claire back to the stones. Claire has no idea that Jamie is planning to bring her back to the stones. In the show, he’s more facetious about it than in the book. In the book, Jamie thought Claire had realized that he was bringing her back to the stones all along; he’s surprised when she is shocked to see the stones (he thought that her relief was in part due to the fact that she’d be going home and that she knew he’d been essentially saying his goodbyes to her the whole time). In the show, he’s been telling her all about Lallybroch and what their life there would be like so it makes sense for Claire to believe that’s where they’re headed. Jamie’s sorrow at seeing her go is evident throughout this sequence as he’s constantly putting on a brave face, not wanting her to feel guilty about him but also savoring every moment he has left with her. And Claire is blindsided when she sees the stones and understands why he’s brought her there. She goes from happy, ready to see Lallybroch to shell-shocked, confused, denial, devestation - pick an adjective, any adjective. Neither of them wants to be there doing what they’re there to do.

Favorite Line: “I wasna ready.” This bit kills me every time. When she’s about to touch the stones and he just reaches out and pulls her back because he can’t let her go just yet (and the pained way he says her name as he does it). He’s been building himself up to it for days but there will never be enough time for him to prepare himself. He can’t watch her go; he has to turn and walk away because if he’s there when she goes to touch the stone, I think he’d just keep pulling her back and he doesn’t ever what to hold her back from the things he feels she deserves (safety, her own life in her own time, Frank if that’s what she wants). 

I don’t know how many other people really pay attention to this, but while I have a great appreciation for how they kept the “side-mouths” on all the Sonic characters during the transition from 2D to 3D, I feel like… there’s a really thin line between decentered 3D-model mouths that work, and ones that don’t? I think probably Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic ‘06 did it best, because in the CG cutscenes their mouths would often switch sides to whichever was more visible to the camera, but if the camera was facing them head-on their mouths wouldn’t really stray far from the center. Basically their mouth position would move to follow the camera, and as such looked… not natural, but like, it worked? Like they weren’t really trying to keep an #aesthetic, they were just working with whatever looked best. Which meant a lot of diversity in where the mouth would end up on a character’s face:

There are more side-mouths than not, but like, even when they do go to one side or another, they might move upwards to be more visible, only move partway to the side, etc.

But man, in the more recent games I’ve noticed that they want to keep that #side-mouth #aesthetic 110% consistent. You never see their mouths in the middle of their face anymore. In fact there seem to be only two mouth positions - diagonal on the left, and diagonal on the right. It almost looks like they’re working camera angles around where the mouth is “allowed” to be in any given shot, rather than the other way around:

Like, see how their mouths are all in exactly the same spots, regardless of the actual camera angle? Not to mention Knuckles here, these are two adjacent frames in the same shot:

Before when a character’s mouth had to switch sides of the face for the sake of the camera, it would actually slide across their face to the other side, but they’re so determined to keep the side-mouth thing 100% consistent that they just swapped his mouth out between frames. You can see it happen in real time, if you know what you’re watching for.

Like, I get that animating a character whose mouth will constantly be swapping sides of their face on a 3D model is a little more complicated than a character who just has a normal, stationary mouth. Tails, Amy, and Blaze typically don’t have the side-mouth thing going on, for instance. But I loved the way the older 3D games dealt with it, before non-CG cutscenes also started implementing the side-mouth detail. It felt more, I dunno, organic, like they were really taking the time to make sure the character’s expression was being properly rendered at all times, playing to the camera rather than forcing the camera angles to conform. Like notice how the above pictures of Sonic and Rouge are at the same exact angle? That’s what I mean. I don’t want to call it lazy, because again, it’s a lot of work, but it doesn’t have the same charm when it’s so meticulously regulated like this. “No, his mouth can only be in one of these two pre-defined spots. You want to have a camera angle of him talking from behind? Well, just make him awkwardly dip his head and nearly break his neck so that you can still get his mouth on camera!”

Idk. It’s a super petty complaint, I realize, but it also still bugs me.

More thoughts on ARTTL Part 1

I thought I would share more thoughts I had about the first movie for A Round Trip to Love, even though I had shared my initial thoughts about it before. However, after watching it so many times over, I have finally realised how great this production is, how amazing the cast and crew have been in their planning of every action, gesture, expression, camera shot, camera angle and more. I guess what I really want to express is, the novel may be different from the movie, but that doesn’t mean that the movie isn’t as good. A main difference would probably be Lu Feng, because we get to see his side of things now, and although events may be slightly different from the novel, I have to say, I truly admire how they’ve shown their love story in a whole new way. Before I continue, I’ll just say that this is going to be a long post, so let’s begin…

A gunshot is fired. What is going on? Who are they? Before we can understand what’s going on, we’ll have to look at their story that goes all the way back to their youth.

I want to focus on Lu Feng for this post today. Why? Well, there’s a variety of reasons, but I guess it’s mainly because I don’t think people see his pain as easily because of his personality. We’ll have to go back to the young teenage Lu Feng then. In his youth, we can see a bubbly, cheerful Lu Feng that wasn’t presented much in the novel. We see a silly side to him when he eats his yoghurt messily, sees his childish competitive spirit come out as he races with the stranger at the race track and a shy teenager in love as he hesitates to put his arm around the oblivious Yi Chen.

He goes a little far at times, especially that time at his house with Yi Chen as his anger gets the better of him, but we see a gentle side to him when he comforts Yi Chen, hugging him and carrying him home, all the while trying to express his feelings as best as he can, even though he’s not good with words. There’s a romantic side to him as well when he sneaks out with Yi Chen to give him the ring (that he designed) in a room he decorated, and although the moment is short-lived, in that moment, they are both content by just being together.

But people change, and we can see this gradual change in Lu Feng years after when they meet again.

The first shot we get of Lu Feng is this — a cold expression with a frightening sharp stare. It feels as if all the warmth has been sucked out of him. Why?

But then, Lu Feng makes a surprise visit. “Fix my computer,” he says. But he doesn’t seem to be all that bothered about it as he first questions where Yi Chen’s “girlfriend” is at. Here, we see hints of the teenage him when he says “I’m hungry”, obviously wanting Yi Chen to make him some food. Is this not similar to his whining in the past? He then leaves Yi Chen with his keys and tells Yi Chen to find him with those keys when he’s ready to start anew with him.

Alas, a misunderstanding pops up as Yi Chen finds out about the marriage. He doesn’t know that Lu Feng has been trying to cancel it. This is where we first see the beast in Lu Feng. Yi Chen hands him his resignation letter coldly, and he’s furious. Why was Yi Chen still refusing him after all these years? He doesn’t understand, he has tested Yi Chen a few times for his reaction, he knows he still has feelings for him, so why? The pain of the refusal then builds up on the pain of the lack of replies from all the letters he had written when he was overseas and Yi Chen’s words as he said that he had lost the ring. This pain is finally too much to take, and he releases it by trying to force himself on Yi Chen.

I think this was the most heartbreaking scene for me. Lu Feng’s confusion and pain was so clearly depicted in his silence when Yi Chen uttered the words “I don’t love you anymore”. That pause and silence had made my heart stop for a second there.

Then Yi Chen finds out about the letters he wrote, and you may think that everything’s going to be fine and dandy from then on… until you see the trailer for the second movie.

I have to say, his lines in the trailer still echo in my head from time to time. The image of him lying alone and hurt in bed while looking at the wedding invitation was painful, but what made it so powerful for me was probably his words. “All of you better watch out, one day, I, Lu Feng, will stand up again.” After giving up the world for the one that makes his world, Yi Chen betrays him by getting married. Of course, we know Yi Chen has his troubles too, he has to keep his promise to his mother, but the fury in Lu Feng is unleashed. It’s bone-chilling really, to even think about what he does to Yi Chen from then on, but let me go back to the start.

The gunshot. Lu Feng’s shocked expression when he sees Yi Chen shielding him. We see his worried self at the hospital, obviously having snapped out of his blinding anger. He realises what he has done, what he had been doing. But as to what happens next, we’ll have to wait for the next movie to be released or wait till I finish translating :-)

Of course, Yi Chen has suffered his fair share of pain as well. Both sides have been suffering throughout the years. When Lu Feng left, Yi Chen had to face everyone and everything alone, his teachers, his schoolmates, his family. To be stuck between your family and your lover is probably one of the greatest pain in the world. Not only that, he has to live as if nothing has happened, and that means no one to confide in, no one to rely on. His trust in the world and his confidence is shattered, as many of you would know from the novel, so I won’t drag this post any longer by elaborating. (Because his pain pains me too :’))

What I really wish to say is, we should give credit when we should, and this is definitely a production to appreciate. As the crew has said before countless of times, they have poured blood, sweat, tears and a heck lot of money into this, and I would say, this really deserves to be on the big screen. The actors have done a really good job, especially at expressing the characters’ emotions, so I’m really looking forward to see more from them. All in all, although this probably isn’t the best platform to do so, I want to extend a big thank you to them, and of course to all the viewers here accompanying me too. Let’s show them our support so that they know what they’ve been doing is worth it all and that the next movie can come out soon!

Shameless 7x05

-I have to give credit to Debbie she’s really trying with Fiona’s extra push but she really does want the best for her daughter. Still dislike her character so strongly but she wants a good life for her daughter, she just doesn’t know how to go about it correctly. 

-Carl is doing great. He really wants military school. Why wasn’t there a conversation during this episode between him and Ian about it. Sigh. 

-Fiona is so annoying. She is going about this own life thing the wrong way. I think she’s very lost, still upset about Sean, and is trying to step away from her siblings but she’s been taking care of them, she is their guardian and she needs them. Her behavior toward them is annoying and her behavior toward V is also annoying. 

-I’m really confused at how the writers are handling Ian with trans issues. Poor writing over there. And who decided to try and recreate the signature gallavich club scene with Ian and Trevor? Please. Same camera angles, hand placement, seriously? Seriously? Only things I liked about Ian tonight were him and Kev talking, him calling out Fiona, and his little chats with his ambulance partner. 

-Also remember when Ian interacted with Svetlana and loved little Yev so much and now it’s like he doesn’t care at all? 

-Once again I feel like V and Svet are excluding Kev. The women adopted each other’s children and Kevin really couldn’t but like it feels like he’s just there and they don’t care about him. I’m over it. 

-Liam needs more lines. 

-I’m really worried about Lip. I think he should go back to school or try to. 

-Didn’t Mickey have to give up his parental rights or something? How did this go about ya know like the adoption was weirdly rushed. Mickey had potential to be a good father and the writers could’ve always improved that but Mick warming up to Yev was such a struggle because of how he was conceived, but that was always brushed over by the writers like it wasn’t a big deal. 

-I had to sit through a whole Fiona Tinder fuck scene but back in season 5 the gallavich sex scene got deleted. hmmmm. 

-I don’t care about Frank why does he have scenes please stop 

anonymous asked:

I /really/ need you to write that fake dating while secretly dating scenario because that might be one of the best things I've heard this week (also i totally love your blog and fics, have a wonderful day!)

Anon, I am DISTRESSED that it took me so freaking long to write this, but here it is at last! Hopefully the fact that it’s long like a long thing helps make up for the delay? (Seriously it’s almost 4k.) On the other hand it came out way angstier than I expected, you are warned.

Erik took care not to sit too close to his partner when they took their seats in Captain MacTaggert’s office—but not too far away, either. They’d overcompensated, at first, and had to field a few questions about what had happened to disrupt their famously effective partnership. The dance of deception got annoying, Erik would admit—but not as annoying as it would be to be separated from Charles.

“There’s a wrinkle with the Shaw case,” MacTaggert said, blunt as ever. “We’ve had to scuttle the undercover op.”

Erik felt his entire body tense.

“Why?” Charles shifted in his seat so that his leg just happened to brush Erik's—a silent comfort and ‘shush, let me handle this’ at the same time. The police department couldn’t know how personal this case was for Erik, or he’d never be allowed to touch it.

There was a lot the department couldn’t know about Erik and what he touched.

“Our information about this scam he’s running, the couple’s retreat, was incomplete.” MacTaggert cleared her throat. “It’s for same-sex couples only. Obviously Alex and Raven aren’t going to work for that. We really haven’t managed to find an appropriate partner for Raven, and Alex… isn’t comfortable having a male partner for this op.”

“I can imagine,” Charles chuckled. “Poor Alex is not what I’d call secure in his masculinity.”

MacTaggert leaned forward significantly. “Unlike you?”

Charles and Erik both froze, exchanging intrigued glances.

“And I think we can assume Erik would not have that particular issue,” MacTaggert said. Erik was out to the department, of course, and the world at large, like it or lump it. Charles was not, largely because his bisexuality had come as a… recent surprise.

“Everyone knows you’re basically an old married couple already,” MacTaggert said, thinking she was only teasing. “What do you think?”

“You want us to pretend to be a couple?” Charles was clearly on the edge of cracking up; Erik discreetly stepped on his foot, for all that he wasn’t much better himself, and leaned forward to answer.

“I think we can handle that, Captain.”

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