italy shoot

Moa Aberg by Camilla Akrans for Vogue Italy Beauty

Painter-fashion creator Fiorntino Albion of Florence has designed this latest model, called ‘Numismatico’. It is a two piece outfit for the beach that is covered with coins from many nations. Albion’s previous ensembles have included dresses made of fur, shells, glass, and wood. Florence, Italy, July 1967

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AUGUST QLAP! [8/12/2017]
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST - Ryosuke Yamada Interview

All the interviews so far are pretty similar to each other so here’s a quick summary instead of a full translation.

  • Yamada had doubts about whether the FMA could be adapted to live action and whether he could play a character like Ed. These doubts were assuaged after seeing full CGI Al demo footage.
  • Yamada perceives Ed to be a passionate and kind big brother who is always thinking about his little brother Al and feels the strong need to do whatever he can for him.
  • He and the director had a lot of discussions about the film before shooting in Italy so when shooting began Yamada already had an idea of the director was looking for. Because of this, the director let Yamada do mostly as he pleased during filming.
  • He didn’t find it difficult to play the role of Ed. What he did find challenging were the CGI scenes with Al, because although there was a stand-in actor, Al wasn’t really there. Especially when it was an emotional scene or when they fight.
  • Hey! Say! JUMP members were happy for Yamada when he got the role. He’d send them pictures from the shooting in Italy, and that’s when Arioka (Daiki) told him, “it’s a good thing you’re chibi!” To which Yamada responded with, “so are you!” But actually, Yamada really is happy he’s small.
  • Although it was nerve-racking and challenging to do, Yamada had fun working with the CGI filming and is excited to see the final product when it hits the big screen because he hasn’t seen anything either.

Director Fumihiko Sori’s Comment (translated by @aizawanikka):

“You’ll see a Ryosuke Yamada you’ve never seen before.”

Since it is Fullmetal Alchemist, it of course involves wonderful action sequences, and furthermore, the story is very emotional to the point where the range of emotional expression [required for this movie] is huge. Since we are getting into the philosophical parts of the story that delves into the inner [emotions] of a person, it’s very interesting to express [those emotions] and there’s diversity in them too. The most interesting thing is Yamada’s acting when bringing out the emotional part. Because of that [acting] I was confident in the strength of this movie, I think that is the biggest point that makes FMA distinctive from other animation and comics. If I had to mention one difficult point, isn’t Yamada’s face too good-looking? (laughs) How we could mess up that beautiful face and draw out a whole new look was a challenge. In that sense, I think you will see Ryosuke Yamada as an actor that you’ve never seen before. Also, shooting in Italy had become a huge point in creating the visual image of the world that I was looking for. When Yamada stood in Italy in his costume, it felt very fulfilling. At that moment, I decided that I knew where this movie was going. I was able to feel that response for sure.


credit: Weibo (watermark)

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Timothée:  It was a real gift in that we did get to shoot in Italy. I was plucked out of New York and Armie was plucked out of Los Angeles. We got there maybe 3-4 weeks early. And in that neither of us spoke Italian as a first language, we really had to depend on one another for all things: I don’t know, conversation, hanging out, like, having fun.