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All I Want Is A School...

A real witch school. One that teaches all sorts of paganisms and mythologies. One that is inclusive/tolerant/respectful to all cultures and religions, sexual orientations and gender identities, races and heritages, abilities and potentials. One that welcomes all types of witches. One that would have enough funding and donors from spiritual awareness and religious tolerance organizations to where our school would be low tuition, or tuition-free.

One where being brilliant in magick is felt; where there is no need for fancy special effects to falsely show light flying from our wands, because magick is better felt in the present and in its after effects than seen.

One where there is no need for flying broomsticks to intrigue people, as the cleansing that can be done with brooms is enough.

Our potions may not defy the laws of gravity by blowing bubbles inches into the air, but they still do their intended effects well.

Our herbs may not audibly scream when uprooted, but they may quell the the screams from those in physical or mental torment.

Our crystals may be incapable of being literal physical portals to other worlds, but they may help our energies shift into being aware of other states of being and diverse realms.

Our spirit workings and fae sightings may be debatable (spirits and the fae do not usually show themselves as a consistant single form to everyone in a specific place), but no one would silence a student for having an experience with an otherworldly being.

Our diverse reckonings with deities may be unconnected and dissimilar, but our passion for and dedication to our craft would connect us.

If we were to be sorted into houses, this would be postponed until students were a)mature enough to have established personalities and developed senses of personal morals and of self, and b)students had a sense of togetherness and pride based on being witches, not based on something that may be as isolating and divisive as merely having an overwhelming sense of house pride (these are the two biggest downfalls that I see in sorting within the Hogwarts model). Students would learn to have pride in a bigger, more universal picture (practicing magick), rather than in exclusive catagories.

I by no means have set out in this post to trample on the Harry Potter franchise, as I believe in infinite universes, and I believe that every artist, every author, literally creates every universe they fictionally create (with the exception of extreme polarity/power inbalances, but that is another topic altogether), this literal creation simply happens on another universe. But, as we do not live on the universe where the magic of Harry Potter is accesible to us, the next best thing would be to have a school that embraces witchcraft for what it is on this universe.

Please do not steal/copy/uncorrectly claim!


about that au where allura is in a popular girl group:

okay so naturally allura is the group founder and leader who tends to strive so hard for her goals that she sometimes forgets to stop and smell the roses, but nevertheless is still the heart of the group, and the girls’ biggest dreamer, reminding them constantly that they can break any barrier and top any chart as long as they stick together

pidge, the smart one (and the cute one, as she’s the youngest) is tightest with all the roadies, and is chosen by allura to be the girls’ main spokesperson during meetings with the stage technicians who want to discuss lights & special effects

shay is the sensitive and sweet one, and the biggest crier of the group (she just feels so much love for everyone!!) she replies to all her fanmail by hand, signing each letter w/ a heart, and she co-writes most of their songs with florona

nyma is the group’s bad girl, and their toughest member, she’s quick to yank the tie of any producer who thinks they can con her girls out of their earnings, and slap any fanboy who shouts gross comments at them onstage. she’s the most mysterious to their fans, but is also the funniest and most chill in video diaries, especially when she’s with shay

plaxum is the group’s adorkable idea girl, always speaking up for what she believes in, she’s an idealist and an activist and is always insisting that the girls take gigs at fundraisers and protest concerts and use their popularity to spread awareness of important causes, their public relations team doesn’t exactly love that, but her girls do and so do their fans & sponsors

florona is the group’s flirty poet and drama queen. she writes most of their songs, often with the help of shay. she’s very purposeful and seductive about her moves on stage, often blowing kisses, waving and winking at the crowd. a lot of her lyrics tend to be about how secretly in love she is with plaxum but so far no one has been able to tell

anonymous asked:

HELLOOO! ❤️❤️Without doing any test, what would you think are the signs of each god claiming you? For example: if you get straight A's, you might be athenas child or if you do music, you might be apollos child or if you feel the need to buy adidas hermes, you might be hermes child lol

Hi :) Well… I made the test because literally every other quiz out there had very stereotypical answers like DO YOU LIKE ARCHITECTURE???? OR FLYING? OR SWIMMING? Buuuuuut if we’re gonna do a High School stereotype of each god/cabin, let’s make it a proper one shall we (rubs hands)

Zeus: Class President, volunteering, leader of group projects, head of debate club and MUN, does AP Gov and Politics, thinks theyre the most popular kid, headstrong

Poseidon: yachting, canoeing, is super chill and funny, actually the most popular kid cuz Zeus kids are too domineering, swim team, equestrians, loyal, creative. always wants to help, resting bitch face

Hera: Homecoming Queen, yearbook committee, always wants everyone to do their best and look good, constantly sidelined but actually really smart, manipulative, perfectionist

Demeter: BAKE SALES AND FOOD FAIRS, vegetarian, biology and botany is their best subject, wears earth tones, florals, pastels etc. actually wore a flower crown once unironically, motherly and bossy

Ares: signs up for eVERY SPORT, huge jock kids, hit puberty too early, sports scholarships, patriotic, family of vets and soldiers, (probably your bullies), also probably beats up your bullies, loud and commanding

Athena: Vice President, actually does all of Zeus kid’s work, valedictorian, straight As, Ivy League schools, arrogant, never pays attention in class or takes notes, but somehow remembers everything

Apollo: Theater star, wears a fedora and brings a ukelele to school, sweet-talker, school radio/emcee, teacher’s favorite, was the only kid who loved Advanced English Literature, underestimated, probably covered in paint

Artemis: Nature Photography, always on the field trip committee, combat boots and flannels, edgy haircuts, only one who can put the jocks in their place, Girl Scouts, sprinters

Hephaestus: Future engineers, tech whizzes, special effects, lights and AV club, creative and precise, shone during science fairs and carpentry, down-to-earth and funny, hide their feelings behind a mask

Aphrodite: Cheerleaders, popular girls, valentines day committee, empathetic, the kids who would listen to your problems, natural artists, latest trends, instagram and snapchat, EQ is off the charts, all-rounders, never taken seriously

Hermes: sneaker enthusiast, entrepreneurs, best Emcees and hosts, class clowns, easily the most liked, detentions, 100m dash, social media freaks, up to date on current affairs, too cool for school to join the MUN, Business Management, troublemakers

Dionysus: that one stoner kid who went through all of hs high but never got caught, video game geek, throws the best parties, loves Halloween, open-minded, spontaneous, sassy as hell, unpredictable

Hades: went through a emo/goth phase, loved rock/punk music, dressed in jewel tones and blacks, actually super nice and cool to hang with, insecure but strong as hell, nobody messes with them, volunteers for projects others wont, smart and resourceful, always wears that one piece of jewelry every day no matter what


Floating Lights

David’s cave-like lab is lit by floating lamps that are similar in shape to crystal salt lamps. Luma replaced the lanterns from the set and initially experimented with caul fat membrane as the sheath that wraps around the light. The team eventually refrained from this concept to respect the plate photography and to not draw attention away from the what was happening in the story. The team also simulated orbs that move inside the lamp along with a swarm of motes that move around the light source.

Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi horror film in the Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant, is sufficiently frightening. The Luma crew are BIG TIME Alien fans, so we were thrilled to complete visual effects work for three sequences in the film; creating James Franco’s digi double, a creature-like spores virus that travels into a CG ear canal, cryopod graphics and work for David’s daunting and cave-like laboratory.

DIRECTOR Ridley Scott

STUDIO Fox Studios


“I’m a huge sci-fi fan, and like most of our crew, I was incredibly proud and thrilled to be given the opportunity to work on the Alien franchise and be a part of filmmaking history!” - VFX Supervisor, Brendan Seals

From the Exile commentary

Greg Beeman:  Look at this shot right here, oh I guess we just missed it, but where Tom yells at her, his eyes like light up.  We didn’t do any special lighting effect at all. It was weird.
Michael Rosenbaum:  Really?
Greg Beeman:  Yeah.  He just, like his eyes seem to go on fire when he yells at her to get out.
Michael Rosenbaum:  Maybe that’s method.

What are the Ingredients of a Great Movie?

In the Nokia N93 camera phone commercial from 2006, Gary Oldman, who is one of my favorite actors, shares the ingredients that go into making a great movie:

A catchy score:

A Spectacular Location:

Dramatic Lighting:

Compelling Dialogue:





Witty One-Liners:

Special Effects:

A Chase Sequence:

Clear Direction:

An Underline Message:

Something to Shoot With:

and, A Leading Man:


also if youre interested heres what i did for the “fake a hiveswap trailer” thing

i was pretty far from finished. the face, horns and hoodie were placeholders that i planned to reanimate to look better. then i would have painted a background and added some special lighting effects. maybe one more scene. oh, and i was going to make a final scene with the hiveswap logo and some arbitrary release date, like “August 2017″ or something

in the end i stopped working on it because i decided posting all of that and pretending it was real would have been a massive massive dick move. also i didnt feel like it


Guillermo del Toro Gómez born October 9, 1964, is a Mexican American film director, screenwriter, producer and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film The Devil’s Backbone (2001), and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action movies, such as the vampire superhero action film Blade II (2002), the supernatural superhero film Hellboy (2004), its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and the science fiction monster film Pacific Rim (2013). His latest film, The Shape of Water, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and is scheduled for an American release on December 8, 2017.

In addition to his directing works, del Toro is a prolific producer, his producing works including acclaimed and successful films such as The Orphanage (2007), Julia’s Eyes (2010), Biutiful (2010), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Puss in Boots (2011), and Mama (2013). He was originally chosen by Peter Jackson to direct The Hobbit films; he left the project due to production problems but was still credited as co-writer for his numerous contributions to the script.

Del Toro’s work is characterised by a strong connection to fairy tales and horror, with an effort to infuse visual or poetic beauty.  He has a lifelong fascination with monsters, which he considers symbols of great power.[3] Del Toro is known for his use of insectile and religious imagery, the themes of Catholicism and celebrating imperfection, underworld and clockwork motifs, practical special effects, dominant amber lighting, and his frequent collaborations with actors Ron Perlman and Doug Jones. He is also friends with fellow Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, collectively known as “The Three Amigos of Cinema”.

When del Toro was about eight years old, he began experimenting with his father’s Super 8 camera, making short films with Planet of the Apes toys and other objects. One short focused on a "serial killer potato” with ambitions of world domination; it murdered del Toro’s mother and brothers before stepping outside and being crushed by a car. Del Toro made about 10 short films before his first feature, including one titled Matilde, but only the last two, Doña Lupe and Geometria, have been made available. He also wrote four and directed five episodes of the cult series La Hora Marcada, along with other Mexican filmmakers such as Emmanuel Lubezki and Alfonso Cuarón.

Del Toro studied special effects and make-up with special-effects artist Dick Smith. He spent 10 years as a special-effects make-up designer and formed his own company, Necropia. He also co-founded the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Later in his directing career, he formed his own production company, the Tequila Gang.

In 1997, at the age of 33, Guillermo was given a $30 million budget from Miramax Films to shoot another film, Mimic. During this time, his father, automotive entrepreneur Federico del Toro, was kidnapped in Guadalajara. Del Toro’s family had to pay twice the amount originally asked. The event prompted del Toro, his parents, and his siblings to move abroad. In an interview with Time magazine, he said this about the kidnapping of his father: “Every day, every week, something happens that reminds me that I am an involuntary exile [from my country]

Del Toro has directed a wide variety of films, from comic book adaptations (Blade II, Hellboy) to historical fantasy and horror films, two of which are set in Spain in the context of the Spanish Civil War under the authoritarian rule of Francisco Franco. These two films, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, are among his most critically acclaimed works. They share similar settings, protagonists and themes with the 1973 Spanish film The Spirit of the Beehive, widely considered to be the finest Spanish film of the 1970s.

Del Toro views the horror genre as inherently political, explaining, "Much like fairy tales, there are two facets of horror. One is pro-institution, which is the most reprehensible type of fairy tale: Don’t wander into the woods, and always obey your parents. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment.”

He is close friends with two other prominent and critically praised Mexican filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu.[15] The three often influence each other’s directorial decisions, and have been interviewed together by Charlie Rose. Cuarón was one of the producers of Pan’s Labyrinth, while Iñárritu assisted in editing the film.

Del Toro has also contributed to the web series Trailers From Hell.

In April 2008, del Toro was hired by Peter Jackson to direct the live-action film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. On May 30, 2010, del Toro left the project due to extend delays brought on by MGM’s financial troubles. Although he did not direct the films, he is credited as co-writer in An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies.

On June 2, 2009, del Toro’s first novel, The Strain, was released. It is the first part of an apocalyptic vampire trilogy co-authored by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The second volume, The Fall, was released on September 21, 2010. The final installment, The Night Eternal, followed in October 2011. Del Toro cites writings of Antoine Augustin Calmet, Montague Summers and Bernhardt J. Hurwood among his favourites in the non-literary form about vampires.

On December 9, 2010, del Toro launched Mirada Studios with his long-time cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, director Mathew Cullen and executive producer Javier Jimenez. Mirada was formed in Los Angeles, California to be a collaborative space where they and other filmmakers can work with Mirada’s artists to create and produce projects that span digital production and content for film, television, advertising, interactive and other media. Mirada launched as a sister company to production company Motion Theory.[19]

Del Toro directed Pacific Rim, a science fiction film based on a screenplay by del Toro and Travis Beacham. In the film, giant monsters rise from the Pacific Ocean and attack major cities, leading humans to retaliate with gigantic mecha suits called Jaegers. Del Toro commented, “This is my most un-modest film, this has everything. The scale is enormous and I’m just a big kid having fun.” The film was released on July 12, 2013 and grossed $411 million at the box office.

Del Toro directed “Night Zero”, the pilot episode of The Strain, a vampire horror television series based on the novel trilogy of the same name by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. FX has commissioned the pilot episode, which del Toro scripted with Hogan and was filmed in Toronto in September 2013. FX ordered a thirteen-episode first season for the series on November 19, 2013, and series premiered on July 13, 2014.

After The Strain’s pilot episode, del Toro directed Crimson Peak, a gothic horror film he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Cox. Del Toro has described the film as “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story”, citing The Omen, The Exorcist and The Shining as influences. Del Toro also stated, “I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback.” Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam starred in the film. Production began February 2014 in Toronto, with an April 2015 release date initially planned. The studio later pushed the date back to October 2015, to coincide with the Halloween season.[

He was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Del Toro directed the cold-war drama film The Shape of Water, starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Shannon.[29] Filming was set to begin on August 1, 2016 in Toronto,[30][31] but del Toro confirmed on his personal Twitter account that filming would begin on August 15, 2016.[32] Production was officially announced to have begun on that day and wrapped twelve weeks later, the film is currently in post-production.[33] On August 31, 2017 the movie was screened and premiered in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival where it was awarded the Golden Lion for best film, making Del Toro the first mexican director to win the award[34][35].

On July 21, 2016, it was reported that del Toro will retire from producing for projects that he isn’t creating or directing himself.

At the D23 Expo in 2009, his Double Dare You production company and Disney announced a production deal for a line of darker animated films. The label was announced with one original animated project, Trollhunters. However, del Toro moved his deal to DreamWorks in late 2010. Trollhunters was released to great acclaim on Netflix and “is tracking to be its most-watched kids original ever

nyctohelio  asked:

Hello! My birthday is tomorrow, and I was wondering if you could do a scenario with pidge for it :0 sorry if this is a little sudden lmao;; thank you!

Heyo! Sorry this is late, I tried doing this while at work and it didn’t go too well so I had to do it when I came home at like 1 AM orz I’m reaaaallly tired ahhh. Anyways, Happy Birthday! I Hope you had a good one!

-Mod Enki


It had to have been around noon when you woke up. You never really knew half of the time because you were, in fact, in space and when you turned off the lights in your room it stayed dark. You felt beside you for your girlfriend and were surprised to find her missing. That’s when you realized. Jumping up, you practically threw on your training clothes and bolted out of the room. You had training with everyone else every morning and you were dead sure that you had over slept. It wasn’t until you ran smack into a strolling Lance. A strange mix of startled noises were exchanged and you nearly fell right onto your ass. 

“Lance! We’re late for training we gotta gooo!” You urged grabbing his wrist and attempting to drag him with you. 

“(Y/n)! Wait! Training was canceled!” Lance said. He wiggled out of your grasp and stepped back a bit. 

“W-What?” You asked, eyes wide. That couldn’t possibly be true… Allura never canceled training. Like, ever. “You’re lying aren’t you?”

“No! But if you want to go train your butt off then be my guest. I’m sure Keith would hate the company so yeah, go bother him for me would you?” Lance grumbled, turning to leave. 

You stood there, confused. Why would Allura cancel morning training? It didn’t make any sense to you. Whatever reason she had, you were thankful that you had one day to sleep in. And now you could change back into your regular clothes so you could lounge around the castle. But first, you felt a distinct feeling in your stomach. It was a good day to try and rummage up something that wasn’t space goo for breakfast. You were sure Hunk had to be in the kitchen trying out some sort of Altean recipe so maybe you could get to taste test a few things if you were lucky. Or unlucky… Sometimes it was a little hit or miss, but you didn’t mind. 

Strolling to the kitchen you could hear someone humming a stock tune of some sort. It was nice but you were more fixated on the smell hanging in the air. As soon as you entered you were greeted to a mess of things lying haphazardly around the counters. Among the chaos you could see Hunk, sitting on the ground seemingly trying to make sense of a recipe. The scent was startlingly familiar but you couldn’t place what exactly it smelled like. You tip toed in and peered at the yellow paladin on the floor trying to catch a glimpse of what he could be making. 

“What are you trying to make?” You asked. The recipe he was looking at was suddenly gone as Hunk slammed the cook book shut in frustration.

“I don’t even know anymore.” He sighed putting his head in his hands. 

“Well on the bright side, training was canceled this morning! What a day right?” You said trying to offer a little bit of optimism. 

“True, I at least got to get some kind of sleep.” Hunk said with a small smile. “If only it could keep up for about a week, then I might actually feel rested.”

You laughed a bit and agreed with his statement. It would be nice if you all could get an extended break. But you knew that it was something extremely unlikely to happen. After talking with Hunk for a bit and getting something to eat, you bid him good bye to try and seek out your girlfriend who was probably spending her extra time tinkering with something. Passing the training deck you saw that Keith wasn’t there. It was odd, because you thought that surely he’d be spending every waking moment training like he always does. You shrugged it off. Even people like him need a day off sometimes. Continuing on your journey you saw Shiro and Allura talking quietly about something. They seemed like they were in a hurry. You couldn’t exactly make out much and the only word you heard was “surprise.”

“Are they going to surprise the others with extra training??” You thought aloud to yourself. You hoped that it didn’t involve you and that it was something geared more to “Paladin Training” so you could sit this one out. 

Something didn’t feel right to you. You felt like you were forgetting something. Chewing your lip absentmindedly you entered Pidge’s little work space to find her exactly where you thought her to be. She greeted you with a cute little smile and you smiled back before going in to give her a kiss on the cheek. Her face heated up for a second as she went back to her work. You put your head on her shoulder and watched her work for a bit before speaking up.

“Pidge, I feel like I’m forgetting something.” You said staring off into space. 

“Something important?” She asked. You puffed out your cheeks for a second and let out a whine. 

“I don’t knoooooow.” You drawled out. She gave a small laugh while you contemplated yourself. 

“Well, I can’t help you there.” Pidge said shaking her head. 

“You gotta.” You huffed. 

You got a huff in return and decided to just keep your girlfriend company for a while. And it really was a while because your tired ass decided to fall asleep on the floor, arms behind your head. Probably around two hours passed and you woke up to find Pidge missing once again. You rubbed your eyes in an attempt to get rid of your grogginess but to no avail. Pidge probably went to go get a snack which isn’t unlike her. So you got up and zombied your way to the kitchen wondering if Hunk had figured out his recipe yet. As you approached you could smell that familiar scent again. But when the kitchen came into view, it was completely dark. 

“Why is it so dark in here….” You mumbled as you awkwardly groped the wall for the light switch. 

Once you had located it you heard a chorus of voices behind you which scared the absolute poop out of you. Your eyes went wide and you whipped around to find the source. When you turned around everyone was smiling at you. Decorations filled the room and you saw what looked like a large cake being held by Hunk, who looked very proud of himself. You looked from person to person just slightly confused. It wasn’t your birthday already was it? You weren’t really keeping track but someone was apparently. 

“Happy Birthday (Y/n)!” Everyone cheered again and suddenly everything made sense. 

“Oh, OH!” You yelled with happy tears welling in your eyes. Special lighting effects sparkled around you and you tried your best not to openly sob at your own surprise birthday party. “You, guys…” You almost whimpered wiping your eyes.

“It was all Pidge’s idea!” Lance proclaimed. He nudged the youngest paladin forward and she let out a startled cry. 

“It’s true! Pidge wanted to make your birthday extra special since you weren’t home!” Coran piped up. 

“(Y/n), I can’t believe you forgot your own birthday.” Pidge said shaking her head with a smile. “That’s just so you.” 

“Well, you know me so well so.” You chuckled. 

After everything was all said and done you all enjoyed the closest thing to cake that you were probably going to get for a while. And you made sure to give your girlfriend all the kisses she could stand. 


I’m not saying it’s not an excellent plan for the future, Islington.  I’m just saying you may need to rethink who exactly is going to be singing those hosannas past about the first five minutes of you taking your throne since for some reason I don’t think I’m jumping to any wild conclusions if I suggest you’re actually going to find *nobody* worthy and *all people everywhere* HATEFUL IN YOUR SIGHT.

You know, for some reason.


The newest video I made with my good buddies @joeofnash, @sadcentralstation and my brother @nathanandersonart, with a subtle cameo appearance by @npddraw. We all handled the special effects, makeup and lighting ourselves!

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