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You’ve got to be fucking kidding me. You can’t be part of this, you’re…common. This is the Folly, this place is strictly toffs and monsters.

Zachary Palmer, Whispers Under Ground

I was thinking today - what does Zach mean by this, exactly? The “toffs” but is obvious, c.f. Nightingale and the pre-war Folly, full of upper-middle-class white men. The “monsters” part…does that just mean Molly, and anyone else like her the Folly has employed? Or is it connected to why the demi-monde in general are so wary of the “Isaacs”? The people who give them nicknames starting with “un” and moving on to “sub”? After all - Zach isn’t exactly the type of person to be put off by surface appearances. 

And you don’t have to look very far in real-world history to imagine the sort of monstrosities that your average group of upper-middle-class white guys could perpetrate upon a class of people on the fringes of society, considered inhuman or subhuman or not human at all. Magic and the heavy-duty evil of the Faceless Man doesn’t even have to come into it.

I do wonder if we’re going to learn, eventually, if Geoffrey Wheatcroft passed on to Albert Woodville-Gentle and his other students an attitude to the fae, genii locorum, and other magical creatures that was much more typical of the Folly at large than Nightingale’s relative acceptance. (And that acceptance is relative, compared to Peter or Lesley.) Peter’s work uniting the Folly with the wider magical community might be more of an uphill battle than he realises right now. 


In this week’s Academy Originals we go behind the scenes with a group of young social media artists who went behind the scenes of last week’s Oscars. Last month we invited a small group of photographers and video stars (Kyle Huber, Zach King, Paul Octavious, Sarah Palmer, Lauren Randolph, Anthony Samaniego, and Blake Wilson) the opportunity to do their thing in and around the 87th Academy Awards.

Be it backstage, on stage, on the red carpet or high above the Pacific, we granted these creative minds unprecedented access so they could show off their skills and create something a little different than what is normally seen.

“There’s a lot of inspiration here, so it’s a good place to let your creativity thrive and get a lot of ideas,” Vine star King said.  

Giving creative types unique access is nothing new to the Academy, last year we invited comedian, actor and movie fanatic Patton Oswalt to roam the Academy Film Archive, choose any movie he desired, and enjoy a free screening with whoever he pleased. Click here to see what rare film he chose.And be sure to subscribe to our Academy Originals channel for your weekly dose of inspiration.

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Trailer: ‘Masterminds’ - Sept 30

Directed by Jared Hess, written by  Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer, starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Owen Wilson, Ken Marino, Devin Ratray, Jon Daly, and Mary Elizabeth Ellis.