Darvey and Alan Watts

So, the brown eyes obsession has had me re-watching bits and pieces of Suits and it made me realize that the last time I made a video for Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht – him with the gorgeous brown eyes) and Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) was after that surprise kiss in season 7.

In truth, there are already so many awesome end of series videos out there that I didn’t think there was anything really left for me to add after season 9 ended. Then recently I happened upon a spoken piece by philosopher Alan Watts talking about falling in love, it was set to music, and instantly on hearing that images of Darvey (Donna and Harvey) sprang to mind which meant that this video begged for me to make it. It’s been ghosting around my brain for a few weeks now and I finally started on the video while waiting on Dutch election results this past Wednesday evening. I finished the video last night, somehow this one wasn’t so difficult to make. Again, no surprising editing skills or anything (don’t have the advanced software or editing ability), just a little story to be told…

Gabriel Macht and Sarah Rafferty really did awesome jobs with creating and portraying their characters. I loved the ending the creators of Suits gave to Harvey and Donna, giving them both such complete journeys and developments as individuals but also together as (finally) a couple. It’s time these two actors came back to my screen in one way or another…

Follower of fashion

Not me, I’m not a follower of fashion, but Sir Percy Blakeney aka The Scarlet Pimpernel very much is.

This past week in the evenings I’ve been sourcing some Pimpernel clips from the DVD that I have had for many years now and I (quite quickly for me) made two fan videos with them. I put the first one on YouTube yesterday (a bit sappy, but viewable on my The Scarlet Pimpernel fan video page), the second one I finished this morning and is now up as well.

I came upon the song Dedicated Follower of Fashion by The Kinks again and it’s as if the song was written for Percy personally! The writers actually used the “they seek him here, they seek him there” line from the book The Scarlet Pimpernel. So, even if this song is about the 1960s fashion crowd, it is also a bit about Sir Percy. I’ve gotta say, I had a lot of fun making this one.

Although I also really like the 1930s Leslie Howard in the role…

… I have to say that Anthony Andrews is my fave Pimpernel, possibly helped by the fact that his beautiful fashion comes out so nicely in colour. No, I’m no follower of fashion, but I sure like looking at it on Sir Percy.

Fictional crush challenge – day 9

10 days, 10 fictional crushes
Post an image of a fictional character who has been or still is your crush. No names or explanations needed. TV, movie, book, comic, cartoon characters are valid.

John Thornton (Richard Armitage) from the BBC’s 2004 adaptation of North and South. To anyone who reads here regularly this isn’t a surprise, I think. Four years ago, around my 10 year anniversary of crushing on Richard Armitage, I already wrote about first meeting John Thornton. It was “Look back… look back at me” that sealed the deal and forever stole my heart. That fourth episode really was everything. And oh my goodness, has it really been 14 years? I feel extra old now.

John Thornton awakened my interest in Richard Armitage, John Thornton inspired me to write fan fiction, John Thornton inspired me to go online and check out message boards and Armitage-related websites and blogs, John Thornton inspired me to actually read Elizabeth Gaskell for the first time, John Thornton still inspires me to watch some of or all of North & South again from time to time and John Thornton is on my bedroom wall (signed by Richard Armitage himself.)

For a while I thought it was only John Thornton who interested me but I have come to accept that it is something more than just John Thornton that keeps me hanging around Richard Armitage. I still can’t put my finger on what quality it is exactly that keeps me interested but I do know that whatever it is, Richard used it very effectively when he portrayed Mr. Thornton. Even now, after 14 years, a few looks at John Thornton’s intense gaze and furrowed brow can still make my heart skip a beat.

I used to watch a lot of N&S fan videos in those days and years when I first became a fan and later even made fan videos myself. I never made an N&S fan video (maybe I should rectify that situation but then again there already are so many good ones out there, it feels redundant now) but I have always enjoyed watching good John Thornton ones. This is one of those videos I have always loved, it has a lot of the captivating John Thornton gazes in it. The video was made by Delicateblossom who was one of my fave fan video makers at the time when she used to make them.

John Thornton will hold a piece of my heart forever. Sigh.

For auld lang syne, Sarah & George

Beware of A Place to Call Home final season spoilers in this post!

One of my favourite TV series, A Place to Call Home, ended in October after 6 seasons. I have loved this show and will miss it! I wouldn’t have minded a few more seasons…

Things worked out for the much troubled Sarah (Marta Dusseldorp) and George (Brett Climo)…

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The show ends with the message that there are always challenges ahead (some are briefly shown), but all challenges are faced together and can therefore be borne. Beautiful.

Right after the final episode aired in October, I started making a Sarah & George centric farewell fan video but then I got stuck fairly early into making it. It was a challenge trying to keep it short and even now there are more clips I wish I could have included, but then the video would have been endless. Also, real life events interfered and so I never got around to finishing it… until now! Be aware that if you watch the video it will contain spoilers for the show.  YouTube has alas blocked the video in Australia and New Zealand, so here are links to the video on Vimeo…

… as well as on YouTube…

The video ends with “For Auld Lang Syne” – it feels fitting for the end of the show but also for this time of year, at the end of the year. It feels like the video was meant to be finished now and not earlier.

Thank you cast and crew of A Place to Call Home for 6 great seasons of a wonderful show! I’m already missing you…

Say my name, over and over again

Two years ago, when Berlin Station first aired, I got a little kick out of the fact that one of the characters on it was named Esther (played by Mina Tander). And not just any character, but the woman would turn out to be a love-interest for Daniel Miller (Richard Armitage)!

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A year after Berlin Station I discovered Suits and got caught up in (binge-)watching that. In season 5 there was a guest character on the show who was also called Esther (played by Amy Acker), the sister of one of the main lawyers on the show (Louis Litt played by Rick Hoffman). She became a fling for the main guy Harvey Specter (played by Gabriel Macht).

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Ever since then I have been meaning to make an ‘Esther’ fan video in which Richard Armitage and Gabriel Macht say my name, over and over again. Now that I have finally finished watching the second season of Berlin Station, I finally decided the time had come. So, here it is, the video I finished making this weekend, featuring my name (said by more people than just Richard and Gabriel)…

When I was a kid, I really didn’t like my name. In time I made peace with it and now, over the years, I guess I have finally gotten used to it; I have warmed to it in such a way that I am now happy enough with it. This video is all silliness, and feels somewhat narcissistic, but it was nice hearing my name on the lips of actors I like and love and it’s been fun documenting it in this video!  🙂