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14 September 2011 @ 06:02 am
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in which I make non-fandom icons that probably no one will use. lol. but anyway, this month's theme at 20inspirations was "epitome" and I thought it'd be a nice challenge to make an icon for each and every one of my favorite films. That...didn't happen as I feel like I'm about to get sick (stop playing with photoshop until 5 in the morning and go to sleep Ayn!) haha. so here's the 20 I managed to make:





icon:daynawashere, theme, open/texture, texture, theme

theme, empty, wallpaper:takethewords/texture, texture, ending/texture

icon:darlingbones, theme, theme, closure, theme

engulf, angst, raw, theme, death/icon:darlingbones


I thought I'd let the films themselves (and their soundtracks) inspire me which is why I used mostly the words as prompts. And since it's impossible not to explain these, I'll um...explain. lol WARNING! Rambling below...

1. Chungking Express - aka losers in love: The Woman in a Blonde Wig with her cool anonymity, Cop 223 with his cans of expired pineapples, wondering when love will expire, Cop 663 in his loneliness talking to stuffed animals (and other inanimate objects) and finally Faye, dreaming of California and a man too preoccupied to really notice her. it's hard not to go color crazy with Wong Kar Wai so I did just that.

2. In the Mood for Love - so I'm basically in love with everything Wong Kar Wai but this film is just everything I want to make when I grow up. I tried to replicate his love for obscurity with excessive blending lol (except for the white light blobs all textures are from the caps themselves) and I chose the caps with bars to signify how they're trapped and their inability to truly express how they feel for each other.

3. The New World - this initially started out as a simple blend to show Malick's philosophy of openness with nature and our spirituality but i ended up playing with it and just loved how this one looked like an illustration. In other news, I should really icon this movie more. It's probably the most gorgeous thing ever committed on film. (okay, it's tied with In the Mood for Love and The Fall. and Alain Delon)

4. Pride & Prejudice - again, it started out as a simple blend from a cap from their first dance--which I thought showed both their pride and prejudice very well. Then I messed around with it. Sometimes I think I should be kept away from textures.

5. The Fall - I wanted to capture her innocence and his, well, non-innocence and the story that bonded them together. Um, I'm not sure if I succeeded and this is one of the icons I'm not 100% happy with but I didn't know what else to do with it. so...um, concrit please?

6. La Belle et La Bete [Beauty and the Beast] - I wanted to show a fairy tale, basically and all it's elements: a story, a rose, a transformation--or in this case, the beginning of. (Nobody likes it when the beast turns into a prince. Really, why do they always make the Beast so adorable?)

7. L'Eclisse [The Eclipse] - the first icon I made and probably my favorite because i think it captures everything about the film perfectly: the empty gazes, empty passion and empty street corners where the lovers eventually--spoiler!--fail to meet. I've written more about this film here if anyone's curious about it.

8. Vertigo - I initially picked the caps planning to do a circular version of takethewords's twin peaks wallpaper. Then I stumbled on this texture and it was just...perfect. I know, lazy right?

9. There Will Be Blood - I feel like this icon took me bloody forever. I found the cap easily enough which I think illustrates Plainview's sense of isolation perfectly. At first I wanted to put a quote (I can't keep doing this on my own with these...people) but nothing seemed to work so I left it alone. Then I found the bloody circle texture but on a black background it just seemed so plain so I left it again for days. Finally I found the cross texture thing which ties in nicely with its religious themes and thank god I did because I wouldn't be posting this now if I didn't. lol.

10. The 400 Blows - I sometimes forget how much I love this film. And then I watch it again for some reason or other and it always amazes me how wonderful it is and weirdly enough, puts me in a good mood considering it doesn't really end happily. Here our hapless hero has managed to run away and see the ocean but he's trapped with nowhere to go. (freeze frame, roll credits! but his story does continue in 3.5 more films.) I put the border to make it as claustrophobic as I can in contrast with the freedom of the ocean behind him.

11. Batman Returns - I've been dying to use this line in a graphic for like, forever. (it's one of my favorites from a poem by Margaret Atwood whose title is too long to put here and I'm too lazy to google anyway. had something to do with Sekhmet the goddess of war i think) so yeah, i think it fits Catwoman to a t. (or in this case, it fits like a skintight leather catsuit)

12. Bright Star - Fanny as muse. Yeah, I have nothing to say really except that I didn't mean to make it so pink(!) and that it's really hard not to fall in love with someone who wears (not to mention makes) a collar like that. also, obligatory rant on how this could have lost best costume design in the Oscars. I feel like it should have won for Paul Schneider's plaid jumpsuit alone. Also obligatory rant on how Abbie Cornish got seriously snubbed by everyone. (favorite performance of that year yo!) I just have many feelings about this film okay?

13. Stage Beauty - speaking of favorite performances, this is definitely a mediocre film that is forever in my heart because of a wonderful performance...namely the woefully underrated Billy Crudup (never mind all the brouhaha with Claire Danes) seriously, all you have to do is watch this scene and you'll see but really he's fantastic in everything. And he makes a very pretty (and believable) lady. this is an attempt to capture the duality of his nature--as man trapped in a woman's body (or was it the other way around?)

14. Lost in Translation - there's a wonderful sense of closure in this scene even though you're dying to know what happens next, if they ever meet again and what the hell did he whisper in her ear? But it's somehow enough to know that these two unlikely people met and connected in the most unlikely of places.

15. Rusalka - there are some films you just instantly fall in love with and this is one of those. A twisty modern retelling of The Little Mermaid (the sad one, not the Disney version) and it's just impossible not to fall in love with its (and by that I mean its main character Alisa's) charms. I thought it fitting to keep the sea ever moving on while she's frozen and smiling, her infectious spirit still unbroken.

16. The Hours - I was actually listening to Howl to get some inspiration (for another film, The Company of Wolves) which got me listening to their new single What the Water Gave Me with all its shout outs to Virginia Woolf so I just had to quote it in a Virginia Woolf icon.

17. Howl's Moving Castle - From one of my favorite moments when Howl goes all emo (I see not point in living if I can't be beautiful!) just because his hair was the wrong color--which I think sums up his vanity perfectly. This is me experimenting with gif-ing again. All it's missing really is oozing green slime but I'll need actual magic to pull that off.

18. Reconstruction - because how else would you icon a film about falling in love and your life literally falling apart because of it?

19. Monty Python's Life of Brian - everything's so serious so I thought I'd sneak in some Monty Python in this set. lol. Confession: My favorite Python film is actually ...Holy Grail but it was evading me how to epitomize it. This was just waaaaay easier *whistles*

20. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - the way I planned it was to have Rosencrantz, Guildenstern and the skull (alas Poor Yorrick) but then I just had to sneak Iain Glen there somewhat like the sneaky stan I am because he's now my favorite screen!Hamlet ever (and I've seen Olivier, Gibson, Branagh and Tennant versions. Not their fault, I usually can't take Hamlet and his overdramatic [debatably] teenage angst--but in a comedy where he shines as the troll he really is, well it's love apparently.) Anyway, I feel like this should be funnier but since it's a play where basically everyone dies it should be about death.

phew! well that took me hours to write. and now the sun is up and I really need to sleep but i just have to say that this will be my last icon post in a while since I need to concentrate on composing now. Hopefully I'll be free by the end of October or who knows? I'll schedule it in like the addict I am. XD
 
 
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Hello, I'm Chad Sexington...: film | in the mood for love | no. 2delorentoes on September 13th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Wong Kar Wai ♥

I snagged the Stage Beauty icon because, like yourself, I love this film purely for Billy Crudup's performance...and maybe the pretty dresses as well lol
theotherayntheotherayn on September 14th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited for The Grandmasters. Wong Kar Wai and Tony Leung can do no wrong together.

he's just amazing and needs to be in more stuff. definitely one of the actors I'm dying to see live on stage. and yeah the pretty dresses too lol especially that orange dress<333
Shawnalongerthanwedo on September 13th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! I looove number one, the colors and the blocking are wonderful. I really love the entire first row, actually, your texture use is amazing. 8 and 9 are really beautiful as well, lovely set!
theotherayntheotherayn on September 14th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
thank you so much!<3
biliki: [ASOIAF] I came back. Call me a fool.biliki on September 13th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
This post is ridiculously beautiful!

* APPLAUDS * <3333333333
theotherayn: ASOIAF no true knighttheotherayn on September 14th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
aww, thanks bb<333
bussbuss: who ♥ 016 ♥ 10/rosebussbuss on September 14th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
these are really lovely and inventive and i love the use of animation!
theotherayntheotherayn on September 14th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
thank you! I'm just obsessed with gif-ing atm haha
whatthedeucelibrary_of_sex on September 14th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
Holy crap! What the hell is #5? It's insane how many gorgeous icons people make of The Fall, and that is a stunning example! The eyes are cropped perfectly, and they're huge and floating yet not at all creepy. They exude so much innocence and wonder. The little tilted yellow block with the text in it? Brilliant. The smaller image under that which somehow highlights the text even more? Superb. The composition is beyond me.

The Vertigo piece is immaculate, and it totally has the vintage vibe with the circles repeating like a mod pattern! Very appropriate for the era it captures, and it's seeing a profile pic in one of those circles is unbelievably dramatic and perfect.

The crops in the Stage Beauty icon are flawless. Love that it's a combo of a close crop against a wide one! The smaller slices on the sides pack an emotional punch that really heightens the drama of the entire icon, and the whole thing is lit beautifully!

Goddamn, what is the blend in 14, seriously?! SEAMLESS BEYOND BELIEF. It has a creamy and dreamy feel to it, and the blues contrast gorgeously with the yellow of her hair!
theotherayntheotherayn on September 14th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
aw, stop it XD The Fall is just uber-gorgeous and it's impossible to make it look bad. I'm so glad it works for you.

i just really got lucky with that texture for Vertigo. I think I would have been pulling my hair out if it wasn't in the provided set lol.

and is it still a blend if you mask the entire background away? that always confuses me. haha

as always, thank you for your wonderful feedback Kim<33
sarisafarisarisafari on September 14th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC)
I FIRST NEED TO READ EVERYTHING BUT DAMN THOSE PREVIEWS ALREADY LOOK DAMN GOOD SO I'M SURE I WILL LOVE THESE, K BRB
theotherayntheotherayn on September 14th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
lolol you don't have to read EVERYTHING seriously, it's just me being rambly XD
lady_with_cats: glee | otplady_with_cats on September 14th, 2011 09:55 am (UTC)
So pretty! :D
theotherayntheotherayn on September 14th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
thank you!^^
Nathalieimaginary_lives on September 14th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, gorgeous! I especially love your blocking, it's very unique! And yay for Monty Python (although the Holy Grail is my favorite as well :D)
theotherayn: MP help! help! i'm being repressedtheotherayn on September 14th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
thank you! haha, i was this close to making an icon of a coconut. maybe next time XD
Becky: Snape: SWAG Bitchessyrensymphony on September 14th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
I need to come back later and express proper love and adoration for absolutely everything here, BUT WOW WOW WOW. Now that is how you make 'epitome' icons perfectly. Also, love the Monty Python one!
theotherayntheotherayn on September 14th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
awww thank you, really<333 i just loved this challenge. it was my chance to make some weird stuff lol
it's juls: juliawandererjulia on September 14th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
i'm speechless. not only for the amount of text to read lol but for the originality of the icons :3 i'm in love. and i should def watch a LOT of these movies :D
theotherayntheotherayn on September 14th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
haha, there's a reason why I'm mostly silent coz i have a tendency to go on and on once I get started...XD thank you so much!<333 and part of my goal really was to get people curious enough to watch some of these so yay, success! tell me if you need help tracking them down. I probably have links to most of these^^
spud66cat: Bones-Camspud66cat on September 17th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Wow wow wow! Your compositions on these are just amazing!! My favs are 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, & 19!
theotherayntheotherayn on September 19th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
thank you!<333
i'm not really a waitress...: tv. doctor who (16).raiindust on September 18th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
WOW.
I honestly wish I had more words right now. But, wow is basically all that comes to mind.

FLAWLESS. Everything is so incredibly flawless. Your compositions are just so freaking incredible. I mean, everything fits so perfectly into the little complex box and its made to look ever so beautiful! #5 is quite possibly my favourite. I've never seen the movie (I think I need to though) but the colours, and the composition, and contrast between close crop and negative space... just, amazing! And #17, I love, LOVE that to pieces. It's Howl at his best and his worst and just epitomizes everything he was and is all at once.

Everything else is incredible, beautifully complex! And just, flawless. Basically, wow.
theotherayntheotherayn on September 19th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
WAIT, YOU'VE NEVER SEEN THE FALL? OMG PUT IT ON TOP OF YOUR WATCH LIST BECAUSE IT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL!

lol, capslock aside...thank you so much! I'm glad you like #5, because as I said I wasn't sure and it's funny how people always like the icons I'm unsure of. haha. and Howl is such a drama queen, bless him<333
♫  michelle ♫: blood - (jess) in riot we rampage onmarcasite on September 18th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
So pretty and creative. My absolute fav is the pride & prejudice one ♥
theotherayntheotherayn on September 19th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
thanks!<3 oh I'm glad you like that, I was worried I went a little overboard with the textures there XD
Major Psychotic Fucking Hatreddeadwillwalk on September 18th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
Wow. Just WOW. These are SO creative!! Every single one is a piece of art! Really great job! :D
theotherayntheotherayn on September 19th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
aww, thank you SO much!<3
Juliet: itmfl - Perhapsiulieki on September 20th, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
Ee Chungking Express! In the Mood for Love! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Just gorgeous.
olde_fashioned: Sargent -- Madame Xolde_fashioned on September 21st, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
Just to let you know, I've just nominated you over at costume_awards! ;D
GPAGES ❝ CAPSLOCKER: luther ⒧ +alicewildpages on September 24th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)

OH MY GOD YOU ARE MY HERO THIS IS CINEMA BUFF HEAVENNNNNN OH GOD

your compositions are just.... I CAN'T EVEN FIND WORDS. I'VE USED THEM ALL UP. THERE IS NO WORDS TO EXPRESS MY FEELINGS RN.
the beauty and the beast is just. HOW DO YOU EVEN PHOTOSHOP.
and your choices of movies. NO WORDS. I JUST WANT TO MARRY YOU RN. 400 BLOWS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE HOURS AND BRIGHT STAR JUST TO TYPE MY FAVOURITES. AND P&P. SQWFRZSHDG AAAAA

CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW BRIGHT STAR GOT SNOBBED OVERALL BECAUSE HOLY MACARONI THIS MOVIE. I CURRENTLY HAVE A GIANT POSTER OF IT OVER MY BED CAUSE THAT'S JUST HOW MUCH I LOVE IT.

yeah so I love you come back soon goodbye I'll go write poems about how you are amazing at icons and die in italy of some fucked up last-century disease