Dan Hennah & John Williams

Since my last post I got two terrific autograph successes.

Dan Hennah‘s was one of my most wanted autographs. He is, of course, the production designer and art director for the LotR and Hobbit trilogies, was nominated for 5 Oscars (for LotR, LotR, LotR, King Kong and Hobbit: AUJ) and won the Oscar for RotK. He kindly signed the photo I sent him (though his signature is a bit smudged), and answered my question about his favourite set – it’s Edoras – on the back of the Hobbit hole WETA postcard I sent him (and signed there again). I’m absolutely over the moon about this autograph 🙂

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And today I got an autograph of John Williams, composer of the Star Wars and HP soundtracks (among many many others). An amazing success, since he is a real legend! I knew he didn’t sign photos anymore and sends out index cards, so I just sent a letter, no photo. He signed an index card and wrote a few notes on it 🙂 So cool! 🙂

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Clemence Poesy

02.10.12 – 04.12.12

Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour / HP)

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2/2 photos signed and personalized

I very much enjoyed her appearances in the Harry Potter movies – much more than Fleur’s character in the books, where I didn’t exactly liked her because she’s so full of herself. Of course in the movie there wasn’t much time to elaborate each character but still, she seemed to be a much more pleasant person.

I added the full scans to the Harry Potter page (Other movies -> HP)

Domhnall Gleeson

30.01.12 – 01.10.12

Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley / HP)

1/3 photos signed

Only shortly, because I’m preeeetty tired. Got three autographs this month so far (apart from the Starkid IP autograph).
Domhnall’s was the first one. I like his role in HP, although I even more would have loved to see him fighting and getting injured by Fenrir Grayback in HP6.

I added the full scan to the HP section (other movies -> Harry Potter).

 

 

 

RingCon 2012

Okay, so this is gonna be a looong post, and it’s mainly not about getting autographs – a reason may be that I didn’t plan to get any autographs. In the end, I got one, but that was a spontaneous thing. And I only did one photo session, this post is more like “my RingCon diary” (but I’ll hide my one autograph in this post as a pretence :D)

Friday

On my way, in the train, shortly before Cologne, I got a serious RingCon fever… I guess it was connected to this train route, because when I studied in Trier, I went by this railroad line many many times, and there are so many memories that came back (gosh, I’m sounding so old now and as if it had been decades *lol*)… It was kinda nice to think back to my first RingCon and that this RC will always be connected to one song (Sleeping Sun from Nightwish) because on the way back from RC04 I listened this song over and over and over again, and that it is funny, because another unforgettable moment, driving over the road of Amalfi in Italy was also connected to another song of Nightwish… but that would lead too far away now 😀 So I had this thrill of anticipation before I got there. The bus drive from the train station to my hotel and then from my hotel to the Maritim hotel went pretty smoothly, so I arrived there ~1300 hours.

When I wanted to put my things at the cloakroom and was just kneeling down to prepare what I was gonna take with me and what  wanted to leave at the cloakroom, I suddenly heard a voice I knew – not talking to me, obviously, but making me like freeze and look up… Daniel Gillies was getting a tour through the hotel and there just a meter away) Gosh, he’s SO gorgeous! Forgive me if I’m gonna repeat myself in that matter, and I probably – definitely – will.

Well, I had “ambitious” plans for the entire RC, and I’m gonna write a short staccato-like list of how many items on my agenda I got to see and how many panels I missed: 1. missed Thomas Robins & Lori Dungey – 2. got: (a glimpse of ) Natalia Tena & Joe Dempsie – 3. missed: Craig Parker – 4. missed (what I planned for the same time) History of Middleearth – 5. missed: Billy Boyd (I don’t know exactly what I did in that time, probably Starkid) – 6. got: Starkid autograph session (which was kind of an unexpected thing to happen, and as such NOT on my list, so it actually doesn’t count)

– 7. got: Starkid panel, 8. – got: a presentation of photos “with Gandalf through New Zealand”, which I thought was so boring that I left after 5 minutes. – 9. got Sean Astin’s panel.

So you see, I wasn’t very successful in following my plans 😀

Now… Starkid are total fun on stage (the time of the panel had changed at the last minute, so to speak, only in the last version of the time table, because before it was partially at the same time as the Opening Ceremony, which would have been terrible!).

What I missed in the Opening Ceremony was the RingCon theme… and my first disappointment, or actually the second one this day, but the first I write here: Haven’t there always been standing ovations at least for the bigger actors, or was that always only on the Closing Ceremony?

Also I was a bit (very!!!) disappointed by the medieval/fantasy market. What happened to this big vending hall with dozens of vendors, with food and everything? L Now it’s only a small market with no food things and just a hand ful of dealers (maybe a few more but compared to how it was a few years ago, it felt like maybe 5 dealers). Okay, one good thing coming out of this: I didn’t buy a single item, which was great for my poor portemonnaie *lol* But still, I would have preferred the big market etc. When did it disappear?

And the third thing: Was a bit disappointed by Natalia Tena… after all these great opinions that I read about her last year (?) I expected more… I mean, she may have been funny but it’s not my kind of humor.

As for the actors: Well I have to admit, I was only interested in one in particular, sexy Daniel Gillies… I don’t know Game of Thrones, which was not that unfortunate because it gave me the opportunity to hear some quite interesting presentations/lectures, which I never did during RCs 2004-06.

And of course, then I met Dani!! *yay* who was kind enough to let me change my clothes in her bathroom in the evening (and Saturday morning and evening and Sunday morning).

One thing, however, hasn’t changed, regarding RC, but that’s my personal fault: I planned to go to the party and stay there longer *every* time… but I just don’t get around to do this. On Friday I was too tired and on Saturday I wasn’t that tired but I realized (again) that I just don’t get excited by parties at all, so went to bed “early” both evenings.

Saturday

I woke up very early, having a feeling of extreme nausea, and I realized that it wasn’t exactly a bright idea to not eat anything the entire Friday (ate one bretzel on the train in the morning and that was it for the rest of the day… and drank maybe 0,7 liters the whole day). So Saturday morning I ate the other bretzel at 6:30 (which is normally absolutely not the time when I can eat anything) but the feeling only went away after I went to Rewe to buy something (bought enough for the next days as well).

So I missed the first planned thing, a lecture about Nibelorcs, but that wasn’t THAT urgent – what was more urgent (and what I did NOT miss) was the panel of gorgeous Mr. Gillies („Fucker“ – as Nina Dobrev called him in an email *lol*/“sexy Mark“ – fan suggestion, as we already have a Mini-Mark (Lori Dungey), a Maxi-Mark (the original, so to say, Mark Ferguson))

After that I hadn’t planned anything between 11 and 12, so I went to get in line for the photoops with sexy Mr. Gorgeous… uhm… ô.Ô. Well. It was hot – in this case, not his fault but the fault of bad ventilation – (thankfully eventually someone got the idea to open the windows), but it was worth it. Although it all went down really quickly, once the session started. It was like „Three, two, one, now – next! Three two one….“ like every ten seconds. I’d have loved to get a tighter hug *lol* but I understand that there wasn’t much more time, although the waiting line was vanishing quickly and there must have been at least half an hour left. Oh well… I still like the photo (isn’t he gorgeous?! :D) although I have a kinda weird look. Oh, and Dani: no, I wasn’t even very nervous when I got there, it happened way too quick to get nervous 😀

Btw., in this line I finally saw (not yet met) Romie – but our paths crossed later and it was so nice talking to you! 🙂 Too bad we didn’t think about doing a group photo of us three in time. I thought about it at the beginning of the talent show but my phone didn’t get any reception at all at this time, so I waited too long, and when I finally sent Dani the short message it was too late. Maybe next time! 🙂

Weeeelll, then the Kiwi panel. God, these guys are awesome. I can understand the people who say it gets boring to always invite the same faces, but the Kiwi connection is so mindblowingly funny… I laughed so hard at their panel, I had tears in my eyes half the time.

And then the talent show – wasn’t thaaaat convincing but what I really liked was the start, when the Starkid Street Team Germany „presented“ the first minutes of the Very Potter Musical, and one third of the RingConnies in the hall were singing along.

Oh, and then, during the break when the jury was deciding about the winners of the talent show, one of the jury members performed something while his girlfriend (also in the jury) had been held back outside, and then slowly everybody realized that he was gonna propose to her. It was SO funny and SO romantic… and when he finally asked her to marry him and she said yes, the whole hall gave their standing ovations… and everybody was totally amazed when Sean Astin brought the ring. Really touching! 🙂

Sunday

I improved my time managing skills and got everything I planned, except the first lecture, which I missed because I arrived at 9am, but on the door there was a note that the expert was gonna be there half an hour late due to car problems. So I used the time to get into my costume (thanks to Dani and her husband again for letting me use their bathroom, like the other three times) and when I got back (half an hour later) the door was locked… so I don’t know why and where, but the lecture apparently did take place. Oh well… So next thing on my list was a presentation of photos of New Zealand from places where LotR had been filmed – I got a travel bug!!

After that I had a small break from any planned things, and when I strolled by the Sea Shepherd table, I saw someone familiar there: Natalia Tena. She was just putting on a Sea Shepherd shirt. I decided to stalk… ehem, I mean wait there a bit to see what was happening… and then one by one the entire GoT crew came to this table and they all put on the these shirts and posed for photos.

I thought that was very nice to support such a group… that reminded me that I wanted to see “The Cove”. *writes it on her “must watch” list alongside “Hunt for Gollum”, “Born of Hope” and the movie D.G. directed.)

Then the panel about Love, sex and marriage among the Elves of Tolkien, which was an interesting topic *lol*, but I had to leave after half an hour because then was the second panel of Daniel Gillies. He was in the smaller room with a stage, not the main one… and I had thought about it before I went to bed on Saturday, and when there weren’t as many people, I decided to go ahead and ask something.

I’m really shy, so I’m glad that the hall wasn’t entirely full and that the panel was in the smaller room. So I took my chance when he came in and sat there and nobody went to the microphone to ask something and before the silence could become awkward, I went for it thinking “whatthehell!” – or actually I stood up before I could really think about it, but I guess that was a good idea. So I asked my question (what kind of role he really really would love to act) and – I have not the slightest idea what he answered.

No, really, I don’t remember even a tiny bit, because he was looking at me the whole time while he answered and my mind just went totally blank… he’s soooooo – yes I know you know by now that I adore him. But, not only his look (*melts*) but also his down-to-earth opinion. He emphazised a few times that he doesn’t think that actors to be the real popstars who should be admired, but regular people, like doctors, nurses, teachers, policemen, people who make the systems in our houses work etc. and that he feels that he doesn’t deserve the frantic attention that he gets, etc… and that he thinks that guys become sexy by being and behaving kind-hearted.

Okay, he’s a good actor, so in theory he may have been acting and just saying something like this, but I totally believe him, he seems a really down-to-earth, thoughtful guy with a great personality. (Why the hell are those men always taken? :D)

Okay, but I don’t wanna bore you anymore with my obvious love for D.G., so then we come to the great finale (or almost… but it was freaking amazing): The panel of Billy Boyd and Sean Astin, who are great. Both read a few lines from the LotR book – to hear Sean’s voice, so, Samwise Gamgee reading lines from the “End of all things” scene, was pure beauty… and then (or before, I don’t recall), even better:

They both sat on a prop, a throne in the corner of the stage, with a beautiful light (the photo doesn’t do justice to this scenery), and one RingConnie asked Billy to sing his song from Return of the King. And he answered that he gets asked that every time he does a convention, and every time he says no… but with Sam sitting next to him he would. And then he actually sung it. I got goosebumps, there was dead *dead* silence until he ended, and then loud applause erupted and didn’t end very soon… that was such a great, great, maybe THE greatest RingCon moment! And I’m SO glad I was there to hear it.

Then, the closing ceremony was nice, although, again, I wondered, once again, when people on RC stopped to do standing ovations at least for the last actors called on stage. I expected that starting with Billy Boyd and then of course Sean Astin (they were the last two), but hmm… it was a bit disappointing that the standing ovation only started when the actors were almost about to leave the stage again.

All in all, the weekend was nice. It was great to meet Dani and Romie, great to see Mr. Gorgeous, great to witness the proposal and the Kiwi panel on Saturday and Pippin’s song (and Billy and Sean reading LotR)… but I can’t say I’m that thrilled – or maybe I’m just disappointed right now that it is over. There were a few things that disappointed me, compared with (my memory of) the earlier RingCons. I guess I’m not as easy to impress as I was 8-6 years ago, and that in my memory of these earlier RCs the not so good things faded away and only the perfect RingCon stayed in my mind (darn, I’m glad this post is almost finished, I write RincGon every time *lol*).

So it’s definitely gonna depend on the actors who’ll be invited wheather I’m gonna be there at RC 2013 – especially since I already booked my ticket for the new HobbitCon in March/April next year AND if everything goes as I hope, I’m gonna *have* to go to FedCon as well. So I’ll wait and see who’s gonna be announced for RC before I decide if I’m gonna go there again. But it was good to have been back at least once again. 🙂

Rupert Grint

14.06.12 – 16.07.12

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley / HP)

2/2 photos signed and personalized

Wow!!! You could knock me down with a feather right now. Since Rupert moved on to his next movie project, CBGB already in the end of June – which I realized only now when there were quite a few successes via this address -, I barely dared to hope that my letter (I sent via “The Drummer”) would still be forwarded to him, although apparently both movies had the same address. I’m so glad he got it anyways and signed my pictures. He’s simply brilliant as Ron and I couldn’t imagine anybody else to play this role so perfectly. He has such an incredily broad range of facial expressions! I love so many of his scenes, for example Ron and the spiders, in PoA facing the boggart, and above all in CoS, or Ron being love-sick in the HBP. And in DH 1, when he leaves Hermione and Harry :’-( and comes back 🙂 and is so brilliant in DH 2…. and so on.

I’m SO over the moon right now!! YAAAAY! 🙂

I added the full scans to the HP section (other movies -> Harry Potter).

Helena Bonham Carter

06.06.11 – 07.05.12

Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange / Harry Potter)

1/2 photos signed

Woooooho! Finally! The 5th try to get her autograph was finally successful. Over the last five years I tried it various times, but since she’s “hit or miss” regarding autographs, I always missed, til now. I’m so happy about it! She’s an extraordinary actress, I daresay, one of the best at the moment. I love her performance in various movies. Of course in Harry Potter – she’s perfect as Bellatrix Lestrange. I can’t imagine anyone else portray this screwed up character better. For every other character I could imagine other actors, but not for Bellatrix. And then, the (of course in a different way) equally mad role Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Morgan Le Fey in Merlin, Ari in Planet of the Apes, and the totally different role Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech.

She’s just brilliant in every role, and certainly one of my favourite actresses!

edit: Okay, I’m absolutely not sure, which of my letters got answered. First I assumed it was the VV letter from March, but I just checked my photo order folder, and I ordered three other photos, of which I used two, but not the one I got back (which according to the print on the back I ordered a loooong time ago). So it may have been the request from 06.06.11, or even 2010. Can’t tell it from the stamps either.

I added the full scan to the HP section (other movies -> Harry Potter).

Nick Moran

08.07.11 – 04.05.12

Nick Moran (Scabior / Harry Potter)

2/2 photos signed and personalized

Haha. I only recently bought his autograph, and now I got my photos back. I bet if I hadn’t bought his autograph, I wouldn’t have gotten these autographs now, either. 😀

His role in HP is awesome, he has such a menacing presence in the movies and I’m glad they expanded his role a bit in the movies, compared with the books.

I added the full scans to the HP section (other movies -> Harry Potter).

Nick Moran & Russell Tovey

12.04.12

Nick Moran (Scabior / HP)
Russell Tovey (George Sands / Being Human)

Nick Moran seems to be hit and miss with TTM letters, and mine seems to be a miss, so I decided to buy this one. And Russell Tovey is even harder to get, and I missed the opportunity when he did a play recently. Since I wanted to have his autograph and don’t know if or when he’ll do another play, I bought that nice signed photo.

I added the full scan of Russell’s photo to the Other TV shows section. If I get another Being Human autograph, I’ll put them all on a new page, but not yet. 🙂

Rhys Ifans

22.02.12 – 17.03.12

Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood / HP)

2/2 photos signed

This one, on the other hand, was a very quick success and I’m also glad about it, because I had already tried to get his autograph during the filming of Anonymous, but without success. In my opinion he’s the perfect cast for Xenophilius in HP; pity that his role was only so small.

I’m looking forward to watch Anonymous now, as soon as I get it on DVD or BD. I really like the photo he signed.

Added one full scan to the HP section (other movies -> Harry Potter), the other one, from Anonymous, to the Other movies section.

Ciarán Hinds

29.12.11 – 14.01.12

Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore / HP & Firmin / Phantom of the Opera)

3/3 photos signed, 2 of them personalized

Yup, 3 photos… but the signature on the third is almost not visible on the scan (on the photo itself it’s better), so I didn’t upload it. I wanted to write to him for quite some time, but only when I was writing the letter, I realized – or rather read on imdb – that he played Firmin in the Phantom of the Opera. I don’t know why, but I would NEVER noticed that, although he has a recognizable face and I’ve watched PhotO so many times. Now that I know it, it’s clear and obvious 😀 Well, that was a pleasant surprise, and I added a PhotO picture to the two I had printed out earlier. He signed all three, yay. Btw. funny thing is: as a reward for my finished thesis I bought a couple of DVDs… the Nativity Story knowing that he was part of the cast, but then I looked at the other DVD just now. Guess who’s part of the “Amazing Grace” cast. Yup. 😀

Added the Aberforth-autograph to the HP section (other movies -> HP) and the Nativity Story and the PhotO autograph to the Other movies section.

Arben Bajraktaraj

? – 30.12.11

Arben Bajraktaraj (Antonin Dolohov / HP)

 

2/2 photos signed and personalized

Uhm, apparently I didn’t write down when I sent off the letter to him, but it can’t have been that long ago, I guess early December. The scan’s a bit dark, the signature on the 2nd pic is more visible on the actual photo. Thanks a lot, Arben 🙂

Added the full scans to the HP section (other movies -> Harry Potter).

Scarlett Byrne

23.08.11 – 20.10.11

Scarlett Byrne -Pansy Parkinson (HP)

1/1 photos signed, added a personalized photo and a short letter

Yeah, my (short) dry spell – 22 days, I already got withdrawal syndroms – got broken by a fine Slytherin-ish counterspell… pun intended. Thank you very much @Scarlett Byrne. I really enjoyed her scene in the Deathly Hallows. Just hilarious how Pansy tried to get Harry captured and ended up in the dungeons! 😀

I added the full scans of the photos to the Harry Potter (other movies -> HP) section.

Emma Thompson

23.02.11 – 14.03.11

Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney / HP & Karen / Love Actually)

2/2 photos signed and personalized

After I watched Love Actually again in January (and again and again – I just love this movie!) I decided to write to a couple of the main actors. Emma Thompson was the first on my list, since I already adored her in Harry Potter and Nanny McPhee. The spectrum of her acting abilities is amazing. I mean, look at her role in HP and then in Love Actually! They couldn’t be more different.
So I’m very glad about this autograph and I hope that I can bit by bit build up a Love Actually collection.

I already added the full scan on the Trelawney photo to the Harry Potter section and the other one (from Love Actually) in the “Other Movies” section.

Alan Rickman

04.10.10 – 28.10.10

Alan Rickman (Severus Snape / Harry Potter)

2/2 photos signed and personalized

Hurraaay! Another one of my favourite HP roles and in my opionion one of the best actors nowadays. I also like Alan’s performances in Robin Hood, Sweeney Todd and Love… actually. So that’s one huge success! Though I’d have loved an autograph on an HP picture, but I didn’t dare to send one, because he usually ignores those requests. It’s so cool that he used a silver pen for the darker photo. Love this autograph! 🙂

I already added the full scan to the Other Movies  –> Harry Potter section.

Natalia Tena

28.10.10

Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks / Harry Potter)

1/1 photo signed and personalized

Today seems to be the day of HP. Alright, I anticipated this autograph, of course, because a friend got it for me at this year’s RingCon. Thank you, Nicole! Tonks and Lupin are two of my favourite characters (of course they die, apparently I always like the ones that die, the most), so I’m totally happy that Natalia signed this 8×10 photo that David Thewlis had already signed earlier this year! 🙂

I already added the full scan to the Other Movies  –> Harry Potter section.