Hello and happy Richard Armitage Day. What an incredibly exciting year it’s been! Have you seen Into the Storm yet? I saw it once with a friend and may see it again with my sister this weekend. Do you think it’ll be made into a trilogy? 😉
This year I had a little LOT of fun making a new fan video in honor of Richard Armitage’s 43rd birthday. I played around quite a bit and had a blast making it!
As a bonus, below is a wallpaper for those of you who are interested in The Crucible. Click for full size (1600 x 900 pixels). The font turned out looking like metal. I just kept pressing buttons in Photoshop and then stopped when it looked cool! This was uploaded on my Tumblr blog where I occasionally post creations.
Question: What are you doing this weekend? Any special plans?
Surprise! How’s it going? I sure missed you. What’s new? Any excitement?
This looks like fun!
In honor of Richard Armitage’s 42nd birthday, I created a fan video. I’d like to give special thanks to my friend ItsJSforMe for all her help and encouragement. She also provided the image in my fanvideo at 3:47. Check out the fun times on her blog. ItsJSforMe posted a wild and wonderful photo essay series entitled MI6: Mission ImPortable featuring John Porter, my favorite Richard Armitage character.
Also, most of my other images came from RichardArmitageNet.Com. I always click through the Amazon links so a commission is donated to charity.
I have been getting lots of lovely queries and just want to let everyone know all is well in my life. I’m super crazy busy and have not had the time to spend on this blog or even keep up with Richard Armitage news. It’s doubtful I will be posting again but wanted to touch bases with you. This blog has been a lot of fun because of you so I wanted to give a big thanks for all your support and your contributions. This blog will not be deleted because there are lots of collaborative projects and Richard Armitage interviews for new and old fans alike.
Since I don’t want to make this post about me, how are you doing? Hope you’re well! Feel free to share any news you wish. 😀
I really wanted to make a birthday fanvideo. Due to time constraints, I used a template for this video/slideshow. 🙂 Massive thanks to ItsJSforMe and RichardArmitageNet.Com for the images used along with those from my own stash. Also, the song was recommended by Tink_Jane. Someday I plan to make a full-length fanvideo when my schedule allows. Wish me luck, LOL!
Here’s my contribution to the birthday festivities:
Oh wow this was a fun project to piece together. Thanks again for your excellent contributions!
For this collaboration, I took your words and pictures and created two “Magnetic Poetry” games in Flash. Many of my friends would have these magnetic words on their refrigerators. If you are not familiar with this game, you can see it here: Magnetic Poetry Kit. It retails for $19.95 but you can play a Richard Armitage version for free! Since I couldn’t do this without you, I pass along the savings, LOL! 😀
For no particular reason, I made a screencap of Richard Armitage as Ricky Deeming:
Richard Armitage as Ricky Deeming – screencap mine
Now it’s time for your games. I gladly made two of them because of the overwhelming response. Since these are Flash games, you will be redirected to my external webhosting site. Also, they will not play on iPods, iPhones or iPads as you may already know. Please click the image or text links below to play.
Hello again, how’s it going? Did you have a nice week? I’m craving cake, LOL! 😛
It’s time for our August collaborative challenge, woohoo!
I have plans for an activity and would love your input. If you’re willing and able to help, you can contribute the following:
A link to a picture of Richard Armitage or one of his characters.
A sentence or two by or about Richard Armitage or one of his characters. You can make one up or use one from any source, such as a magazine article or a video interview.
The image and text need not be related. Also, you may make multiple submissions and one will be chosen. Please remember that whether or not you have participated before, you are always warmly welcome to join in!
After checking my calendar, it was all filled up for the month of August so I’ll post our collaborative challenge next week. However, I couldn’t resist doing two polls today! I’ve been conjecturing and wondering a few things so I thought it would be fun to share my questions with you.
Some of you have expressed a preference among Richard Armitage in a beard, stubble or the clean-shaven look. Well I have been thinking about what type of facial hair Richard Armitage’s character will have in the tornado movie which is now filming in Detroit.
Hello again! Hope you had another great week and weekend. Things have been super busy for me but I do anticipate another collaborative challenge for the month of August.
Today I’d like to feature a wonderful graphic artist, Flash animator and game designer. I have long been an admirer of Tanni Tani. She is very modest and a great example of a Richard Armitage fan. After much cajoling, she agreed to allow me to feature her wonderful creations.
Here is a biography of Tanni Tani:
Tanni lives in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine and works as an advertising manager. Among her duties, she writes text for the labels on gum and candy. Tanni jokes that everyone must notice this beautifully written content. 😉 While she is not sure anyone actually reads her work, it is a way to earn a living. Tanni wishes to find a more interesting job someday.
She has loved to draw since childhood and currently enjoys making fan art featuring Richard. While Richard Armitage is virtually unknown in Ukraine, it is Tanni’s hope that this will change after The Hobbit appears on the big screen in a few months. Tanni knows a little Photoshop and is currently teaching herself Flash. Many of her Flash activities are very playful and fun, such as the Shave Richard game. 🙂 Clearly, Richard Armitage is very inspirational!
Tanni’s favorite role of Richard is Lucas North. Although she has never visited the country, she likes the art and culture of Great Britain. One of her dreams is to travel there someday.
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Good luck on your wishes and dreams, Tanni! I certainly trust that with your talent and enthusiasm, you will achieve your heart’s desires. 🙂
During one of our collaborative projects, I designed a flash banner of John Thornton. Tanni posted a comment with her updated version that had me howling with laughter! You can click the text links below to compare and contrast.
Below are a couple of my favorite Tanni Tani creations. Please keep in mind that they are robust Flash animations and could take awhile to load. They are worth the wait! As you may already know, Flash will not work on iPads, iPods or iPhones. Please click the image or text links.
Yesterday was very busy for the Richard Armitage community with the appearance of cast members from The Hobbit at the San Diego Comic-Con. Were you surprised he kept the beard?
Richard Armitage – Entertainment Weekly interview
For your convenience, I have some interviews with just the Richard Armitage bits below with their transcripts and closed-captioning. While others may have posted these already, I have captured, edited, and boosted the sound in addition to captioning and transcribing them. We are a team and your corrections and additions are most graciously welcome! 🙂
Here is a very short clip from Entertainment Weekly with the just the introduction and the Richard Armitage segment:
Host: Hi this is Anthony Breznican with EW.COM. We are here at Comic-Con with the gang from The Hobbit, our recent cover boys. Thank you very much for being here with Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Phillipa Boyens, co-writer producer, of course Mr. Peter Jackson, the ringleader of this circus and Andy Serkis, an actual “Serkis.”
Host: Tell us about Thorin Oakenshield. Who is he? What do we need to know? What are his vitals?
Richard Armitage: He’s the exiled dwarf king from Erebor and he’s taking his people really back on a journey to reclaim the gold and effectively the homeland.
Here is an interview of Richard Armitage done by “Quickbeam” on TheOneRing.Net:
Quickbeam: Hello there, Richard. How’re you doing, sir?
Richard Armitage: How are you?
Quickbeam: Good to see you.
Richard Armitage: Good to see you, too.
Quickbeam: You spent some time with our friend Larry Curtis.
Richard Armitage: I did.
Quickbeam: When he was visiting. It was a little while ago.
Richard Armitage: Yes.
Quickbeam: Actually I was there myself 3 or 4 weeks ago and you were very very busy.
Richard Armitage: Was I? Oh no, I did say hi to you.
Quickbeam: Well you were very “in mode.”
Richard Armitage: Was I in crazy mode?
Quickbeam: Actually you were in “Robert DeNiro mode.” You were very focused. It was fantastic. And I had a nice talk with Mana, your double. He’s an old friend of mine.
Richard Armitage: I so love that with my stunt double.
Quickbeam: Isn’t he great?
Richard Armitage: I watched footage and thought it was me. And it’s nice when you don’t recognize yourself. That’s when you know your stunt double is amazing.
Quickbeam: He’s a tall drink of water, that guy.
Richard Armitage: Yeah, I want to take his number. I want to work with him every time.
Quickbeam: He’s very very cool. I’ve heard from listening to the conversations you had that you read the books when you were very young.
Richard Armitage: Yeah.
Quickbeam: Which fills my heart with joy. And the fans as well would like to know you have an organic connection to the story. We’re really looking forward to seeing the films and it makes all the difference that you know the story.
Richard Armitage: Well I think that when you grow up with characters like this, they change as you get older, they evolve. Going back, I’m 40 years old and they were read to me when I was 7. And it feels different. These characters feel different. And then actually putting the costume on and trying to make that character live and breathe and walk and talk. It’s like you’re given this responsibility to every other person who’s read them, who’s just reading the books for the first time or who has read it when they were 7. That’s the responsibility and you have to own that for everyone. And I’ve tried to take that on, but I’ve only got my own imagination to work with. It’s served me well in the past so I think it will do again.
Quickbeam: I believe it will. From what I’ve witnessed, it’s served you quite well. I was very impressed with everything the team was doing on the set. But let me ask you something about the staying power of myth. Why do these stories have such a holding power on us?
Richard Armitage: That was one of Tolkien’s great achievements. He didn’t really create myths, he created legends. And that’s what his full intention was, to create something that felt like it was of this earth, not somewhere else in the same way C.S. Lewis did. If you read any of the early histories of the evolution series it comes through, you realize that you’re looking for something much deeper, much more English actually.
Richard Armitage: He wants to create a universe that you think may have existed. He created a religion of languages.
Quickbeam: Seventeen original languages Tolkien invented. Which is crazy.
Richard Armitage: And I think his passion for language and the way he used Nordic mythology is why the books feel so real and sustain over a long period of time. And will do. I would be very surprised if any of these stories get remade again. But I think Tolkien will be visualized on film. Maybe Silmarillion or something like that. I mean that would be a great honor to see that come to life.
Quickbeam: It would.
Richard Armitage: And it would be a tragedy if it didn’t.
Quickbeam: Indeed. Well, Richard, thank you for your time.
Richard Armitage: Nice to talk to you.
Quickbeam: Congratulations on all your good work.
Richard Armitage: Thank you.
Quickbeam: Cheers. Well-done. Ladies and gentlemen, that was Richard Armitage. Thorin Oakenshield himself right here on TheOneRing.Net. You guys got to talk to him before anybody else. And look at that. A few yards away from us is Sir Ian McKellen.
Thanks in advance for any help on the transcriptions! 😀 See you soon.