ThePhotogsBlog wrote:Great work on the head sculpt. the rooted hair certainly looks much better than the original I agree with your comments on the movie "Troy;" but just as Hollywood has never been particularly good at accurately portraying historical events, it probably sucks even more when it comes to mythology. You have to ask yourself just what who went to the see movie have actually read the Iliad versus how many have heard the story of the Trojan horse? I'm sure everyone has heard the latter, but I'd be surprised if one percent of the audience has actually read the Iliad, which unfortunately, allows the director and screenwriter an enormous amount of latitude to butcher the story. The purpose of movies is after all, not to educate but to entertain.
These things being said, your talent at putting in rooted hair where there was only plastic before never ceases to amaze me and I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.
Thank you very much! Glad you liked it. To be honest, I didn't think this one of my best creations, although the hair did turn out quite good -- I think I'm still a little distracted by the head sculpt which came so close yet not spot on; but there is only so much (or little) one can do about that.
I actually agree with your point about movies being designed to entertain, not educate (not necessarily a point I support, but it is fact) and with your paint about them still serving as a possible gateway for those interested in this history to get into the subject and learn more (hopefully including the real story, or something closer to it). I just worry that most would be satiated with the beautiful scenery, epic music, and eye-candy for everyone, and not only notice the inferior and pointless choices made by the filmmakers, but also fail to realize (a) there is a true-er story out there and (b) it is not inferior (and probably superior) to what we get. I will admit that I am less likely to go on the warpath for a movie set in a period I don't care about (e.g., I'm perfectly satisfied with Oliver Stone's JFK
, which is not to say I believe it as chapter and verse). So I suppose the problem is not the entertainment focus of these films in itself -- I don't ask that they educate, but I would hope that they do not mis-educate (which is exactly what they do). Whatever happened to "translating" a plot into a new time/society/setting, giving the characters new names, and thereby not butchering history or literature?
Ovy wrote:Outstanding work Sir, the way you styled the hairline on the forehead really makes it perfect, along with all those tiny touch ups. I think that head can be of universal use, be it fantasy or real world or SciFi, he can do them all.
And also nice to list all your other Rooties down there.
I have to say, I never be watched Troy, for no particular reason. (Although I heard they cut the part were they liberated Troy Airport, sad.)
I remember watching multiple long/multi-parted Odysseus-centered movies as a kid.
And I remember reading the Illiad in Latin back in school. But forgot all the Latin...xD
My best Mythology teacher of my childhood though was the RTS game Age of Mythology, were Greek, Egypt and Norse Mythology were all real in a Fantasy world. Your main hero is an Atlantean General, you also build the Trojan Horse, rescue Odysseus from Circe, travel the underworld to Egypt, help a Valkyrie stop Ragnarok from happening in the North and prevent a Cyclops from freeing Kronos...and in the end Atlantis sinks. But...well the info texts about each mythical unit and god are accurate at least! xD
Thank you so much! Glad you liked it. It was a little touch and go at times, so I'm almost impressed myself.
There are worse things than watching Troy
-- but not many of them, unless you're watching it specifically to see how a film can fail to be both accurate and truly epic (despite its pretenses).
I believe I have seen some of those very series; or the old Ray ...hausen stop-motion sword-and-sandal movies. Yep, they were more modern fiction, too, much of the time. Oh well.
I am usually pretty clueless whenever the subject of video- or computer games comes up, but Age of Mythology (and Age of Empires before it) I have played (and once in a very blue moon still do) and quite enjoyed. Of course, the mythology is ... questionable ... but no more so than Troy