Once Upon a Dream

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Once Upon a Dream
From Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty to Disney’s Maleficent

Charles Solomon
Disney Editions, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2014

SCAN0001Part 1 – La Belle au Bois Dormant – The Beauty of the Sleeping Forest – The author takes the reader through the long history of Sleeping Beauty, first as an oral tradition, then written and published by authors such as Charles Perrault in 1672. He also reviews the many illustrators of the story including several of my favorites, Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and Maxfield Parrish. The author then takes the reader on the musical and stage adaptations of the fairy tale.

SCAN0002Part 2 – Hail to the Princess Aurora – Because this book is published by Disney, the main focus of the book is on the animated film, Sleeping Beauty. This section gives the reader a detailed look at how the movie was illustrated and why its’ animation is so different from the films that came before it (Snow White, Cinderella, the Lady and the Tramp, for instance). Here’s a bit of trivia for you – Disney’s animated Sleeping Beauty took 5 years, $6 million dollars (in the 1950’s!) and an estimated one million drawings to create!!! (pg 91)

“Working on Sleeping Beauty was such a task. It was a wonderful task if you look back at the beautiful work, but you just couldn’t wait to put it aside and move on to something fresh and new. One Hundred and One Dalmatians was a lot easier to animate and a lot easier to draw. After slogging through Sleeping Beauty, working on Dalmatians was like a paid vacation.” Floyd Norman, Disney artist

SCAN0003Part 3 – Maleficent –  This part reviews the making of the live action film Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie. The author takes us from the first whisperings of the movie, to the writer, costumes and production.  Filled with full size photos of costumes and storyboards of the movie, the reader is treated to a behind the scenes look at the movie and what its creators where thinking.

 “There are many villains, but people love Maleficent because she was smart and calculating and beautiful. But what’s she all about? What were the artists who created her thinking? Where did she come from? . . . We just had to come up with her roots and where she was from.” Producer Don Hahn (pg 113)

“The first time Angelina walked onto the stage in the iconic black outfit with the collars and bells and whistles, you could see the entire crew stand wide-eyed and step backward. It was truly the character we know come to life.” Director Robert Stromberg (pg 156)

This book is truly beautiful and informative. The author writes in a way that is informative but not dull or dreary. How many people actually read coffee table books? This is one you’ll want to read and dwell on the lush illustrations.

Rating 4 out of 5 paws

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 by Edmund Dulac

  by Maxfield Parrish

by Arthur Rackham

On Golden Pond

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This week the cover makeover challenge is for the movie poster for On Golden Pond. We’ve not seen the movie but certainly know about it. Since the story revolves around an old married couple, we decided to use an old photo of mom’s great-grand parents! Here’s my process:

Base Photo, canal behind my auntie's house.
Base Photo, canal behind my auntie’s house.
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Granpa and Granma Jones
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overlaid the couple over the canal and cropped
tinted the background to blend with the couple
tinted the background to blend with the couple
added tint to the water to create a 'golden pond?'
added tint to the water to create a ‘golden pond’
added a pair of loons
added a pair of loons
added text and saved it!!
added text and saved it!!

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Sponsored by Lucile de Godoy and DesleyJaneGo HERE for all the covers for last weeks challenge!  

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Cover Copy Makeover Artist – Toby

Cover Makeover: Six Days, Seven Nights

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This week’s Cover Makeover is for the movie poster for Six Days, Seven Nights. I have to tell you, I struggled with this one. Mom and I searched all through her photos (and that’s A LOT!) before we found one – or more we liked. I finally settled on something from a group of photos from mom’s trip to Jamaica when she was just a kid – back in the 1960s. But which one to choose? So many! Here’s what we did:

i finally decided on this photo of the beach. It has a greenish hue to it so I changed to black and white in PicMonkey.
I finally decided on this photo of the beach.
After cropping it - this wasn't the final crop, but you get the idea, I noticed it had a greenish hue (natural aging)
After cropping it – this wasn’t the final crop, but you get the idea, I noticed it had a greenish hue (natural aging). 
I changed the photo to black and white in PicMonkey.
I changed the photo to black and white in PicMonkey.
I knew I wanted a plane so first I picked this plane (taken in 1953).
I knew I wanted a plane so first I picked this plane (taken in 1953).
So, again using PicMonkey I cut it out of the background and tried it on the beach. I didn't like it.
So, again using PicMonkey I cut it out of the background and tried it on the beach. I didn’t like it.
So I looked on-line until I found a photo of the plane from the movie
So I looked on-line until I found a photo of the plane from the movie.
I cut it out of the photo. . .
I cut it out of the photo. . .
Made it black and white, and placed it in the upper right corner of the photo.
Made it black and white, and placed it in the middle right side of the photo -sort of like it was coming into land. Added text and could finally call it done!!

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Here’s the original movie poster!!

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Sponsored by Lucile de Godoy and DesleyJaneGo HERE for all the covers for last weeks challenge!   

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Cover Makeover – The Sound of Music

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This week’s Makeover Challenge is for The Sound of Music. I made two covers because I couldn’t decide which one I liked better.  Here’s the second choice:

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The process for the first selection:

My base photo is of the Blue Ridge Mountains from a balcony at the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, NC.
My base photo is of the Blue Ridge Mountains from a balcony at the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, NC.
Since I didn't have a close-up of a mountain, I used this photo from Chugach State Park in Alaska. I used half of one photo and half of the other to make one photo.
Since I didn’t have a close-up of a mountain, I used this photo from Chugach State Park in Alaska. I used half of one photo and half of the other to make one photo.
ballet clip art, and text - and voila'!
ballet clip art, and text – and voila’!

The second selection process:

Another photo from Alaska, this time taken from the plane on the way home, cropped and darkened.
Another photo from Alaska, this time taken from the plane on the way home, cropped and darkened.
Another ballet clip art and text -  double voila!
Another ballet clip art  and text – double voila!

This makeover challenge was sponsored by Lucile de Godoycheck out her blog for great photography ideas and to participate in this challenge!

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Here are some classic covers from the movie and album. My mom loves the movie by the way. She would love to go to one of those sing-a-longs she’s read about. Whenever she watches the movie, she sings along and let me tell you, me and the rest of the cats run and hide!!

   

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Book Cover Makeover Challenge

These are my last two catch-up covers! First up, the book cover:

#1 the long way home

Next, a movie poster:

#2 winters tale

The originals:

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The Long Way Home info from Goodreads

Winter’s Tale info from IMDb

For the first one, I took a photo of a local cemetery, cropped it, added sepia tone and burned it along the clouds and trees.  The movie poster is a photo of iced over azalea bushes tinted blueish-purple, and added a clipart cityscape and white horses.

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Thanks to Lucille and Desley for the fun challenge!

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Book Cover Makeover Artist: Toby