From the Tagteamers:
Last, but definitely not least! Freeform: Agzy shares with us her favorite Armitage paper doll • Ana Cris examines Lucas North's tattoos through Maori tattoo culture • Jas Rangoon premieres her new John Bateman fanvid • In fandom, jazzbaby1 thinks RA fandom is just groovy! • C.S. Winchester asks "naughty or nice?" in a picspam • Mrs. E.B. Darcy thinks about Armitage's future after TH to wrap up the Hobbit chain • Jo Ann offers the last King Richard Armitage post, on Richard III and the Tudors • In fanfic, Maria Grazia reviews and compares works by the authors she's interviewed • Gratiana Lovelace wraps up the event with a guest post by Melissa the Mouse! • Links to all FanstRA 3 posts appear here at the end of the event!
DON'T FORGET TO VISIT THE CORE BLOGGERS: "RAFrenzy"; "me + richard armitage" Servitus writes about the durability of Guy of Gisborne; "Confessions of a Watcher" fitzg guestblogs "A letter from a lady of Manchester, January 1895" (Margaret writes to John); "CDoart: Richard Armitage & History & Spooks" CDoart writes about what women can discern about a man who loves history; "Richard Armitage Fan Blog"; "The Squeee" wraps up with a discussion concerning RA's lifestyle preferences; Richard Armitage Vids & Graphics hosts a quizz to test our RA acuity; DistRActed musings of one ReAlity Fanny has coffee with WhatCatyDidnext; Jonia's cut
Scrolling through my posts on this blog, I'm ashamed to say that I have never written about The Impressionists which is strange as I really loved it.
In writing this post, I must, as always, acknowledge Annette over at RichardArmitageOnline who has faithfully kept records of so many of Richard Armitage's interviews. There is a particularly good interview he did in 2006 on BBCRadio5Live with Simon Mayo. which by chance has just been mentioned on C19. During the interview, Richard Armitage discusses his role as Monet - his attention to detail in terms of learning about his subject and character is obvious.
Some trivia about The Impressionists, and Richard Armitage's preparation as Monet:
- Richard Armitage admitted in his interview with Simon Mayo that he knew very little about Monet when he first signed up for the project, and he was therefore interested in exploring how Monet made such an impression on art.
- Did you know that Richard Armitage has painted "a little" and in the interview, reported to Simon Mayo that he had done a 'few things" with oil on canvas?
- An artist was employed to construct copies of Monet's paintings and also to de-construct them so that they could reproduce the stages of each painting throughout the filming.
- The artist had worked out how Monet had created his brushstrokes so that the actors could be taught the correct movements. In the radio interview Richard Armitage reported feeling bad about having to daub purple paint on the artist's reproductions of the haystacks.
- Richard Armitage's favourite painting by Monet is one of the series he painted of the Houses of Parliament exhibited in Paris.
- The BBC press pack can be found on the BBC website here.
- Chris Nicolaides, who composed part of the music score for Episode 2 has clips of this score in context on his site here.
- The series was shot on location in Provence, Normandy, Monet's Garden in Giverny and at the BlueBell Railway in East Sussex.
Final question for FanstRA3
One final piece of trivia about locations. Can you spot a similarity beween this picture from North & South ...
and this picture from The King's Speech?