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    Chow 117 :: Non-human Character :: SMAUG

    Chow 117 :: Non-human Character :: SMAUG

    ROUND #117 :: SMAUG

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    Smaug should not be "the Dragon in the Hobbit movie" as if it was just "another" creature in a Bestiary. Smaug should be "The DRAGON" for all movies past and present. The shadow he cast and the greed he comes to embody- the "need to own" casts its long shadow and creates a thematic / dramatic continuity of sorts that articulates the story throughout-

    "In that respect, Smaug the CHARACTER is as important, if not more important, than the design. The character will emerge form the writing- and in that the Magnificent arrogance, intelligence, sophistication and greed of Smaug shine through- One of the main mistakes with talking dragons is to shape the mouth like a snub Simian one in order to achieve a dubious lip-synch. .. A point which eluded me particularly in Eragon, since their link is a psychic one.

    "To me, Smaug is the perfect example of a great creature defined by its look and design, yes, but also, very importantly, by his movement and -One little hint- its environment - Think about it... the way he is scaled, moves and is lit, limited or enhanced by his location, weather conditions, light conditions, time of the year, etc. That's all I can say without spoilers but, if you keep this curious little summary you'll realize several years form now that those things I had in my mind ever since doodling the character as a kid had solidified waaay before starting the shoot of the film ...”
    -- Guillermo del Toro on Smaug.
    http://www.wetanz.com/holics/index.p...5&catid=2#more
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    The way the deadline works: if deadline is on a Sunday and your image is posted on that Sunday 23:59 your local time it's a good entry.
    In fact - as long there is Sunday somewhere on the planet your entry is ok. I will make the poll sometimes Monday evening my time (GMT - 8 ) yet I'll have a look at the last entries.

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    So, are we supposed to be making Samug the Dragon, or just any non-human character we can imagine?
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    So this should really not have any human body parts? or just non-human, humanoid ok? man..... its pretty wide open.
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    Given the description, making Smaug "The DRAGON" is probably a safe bet.

    Human body parts aren't very exciting/creative, but if you want to give your dragon human parts it's probably alright.
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    I believe the description calls for Smaug, who is a dragon, who is not human.

    Illustrating any non-human character you imagine will not get you to poll.

    Illustrating Smaug will.

    All the best,
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    thanks man, AWESOME topic , i was confused by the title of the thread.
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    I'm still I tid confused... We come up with a design for a dragon? I don't understand the definition of Smaug you provided. Sorry if I'm annoying you with this.. lol. I think the reason I'm confused is because his first definition makes me think of the "evil" character of movies. Not necessarily the bad guy, but greed, or revenge. Then he suddenly is describing talking dragons. Which is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaizer View Post
    I'm still I tid confused... We come up with a design for a dragon? I don't understand the definition of Smaug you provided. Sorry if I'm annoying you with this.. lol. I think the reason I'm confused is because his first definition makes me think of the "evil" character of movies. Not necessarily the bad guy, but greed, or revenge. Then he suddenly is describing talking dragons. Which is it?
    del Toro is talking about the character traits of Smaug, those things that make him the evil character that he is.

    I chose this description because del Toro focuses fully on the Character - his whole point in the interview is that Smaug is evil, not because he looks evil or can talk, but because of several elements that make up his character including where he is. He's using all these things to help convey the idea of an immensely powerful character, who also happens to be a dragon.

    Character first. Dragon second.

    The part where he launches into a diatribe about talking dragons he's critiquing the dragon from Eragon and pointing some of the errors they made in her design. He wants to avoid those same errors, and I want you to avoid them as well.

    I think you can research the rest

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    OMG I had no idea there were 2 Hobbit films coming... Thank you Peter Jackson!!!!

    Hope to have time for this one, should be a blast.
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    so smaug is our main character, but is there also an option to add other characters into the scene such as bilbo or bard?
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    this a tricky one for sure. good challenge.
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    Er . . . from what I read, this topic is about a non-human character, not necessarily a dragon
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