Tuesday, July 28, 2009

365 - 47: The Midwich Stare

The place I'm housesitting has both a blonde wig and a brick wall, and for someone's who's just watched Village of the Damned, this is an irresistible temptation. (Re a couple posts back; the brick wall is what the hero thinks of so the blond alien children can't read his mind).

After many tries, I finally realize it's a lot harder to stare blankly than you might think... I look waaaay more like a ABBA wannabe biker chick than a cool alien. The director of Village said he used dark-eyed children so the contrast with their light hair would be stronger, so I've got that anyway.

This 365 project is truly taking me places I would normally never go. I would never have bothered with this photo if I wasn't under orders to take photos of myself. Even though the order came from me. So, I continue to be glad I shoved myself in this direction. Because it's a hoot!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey! A random response from moi -- (I've been not super-attentive this summer to things computer-oriented!)--I think the contrast of the kids' hair and euyes was further enhanced by the visibility of their dark eyebrows and high foreheads. So, is you pulled the wighair back into a ponyrail or super-trimmed the bangs, the effect'd be more alien mama than AWBC! Alas, it's not your own wig, so you can't do the trim thing! I actually didn't recognoze you at first glimpse...I was leaning more toward Kathleen Soliah (sp?) or another revolutionary of our approximate generation. Gripping and intense. Don't remember if the brick wall thing worked for the hero. I saw that film years ago sometime...

Love,

Stefalala

fresca said...

Hi, Stef--
Yeah, it's not my wig so I didn't want to mess with it. It doesn't matter, of course, it's just for fun.
that's interesting you saw that film!
The hero has to think about a brick wall for a full minute so the kids don't know he's a suicide bomber about to blow him and them up, and you see an overlay of the wall crumbling as he stands there, but yes, he does it, (of course, or else we'd all be blondes...!).

Manfred Allseasons said...

You do excellent Deadpan...!

Have you read Consider Her Ways? Its a short story, but its really memorable. I love John Wyndham, at some point his heroes always stop for tea or a really good dinner...the Kraken just had to wait...(weak, weak pun there...sorry.)

Good news about the film, but I bet editing is much more of a slog than principle photography...

Rudyinparis said...

I TOTALLY snorted out loud with laughter at this one...

poodletail said...

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!

Fresca said...

Hee, hee.
This project reminds me of Improv--you have to be willing to look utterly ridiculous in public.

MANFRED: Sorry, I don't get the pun... The Kraken
The only thing I've read so far by Wyndham is the Triffids, which I gobbled up in one evening, it was so fun. I look forward to more and will look up this rec.

The other two authors & books (Swastika Night and... I forget now) you suggested a while back weren't in the library. Obscure Brits? Send me your copies?
(No, don't! Joke. It's awful, the US postal service no longer uses surface (boat) mail, it's all air mail, so there's no way I can mail things, like loaned books, overseas cheaply anymore.)

Fresca said...

P.S. Yes, indeed, Manfred, as you know from music and I'm learning about film, the longest slog is the editing.

Manfred Allseasons said...

The Kraken waits...The Kraken Wakes...Its hardly a pun at all, I really need a holiday...

Hmm... lets see about sourcing some obscure British sci fi....

Fresca said...

Oh! It's a Wyndham novel! Got it. I was thinking along the lines of eating calamari, since Kraken are giant squid and you'd mentioned tea...