Well, It has been a long time since my last entry. I have been busy and made a lot of thinking.Let's take the clock back a year shall we ?I remember I was struggleing with myself, divided between reason and passion. Reason would have been to stay where I was, working to make sure I could provide food to my daughter and wife and passion would have been to drop everything and go for what I always wanted to do: Acting.Now we are A year and a falf later. Reiki the Movie is finally completed and will screen during the Cannes film Festival 2009 and on top of that, Pedro and I will be live on TV for the show "50 degrés Nord" where the trailer will be on air.I don't know what to think about all this except that it's a dream becoming reality. And this has become possible thanks to many people.Here is an occasion for me to thank them all in general. All the people involved in Reiki but I also would like to give a few special and personal thanks to some others.Thank you Reni for all the work you did on the comic book. You are a wonderful and passionate artist I give you that.Thank you Martin for all your patience and knowledge. When we first met, I was just a rookie and you were alreay an accomplished actor. You shared your experience in acting with me all along the shooting and even after. Thank you Pedro for believing in me when I wasn't believing in myself. You have been the person who triggered the biggest changes in my life and put me pack on the path I lost sight of many years ago.All the efforts are now paying. We had nothing but our heart to invest and we made it till the end...Thank you !See you on the set for new adventures !
Original title refering to the shooting sessions of Reiki I know :p ^^ Well, Today was the last day of the reshoot and I have to say, it felt good to be done with it.Once everything was done, we went back to Pedro's place where he showed me the 4 first pages of the comic book made by Reny Wong.Only one word: GREAT !This project is getting such proportion that I am not sure yet if this is a dream or if it's real.Anyway whatever that is, it's happening and this is all that matters :)Shooting Reiki was far from being simple.We had difficulties of all kind but I am sure Pedro, our director, will explain more in details. I will only focus on the acting part.The most difficult for me was the tremendous amount of working hours a day. I remember during the 10 shooting days, I even lost track of time itself, not knowing which day we were anymore but geez, it felt so good. I would do it again just for the fun of it. another diffucult point was for me the final fight. During training, we used to practice with wooden swords of 1m20 each more or less. When with the actual feature, Reiki is like 1m80 and my own blade is 1m10 top. Meaning all we did about timing and distance was completely obsolete but I believe we managed to wrap the scene in the end and I have to say, it's looking really good.Another difficult point was making action scenes with few hours of sleep a day but once again, the adrenaline level and the heart we put into finishing this project kept us going and we managed to put our anger ath the director into our fights (hahaha ;) )This is it folks, the movie is in the box. Now starts the post prod.I hope it's going to be ready because I am curious about the final result.Thank you again to all the people i worked with on this project. I learned a lot from the cast especially from Martin (Vann) who gave me good advise for my performance. (and the others as well of course)Thank you Pedro for believing in me and casting me to play Hansel.Thank you Reny for the comic book, it look really nice.I hope you will enjoy Reiki as much as I enjoyed acting in it :)See you all soon.Davide
Reiki’s fighting choreography has resumed and I wanted to share some of my feeling on this wonderful (yet quite empty) blog of mine.
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Finally, after a month of pause for summer holiday, kids in Disney land, and se* euhh I mean, love xD. We are back on the job.
Yesterday was substantially painful. The main reasons were:
1. Since we didn’t train in a month, muscles needed to be back on track. Today I barely feel my legs and my back.
2. We now have a professional choreographer and believe me. Working with him is as amazing as it is painful.
Under a heat of 30 degrees in the shadow, we practiced for about 6 hours to make sure the fighting scenes in Reiki will show some quality. Please remember it when you will watch this movie ;)
On the other hand, being so dedicated to this project really gives some sense to my life. That’s why I can proudly say today: The pain we endured yesterday feels really good !.
Have a nice Day
I know I am quite a ghost at the moment but I am very busy organising my new life. But don't worry I'll be back soon.
By the way, did you know that Blizzard annouced 'Diablo 3" ?
I don't know if some of you know the game but it's one of the most expected PC/MAC games together with "Starcraft 2"
See you soon.
Now if there is a video game I am expecting like no other (after World of Warcraft expantion 2 of course ^^) it's Metal Gear Solid 4. During the past 10 years, Solid Snake has become one of the most famous video game character together with Cloud Strife & Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII. Snake has everything: -Charisma -Wisdom -Fighting Skills -Good looking And most of all, he's human. He has emotions, asks himself questions. He's a character you can easily identify with. To be honnest, after Final Fantasy 7 and the amazing scene where Sephiroth kills Aerith, I realized how much video games tend to come closer to movies but none of them did it as much as Metal Gear Solid did. Director & Creator Hideo Kojima really did a great job with this serie and the last and final chapter is finally going to be revealed. Take a look at some scenes from MGS 1 to 3 and enjoy the ride. Video: http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=77W9oBISpfc&feature=related
Video: http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=v3raLq4f_LQ&feature=related Since MGS 1 on playstation 1 and it's remake on Game Cube a few years later, Kojima decided to give a Hollywood dimention to the MGS series. Since MGS 2, Famous Hollywood composer Harry Gregson Williams (The Rock, Kingdom of Heaven, Armaggeddon, ...) joined the crew, giving MGS a even more epic dimention. MGS 2 was a sales booster for second Gen console Playstation 2 Video: http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=aalAPyVwlcg We do not change a winning team and for MGS 3, composer Harry Gregson Williams stays and his work becomes even more accurate. Themes and deepness of the sound track has an added dramatic value to the story which is already a magnificent meta-plot. Video: http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=mPcO5wZFpKw&feature=related Video: http://www.youtube.com/v/5eyrHhByfxY Now with the next gen Playstation 3 imagine what dimention Snake will get. Worldwide release is the 12th of June 2008. Enjoy the official trailer. Video: http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=u2NjNOMlsRo Of course if this was only a game it would be ok and no need to make so much fuzz about it. But the particularity of MGS series is that it makes you think about the world we live in giving you a interesting perpective. Cheers all, Davide
What triggered it ....
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I remember when I was a kid.
I had about 6 years old when I saw what would change my life forever.
It was a movie called “le Bossu” with French actors Jean Marrais and Bourvil. These two were really great French actors of their time but that movie really awakened something within me.
I suddenly wanted to be all these heroes I saw on screen. And of course the only way to do it was to become an actor.
Le bossu was an adaptation of the Novel from the same name written by Paul Feval released in 1858. The success of what was originally written to be a stage play quickly became one of the most famous success in French literature. Something said to be “d’un genre nouveau”
All elements were displayed in this story:
A renegade Hero called “ Henri de Lagardère”
His wing man “Passepoil”
An evil conspirator called “ Philippe de Gonzague »
And of course a lot about Honour and Love.
Philippe de Gonzague was conspiring in every possible way to become one the most powerful men in France. Some claims he wanted to access the Throne. To do so he had to marry Isabelle de Caylus but unfortunately for him, his best friend, the Duke Philippe de Nevers, married her in secret over a year ago. They had to keep secrecy due to the profound hatred between their two families (Yes sounds like Romeo & Juliette) Discovering this, Philippe de Gonzague offered to assist his so called best friend to escape because as a matter of fact, the King had plan for the Duke de Nevers to marry him with someone else. Ergo the secrecy of their wedding would have been discovered and the Duke de Nevers probably executed. Philippe de Nevers accepted his friend’s offer and trusted him, never suspecting that this one was planning on murdering him.
A young knight called Henri de Lagardère found out about the plot and fought alongside Philippe de Nevers attemped to save his life. Outnumbered and attacked from behing Philippe de Nevers was killed but Henri managed to escape carrying away the child born from the Union between Philippe and Isabelle.
From there a pursuit started because of course, this child was a threat to Gonzague’s plans. Henri and his wing-man Passepoil escaped to spain and stayed there until the child “Aurore de Nevers” grew up. When the time was right, Henri, Passepoil and Aurore returned to France to reveal the truth and avenge Phillippe de Nevers’s death.
In order to infiltrate the society, Henri decided to go under a subtle disguise “Le Bossu” (Humpback). Although his appearance was poor, le Bussu got quite fast appreciated because he brought what all men would kill for, “Money”. Engineering a malicious plan, Henri had set a trap to Gonzague and manage to confront him in front of the authority of “Philippe d'Orléans, le régent » who was ruling France waiting for the new king to reach his majority. Philippe d'Orléans, le régent said the will of god would determine their fate and he gave his sword to Henri who fought Gonzague in an ultimate duel.
Guys really, this was one of the most amazing stuff I had seen when I was 6
When I look at how things evolve in life, I have to admit it’s getting better and better.
I really would like to thank everyone for your welcome when I joined the AnD Community.
Thank you very much.
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aka Mr. 500
One of Hansel’s journal ripped page
**** prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /How did I come to this?
I was so filled with certainty about our mission, our duty to the world as one of it’s keepers but now everything is different now. It all began with Claire’s death. When that bolt of lightning hit the church she was in, prying god, begging him to protect me in battle. When I first heard of her death, I felt my heart breaking into pieces.
I remember my first thought; I remember it as clear as the sky is blue. I begged death to take me as well but then, when I heard it was not an accident, when I heard that bolt of lightning was magically engendered by one of these witches, sadness and pain were wiped swiftly! Anger and hate took me, and my thirst for revenge awakened.
Like a fire inside, driving me mad, I started seeking for the murderer of my beloved, my queen. Yet as if this tragedy was not enough, I had to face something of proportional magnitude. Vann, my best, my only friend, my brother in arms had turned against me, fooled by the evil witch. He kept yelling her innocence at me but I did not believe him.
I remember her eyes when I burned her, when the flames of revenge burned her flesh to ashes. Yes maybe she was innocent ! Maybe I made a mistake but I felt better after she died or at least for a little while.
Killing her 100 times would not bring me back my beloved one. But I would have killed her a thousand times knowing that a part of my pain was released into those flames. I am not asking you for forgiveness my friend as I had to take your life as well. I just hope next time we meet, we won’t have to face each other again. You will probably never read these lines but I will keep this as a personal record in the archives of the Order.
Let’s hope time will not erase these words my friend so when you come back in your next life, you will understand why I did what I did to you...
I will move on, many witches still roam the world and I swear all of them will share the same fate as her's! All of them will die as it’s the only comfort my heart finds from loosing you and Claire, the only thing that makes me forget how miserable I feel. Hopefully one of these battles will reunite us in heaven ...
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