I forgot to post this! We had a great time watching this at the beginning of the project. The blonde bombshell character has changed quite a lot from the Mae West impersonator she once was, but nonetheless there is definitely evidence of this performance in our film. Craig Russell actually lived with Mae West hence the accurate portrayal voice and all!
Speaking of Blondes. Steve reminded me of the Jayne Mansfield clip Birgitta showed in here lecture from “Girl Can’t Help It” I loved that lecture, and Mansfields another one who deserves a nod. God bless those Hollywood Blondes, don’t know where I’d be with out them. Walk that walk Jayney!
And one more Blonde with a sense of humour… Anna Nicole Smith. Well a darn good rendition of her. Now, this was made before the poor girl tragically died, so it’s meant in good humour. Anyway, take a few ounces of each of these three performances shake well and with luck something of that concoction might just appear our character.
My mentor advised me to add the swirl of the martini at the beginning, which was a really nice idea, he also recommended that I stretch my characters more and take liberties with the shapes. I think I have been underplaying with the movements, forgetting how much you can do with cartoon acting.
Scroll down to see the character for the ‘body acting’ exercise… I thought who better than an archetypal Hollywood actress? Her scene is almost done, so that should be posted here later this week. Her acting queue was “person takes a drink of a cocktail and it is really strong.” I’ve also been working on it in 3D with Boris, but we were like “CUT! Robots? Acting? Whatever.” …. Ironically she has been far less of a diva than Soakie was on that dreaded Mood Change, which was driving me crackers. I found that so hard to get right, and still it needs more tweaking. Maybe working with professional actors is the way forward?
Today’s lecture included a section on Mansfield’s comic prowess and her cartoon persona. Kenneth Anger and John Waters are fans… and I agree that much more should be made of the wisdom and wit of the actresses who simultaneously embody and exploit that blonde-bombshell archetype.