Posts Tagged ‘Joeleen Balance’

Since my husband and I both didn’t bring our mobile phones it is great to have a nice hostel staff who is willing to wake us at 08:00 am. We have enough time to shower and to notice before breakfast that we didn’t bring any hairbrush either. Wait, wasn’t there something about taking pictures later at the Con? Good Lord.

Arriving at the Europa Hotel, snatching a quick peek at Guards! Guards! A Discworld Board Game (developed with love and patience by Leonard Boyd and David Brashaw in only 20 years) before it’s already time for the opening ceremony and the first panel Game of Thrones: Season 1 in review, where not only the actors Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Art Parkinson (Rickon Stark), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor!!) were present, but also storyboard artist William Simpson.

It was really nice to hear some details about the filming – the handling of the “wolves” for example: how Sophie sometimes had a hard time with her dynamic and spontaneous “Lady”, how Art enjoyed doing the scene where he calls the wild “Shaggy Dog” back. We heard about the suffering of the Hungarian stuntman who acted as Lannister guards in the fight scene with Miltos and also of Kristian’s pain concerning certain glue residues from a certain prop. New (for me at least) was the fact that Maisie is right handed, but for Game of Thrones had to learn sword fighting with the left hand. Respect!

Smile time

Very fast forward was the photoshooting of everyone with the actors: a loooooooooong queue, “Next!”, “Hi, hello, nice meeting you”, “Smile!” – OK. Ach, damn: still haven’t got the chance to buy a hairbrush … Probably that was the reason Maisie said: “Love your haircut!” 😉

What is really admirable: Around 200 people lining up, everybody getting 3 pictures taken – a smile marathon for all the actors and William Simpson. The thought about having a photograph taken where we all make faces came too late when husband and I were already outside. Well, maybe next year!


We couldn’t make it in time to the 99 Minute Film School Film Workshop by Elliot Grove via Skype from London, so we sneaked in, thought to hide in the last row and listening snugly to the wisdom of a professional film maker.

That WAS the plan.

But we were discovered and asked very friendly to come to the front seats and ask Mr Grove some questions. My mind went sort of blank. I remember asking questions, but I am really NOT sure if they have been of the intelligent kind … 😉

Oh, and husband talked Mr Grove into having a look on our Evil League of Evil Contest entry “Cellyman” done for Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. (If there is anyone willing to watch what we came up within a few days, just check Vimeo for “Cellyman”. Today we would probably change a gazillion things in it, but at that time it was fun just doing this vid.)

Water Dance

After that it was watching Miltos do some Water Dance with his old fighting buddy Joseph Campo (Get Joe on the show). Various pupils were taught by Miltos how to place their feet correctly, swing up to the left, up to the right, to turn and to block behind your back – which just looks very elegant, if you do it right. It really takes some courage to go up to the stage and do this! To make it even more enjoyable, a certain left hand fighting girl came on stage and assisted “Syrio Forel” in the sword fight lessons.

01:00 pm: Lessons done, Lunchtime awaits us – watching other people fight seems to make really hungry …

Completely panelled

In the afternoon there are more Game of Thrones panels: Among other things we learn that the Game of Thrones equipment department would really going to miss some swords if some of the cast had their will. Maisie and Sophie both regretted that there weren’t more scenes in Winterfell showing the Stark family life. That would have been nice, but just didn’t fit into 10 episodes. G. R.R. Martin had originally favoured  a total of 12 episodes, if I did get that correctly? Now also joining the panel: Callum Wharry, the actor of Tommen Baratheon. I  hope we all will see more of him and Art in the next seasons!

Zombie time

Right: Zombie make-up workshop with Joeleen Balance. Boy, there is a lot of latex involved! Don’t try that at home unless you have lots of grease (like Vaseline) on your face. EVERYBODY has facial hair (women have just very fine one). Eyebrows are offlimits, too – except you want a real smooth face and like the pain.

The real deal was the expertedly blended in black colour around the eyes – before that, it was more a lizard man look, due to the green colour on the model’s latex mask.

There is something written on my picture …

Signing session was great, we asked Miltos to write “I’ll be back – Syrio Forel” on the front and Art was so kind to write “Graduation Class 2011” in addition to the signatures on the back of the second picture – because we were just looking like a school class there, with William and Kristian being the teachers and Miltos the pupil just about to play a joke on someone … 😉

Please do the sexy walk again

The masquerade was versatile: from sexy wildling haute couture, intricate gowns to a real 2 in 1 costume (Hodor carrying Bran)! I also found the idea of a heart tree costume very original. The jury (Maisie and Sophie – very versatile, too) declared Hodor/Bran the winner.

So many pretties ...

So many pretties ...



A milestone of audio drama is the group Wireless Mystery Theatre: Not only can they convey the dark atmosphere of the lovecraftian stories The Dunwich Horror and the Music of Erich Zann but also revived the golden radio days with their oldfashioned radio advertisements and jingles (everything played live). Very enjoyable – if anybody is interested:

Cold – naw, hot!!!

Sitting and listening to the otherworldly horrors made us shiver, so we went with others to the hotel lobby to sit in front of the warm fire and chat a bit. When we returned there was some serious disco dancing going on, Maisie and Sophie included. We hadn’t been dancing for MONTHS, have missed it so much! (And Joseph Campo did the Moonwalk – hey, that man can dance, knows how to act and to handle a sword: Get him on the show, come on!!) Definitely one of the best bits today, so we weren’t sad that we didn’t win anything at the raffle draw. Luckily a friend of us won – congrats, Dennis!

All the dancing got us tired in the end, so we went home to the hostel. Still so happy that I started singing in the shower – in the presence of earwitnesses, uh oh …

P.S. Our quest for a hairbrush has finally succeeded: the 4th shop we visited DID have one, YES!!!!!!