We are in Day Six of the FanstRAvaganza 3 in THE FREEFORM tagteam chain! If you missed Day Five, please check out the posts at Armitage Effect (http://thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com/ ), Mr. John Thornton (http://mrjthornton.blogspot.com/ ), and I want to be a Pin-Up (http://iwanttobeapinup.wordpress.com/ ).
For those of you who have visited my blog “Something About Love (A)” (www.gratianads90.wordpress.com ) before, you know that in addition to my storytelling, essays, and RA trivia games, that I have created a few video slideshows.
But my very first video slide show that I ever created was my RA 40th Birthday Fan Video titled “Happy 40th Birthday Richard Crispin Armitage” that I finished last August 2011–before I began this blog. And it was a month long intermittent steep learning curve–beginning in July 2011–on how to use the software, especially since I tried to synchronize the storytelling for his major character roles to the music’s lyrics. Ha! I interspersed photo shoot portraits of Mr. Armitage that appeared concurrently with some of his roles. The video is chronological, but by no means exhaustive, as other people’s videos are. My thanks to RANet (www.RichardArmitageNet.com) for their wonderful Richard Armitage picture and career resources–an example of which is to the right, from Mr. Armitage’s Captain America Premiere held in New York City in July 2011.
I have only shared my RA 40th Birthday Fan video with a few RA fan friends in a closed Facebook group page. And I originally had my video password protected. Not because of some of RA’s bare chest shots from his roles or photo shoots that I included in the video–well he posed for them. Ha! But, I was shy about sharing my very personal admiration for Richard Armitage as the exquisitely talented storyteller that he is. I suppose this video is my “love letter” to him–I mean that sincerely, and as a very happily married lady with an understanding hubby. Ha!
So, since I have “matured” as a blogger in the intervening seven months–meaning, that I have bared my soul to my readers in so many ways through my essays, poems, and my own storytelling–I thought that it is now time that I share my very first RA fan video with you. So, here is my video, “Happy 40th Birthday Richard Crispin Armitage”:
I think part of what gave me the courage to make this RA Fan video–and now to share it with you–was and is the kindness and encouragement of my many friends in the RA Fan Community. And we are a community of lovely people who admire Richard Armitage’s talent and the gifts of his storytelling that he shares with his audience. This FanstRAvaganza 3 weeklong event is one example of that sense of community. We all wish Mr. Armitage the very best. We are thrilled for him with his lead role as Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit” films–and the future artistic opportunities that will come his way because of him being thrust upon the world artistic stage.
And, as I closed my private letter to him in the RA 40th Birthday book of wishes from around the world–that Calexora edited with great care and heart–“I wish for you, Richard, every happiness that you wish for yourself.” And to you, dear friends, I wish for you every happiness that you wish for yourselves, too.
Cheers! Grati ;-> (Gratiana Lovelace)
P.S. And as I have said before, Richard Armitage is male beauty personified–both inside and out. Mr. Armitage is unfailingly polite and gentlemanly, a consummate professional as an artist and filmmaker, and he compassionately supports charitable causes. Please see the Just Giving Link here (http://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage ) or in the sidebar at right under “Actor/Richard Armitage: Official/Semi Official Sites” should you feel moved to make a donation to one of Mr. Armitage’s chosen charities. And as to Mr. Armitage’s handsomeness? Sighhhh! Well, Michaelangelo’s David sculpture has nothing on Mr. Armitage. Ha! Richard Armitage is a nice guy. And much to his disavowal, he does have a “nice guy face”–especially when he smiles.
However, it is Richard Armitage’s exquisitely talented storytelling and filmmaking that I most admire. Seeing the juxtaposition of Richard Armitage in real life compared to his many and varied dramatic character portrayals in his reel life, just makes his storytelling artistry that much more brilliant. Mr. Armitage is a gifted chameleon of an actor who authentically portrays his characters with such depth and attention to multi-faceted nuances that we, his audience, become immersed in his story telling.
Tomorrow March 18th, THE FREEFORM tagteam continues at Me, My Thoughts & Richard Armitage (http://memythoughtsandwhoknows.wordpress.com/ ), La Loba (http://manedwolfdotwordpressdotcom.wordpress.com/ ), and I want to be a Pin-Up (http://iwanttobeapinup.wordpress.com/ )
All F3 links can be found at http://fanstravaganza.rgcwp.com/fanstravaganza/fanstravaganza-2012/