“F3: RA 40th Birthday Fan Vid”, 3/17/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #150d)

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.


Also in Day Six, please see my F3 partner’s posts at White Rose:  Sincere and SimpleThoughts (http://whiterosewritings.blogspot.com ), and  C.S. Winchester(http://cswinchester.blogspot.com/ ).


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/

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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21 Responses to “F3: RA 40th Birthday Fan Vid”, 3/17/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #150d)

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  2. Congratulations on having the courage to come ‘out’ with your admiration of RA! I enjoyed watching your video again. Well done Grati :)


    • Hi Jeannie,
      Thanks for your kind note about my RA fan video. It was a labor of love for me.
      I love this song’s melody and the sentiments. It seems to fit so many of Richard Armitage romantic character portrayals.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. bccmee says:

    Your video is just as good on my second viewing! I’m so glad you’ve joined in the fray, LOL!

    Also it’s a good reminder about the Amazon Associate links on RAnet.com. :D Thanks for that!


    • Hi Bccmee,
      Thanks for your nice note! I hope to get back to vidding again sometime in the future–Summertime for sure, and maybe even moving clips! You are my inspiration for fan videos!
      I love the RANet Amazon Associates affiliation–supporting RA’s artistic projects and donating to charity! It’s a win-win situation. My hubby bought me Spooks 7-9 and Robin Hood for my birthday and Christmas. So, the next RA dvd I need to get is Strike Back 1.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. Fabi says:

    Hi Grati,
    Your video had some collateral effects in me, now that the week (amazing days!) is near its end. A big smile in my face, joy for this great community, and gratitude to Mr. Armitage for being such a wonderful artist and man, our source of inspiration, friendship, love and eternal admiration.
    Thanks for sharing!


  5. Mulubinba says:


    Thanks for sharing your lovely video. (I thought it was great!!!). Thanks also for being part of the FanstRA and sharing the celebration of RA’s work.


    • Hi Mulubinba,
      Thanks for your very kind note about my video.

      I am enjoying F3 so much and can’t believe that it’s almost over–just one day left. But all good things must come to an end. The beauty of F3 is that our sharing and friendships will continue well beyond this one week of interconnected blogging.

      I have often referred to Richard Armitage as the “pied piper of creativity” for inspiring so many of us to write, design, and vid, etc. But Mr. Armitage’s gifts of storytelling and example of gentlemanliness and compassion also inspire us in developing our friendships with each other.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  6. Ania says:

    Your film is a real tribute to our beloved artist.♥ Thank you for sharing. :)


  7. Ana Cris says:

    Hi Grati,
    Very good video!
    Thanks for sharing with us all!


  8. fitzg says:

    It is a delightful video! Well done!!


  9. Faboamanto says:

    That was beautiful! Loved going through time and seeing the changes in him and his career, great choice of photos. Love the song too, wonderful choice. Thanks for sharing with us.


    • Hi Fabo,
      Thanks for your very kind note about my RA fan video!
      And I loved finding and using the “young” RA portraits, too. He looked so sweetly adorable as a teen and young adult. It just makes you want to squeeze his cheeks. Ha!
      Cheers! Grati ;->


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  11. servetus says:

    How beautiful :) Just as good even if he is now 40.5. I’m glad you enjoy the Armitage community, so do i.


    • Hi Servetus,
      Thanks for your lovely note about my RA bday video. Richard Armitage is great inspiration!
      And the Armitage fan community is a delightful benefit of our admiration for him.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


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