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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wizard of Oz - Emerald City Table Scape

No final do ano passado tiver o maior prazer em ser convidada a participar de um table scape no Ohio Designer Center.   O tema para o nosso grupo foi O Magico de Oz, um filme que eu curto desde pequena. E que tambem tem um cachorrinho Cairn Terrier, chamado Toto, identico ao meu Toddy. Ficamos em terceiro lugar mas, alem do premio o que realmente me deu prazer foi a participacao com Luciana Borges, Erica Costa e Cristina Macarthy.

Design by Cristina Macarthy.

O campo de Papoulas que Dorothy atravessa antes de chegar ate a Cidade de Esmeraldas.

Tinhamos que incluir a estrada de tijolas amarelos, entao foram colocados os tijolinhos entrelacados na moss, ficou muito interessante.

Balao desenhado e configurado por Erica Costa

 The twister was terrifying! The poppies in the field looked so real they made me sleepy. I felt like I could step right into Emerald City. And when Dorothy opened the door on Oz, it was like seeing the magical land for the first time again.
I really felt like I was somewhere over the rainbow watching the stunning new 3D and Imax version of "The Wizard of Oz" -- and this doesn't begin to sum up the wonders of the new version that is playing in theaters for just one week. The release is an early celebration marking the 75th anniversary of the 1939 classic, regarded by many as the most perfect movie ever made.
So, how do you review such a legendary film, beloved by generation after generation? By not re-reviewing what hasn't changed – and that's most everything. All of the elements that make "The Wizard of Oz" great remain: Judy Garland's vulnerable but sparky performance; the enduring, powerful tale of friendship; "Over the Rainbow," arguably the best song ever performed in a movie; the magical, colorful land of Oz with its yellow brick road and munchkins and Emerald City; and, of course, Miss Gulch, aka the Wicked Witch of the West.
It's all just enhanced in the newly restored, painstakingly converted 3D version. Though viewers had been asking for years, Warner Bros. would not sign off on altering their prized possession until they were sure the process would meet the high standards of the original black and white and color film. It began with a high resolution scanning of the original Technicolor negative. The restored 2D image was then transformed by creating a depth-map of each frame to construct 3D imagery and determine distances from the viewer's vantage point. This was followed by the use of a rotoscope to refine distances and layer shapes.
It was worth the effort. As someone who has seen "The Wizard of Oz" 100-plus times, I admit I was a bit skeptical. I usually find 3D a showy gimmick used to hide the flaws of bad sci-fi.
Not with "Oz." The result is magnificent, every frame clearer and more beautiful than before. Garland looks absolutely luminous in both black and white and color, as does Billie Burke as Glinda the Good Witch. The impact is overwhelming when Dorothy opens the door onto the colorful Oz, but even the black and white portion of the film glows. You've never seen the twister like this before, a blazing black cyclone that tears across the screen and seems to be heading right towards you.
Even adults in the screening drew back a bit as it whirred closer, and quite a few children screamed. Which brings me to a point for those with very young children. The restoration is wonderful for those who've seen "Oz" before and want to appreciate it with fresh eyes. Scarier elements such as the twister, the witch and flying monkeys seem even more so in 3D, however, and may frighten some younger children.
But that qualm aside, this one-week screening is a stunning introduction to Oz sure to hook first-timers with its power, and enthrall old fans all over again. It truly is the wonderful "Wizard of Oz."

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