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Sep
27

Video: Brandon Sanderson Reads “A Memory of Light”

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Books, DragonCon, Festivals & Events, Wheel of Time  //  Comments Off on Video: Brandon Sanderson Reads “A Memory of Light”

Exclusive Preview of A Memory of Light

Wheel of Time fans at Dragon*Con 2012 were treated to a special preview reading by Brandon Sanderson of A Memory of Light, the final book in the epic Wheel of Time fantasy series!

Brandon gave the audience a sneak peek at Chapter 11 , which featured Mat Cauthon returning to some old Ebou Dari stomping grounds. But how does one sneak into a city when an entire Empire is looking for you? Mat’s whereabouts weren’t the only thing that Sanderson revealed about A Memory of Light.

The second video is a Q & A with Brandon, Maria and Jenn Liang.

How excited are we for January 2013?!

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Nov
12

‘A Game of Thrones’ Costumes, Art & 2010 Recap

I’m a huge fantasy fan, and though I must commend many series writers for their attempt at adapting some of our favorite novels into episodic television, the end result (for most) is generally, well, cheesy. They err on the side of good prevailing (in every episode), yet they fail to venture into the depths of pain, suffering, violence and seeming hopelessness in story lines. Often the dialogue doesn’t come close to matching the original writer’s brilliance. (Then there are the special effects… sigh).

Late last year when I found out that HBO, the television network that gave us True Blood, Rome and many other sagas filled with blood, murder, deception and betrayal, was about to embark on bringing George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones (the first book from A Song of Ice and Fire series) to television, I couldn’t be happier. Will they finally get it right?

With production announcements pouring in daily, the new series creeps closer into our purview and spring 2011 can’t come soon enough. Here are some highlights so far, starting with our favorite topic: Art!

Costumes & Set (new!)

Costume designer Michele Clapton shares the process of creating Westeros garb.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wub12IZmVY

Artisan Gemma Jackson on the Castle Black Lift

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQZ4uwQRxkM

Some oldies but goodies (if you haven’t seen them):

Behind The Scenes Featurette

George R.R. Martin (the author of “A Game Of Thrones”), the executive producers and the cast talk about what to expect in HBO’s new dramatic series.

Game of Thrones teasers

True, they don’t show much!

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Oct
8

Towers of Midnight: The Making of the Book Trailer (episodes 1-3)

SPOILER ALERT: Parts 2 & 3 include the same spoilers the trailer does.

The Wheel of Time is my favorite fantasy series ever. I’ve dreamed about being part of the world Robert Jordan began back in 1984, whether it was being immersed in one of the enormous novels, making a fun costume or getting to meet Jordan himself to attest my love for his incredible work of political, epic fantasy.

Sadly, I never did get to meet Robert before he passed away in 2007; however, back in June (thanks to Twitter), I became pals with some of his most devoted followers. One of those fans was Jason Denzel, who created Dragonmount.com (@Dragonmount). After a lengthy phone call (or what I like to refer to as a total WOT geek out session!), Jason informed me that Tor, The Wheel of Time publishing company, had asked him to create something special to promote the release of book 13 Towers of Midnight: a book trailer. So, I jumped in the car and drove to Sacramento to capture this epic moment in Wheel of Time history.

Below are three Making of the Book Trailer features that I’ve created to showcase the story of this production, featuring clips from the trailer, behind the scenes photos and interviews with the cast and crew. Be sure to visit Dragonmount for the full feature write-up by Jason: A featured look at the making of the Towers of Midnight book trailer. And come find me on Twitter @Nedopak!

Part 1: The Making of the Book Trailer (no spoilers)

Part 2: Characters & Costumes (spoilers)

Part 3: Creating the Set, FX & The Tower of Genji (spoilers)

Sound Design

Patrick Knipe

Sound Designer & Sound Mixer
Wheel of Time fan since 2002

I was particularly excited about creating a rumbling world of thunder for the trailer. Being a kid from the Northeast trapped in sunny Los Angeles has deprived me of years of thunder storms, and this was like therapy for me. Jason Denzel kept emailing me after each pass, “More thunder!” Building a world of sound from scratch around Kate Reading’s rich voice and the striking imagery on the screen was invigorating. My greatest challenge was creating the sound of Saidar. Tess and Jason both wanted it to be a holy sound. My first try sounded too much like thunder and was more fitting for Saidin; luckily Jason was very demanding and whipped me furiously until I got it right. A swirly sound of smooth glory made up of twenty tracks (one of which is me singing with my voice pitched up)!

I’m a huge fan of epic fantasy. I started reading The Wheel of Time while studying Tolkien at Oxford University in England in 2002. I finished Knife of Dreams just in time to shoot an interview and book signing video with Brandon in Pasadena during the release of The Gathering Storm.

Final Film: Towers of Midnight Book Trailer

Be sure to visit the official book trailer page on Dragonmount, where you can discuss it with fans!

Towers of Midnight: The Novel

Towers of Midnight will release in early November and is written by Brandon Sanderson (@BrandonSandrson), another incredible fantasy author who took over the WOT series after Jordan passed away (and is kicking some serious butt at it).

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Sep
21

Towers of Midnight Prologue read by Brandon Sanderson

Outta This World captured Brandon Sanderson reading the first few pages of “Distinctions,” the Towers of Midnight prologue, off his laptop during the TOM panel at Dragon*Con (2010). Towers of Midnight is book 13 in The Wheel of Time series. My apologies for the slightly shaky camera. This was completely impromptu!

This is only part of the prologue too! You can purchase the entire piece at Tor.com. Brandon Sanderson has also posted the the first Mat chapter from Towers of Midnight, “The Seven-Striped Lass,” on his website.

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Artist Spotlight: The Fantasy Art of Seamas Gallagher

Seamas designed the Tower of Genji in the Towers of Midnight book trailer and is famous for his Wheel of Time character renditions.

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