These folks were out on an expedition in the Sea of Cortez when they cam upon a humpback whale who had been badly entangled in a fisherman’s net. She wasn’t going to be able to breathe much longer, as her fins were bound to her body and she was exhausted.
Watch this adventure as they decide to cut her free, foot by foot, finally releasing her from the net. The best part? Although whales can’t talk, they are clearly intelligent, social and emotional. Starting at about 6:30, these boaters get the show of their lives. Clearly, the whale is saying “Thank you”.
Here is where our science and philosophy breaks down a bit. Whales clearly can’t say anything, but this is a moment with some significance to the whale. There is some expression put forth by the creature, but what is it? How do we describe such a thing without anthropomorphizing?
"Mommy I know what she’s doing … she’s showing us that she’s all free"
Some behind the scenes photos from our cast and crew get-together Wednesday night. We rehearsed, took our promotional photos, made the actors change their clothes about 200 times for wardrobe check, and managed to talk about the season finale of Game of Thrones without spoiling it for Chris.
Click on the images for higher resolution and captions with everyone’s names. These & more photos will be going up on the facebook page this weekend!
Also, track the tumblr tag “greek life series” for updates and posts from the cast and crew! Feel free to use it to talk to us, too, or ask us questions you have about the show or the behind the scenes process - creators Scheri, Julia and Brandon will answer any questions you send to us today (tomorrow, we’re busy with the shoot!)
Behind the scenes photos at the table read for Greek Life!
Keep an eye on our tumblr for more information on our cast and their characters as the weekend progresses. We’re starting our five-day shoot on Saturday, so look for behind the scenes material on our facebook, twitter, and youtube page as well!
Greek Life is set premiere in late July 2013.
I am excited to be playing the goddess Athena in this webseries! We start shooting this weekend - it’s going to be an awesome ride!
Hellfire is, to put it simply, a masterpiece. We don’t even need to look at the main lyrics to get an understanding of the genius put into this work. Listen to the Latin Chanting as Frollo sings. It is a prayer Catholics recite during mass that is an admission of guilt… so we have Frollo singing how the current situation isn’t his fault, whilst our red hooded friends are chanting ‘mea culpa’ and ‘mea maxima culpa’ (through my fault, through my most grievous fault) - showing the dual natures of humankind, religion etc… it also shows us Frollo’s mental state, obviously a precarious one as he fights his inner demons.
This song is also a parallel to Quasimodo’s earlier song Out There - both start begging for forgiveness, then grow into revealing the performers true feelings (Wanting to go to the festival and wanting Esmeralda respectively) which shows a similarity between the two which in turn shows that despite differences in appearance, status etc they are the same - which the film is showing. Regardless of appearance, if you are considered ‘normal’ or not, we are all the same.
By having this technique, it also sets the stage for Frollo v Quasimodo in their views of Esmeralda, this is emphasized by having Heaven’s Light sung and leading into Hellfire, creating another paradox of human nature and how appearance can be misleading (Quasi thinks she is angelic, Frollo thinks she is a witch… both don’t fit and are extremely exaggerated viewpoints, once again fitting the theme of appearances being a mask worn and you shouldn’t be judged on that).
On a totally separate note, another piece of genius from the music score of this film comes in the shape of ‘dies irae’ that plays whilst Frollo chases Quasimodo and Esmeralda. This translates as ‘Day of Wrath’ which is how the wicked shall be punished in eternal fire… this piece was also used whilst Frollo chased down Quasimodo’s mother. Both times he was using religion to justify his actions. Additionally, the inclusion of this results in Hellfire not just foreshadowing Esmeralda’s brush with death, but Frollo’s actual death.
He shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit…
To this day I remain in unfettered awe that they actually got away with Hellfire, a chilling (not to mention unsubtle almost to the point of being explicit) sequence in which a man sings about his agonizing, sanity-destroying lust for a woman and how he plans to burn her alive if she refuses to sleep with him. It is absolutely the best part of the film, and the Genius Bonuses discussed above are just the icing on the cake.
It’s a terrifying song and one that is only more terrifying the older you get and the more you understand it.