Friday Night Fights [Round 27]

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another anaconda choke edition of Friday Night Fights! This week’s bout is the battle of The Bard, with casting autonomy  and posh theatre bookings on the line.  Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from the mean streets of Woodford Green, UK, it’s James “Pile Driver”  Pegrum and his “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar“.

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And fighting out of the blue corner, from somewhere in the wasteland of MOCPages, it’s “CatastrophicCampistron  and his “Rebuildable Theatre Stage”.

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As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor and determine who will receive a week’s worth of bragging rights.  Simply leave a comment below and vote for the model that best suits your individual taste. I will tally up the votes next Friday and declare a winner.

Last time, on Friday Night Fights….

It was the battle of Black Friday, with door buster specials and access to leftover turkey sandwiches on the line.  In the end, “The Gentleman” General JJ and his “Outbreak Chapter 16: Splitting Up” mollywopped Gregory “The Belgian Bruiser” Coquelz and his “Brick Friday”.by a score of 6-3.  General JJ scores his first victory (1-0) while Gregory Coquelz runs his record to (0-1).

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13 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 27]

  1. “Rebuildable” for me. At a quick glance, I thought it would go to Caesar, but upon a closer look, Rebuildable has a ton of cool techniques on display. Mad skilz… although I get the Globe theater vibe, Caesar is more “studs up” boilerplate to me, with a very polished and shiny stage. I think Caesar just fell down because of how waxed up the stage was…

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  2. Going Rebuildable here. I prefer the opulent aesthetic for a theater, the Globe version just doesn’t do it for me. Love the simplicity of the proscenium curtains, that dark red is perfect for thick velvet. I think my biggest issue with the Globe is the black slope frame and the cropping of the photo. My eyes are led to go out into the audience to suddenly stop at the frame then wonder where to go because I can’t see the rest of the image. Odd for the scale Pegrum usually throws out. Rebuildable seems complete.

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  3. Rebuildable. It’s prettier and I like pretty things. Despite the gap. Although all hail Caesar, it’s very good, especially for such an old build. Despite the crappy shot.

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  4. I think Rebuildable would work better without the crowd – just the stage, musicians, and a condensed version of the wall adornments surrounding it all. I want to feel like I’m in the audience, not the audience of the audience. Caesar is the more immersive scene.

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    1. Also, I’d like to note how the two interested young boys standing on the crates draw your eye to the focal point of the scene. It’s a nice detail.

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      1. I don’t know. I look at the way the shot is set up and lit and see the focal point better without the kids. In fact I find them a distraction because of the lighting, it seems like a dress rehearsal. I think the interested kids is a brilliant idea if it were more immersive with a packed audience, maybe standing on a seat or up on some shoulders in the crowd. With darker theater lighting and brighter stage, even just the silhouettes would convey immersion by the audience into the play. Right now it just seems like a disconnect. A great idea poorly executed.

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      2. Fair points. The technical aspects of the photography maybe could be done better, but I still like the angle James chose to show cause it does really put you right where the action is. I like your lighting/silhouette idea but it might not be historically accurate in this case.

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      3. I love the lower angle shot more than the overall of Rebuildable’s. The perspective shot from the audience is also a great idea. Maybe even craning around the back of one of the silhouettes to see the stage.

        As for the lighting, they certainly didn’t use floods and gels back then; but the lighting has to play as much of an important role even in Billy’s time albeit with concentrations of candles in an evening show. The Globe is open so more business in the longer days of summer, but Blackfriars was enclosed and used more in winter. I know in Italy about mid 1500s they were placing colored liquid in jars in front of candles and lamps for effects. Also, there are many passages throughout his work that describe specific changes in day to night, even in Julius Caesar there’s a scene that goes from evening THROUGH morning. Also, many characters are described holding candles and such which adds even more drama. And complexity, not sure how Lady MacBeth holds a candle while semi-sleepwalking when she NEEDS both her hands for the dagger scene. As well as Othello smothering Desdemona at night after a struggle when he’s described bearing a torch. ??? Billy was such a hack.

        So historical accuracy would work, but more importantly it would have created the scene of James’ moc more encapsulating and immersive and an actual scene. And don’t get me wrong, I think his build is amazing, just lost potential in the photo department.

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  5. Caesar for me. It seems to me (I could totally be wrong here) that the scene itself is taking place at an outdoor theater in the 17th century. Kinda dig that vibe.

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    1. Pegrum takes top billing this time.

      Classic stage design, recognizable at once… I just dig the notion of being bound by historical action. It’s harder to do. Just like it’s harder to make a no kidding model of a real aircraft instead of some imagined aircraft.

      Good choice this go around. Forced me to compare an apple to an orange and decide which I liked better. Campistron provides us with a torrent of technique and spectacle… and I dig it! It’s almost what? Baroque in its elaborate complexity. Right on. Especially when seen next to the almost Spartan simplicity of Pegrums classic theater. But it’s the way that Pegrums theater shines out past those stylistic restraints that appealed to me more in the end. I find myself wanting to actually play with Pegrums theater… trying to people it’s stage with characters and scenes from across The Bards portfolio of action!

      I mean really, any MOC that makes you want to play with Lego as soon as you see it is pretty cool yeah?

      Have at thee!

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