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Cinna's touch in other districts - The Phantom Librarian
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Cinna's touch in other districts
Okay, getting back to work.

But I thought I'd toss a what-if scenario to everyone else.

When a stylist retires, Cinna doesn't get first pick, and doesn't end up with Twelve for some reason. He still wants to make a statement with the parade costumes, which will still reflect the district industry.

What does he do with other districts in terms of their costumes, and how does it inspire rebellion in the manner of the Girl on Fire? Do the tributes get a nickname like that? What would be the hardest district? What would be the easiest?
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sonetka From: sonetka Date: May 2nd, 2015 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Huh -- that's a really good question, some of those district industries aren't exactly inspiring, but then again, you could probably twist a few basic effects into being appropriate for several different specialties.

1) "luxury items" is really vague. They seem to have a classical theme going with their names, though (and probably with the luxury items as well) so tying it in with one of the ancient myths probably wouldn't be out of bounds. Set them on fire as well and say you're re-enacting the story of Hercules (which would emphasize the themes both of unconquerable pain and of painful sacrifice)

2) Clothing made of tiny weapons, bottom to top, and some nicely painted-on blood effects where it looks like the tributes have been injured by them. If you prick a tribute, does he not bleed, after all?

3) Electronics -- amp up the fire effect and have streaks of lightning shooting down their clothes.

4) Water -- surely Cinna can manage a "falling water" effect, possibly even with veils, so the tributes look like they're completely underwater. The D4 Katniss and Peeta can be the Mermaid and the Merman.

5) Power -- use lightning effects for that as well.

6) Transportation, isn't it? That's tough. Not sure about that one yet. If they're in a colder part of the country (I can't remember) emphasize tough weather with clothes that look like snow; both a tribute to Dear Leader Snow and making the clothes wearers look frozen. Their Katniss can be the Snow Maiden.

7) Coal burns, so does lumber. Set them on fire too.

8) Textiles -- since clothes are (generally) made of textiles I think here he could just go nuts and put them in whatever he wanted. Maybe do a sort of proto-Mockingjay effect where they spin and their clothes turn into something completely different, to show the hidden depths in these supposedly simple textile makers. Choose fierce animals, just for fun.

9) Grain -- hmmm. Could do water effects again, because no grain without water. Or possibly a harvest queen/king thing (perhaps some subtle references to the myth of the sacrifice needed for a good harvest).

10) Another proto-Mockingjay; ordinary clothes, tributes spin and reveal animals beneath, but not typical livestock animals, since nobody's going to follow Katniss The Buff Orpington. Something a bit more elevated.

11) I think you could do the same thing as for district 9.
gehayi From: gehayi Date: May 2nd, 2015 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
5) Power -- use lightning effects for that as well.

What about solar power or wind power for that one? We know that there's at least one solar power plant. Imagine the tributes blazing with the light of the sun, or (to echo the Pecos Bill legend) riding what seem to be matching tornadoes.

6) Transportation, isn't it? That's tough. Not sure about that one yet. If they're in a colder part of the country (I can't remember) emphasize tough weather with clothes that look like snow; both a tribute to Dear Leader Snow and making the clothes wearers look frozen. Their Katniss can be the Snow Maiden.

According to the map of Panem, District 6 is north of District 3--directly south of Lake Michigan. (I think that it looks more like the Minnesota/Wisconsin/Michigan area, myself.)

I like the snow theme. Perhaps the tributes could be riding in an open modernized sleigh (or what looks like one) with mechanical wolves pursuing them. The wolves could look very wolfish and yet resemble certain politicians (animators often do this when matching voice actors with non-human characters). The wolves would have "blood" dripping from their muzzles on the white sleigh-float and the "snow" it's moving over. Blood on snow. Blood on Snow. And two kids dressed as the Snow Queen and the Erlking--icicle crowns, the girl in silver, white and accents and jewels in pale blue, the boy in silver, a cloudier white and accents and jewels in gleaming black. They would have scepters to match their outfits which could stop the wolves, at least temporarily (this has to be visible for the entire run of the parade, after all). The kids would clearly be in danger, but but they'd also possess immense power and would know how to wield it.

7) Coal burns, so does lumber. Set them on fire too.

I'd make their clothes of paper or wood. Like this.
As the clothes burn, have the outfit of the designated Katniss resemble a burning phoenix--death and rebirth.

8) Textiles -- since clothes are (generally) made of textiles I think here he could just go nuts and put them in whatever he wanted. Maybe do a sort of proto-Mockingjay effect where they spin and their clothes turn into something completely different, to show the hidden depths in these supposedly simple textile makers. Choose fierce animals, just for fun.

I'd go with an unusual fabric, like cloth of gold, which can be woven by hand, or tapestry-like garments interwoven with classical myths involving rebellion that the people in the Capitol might recognize. And yes, culminating in the proto-Mockingjay effect.

10) Another proto-Mockingjay; ordinary clothes, tributes spin and reveal animals beneath, but not typical livestock animals, since nobody's going to follow Katniss The Buff Orpington. Something a bit more elevated.

In this case, I think that I'd use holographic images to highlight the resemblance to the animals. And the float that the kids were on would look like a corral from which they couldn't escape.

The kids would be told to stand or pose in certain ways. When they did, image projectors within their seemingly ordinary clothes would seemingly transform them into a pair of wild horses...beautiful, noble, angry and desperate to leap from the corral to freedom. The kids and the wild horses would shift back and forth for the rest of the parade.

I need to think about what to do for 9 and 11.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: May 2nd, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow, I really like these. I think tornado outfits would be great; it was just late at night and I got stuck on the idea of power as electrical system. And horses are perfect for agriculture -- for some reason, I was having a hard time thinking of farm animals besides chickens, pigs and sheep, none of which would provide the right kind of symbolism (maybe pigs, if a few Capitol subversives had read Animal Farm, but the tributes couldn't be the pigs). The snow pageant could work brilliantly, especially since Snow couldn't really complain about the "tribute" to himself. And if D6 is anywhere in that area, snow would be something they'd be all too familiar with.



From: (Anonymous) Date: May 3rd, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow, the outfits from that link, and all the whole idea behind it is so... Capitol
princesselwen From: princesselwen Date: May 3rd, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
1) Luxury items would be the easiest. He'd go for gems--rubies, topaz, and other flame-colored stones.--that seem to catch fire (rather like the book's interview dress).

2)Statues. With a bit of a Roman theme, since 2 is one of the closest districts to the Capitol. You could do Apollo and Diana, to go along with the archery idea.

3)A thunderstorm, with lots of lightning, like sonetka said. Maybe there could be some thunder effects as well. Some kind of artificial lightning could crackle from their headpieces.

4)Some sort of 'coming out of the ocean' effect, like they're standing on a wave. The clothes could have some sort of waterfall effect.

5)Probably the same thing as 3.

6)This one's hard. Perhaps something that suggests speed--like a bird. Only it would look kind of metallic, like the metal used in trains.

7) Some kind of forest fire effect. The clothes look like trees, then they seem to catch fire, burn to ash, and grow again. It would symbolize rebirth.

8)This could involve holograms of some sort, woven into the fabric. Flames and smoke. It could have patterns that seem to weave themselves in of their own accord.

9)Fabric that's holographic and shows waves of grain. Or maybe it works like a film, and the grain sprouts and grows. A scythe could be part of the costume.

10)Animals would be harder to do. I like gehayi's idea of horses. Some kind of image the flickers in and out, depending on how you look. The images on the fabric could move, and actually look like they're galloping.

11)I was thinking some sort of flower theme. Or at least, an outfit that looks like it's covered in plants. Or maybe he could find a way to have real plants twine themselves into decorations.

So animals, agriculture, and transportation are hardest, textiles and stone and electronics are easiest.

Edited at 2015-05-04 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 5th, 2015 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I think if I were going to do Roman statues, I'd go with Castor and Pollux. The warrior twins that signal victory in battle. Sure there'd be the gender issue, but if you could pull it off, it would link the tributes together as twins and sew the seeds for having dual victors. ~ Karen
princesselwen From: princesselwen Date: May 5th, 2015 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
That would be good too.
vesta_aurelia From: vesta_aurelia Date: May 6th, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
9)Fabric that's holographic and shows waves of grain. Or maybe it works like a film, and the grain sprouts and grows. A scythe could be part of the costume.
Could use the John Barleycorn imagery
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 6th, 2015 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here are my two cents… I was thinking in terms of rebellion and what themes Cinna could use to foster it with each particular district.

1) Luxury items/precious stones: Not sure what the theme would be but you could definitely make an impressive costume using all kinds of gems (diamonds, rubies, emeralds…)

2) Manufacture/construction/quarries/weaponry: I’ve been tossing around the ideas of construction and weaponry but can’t really fit them into a rebellious theme… Tributes carrying/wearing a lot of different weapons would be visually very impressive.

3) Electronics: A good theme would be communication, to make the districts realize they should communicate with themselves. Not sure how that would be effected in terms of costumes though.

4) Fishing: A water theme is the obvious choice, although I’m not sure how it would play in terms of inciting rebellion.

5) Energy: The obvious choice would be to use electricity, with lightning sparking all over the tributes’ costumes – that would be a sight!

6) Transportation: You could have a similar theme to D3, to highlight the need for communication/cooperation between districts. Have a costume that shows symbols of each district maybe, to make people realize they’re all part of the same world and they don’t have to be divided.

7) Lumber/paper: In a similar manner as fire was derived from coal, you could have books derived from paper (itself derived from wood). Dress the tributes with clothes made from paper material (it would have to be sturdy enough so as not to tear, of course), with writings all over. The writings would have to be not too tendencious so they can pass through the Capitol censors but I’m sure Cinna could find something with double meaning that would incite the rebellion.

8) Textile industry: … I’m drawing a blank :(

9) Grain: You could play against the ‘hunger’ theme of the Hunger Games, make people realize it’s not okay to be constantly kept on the brink of hunger. Show the tributes as providers of food, particularly bread since that’s derived from grain. The downside would be what happens in the arena: as the Gamemakers mocked the Girl on Fire by throwing fireballs at her, it would be easy for them to punish the D9 tributes by preventing them from getting food.

10) Cattle: Not sure - another food theme maybe, but related to animals?

11) Agriculture: Similar theme to D9, showing the tributes as providers of food, but with fruits and greenery rather than grain. You could have a costume that bears actual growing fruits or something. Same risk as D9 in the arena.

-Papillon82
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