Sunday, August 17, 2008

Inspiration for Syndra-Kai

I am a very visual person, so it helps me sometimes to have an actual picture of what I am holding in my mind...
So I thought I might post a few images that I have thought of when I created Syndra-Kai in my mind.
For starters, the story of Aladdin (Disney version) comes to mind... I hope I'm not straying to close to that story line, even though it's a common theme, and yes, some of the characters in there I have found to be inspirational... For one, of course, is Princess Jasmine.

But Jasmine is imperfect for my purposes, so then I think, well, if I were going to cast this as a MOVIE, what actress would I want to choose?
The absolute perfect actress that comes to mind is Elizabeth Taylor- she perfectly personifies what I think of when I picture Syndra-Kai.
As Empress, I am thinking along the lines of Liz in Cleopatra (without the horrific eye makeup).

The most striking thing to me between Liz and Syndra are her eyes and her poise.

Of course, Liz is well past her prime to actually PLAY this role, so if I were to be put in mind of a more modern, young actress, I came across Vanessa Hudgens (of High School Musical fame)... put some violet contacts on this chick and tell her to act like Liz, and I think we have a winner...

I'm going to go track down images of the rest of my main characters thus for so you can get an image yourself...


_-*Kristen*-_ said...

nah, when i envision her, i think of the girl that played evie in the mummy.

i think that would be a good actor for her.

Kestrel said...

I like her too! She has the right kind of feel, so you're on the right track. Problem is, she's a little old to play the part, (She's in her 30's I think) so I went looking for actresses that would be about Syndra's age. It's important to remember that no matter how much Syndra acts like a grown-up, she is still very young.