R.A. Salvatore seems to have made a tidy profit....I would agree, that Drow skin is a black not found in natural skin colours and also D&D elves are much more slender then the human norm. There is a lot to be said for going the CGI route.
I really do wonder if a black skinned matriarchal evil race is marketable?
Not that the wailing & gnashing of teeth wouldn't be a great show in & of itself (& probably better than the movie), but HOW would you possibly do that?On the other hand, you could work the inevitable social-consciousness-based uproar into the marketing scheme.
We might find out if "any publicity is good publicity".
Somebody with a better grasp of human psychology than I, and probably LN or LE aligned, would be better able to answer that. I can see and predict the rough outlines of the reaction, but I don't know how to manipulate it to achieve a desired end.HOW would you possibly do that?
Yeah, but makeup could darken to ebony blue, and prosthetics could reshape face (and ears!). Tiger Shroff from India has a graceful form.I would agree, that Drow skin is a black not found in natural skin colours and also D&D elves are much more slender then the human norm.
From the 5e PHB, p.24: "~ Have black skin that resembles polished obsidian ~"Yeah, but makeup could darken to ebony blue, and prosthetics could reshape face (and ears!). Tiger Shroff from India has a graceful form.
Yes CGI. Then you pick whichever actors you want - Euro-Caucasian, Indian, African, etc - mold their facial features Elvish, & CGI them obsidian black.Just not some Euro-Caucasian person in black face. And not CGI - agh! CGI works only for monstrous visages (Gollum). CGI for humane faces (unless the whole film is semi-cartoonish CGI) results in the "uncanny valley". "And then Bruenor turns and talks to the creepy cartoon character.".
What don't you get? Drow =/= black person.I suggested an Indian actor since there are Black Dravidian roots to the Indian People. A Black African actor and martial artist could be cool too.
okay okay...look...I'm speaking as an artist here. Every kind of black...even the deepest obsidian black...has a specific shade: even "obsidian black" must lean toward "blue-black" or "green-black" or "gray-black". I'm not talking about "blue", that's why I said "ebony-blue" (bluish-black). Drow have sometimes been depicted with a "bluish" (obsidian) black hue. For example, Erol Otus' classic (scroll down the page): http://thedelvers.com/2011/digger-pleaseFrom the 5e PHB, p.24: "~ Have black skin that resembles polished obsidian ~"
Not ebony blue. Not some shade of brown. BLACK.
Maybe, but still I feel the role would be good for a Black or Indian martial artist and actor. Not because of their skin is the shade of a drow, but because of the righteousness of it.this is 2018 & we have CGI that can paint you whatever colors desired.
I suspect that the bulk of R.A. Savlatore's sales are to people already familiar with the lore of D&d and I also strongly suspect that the people that would bury a movie for portraying a matriarchal black skinned evil race would not be caught dead within 50m. of a fantasy book.R.A. Salvatore seems to have made a tidy profit....