One aspect of the TV show that will undoubtedly get it’s fair share of scrutiny, is the artistic choices on how to depict channeling.
What the books tell us (from WoT wiki)
Channelers will describe the experience of “seeing” the flows visually, despite the non-visible nature of the flows. Seeing the flows take shape into weaves is how one learns and memorizes the techniques of manipulating the Power. The flows appear smooth and nearly transparent, faintly tinged with color according to which of the Five Powers is involved. Fire appears red, Water appears blue, Earth appears green, Air appears yellow, and Spirit appears white.
The strength of a flow is evident to a channeler by its size, be it a trickle of power or cable-thick strands. Again, this is a misleading way of describing it to non-channelers, as very thin strands can be quite fine and powerful while thicker ones less forceful. These flows appear to emanate from the body of the channeler, except to the channeler him or herself. To the person channeling, the flow appears to originate in close proximity.
The audience is likely to remain in 3rd person which leads me to think we see channeling from the point of view of a non-channeler. That is, we see people fly across a room and get pinned against a wall, but no colors or weaves. Is there a tasteful way to show channeling from a first person perspective? Maybe you can establish rules that allow you to show the colors and the weaves from the main characters perspective when: a scene only includes channels (same side), in the dreamworld, during private lessons, etc.
Here are a few early encounters of channeling in EotW to consider.
- Moiraine using her angreal to heal Tam in the Winespring Inn - (Nothing to see here except Moriaines acting)
- Moiraine compelling various townsfolk - (acting ability only)
- Rand urging Bella to run, possibly his first channeling (Rand’s acting ability and facial expression, maybe a quick action scene that shows the hair on Rand’s arm standing up?)
- Moiraine creating fog and sinking the ferry (CGI fog, water and ferry movement only)
- Egwene lighting a candle in a private lesson with Moriane, before Rand snoops - (Maybe a tiny glimmer of color?)
- Moiraine turning into a giant and stepping over a city wall, past white cloaks - (Ohh goodness I hate this scene. Please don’t get giant. Cast a giant shadow for the sake of striking fear, use the power to amplify your voice, push white-cloaks with the power and ride through the gate at the last second, but please don’t physically 10x your size to step over.)
What are your thoughts?