Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Narrative: Idea Development

HORROR: I WANT TO BE A PUPPET

Act 1 – Small cute character sees puppet/music box show, admiring the performers. The character

too wants this admiration and sets off to find out how

Act 2 – Goes into ‘dressing room’ type of environment discovering lots of models/puppets heads on

poles (like a friendly version of gruesome heads on spikes?). Gets caught up in a web pulling its limbs

back and hurts itself (like a puppet not having control over its limbs)

Act 3 – The joyous colours and smiles of the performers can now be seen to be menacing (like the

way people interpret clowns, they’re funny until the lights are out). Character looks down at broken

limb now thinking how much they don’t want to be a performer/puppet as they too have lost

control of their limbs


ADVENTURE: CHARACTER SEES PLANE CRASH (DESTINY INSPIRED)

Act 1 – Character gets ready for ‘work’ and decides to fly his plane even though it’s a little damaged/

empty fuel; plane crashes

Act 2 – Character wakes up and sees themselves getting ready for work, character is confused, tests

out why he’s there (hand through himself etc)

Act 3 – Character knows how to save himself and acts upon it


COMEDY: A DOGS CHEW TOY

Act 1 – Hear puppy moaning and searching amongst toys to find desired object. Character reveals

himself out of pity however the character resembles something else (i.e. a plump belly round like a

ball, a long body like a bone?)

Act 2 – Puppy plays rough with Character we hear contrasting happy/tearing sounds

Act 3 – Character will no longer reveal himself as he is missing parts of him (limb/stuffing/mangles

face etc)

OR character continues to play with puppy using its limb to play fetch?

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Narrative: Exploring Genres

Action/Adventure (A goal to achieve)
Essentially one long quest with a succession of issues to overcome. It has rising tension and anticipation leading to the final 'sequence.'

          Examples:
          ~ Flying a toy plane
          ~ Using toys to escape (toy plane, bouncing on a ball, skateboard)
          ~ Trying to be the toy on the top shelf/on pillow

Comedy
There are many different ways to explore a comedy genre. The conventions that allow this are; Types of Comedy, Setting, Iconography, Character, Theme, Bright Colours.

          Subgenres within comedy:
          American ~ Cheesy
          Slapstick  ~ Banana skin (silly usually involves pain, timeless)
          Horror      ~ Seeing something unscary, VERY scary
          Adult        ~ Cheeky, unaware of its nature

Crime
Commonly the narrative offers room for debate

          Examples:
          Race, Policing, Gender, Social Events

Romance
There is a common plot within Romance: Boy meets Girl - They become good friends - There are frequent hints made that they would make a great couple - Unfortunately an argument makes the characters hate each other - Until a huge over the top gesture is made and the characters leave happily ever after.

Sci-fi
Generally following a disaster in the past, mankind turns to robotics and scientists to build a new world. Following Todorov's Narrative Theory.

Thriller
There is usually a crime at the core of the narrative, often a murder. The film is sculpted around this, with complex structures and false paths, clues and resolutions.

Horror (A fear of something)
Horror's tend to follow Todorov's Narrative Theory in a linear fashion. With tension climbing for the duration of the film until the resolution that answers all the questions rose within the film.

          Examples:
          ~ Loosing limbs
          ~ Scissors
          ~ Loose threads
          ~ Dogs chew toy

Critical Perspectives: The Heroes Journey - The Dark Crystal

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Narrative: Plot Ideas

After being given the theme of 'In a Toy Cupboard' and the phrase of 'Once Bitten, Twice Shy' we immediately started brainstorming and came up with several ideas. After thinking about style and content we have come up with three plots that we feel could be portrayed effectively.

Plot 1 - Puppet
Puppet looks up at his strings whilst dancing slowly
Flash back - puppet is dancing erratically, gets tangled and ends up having some of his strings cut
Cut back to the puppet dancing cautiously and slowly

Plot 2 - Bubblegum
Character sees gum on the floor
Flash back - same character seeing gum, rushing over to it and playing with it, becoming tangled
Cut back to the character avoiding gum

Plot 3 - The Thread
Character walks along and notices a loose thread on his leg
Flash back - the same character pulling on a loose thread on his arm, resulting in a loss of limb
Cut back to present day, Character carefully fixes thread on leg

Narrative: Plot Ideas

After being given the theme of 'In a Toy Cupboard' and the phrase of 'Once Bitten, Twice Shy' we immediately started brainstorming and came up with several ideas. After thinking about style and content we have come up with three plots that we feel could be portrayed effectively.

Plot 1 - Puppet
  • Puppet looks up at his strings whilst dancing slowly,
  • Flash back - puppet is dancing erratically, gets tangled and ends up having some of his strings cut,
  • Cut back to the puppet dancing cautiously and slowly.
Plot 2 - Bubblegum
  • Character sees gum on the floor,
  • Flash back - same character seeing gum, rushing over to it and playing with it, becoming tangled.
  • Cut back to the character avoiding gum.
Plot 3 - The Thread
  • Character walks along and notices a loose thread on his leg,
  • Flash back - the same character pulling on a loose thread on his arm, resulting in a loss of limb,
  • Cut back to present day, Character carefully fixes thread on leg.

Narrative : In the Toy Cupboard


The cards my team (Ayunie and Scott) were given today were 'Once Bitten Twice Shy' and 'In the toy Cupboard'. At first thought we weren't too clear on the definition of the phrase and after research understand that the definition doesn't vary however, we can interpret it openly. Also, when we got the second card along with the background image as an influence we immediately thought of Toy Story,

After our chat we left and delved into our own research to later bring back and discuss any ideas we had. We want to try and get the audience and style out first and with it being 'In the Toy Cupboard' I couldn't help but think of young, childish and cute things as a style.
I looked into different animations particularly liking those that use alot of texture and colour such as shadow puppet animations. This came from looking at children's toys as they too vary in texture; from a plastic or porcelain doll to a soft teddy bear. Though the style I have looked into does portray a certain child-like innocence we are not sure if our intentions will match... However, we will see whether accompanying the style (whatever that may be) or contrasting it will be more effective.











Saturday, 13 September 2014

Summer Break 2014: Anatomy Sketches

Gesture Drawings 30 secomds

Differing angles of the skull

Skeleton in the skin

Pelvic Bone, Hand and Foot

Here are some sketches I have been doing.







Summer Break 2014: Watercolour Tiger

Tiger Photo
Tiger in Water Colour

























On the left is a photograph I took at Wildlife Heritage Foundation and on the right is a study of my photo in watercolour. I feel learning the traditional methods and particular techniques will aid me when painting digitally, I am tempted to take this further and correct the mistakes and make alterations in Photoshop as there are certain limits with tidying up mistakes using watercolour paints alone.