13 Dec 2009

Dawn of a New Blog V3...

Third time lucky right?
Whats your opinion?


Sam Hayes said...

This one looks nice, hopefully the grand-master will agree.

I like the blue-ness, apparently that is a calming colour and lowers your blood pressure which could really help, if in the future, you post things that anger our tutors. lol.

Bluejetdude said...

lol. Phils gonna love you calling him the grand-master. I try not to anger them but i might give it a test run lol.

tutorphil said...

Unit 3 Interim Online Review - 15/12/09

Hi Earl,

You're looking much more comfortable with the challenges of Unit 3 - which is good to see; that said, I do still want you to invest in improving your 2d 'pre-production' stuff; don't go down the route of 'retroactive' concept art (in which you create work 'after' all the decisions have been made to simply satisfy the wishes of the 'grand-master' haha!). The point about concept art is that, put simply, it is art direction and production design combined - a means of understanding the scene before its construction begins; it may never be a strength of yours, but I don't see why it should remain a weakness.

Your scene - that plays knowingly on the 'unheimlich' element of childhood spaces - looks as if it's shaping up well; something else for you to look at: check out the 1973 photoseries 'The Bogeyman' by photographer Duane Michals.

In general terms, I think you could still make much more of your online journal and be more investigative; for the remainder of this unit, I want you to use this space exhaustively as you move towards completion; let's see all your research and development as you resolve this scene; for an example of student blogs that leave no stone unturned, please browse

also - if you're not already following it, please add the central UCA CG ARTS blog to your reading list

See following post for general essay stuff

oh - and regarding the blog, the 'grand-master' says 'yes'!

tutorphil said...

Written assignment Unit 3 Part 1

Consider carefully the following learning outcomes for your essay and structure your assignment accordingly. You must demonstrate:

1) Knowledge and understanding of ‘the Uncanny’.

You should begin your essay by defining ‘the uncanny’ in theoretical terms (i.e. according to Sigmund Freud, Jentsch, and anyone else with a helpful or clear definition). You will be expected to include a quoted source by which to demonstrate your understanding; the essay, ‘The Uncanny’ by Freud is rich in useful observations – so use it; you’ll want to consider the concept of the ‘unheimlich’ and the sorts of motifs/artefacts that create the uncanny experience.

2) A developed ability to engage in research.

At this stage of your course, you are expected to research your subject area in order to enrich your discussion and corroborate your analysis. No essay at this stage should be written ‘off the top of your head’ or without a clear research agenda. Research might include a variety of film reviews, artist statements, images, books, critiques and articles. Research requires that you READ and take notes! For instance, if you are looking at Invasion of the Body-Snatchers in relation to the uncanny, first cross-reference lots of reviews/articles about the film. Make a note of any recurrent terms or ideas and when you come across a term you don’t understand or are unfamiliar with – investigate it! Try google searching associated terms together– for instance ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers & uncanny’ – as you may find research material that relates very specifically to your discussion.

There are no short-cuts to an intelligently written assignment – focused research = successful essays; without research and a body of evidence, your essay is simply ‘chat’ and of no academic significance. Be significant!

3) The ability to synthesise a range of research applied to arguments.

Put more simply, this means that once you’ve completed your research and gathered together your key ideas, you are then able to use them to ‘unpack’ your chosen subject; think of your research as a precision tool-kit especially selected by you to ‘dismantle’ your case-study or studies (i.e. the film, image, programme, artwork you’ve chosen to discuss)

4) The ability to clearly and academically communicate ideas.

This is all about your writing style and your ‘voice’ – too many of you are writing as if you’re talking, and it’s a habit you need to lose asap in this context. So you must avoid slang and clich├ęs; you’re not on the street or down the pub, you’re in a formal space with formal conventions.

Avoid the first person; instead of writing ‘I think that Invasion Of The Body-Snatchers is about the fear of conformity’, consider instead ‘It is arguable that Invasion of the Body-Snatchers is about the fear of conformity’.

tutorphil said...

Written assignment Unit 3 Part 2

Please don’t ‘narrate’ your own research – for instance ‘I looked on the internet and found this interesting article’ – No! No! No! Your reader doesn’t give a damn about ‘how’ you came by your research – just use it effectively and formally.

Punctuation – please use it! Try proof-reading your paragraphs out loud – if you’re gasping for breath by the end of them, you’re in serious need of some full-stops, commas and semi-colons. If you’re uncertain how to use them properly please visit - and that goes for apostrophes too!

Capitalisation – all film titles, book titles, artist names etc – should be capitalized every time you include them; Invasion of the Body-Snatchers, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover etc… Likewise, when first referring to a film please include director and release date.

Footnotes are NOT to be used to reference quotes within the body of the essay; use Harvard Method. Footnotes can be used to include additional information external to the main body, but useful for the reader’s broader understanding of the subject area.

Italicize your quotations!

Double-space your document!

If you refer to something visual as part of your argument – you must include a supporting illustration as supporting evidence.

Finally – PROOF-READ your assignments before submission; I am not an English teacher so don’t want to be forever correcting spelling mistakes, typos or ‘right’ words wrongly substituted by a spellchecker. Make time to polish your written work, as you would your creative project work.

Good luck!

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