22 Mar 2010

Loction and prop research

Looking at the look and feel off the table and other such props that I plan to draw inspiration from:

There inspiration and the basis of the props and characters. Now I can start putting a story board together and some character design.

On a side note, tomorrow will be the start of a new feature here on this blog o'mine. I'll be the first the say by drawings aren't up to scratch but for tomorrow I'll be practising every night and in any spare time. I'll mainly be blogging them for my own purpose to see any development I may come across. I was going to start tonight but I have been doing Symposium work.


tutorphil said...

Online Interim Review 23/03/10

Morning Earl,

I like the goal-orientated structure in your latest story idea - with the table as the obstacle course - lots of fun to be had there; that said, I wonder perhaps if the 'photo of a teapot' love interest isn't a bit too complex an idea to set up in so short a time; in truth, the goal is a maguffin; what would be the logical goal for a teapot? If a teapot's prime function is to serve tea, then why not make getting to an empty teacup the 'golden fleece'? This is instantly 'readable' and 'makes sense' in an immediate way; the teapot's mission is to fill the teacup on the far side of the breakfast table - pity that it's so clumsy that it ends up trashing the joint on the way...

See following post for general stuff re. written assignment - you really need to spend some 'quality time' on your essay this time, Earl - your last essay suffered from a poor choice of subject, so pay particular attention to the stuff about establishing a clear investigative purpose.

tutorphil said...

Use your introduction* to state clearly the investigative intention of your written assignment and the means by which you are going to support your discussion; for instance:

‘This essay will investigate the animated films of The Brothers Quay in relation to Freud’s theory of the Uncanny - with particular focus on Street of Crocodiles (1986) and The Comb (1990)…


‘The stop-motion animator, Ray Harryhausen is arguably the father of modern day cinematic fantasy. What follows is an investigation of his life and work in relation to the development of special effects…’

Stylistically, it is often clarifying to begin with a key-note quote or bench mark statement that sets the scene for the discussion… for instance:

‘… the Brothers Quay's works are independent of any definable genre; indeed, the imitation of their unique style which can be observed in films of other animators are a complimentary gesture to the auteur style they have developed. Throughout their opus, a continuity can be observed - Quays' devotion to the marginal, the nobody and the unnoticed, elevated into the sublime…’ (Buchan: 1996)

In her essay, Shifting Realities – The Brothers Quay – Between Live Action and Animation, Suzanne Buchan observes that other animators have imitated the unique style of the Brothers Quay. This investigation seeks to trace that influence by comparing their short 1986 film, Street of Crocodiles with Henry Selick’s Coraline (2009)…

* If you can’t provide a succinct introduction for your discussion, chances are you’re not quite ready to write the essay. You need to make your argument clear – without one, you are submitting a ‘blancmange’.

When referring to a film for the first time, always give proper title (with capital letters!), release date and director; after that, you can use title only. Please check spelling of film title – if it’s a made-up word, the spell check won’t know the difference!

When referring to a person for the first time, use full name – after that, use surname only.

You must use Harvard Method for quotations!

Use footnotes for ‘additional’ information that is important or contextualizing but ‘outside’ of the main body of the essay.

Please double-space your written assignments!

You must provide a paper-copy at time of crit!

Bluejetdude said...

Hmmmm some great points there Phil. I'll follow them up on them when this Research Symposium is out of the way.

On regards to the essay, I wrote it a week before submission but what I regret is that I KNEW is was missing the mark at the back of my mind but kept passing to the chance to go rewrite it.
I was by far my weakest essay so far and I plan to return to my previous essay ways but better :)

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