Colours yes, City, Possibly not...

Im very unsure about this, mainly the huts, i might keep trying to adjust it, get some charm back but still looks like a village more than a city.

One to come back to i think -

Trying things out -

A lot to work on but colours are becoming easier

Exterior Low Angle Shot OR Exterior Establishing Shot -

Been staring at this for far too long, i don't even know anymore!


Break - Details and progress -

While I'm taking a 5 minute break i shall just update you guys on my progress ... Random mountains.... yay?

And While i'm on the break i will just do some... slightly less stressful work... light draw flags...


Concept Artist "Who's Who?"

perspective exercises -

Certainly need to work on this.

Disc Artwork -

Colour Contemplation -

Become a bit unsure about how to go about using colour, tried referring to my first colour thumbnail sheet and didn't seem to have the same effect so i also tried using more subtle colours, don't know where to go from here? 


Film Review - 2001: A Space Odyssey

(Fig. 1)
                                                                                        2001: A Space Odyssey.

Release Date - 1968
Director - Stanley Kubrick
Genre - Fantasy, Thriller, Sci-Fi.

A supposed classic, despite initial mixed reviews the film went on to gross 5x it's 10 million dollar budget, paving the way for almost every sci-fi film in the 20th century. Produced during the space hype of the 1960's, this film shows a decent realistic and fascinating at the time distant future. 
The special effects from the life like model space ships to the techniques used to replicate a zero gravity environment are absolutely outstanding and convincing, see (Fig.1) and (Fig.2) for examples,  this is perhaps doubly outstanding considering this film was made a full year before man actually landed on the moon, nearly a decade before Star Wars come out, Roger Ebert mention the special effects in more detail by saying "Nearly 30 years after it was made, it has not dated in any important detail, and although special effects have become more versatile in the computer age, Trumbull's work remains completely convincing -- more convincing, perhaps, than more sophisticated effects in later films, because it looks more plausible, more like documentary footage than like elements in a story." (Ebert, 1997)

Clear Example of model ship.

Beautifully shot moment of zero gravity in effect.
Every shot is carefully thought out, beautifuly capturing the actors and the environment, (Fig.4). given it's achievements it's no wonder dozens of film institutes have rated this picture high in the list of most influential sci-fi film of all time. Unfortunately the ground breaking achievement is packaged as a ridiculously slow moving motion picture. Kubrick is supposedly famous for creative painstakingly dragged out films, a space odyssey is clearly his crowning achievement. The interesting and engaging middle act is ended by a drab 25 minute long sequence with no dialogue or any purpose. There is a fine line between deliberately artistic and a unwatchable movie, which sadly Kubrick crossed the line. The few iconic sequences and now famous sound track are some of the only things that made this film watchable, but just barely. Roger Ebert also mention the music in his review by saying "The classical music chosen by Kubrick exists outside the action. It uplifts. It wants to be sublime; it brings a seriousness and transcendence to the visuals."  (Ebert, 1997) 

Another brilliantly captured moment.

2001: A Space Odyssey was the last film made about men on the moon before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked there in real life and years later the conspiracy theories still flew around that this is not a coincidence claiming that all the footage of Armstrong's voyage was a hoax directed by Kubric using left over scenes and props from the film.

In terms of technology Kubrick was jumping ahead of time, its remarkable how a director could have such a vision seeing as Dr. Heywood Floyd talks to his his daughter on the video payphone (Fig.5) which we now know commonly as Skype or face time, But at the time this was a whole new concept infact the whole film is purely Kubrick's concept.

Outstanding technology for the time.
It also has become clear that whomever watches this film is then filled with questions and slight confusion, the film can very much be interpreted in anyway but this doesn't help while you're watching, reading into the film after it seems that even on release day there was much confusion and even people walked out before the end, again i refer to Roger Ebert in his review saying "But not everyone remained. Rock Hudson stalked down the aisle, complaining, “Will someone tell me what the hell this is about?'' There were many other walkouts, and some restlessness at the film's slow pace." (Ebert, 1997). For a film like this it was to be expected, something with no clear narrative and no easy entertainment and random scenes where astronauts end up in rooms with there older self, it was no wonder Kubrick didn't become an over night success, even though it seems he focused so heavily on the set and effects he forgot to maybe make it understandable or even watchable like any other film of its kind.

For a film that might as well be a silent film it's worth viewing at least once to say you've actually seen it. 

Bibliography -

Ebert, Roger. (1997) '2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)'
In: http://www.rogerebert.com 27.03.97 [Online]
At: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-2001-a-space-odyssey-1968 (Accessed on the 20.10.14)

Illustration List - 

Figure 1. Poster | Sort | Simen Meyer (2013) From: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Directed by: Stanley Kubrick [Film Poster] England / America: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
At: http://simenmeyer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2001-A-Space-Odyssey-ny.jpg (Accessed on the 20.10.14)

Figure 2. 2001: A Space odyssey Wallpaper (1968) From: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Directed by: Stanley Kubrick [Film Still] England / America: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
At: http://www.turkishdenial.com/2001-a-space-odyssey-wallpaper/ (Accessed on the 20.10.14)

Figure 3. 2001: A Space odyssey Wallpaper (1968) From: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Directed by: Stanley Kubrick [Film Still] England / America: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
At:http://www.google.co.uk/urlsa=i&source=images&cd=&ved=0CAUQjBw4Ig&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwfiles.brothersoft.com%2F2%2F2001_a_space_odyssey_598571920x1080.jpg&ei=JWBEVNH5JcGd7gbit4Bw&psig=AFQjCNGtB7PVHbgSZ45sJmwSGiD9KwFz3Q&ust=1413853605715823 (Accessed on the 20.10.14)

Figure 4. 25 2001: A Space odyssey Wallpaper (1968) From: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Directed by: Stanley Kubrick [Film Still] England / America: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
At:http://www.google.co.uk/urlsa=i&source=images&cd=&ved=0CAUQjBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.alphacoders.com%2F270%2F2701.jpg&ei=LWBEVO2iAcaS7Aa4nYHQCw&psig=AFQjCNHMjbAHBbE7Y38We9jKk_bRueH69g&ust=1413853613098848 (Accessed on the 20.10.14)

Figure 5. VideoPhone Booth in 2001 - Critical commons (1968) From: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Directed by: Stanley Kubrick [Film Still] England / America: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
At:http://www.google.co.uk/urlsa=i&source=images&cd=&ved=0CAUQjBw4Dg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.criticalcommons.org%2FMembers%2FccManager%2Fclips%2F2001videophonebooth.mp4%2FthumbnailImage&ei=LGJEVKWPGK3d7QbWtYCYAg&psig=AFQjCNF63s49l35uALjhUK8t6SepZt1skQ&ust=1413854124487135 (Accessed on the 20.10.14)


Influence maps -

Influence maps to help me plan out how to make my city look.... more like an actual functioning city... also make it more connected, keeping in mind how the people of the city get around, where they get food, water and energy from.


Film Review - King Kong

King Kong

Release date - 1933
Director - Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper.
Genre - Disaster film, Fantasy, Animation, Stop motion, thriller.

I couldn't possible praise this film enough, the basic plot of it is Carl Denham, a unpredictable film maker, is on a voyage to skull island, an uncharted mystical land where somehow prehistoric creatures still exist, he brings with him a young woman called Ann Darrow, who he finds in New York struggling to survive and offers her a once in a life time voyage, she naively accepts and is cast as lead actress, but once on the island the natives decide their presence has ruined their ritual and want Ann to make up for it, once they talk their way out of giving her over and retreat to the ship they come to capture her anyway and offer her up as a sacrifice to their giant ape god, kong. Once kong see's Ann however he instantly has a unique interest in her and carries her off into the unknown land, denham and his crew venture into the unknown to get her back attempting to fight against the dinosaurs and kong, in the very end kong is captured and brought back to NewYork and put on show as the 8th wonder of the world where he shortly breaks free due to him going into a blind rage from all the flash photography, goes though NewYork causing havoc to find Ann and proceeds to climb the empire state building to escape the people and armed forces, so begins one of the most iconic endings of all time. There is so much to mention about this brilliant film it's hard to refine it, firstly you must appreciate the jungle that makes up the island, it has a dark but magical quality and was all made by hand. As you may already know kong and the other prehistoric creatures are all stop motion, many other reviews by other people also like to bring up the stop motion side of the film like Mark Chalon Smith, "Directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack use Willis O'Brien's stop-motion special effects--spectacular state-of-the-art for the '30s--to develop a series of tumultuous action scenes, both on the island and in Manhattan, culminating with Kong's famous star turn atop the Empire State Building." (Smith,1991). So you can only imagine how many hours it took to film this and to combined the live actors with the stop motion footage they had to invent new techniques so a lot of the time the actors were performing in front of a projection other times two pieces of footage were joined together and even some times footage was projected onto the set frame by frame being animated around (fig.2). Tim Dirks also talks about the revolutionary techniques used in the film "This remarkable film received no Academy Awards nominations - it would have won in the Special Effects category if there had been such a category. The film contained many revolutionary technical innovations for its time (rear projection, miniature models about 18 inches in height, and trick photography, etc.), and some of the most phenomenal stop-motion animation sequences and special effects ever filmed (by chief technician Willis O'Brien, famed for his first feature film The Lost World (1925))." (Dirks, 2010) There were full size parts of kong like the hands, face and feet for certain moments in the film (Fig.3). For a film made in 1933 it is just unbelievable what they done and how they done it Laurie Boeder also discusses the full size parts of kong and the faults of animation by saying "So what if Kong keeps changing size in relation to the world? If his fur ripples oddly in the skyscraper scenes (marked by fingertips as he was posed for each shot)? So what if Kong's big, bare paw is clearly mechanical as he plucks off bits of Ann's dress? Crude by today's lights, these special effects were all new, big and sensational in 1933. The low-budget fantasy was a gargantuan hit and a huge money-maker..". (Boeder,2012). We also can't forget to mention the sound that accompanies this film, kong's roar alone was a combination of animal growls. All this wrapped up by a timeless story of beauty and beast.

Footage projected onto live set to animate around.
Full size parts for when Kong grabs Ann.

Bibliography -

Boeder, Laurie. (2012) 'King Kong - The Original'
In: http://www.about.com/entertainment 23.05.12 [online]
At: http://classicfilm.about.com/od/earlysciencefiction/fr/King_Kong.htm (Accessed on the 12.10.14)

Chalon Smith, Mark. (1991) 'Everything's monkey-dory in kong'
In: http://www.latimes.com 28.10.91 [online]
At: http://articles.latimes.com/1991-10-24/news/ol-253_1_king-kong (Accessed on the 12.10.14)

Dirks, Tim. (2010) 'King Kong (1933)'
In: http://www.filmsite.org 12.02.10 [online]
At: http://www.filmsite.org/kingk.html (Accessed on the 12.10.14)

Illustration List -

Figure 1. King Kong Lives / Dokumentation (1933) From: King Kong. Directed By Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper. [Film Still]
USA: RKO Pictures. At: http://nilowanner.ch/kingkongdoku/material/king_kong_1.jpg (Accessed on the 12.10.14)

Figure 2. Miniture rear projection in 1933's King Kong (1933) From: King Kong. Directed By Directed By Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper. [Film Still]
USA: RKO Pictures. At: http://www.criticalcommons.org/Members/pcote/clips/king-kong-miniature-rear-projection.mov/thumbnailImage. (Accessed on the 12.10.14)

Figure 3. The mechanical hand (1933) From: King Kong. Directed By Directed By Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper. [Film Still]
USA: RKO Pictures. At: http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&docid=iuV0EleUW17zPM&tbnid=4wczofBCNG0ViM:&ved=0CAUQjBw4OA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pulpanddagger.com%2Fcanuck%2Farm4.jpg&ei=_CI7VNXuDoqd7ga9_4C4DA&psig=AFQjCNEnH91i0D9rv1cFUF-RooSOtViumA&ust=1413248124321155 (Accessed on the 12.10.14)


Sculpture drawings..?

.....As you can tell this isn't my best area...always struggled with drawing this kind of thing, i think when it comes to life drawing i may do a bit better, but for now i shall continue to struggle!

Influence maps - Exterior ideas / Interior.

Wanted to give a brief idea of what I'm aiming for, but i will be going into more detail with all the little things especially with the interior.


Thumbnails 97 - 101 (dead end)

Explored Moriana, really couldn't get into it or come up with any new ideas, i seem to be drawing the same things over and over, might have to take a break from the thumbnails for a little while.

Thumbnails 91 - 96

Trying out Ersilia, at the moment it's between this city and Baucis... might end up seeing elements of both in my more finalised paintings.

Thumbnails 77 - 90

Exploring Diomira - Found the city a bit difficult to get ideas from, also only subtle colour today.


Colour Tests - Thumbnails 65 - 76 (Again)

Previous thumbnails but used to try out colour, practice is certainly the key word here.
Felt thumbnails 65 - 69 were better for colour tryouts and generally went a lot smoother than my second thumbnail sheet where i only chose to colour 70, 74 and 75  because every time i tried to colour into the others i started to dislike what i was doing.

back to practicing ...

Group Animation -

Group animation from week one that i finally got my hands on -
Even though i have previous experience with dragon the lesson helped refresh my memory.

Thumbnails 65-76 (Commitment issues)

65 - 69 Armilla. "Unfinished or demolished"
70 - 76 Baucis. "The slender stilts that rise from the ground at great distance from one another and are lost above the clouds support the city" " Nothing of the city touches the earth except those long flamingo legs."

Having a few issues committing to one city so for the moment i want to just try out a few based on a few lines from each city description.


Film Review - Metropolis


Release date - 1927
Director - Fritz Lang.
Genre - Science fiction, Silent film, Drama.

A film of which storytelling is mostly all visual and inter titles seem to be avoided, apart from cut away scenes that explain what else is happening due to key footage of the film being lost and this is only manageable due to referring to the novelisation of the story. A film full of overdramatic scenes and images that make no logical sense, an example being early on in the film "Freder has a vision in which the machinery turns into an obscene, devouring monster." (Roger Ebert, 2010) After which the machine is only a machine again and you are watching fellow workers pick up the injured and carry on with work once again.

A film of it's age is filled with brilliant camera angles, special effects and not to mention the huge set (Fig.2) and large amount of extras, which is said that they weren't treated like people more like props during the film being made. The special effects were the work of Eugen Sch├╝fftan, he created a special effects technique that used mirrors to put actors into miniature sets, he done this first in metropolis, the technique proved popular through the first half of the 20th century until it was replaced by bluescreen "According to Magill's Survey of Cinema, his photographic system allowed people and miniature sets to be combined in a single shot, through the use of mirrors, rather than laboratory work." (Roger Ebert, 2010). One of the best examples is John's office, all of it was a brilliant interpretations of the future, with some form of Art Deco overlay with even computer displays and two way video conferencing which when you think about is outstanding for 1927.

The Laboratory of the films evil genius, Rotwang, has probably been the inspiration for all new mad scientists to this day, filled with random pipes and boiling jars, a now typical scene for a classic laboratory. In the film Rotwang makes another Maria and this is done in a strange sense by first placing here in a glass cylinder ( fig.3) surrounded by lights, obviously to add to the mad scientist look the jars of liquid are randomly boiling and lights are flashing, in the scene it starts to look like she is being scanned by these beams of light and almost like the image of her is being uploaded to the robot. This being said the fake Maria had a completely different personality which also affected her appearance, she could walk and talk to same but the look she gave was much more menacing "The artificial Maria, the "woman" who could walk and talk but possessed no soul, had queer drooping underlids to her eyes." (Mordaunt Hall, 2003)

Even though the film is almost two hours long the original release ran almost three hours, the studio at the time demanded that it was cut and cut again, the result of this lead to original scenes being lost this is now why we have inter titles to explain the lost scenes.

This film in an unforgettable piece of history and pure genius when it comes to camera angles and effects, films wouldn't be the same now if it wasn't for this.


Bibliography - 

Ebert, Roger. (2010) 'Metropolis (1927)'
In: http://www.rogerebert.com 28.03.1998 [Online]
At: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-metropolis-1927 (Accessed on the 1.10.14)

Hall, Mordaunt. (2003) 'metropolis (1927) A technical marvel'
In: http://www.nytimes.com 21.05.2003 [Online]
At: http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9A05E2D8143BE13ABC4F53DFB566838C639EDE

Illustration list - 

Figure 1. Archive 98 (1927) From: Metropolis. Directed By: Fritz Lang. [Film Still]
Germany: Paramount Pictures. At: http://www.comicbookbrain.com/_imagery/2012-05-01/metropolis-1926-poster-620.jpg. (Accessed on the 1.10.14)

Figure 2. Metropolis (1927) (1927) From: Metropolis. Directed By: Fritz Lang. [Film Still]
Germany: Paramount Pictures. At http://flickminute.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Metropolis-_1927-Fritz-Lang-Masterpiece-_Flick-Minute.jpg. (Accessed 1.10.14)

Figure 3. Metropolis (1927) (1927) From: Metropolis. Directed By: Fritz Land. [Film Still]
Germany: Paramount Pictures. At:http://unaffiliatedcritic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Rotwangs-Laboratory.png. (Accessed on the 1.10.14)