Month: January 2014

A2 board on Location

My chosen location for the film is Arkwright Foyer, this location drew me in because it is more of an active space compared to the three other locations, there is a lot more movement, sound and light. My first reactions to the space is that it is a cold blank canvas.

There are six main entrances through the foyer, two of these leading outside. The movement is from one entrance to the other, this space is used only for walking through, no one ever stops here. This could be because of the large open space, white walls and stone flooring making it a cold, echoy place.

It is a very grand space, with tall ceilings, large entrances, wide staircase, detailed columns and arched entrances. Creating a contrast of a light and airy space to a dense and heavy space, I think these balance each other out well.

The Arkwright building was built in the late 1870’s in the architectural style Gothic, functioned for the University College Nottingham. It was the place where Professor Frederic Stanley Kipping discovered silicone polymers. Unfortunately, Arkwright was hit by a bomb during the second world war, but was rebuilt again later.

I think some detailing from the external façade is shown in small forms on the inside. For example the columns and stairs; this is a nice contrast to the plain white walls and hard stone flooring.

Arkwright arkwright 2

On my A2 board I have tried to reflect and represent all my research. To begin with I worked out the size of the space, and drew a floor plan. I did this by measuring my strides wall to wall, to get a good idea of how big the space is.

plan

After I took a few videos and images looking at the movement of people when they walked through, to see if there was certain routes and patterns. To represent this I drew lines showing the main routes which people were travelling through, this created a pattern itself.

To show the elevation of the space I collated pictures together creating a more visually interesting and dynamic elevation. I also looked at the lighting of the space, which I found that due to the east side having large glass doors it allows more light in compared to the west side of the space. However, there are no windows at the south side of the space, meaning there is little direct sunlight into the area.

The reason why I stained the board was to give it an older look, representing the age of the building as I think this is an important aspect and feature to the location. Below shows the finished A2 board.

A2 board

I think Arkwright Foyer will be an interesting place to have a film playing through out the day, mainly to see if my film will get people to stop when they are passing through, this will be my aim.

Locations for the film

We have been given a choice from four locations of where we would like our film to be shown. The four locations mix from private and public. Once we’ve decided our location the film needs to relate to that particular area. The four locations are Arkwright entrance, Arkwright basement, Newton forum and Newton Tower.

Arkwright Entrance

Arkwright entrance is towards the north of the campus, this is a public space, where it can easily be accessed by everyone. To get to this location you can either enter from outside, or from newton and through the courtyard. It is quite an open space, it is surrounded by stairs and columns. I feel this space is quite a cold and hard place with sharp corners, I feel the interior of this space could replicate the exterior so much more by being detailed and decorative. Its not a place people stop, they just pass through.

Arkwright Entrance

Arkwright Basement

Arkwright basement is located just below the Arkwright entrance which is a private space, it should only be accessed by staff. You can get to this location by entering through Arkwright entrance and down the stairs located near the entrance. The surrounding’s of the basement are a corridor, utility room, maintenance room and a empty room with a wonky blue door, which I find quite interesting. I think this is a lot more of an interesting space rather than the entrance, mainly due to the spaces of this location.

Arkwright basement

Newton Forum

This is located on the first floor of newton at the opposite side of Newton’s entrance, where everyone can easily access it. Even though it is an open space, it is almost a private space as no one walks in that area, making this a public/private location. The surroundings are white walls with timber strips and a coffee shop that does not open. Opposite the wall that will have the films projected on, is a huge window looking into the city. I think this is a nice place to be, as its in the open but quiet at the same time. You get your privacy here without feeling lonely.

Newton Forum

Newton Tower

Newton Tower is located on the highest floor in Newton, it is a good journey to get here, which is why this is a private space as no one makes the effort to get here. Everyone can access it by either the stairs or lift, it is located on the ninth floor of Newton- so I would think the lift would be the main route chosen. In this space there is a set of stairs and a window, very modest. This is private space with a great view of the city.

Newton Tower

Russian Ark

Russian Ark is a film which was released in 2002, the film is set in st Petersburg and was took in one long 87 minute shot. It took you through the Russian and European history, showing some famous masterpieces a long the way.

I think the narrator was quite confusing, he was speaking as if he was in the building, however only a selection of people could see him. At the start of the film he did act very confused as to what has happened to him and how he got there, and we never see him. Maybe he is a ghost? Also the man who the narrator talks to, was he a ghost too? At times it was hard to understand who was talking, mainly due to the lighting, but you have to keep into account that it was filmed in one long shot.

The architecture in it was grand with rich colours, but then it changes to white marble. I think this was to emphasise the different eras. The building it self came across huge, throughout the film they went into many different rooms showing the history.

(Ross, 2012)

(Ross, 2012)

What would make it better is mainly the lighting, as some scenes were in darkness and it was hard to tell who was speaking at times. This would make it a little easier to understand.

 

References

Ross, E., 2012. Russian Ark. [image] Available at: <http://cinemelo.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/russian-ark/&gt; [Accessed 17 Apr. 2014].

Does architecture have an effect in “The Shining”?

I think that architecture played a huge role in the shining.

My first reaction to when I saw the exterior of the hotel was that it was very camouflaged, it did not stand out from the background of the mountains. The colour was brown and dull, small windows and the roof was full of points… almost imitating the mountains.

(Boake, 2009)

(Boake, 2009)

However, when it shows you the interior it seems a lot more colourful and clean, using whites, blacks, red and gold’s. It also has stein glass windows using similar colours. I found that all rooms and the decoration was symmetrical or patterned, this could be to try and make the hotel more confusing.

Everything seemed very big on the inside (maybe trying to make the family feel small and helpless) the fireplace, lights, rooms, doors, books. What I also found very interesting was that the windows were also very big- which is strange to say they seemed small on the outside…

(Boake, 2009)

(Boake, 2009)

The whole building was a maze because it was that big, maybe imitating the large maze outside. These factors could be to show the dominance of the hotel.

(Boake, 2009)

(Boake, 2009)

References

Boake, T., 2009. Architecture and Film Fall 2009. [image] Available at: <http://www.tboake.com/443_shining_f09.html&gt; [Accessed 17 Apr. 2014].