2D visual representation for my film ideas

For this task we had to put together either a 2D or 3D visual representation of ideas for our final film. I decided to do a 2D collage which I thought would be best to represent my ideas (see image below).

Image

As you can see from my collage, my focus for the final film is movement. At the moment I am thinking at looking at movement from the body, but I could always expand on this.

At the top left corner of the collage is a piece of text with movement at the centre point, around it are elements you would associate with movement, giving me a lot of ideas that I can venture into.

The collage is mainly focused on the human body but it also includes fireworks, animals, and illusions, other ideas I can seek into. I think illusions are very interesting as they trick the mind into thinking that they are moving but they are not. This could be a interesting path to explore further into.

I think this 2D representation shows my current ideas well and also has some future inspiration. Now you will hopefully be able to see these ideas and the process of explorations in my short films.

 

 

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Batman (1989)

Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) had a clear architectural style throughout the film, Gothic expressionism and hints of art deco. This style created Gothem to be a dominating and dark city.

“Gotham is appropriately Gothic; a steaming, creaking metropolis full of dead-
tech. It is a retro-futurist nightmare, an outlandish conflation of Hugh Ferris
meets Alien.” (Holland, 2008)

From this image alone you can tell that the architecture was influenced by many major cities, such as New York city, compact city with tall sky scrapers. Using gothic architecture shows the views that Gotham city is not a very nice place to live, the architecture defines the crime of the city.

The architecture used links very well to the main character -batman. The city is very dark, which could be showing the city is the batman’s cave, as bats only like the dark, so the architecture helps to visualise the character a lot more.

The Gothic style used gives a sense of chaos and distortion, again linking to the crime of the city.

I think the architecture used reflects the film very well, and I cannot imagine any other architectural style that would do this so well. But I do think that High-tech architecture could be used, due to the technology batman uses throughout the film, which seems to be more advanced compared to the setting of batman.

References

Holland, C. 2008. Dark Knight/White Heat: The Architecture of Gotham City. Fantastic Journel, [blog] 23rd September 2008, Available at: http://fantasticjournal.blogspot.co.uk/2008_09_23_archive.html [Accessed: 7 Mar 2014].

Story Board

This weeks task involved creating a story board of my chosen location (Arkwright Foyer). For the story board I decided to show each journey through the space, as this links to the movement of the space.

Journey 1: From Newton to Arkwright Foyer

Journey 2: From Arkwright first floor to Arkwright Foyer

Journey 3: From a corridor in Arkwright through the Foyer into another corridor

Below shows the storey board and descriptions:
storyboard

Once I had finished the story board I created a movie showing each of the journeys.

To create this I took a photo of each drawing, and made sure they was in the correct order. I then added headings and subheadings, where they was needed. I also added some special effects and changed the speed and duration of each section. After I tried to find some sound to also add to the video, but unfortunately I could not find anything that would link to my video, so I decided to keep it silent.

Below is a link to the video:

https://vimeo.com/87573614

Video for Hubbub

I created a music video using Windows Live Movie Maker for the song Hubbub by Cantaloupe. Using a video which used an angle pointing towards the hands of the keyboard player.
The video was a total of 40 minutes long and the song is almost 5 minutes long. So I listened to the song and went through the video to find shots that would fit to the song, eventually I managed to cut the video down to 10 minutes. As the song is up beat, I sped the video to x2 its speed, this allowed the hands of the keyboard player to be in time with the song. However a few seconds slots in the song slowed down, here I edited the video to make it slower. Throughout the video I added special effects to create a better visuals to the song.I did find it quite hard to make the hand movements and the song beat link together all the way through.

I wanted to only show the hands in the video as this links to what I am looking for my final video to be, which is studying movement, mainly movement of people, but this could develop as I go on. Therefore, I used the advantage of this video to look at the movement of hands and the keyboard plays a big part in this song, meaning the video connects well to the song.

Link for Video: https://vimeo.com/87095436

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet Des Dr Caligari) is a German silent horror, created in 1920. This is one of the most influential films of German Expressionism, which helps bring the whole film together. The film was about a somnambulist and his leader who were the suspects of the murders happening in the town. However, what I took from the ending of the film was that it was all in someones head who turned out to be the ‘mad’ one.

The architecture in this film was a movement from German expressionism, it had a huge impact on the film. As German expressionism is dark and irrational creating a perfect scene for a silent horror.
The architecture in the film showed both of these characteristics, the buildings were tall, overpowering and sharp angles. The buildings both external and internal would slant in making the residents feel small and locked in. The doors were big and the windows were small, mainly all triangular shapes.
The architecture was like this through the whole film, creating a big atmosphere, until the last scene, when it is revealed that it is all in the mans head, this is when the architecture calms down a little, helping the audience to distinguishing between what was real and what was not.
As a whole I think that the architecture style used helps you realise it is an horror, especially because it is a silent film, German expressionism creates a disorienting and intimidating set. Architecture defiantly connects this film together.
 

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].