Esther is the pain of my life

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
SNU
23 February 2017

Hysterical Females, marking the centenary of women’s suffrage project continues.

Esther is the pain of my life

To get the film right my protagonist needs to be visually strong and able to move a little. To reiterate she is a doll-like girl which symbolises naivety, innocent, curiosity and is unbiased. I have explored looks of different ways to present her in ASU1 as well as linocut printing at the beginning of this unit. I used some of the print and other objects to create digital collages. These had moving eyes and lips which were inspired by Franz Ferdinand’s video Take Me Out. I also made video clips to study her movement and see if she was visually strong.

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Reviewing Film

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
SNU
16 February 2017

Reviewing Film

After completing my animated sequence test I felt that I wasn’t happy with the narrative, it was too long and there would be lots of work to do which would be unrealistic within the timescales. It also felt that it would be very boring for the audience. I discussed the storyboard with my tutor and he advised me that it is better to do a very good 3 minute film than a poor 20 minute one. He also showed me a music video for Franz Ferdinand’s Take me out.  This was a brilliant example as it was 4 minutes, visually stimulating, a great use of live action and motion graphics and I loved the tactile and collage element to it. This led me to explore more of Jonas Odell’s work.

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Moving Forms


Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
ASU2
10 February 2017

Building Blocks

The Function follows form/form follows function workshop a very useful exercise. The brief was to produce 2 design ideas on these principles. Firstly I researched the definition, then undertook visual research and came across Bruno Schillinger who designed a series of objects in which the user would dictate the objects.

Bruno Schillinger

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Women & Surrealism

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
ASU2
1 February 2017

Surrealism

I have been interested in including surreal objects and actions in my film and overall work and linking it to the representation of women so have been reading Automatic Woman: The Representation of Women in Surrealism by Katherine Conley. She talks about the symbolic link of images of women to the process of automation and the unconscious. This is illustrated in Andre Breton’s work L’Ectriture Automatique. The woman is ready for dictation but has a lack of mental engagement.

L’Ecriture Automatique

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DBACE & Platform

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
SNU
5 February 2017

DBACE

I attended the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise Workshop last month. The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) is an awards programme for final year undergraduate/postgraduate creative students and first year graduates, providing financial and business support to help launch creative careers.

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Night time photography

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
ASU2
27 January 2017

Night time Photography

I attended a Masterclass in night time photography this week with David George. Firstly we had a talk by David who talked about how he aims to achieve an uncanny effect in his photographs. They were very painterly and had beautiful colours. We then went on field trip in Norwich around the river and took night time photographs. I decided to take my own camera and tripod and partnered with Ed Back. It was noted that the tripod was too thin for out work. Luckily it is normally used for studio work. We experimented with ISO, aperture and exposure and were very pleased with the results. We also had to manually focus which was hard to see on a camera screen. We also shone light on objects whilst the picture was still been taken and the result was a glow around it. The next day we met up with David in the digital darkroom and altered our images. He explained that it was important to get the image right first and spend less time digitally altering. Ed and I are planning to go out again to experiment further with night time photography. This will be good for my ASU2 aims which is to improve my technical skills in photography.

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Plink Plonk

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
ASU2
1 February 2017

Experimental Music in Films

I went to see and hear improvised music in Norwich yesterday organised by Plink Plonk. I am interested in using alternative music in my film and other animated clips. This coincides with my interested in stimulating the audience’s emotions.  In RIPU I experimented with sounds and my own voice to include in a test clip on force-feeding. I also added a choir singing the suffragette marching song and felt this had a powerful impact together with screaming and crying. I would like to include non-contemporary music to my film and I was interested in hearing musicians such as Twinkle3 (A trio of Richard Scott (pioneer of free improvising modular synthesiser playing), David Ross (customised wild electronics) and Clive Bell (Wire Magazine contributor and player of the Khene, a large Thai bamboo mouth organ)) and The Brass Monkeys (‘An eclectic improvising brassy band influenced by jazz, blues, reggae, country, soul, folk …’).

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Printing Esther

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
Self Negotiated Project
27 January 2017

Printing Esther

To continue doing test shots of the film I need to finalise the design of the protagonist Esther. In ASU1 I experimented with linocut printing at home and used water based inks and wasn’t happy with the results. I wanted to revisit this in the print studio and arranged to speak to the technician to get some advice about the best methods to achieve a good result. She suggested a different lino, oil based inks and a better method for cutting. I then cut practised this and the results were an improvement. Whilst printing I experimented with different colours and thicknesses for different parts of her dress and also skin tone.

 

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Esther in a box

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
Self Negotiated Project
21 January 2017

Esther in a Box

In the first chapter/act Esther is at home and will be first seen as a doll packaged in a box. I wanted to test out this idea and found a a deep box frame and placed an image of Esther in the box and took some photos. Esther was a chess piece in the first one and I quickly sketched out a bigger version so I now have an idea of the size of Esther throughout the film. I felt the images were strong and particularly liked the watercolour version of the doll. It was nicely painted and the blue stood out and was a good metaphor to rebel against the traditional identity of girls.

 

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Shooting first test film

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
ASU2
21 January 2017

The aim of ASU2 will be to create 1-3 minute films in the style of various filmmakers that I admire. This will help me to understand their process and learn from them. In addition it will help me to set up the film studio ensuring lighting, camera and video settings, frames per minute are correct. My first filmmaker that I will be studying will be Martha Colburn.

Martha Colburn

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