Planning the future

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
Masters Project
4 August 2017

Critical Evaluation Report 

Whilst working on my Critical Evaluation Report I have been undertaking more research on feminist theories drawing on the works of Angela McRobbie, Ann Oakley and Laura Bates. Everyday Sexism is useful for referring to evidence of sexism faced towards women in today’s society. Angela MCrobbie talks about feminism being ‘unpalatable’ to younger women. She mentioned the new genre of make-over television programmes that glamourise and individualise feminine subjectivity.  This is an interesting area that I would like to explore in my next project after the MA which could look at the social change of vanity. I have collated many vogue magazines and would like to do a stop motion film inspired by Martha Colburn’s work. I would like the film to be fast and lots of action and meaning.

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Audience and Funding for historical films

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
Masters Project
7 July 2017

Talk about current issues, practices and initiatives

During this unit I wanted to discover more about the industry that my work could fit into. This could include a variety of areas and is quite daunting such as film & TV, heritage and culture, and women’s rights/feminist festivals.

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Chapter 1, 3, 4 and 5

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
Masters Project
4 July 2017

I have continued creating each chapter, re-creating storyboards, doing photoshoots, undertaking iterative research and developing technical skills in After Effects and Green Screen.

I decided to link all the chapters together and below are a few animated sequence tests.

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Fly away

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
Masters Project
13 June 2017

This is an extension of chapter four and concludes the story. Esther the protagonist is rescued by Florence the suffragette in either a hot air balloon or carries her in a box. Florence becomes an angel and this signifies guidance, communication and prophecy of another world (Allmer 2009 p.12)  The film concludes with the protagonist Esther being saved by the suffragette.Whilst entering a new world Esther metamorphoses into a modern woman, inferring suffragettes have saved the women of today.

The idea of Esther being carried away in a box is inspired by a collage by Charles Farrell.

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Habeas Corpus – You may have the body

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
Masters Project
10 June 2017

Habeas Corpus

Chapter 3 communicates the Edwardian woman in the marital home looking at the Victorian and Edwardian ideology of the woman being the ‘Angel of the Home’. They were perceived as the moral guardians of the family. It was believed that it was God’s plan for women to be in the home and to attend to the needs of others especially the husband. In this chapter I wanted to show the woman as the husband’s slave and property and appropriately titled the chapter Habeas Corpus – you may have the body. This was influenced by Barbara Leigh Smith’s summary of the laws concerning women in which the second point states ‘a husband has a right to the person of his wife’ that is to say ‘in theory, a married woman’s body belongs to her husband’ (Twells 2007, p.233). The chapter also examines the physical aspect of master and slave referring to Christabel Pankhurst’s opinion that women are viewed only as sexual gratification of men and bearer of children (Twells 2007, p.242).

I wanted Florence to be independent however when she is in the home she is taken over by her husband. She is drugged Opium and is put in a trance to fulfil her duties of serving the husband, being decorative and looking after her children. Eventually her bubble is burst by the protagonist and her views are revealed when she wears the suffragette badge. She carries on her journey with Esther to chapter 4. In this section I wanted to communicate the ideology of middle class women being dependent, self-sacrificing, passive, dutiful and attentive.

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You Know nothing about politics

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
Masters Project
5 June 2017

This chapter is work in progress as I am still unsure of what I want to communicate. To help the process I decided to review previous research and placed quotes, comments and images in my sketchbook.

I knew that I wanted the scene to be based around a board game as originally the film was planned to be playful and have a games and toys theme. This was a reference to the suffragettes’ board game Pank-a-Squith, a simple game of chance highlighting the historical events of the movement and was sold to raise money for their cause. My version would pay homage to the board game.

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Professional Development

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
Masters Project
1 June 2017

Over the last couple of weeks I have attended various seminars and workshops covering Ph.D, Marketing and recently a Professional Practice Symposium. This has been a valuable experience in evaluating my own practice and generating thoughts for the future.

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Starting the Masters Project

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
Masters Project
14 May 2017

In the previous unit I completed an excerpt from the film Hysterical Females: making the centenary of women’s suffrage. The clip was entitled An English Rose and looked at young women as decorative ornaments being groomed for marriage.

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