Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Postmodern Definitions - Week 5

The Canon - Cultural products accepted as superior, most meaningful, significant and better.

DWEMs - Dead White European Male, dominant in literature. Liked by critiques as they are DWEMs too.

Phallocentricism - A belief that centers around the male point of view and the dominance of the male sex.

Eurocentricism - Interpreting non-european societies through a European/Western perspective.

Postcolonialism - Controlling and placing a set of rules or values on a native society.

Multiculturalism - Supporting the diversity of multi - ethnic groups in society.

Feminism - Wanting equality between both women and men.

Life Drawing - Lesson 5

Red pencil and water colour - 20 mins
Orange pencil and water colour

5 minutes poses 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Incredibles (2004) - Structure

Exposition - The film begins with the characters Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone being interviewed on camera.  Later on, there is an incident with police cars and gunshots. Mr. Incredible tries to go after them but ends up having to help an old lady save her cat from a tree. He manages to use the tree to stop the other situation that he was originally dealing with. The next main character is introduced and his name is "Buddy." Who wants to help Mr.Incredible as "Incrediboy." Bob (Mr.Incredible) doesn't want his help.

Later on, Mr.Incredible comes across another scene of crime and smashes into a building only to find a new villain. Yet again "Incrediboy" comes flying in,  trying to help. However he makes the situation worse. We then come across another main character called "Frozone," who warns Mr. Incredible about being late for his own wedding. Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl get married and we are gradually introduced to their three children: Violet, Dash and Jack Jack.

Inciting Incident - Bob goes to find a new plate for Dash whilst a family feud breaks out at the dinner table. He starts to read the newspaper and comes across this "Man Missing. Simon J. Paladino, a long time outspoken advocate of superhero rights is missing."

Frozone knocks on the door and they head off to go bowling but end up listening to police scanners and trying to help a fire and robbery. They're unaware that they are being watched by a lady called "Mirage." We later discover that this lady is working in his office.

Plot Point 1 - Bob is in his office at home and comes across a technical, hand held device. Mirage starts to talk to Bob on the screen's device, persuading him to work for their company and to get paid triple his original salary.  They want his "unique abilities." He decides to ring her back, agreeing to come to the island. His task is to destroy the robot they invented because it has become too powerful and disruptive for them.

Plot Point 2 - Mr. Incredible is enjoying his new job. He's earning more money and making his wife and family very happy.

Rising Action/ Obstacles - Helen (Elastigirl) goes to meet Edna, after realizing her husband's super suite had been fixed. She discovers that her husband was suspended from work over two months ago and is working secretly on an Ireland. We later learn that Mr.Incredible is actually working for Buddy, who has now become a bitter, villain known as "Syndrome." He tries to attack Mr.Incredible with the robot but he manages to escape. Mr. Incredible tries to edge his way into Syndromes headquarters but gets caught and trapped by Syndrome.

Helen flies a jet over to the Island, but discovers that her children violet and dash have sneaked on the Jet with her. However before they reach the island Syndrome sends flying missiles to destroy the jet. They luckily escape but Bob thinks his family is dead and is left in utter despair.

Climax - Syndrome comes across the whole "Super family" in the jungle and tries to kill them all. He manages to trap them all but the family eventually escape back to the city. He destroys the city with the robot and fools the public into thinking that he is a Superhero. The Incredbiles and Frozone manage to defeat him.

Twist - The audience believe that Syndrome is locked up and handcuffed for his crimes. However he actually escapes and tries to kidnap the family's baby, Jack Jack. His plan fails when his cape gets stuck in the helicopter blades.

Resolution - Mr. Incredible has learned to be a better father to his family. The family are able to work together as Superhero's.

Partial Ending - All the problems are resolved. A new Villain called the "Underminer" comes to light at the end of the film. This may bring the family more adventures to take on.

Mini Plot -  We see all the different perspectives from each character, seeing the story from each individual point of view.

3 Act Structure - The film is 1hr and 51 minutes long. The film consists of a Exposition, Midpoint and Resolution.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Exploring Style - Influence Map

Cute and Simplistic Character Designs

I want my Cowgirl bug to have a cute, simplistic style. To gain some inspiration I've looked at some Disney Characters which I think have achieved this! I realize that many of these characters have smooth and rounded shapes. This creates an endearing and friendly look.

5 reasons why the film Scream is Postmodern

Pastiche - it replicates the movie plot of a slasher film. It follows the same formula of films from that genre.

Parody - Although it takes on this formula it almost makes a mockery of slasher films for being too predictable. For example the main character Sidney Prescott even says this about slasher films "Some stupid killer stalking some big - breasted girl who cant act who is always running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door. Its insulting." What she doesn't realize is that shes about to reenact that movie genre.

Appropriation - taking a piece of art work and giving it a new meaning. The evil villain in this film was named after a rubber Halloween mask, which was originally inspired by the Edvard Munch painting called "The Scream."

Scream Mask and "The Scream" by Edvard Munch

High and Low Culture - Craven has taken a massed produced and low cultured item (the rubber mask) that originated from a high cultured piece of art work and re-imagines this to create a slasher film. 

Intertextuality - the film references a lot of other movies from the Horror genre. Especially when the characters are discussing about horror movies themselves. Many of the characters, especially Randy Meeks understands the cliche of slasher films.

Postmodern Definitions and Sherri Levine

Avant - garde - this can be Modern art which presents a new style or method. Sometimes that may be provocative, abstract or even shocking.

Nostalgia -  something that provokes feelings from past memories.

Appropriation - copying or duplicating something but altering the meaning and context of it.

Pastiche - imitating a someones work. For example a piece of art or film genre.

Parody - for example, imitating a movie scene but exaggerating certain parts for a comedic effect.

Irony - using words or images to create something different to its actual meaning. Usually done to create a humorous effect.

Ideology - a system of beliefs and ideals formed by society.

Genre - for example a particular movie style or category.

Sherrie Levine - is an American painter, photographer and conceptual artist. She takes existing art and duplicates it. Forming her own critique around it.  She particularly uses male artist's work, for instance the "Fountain" by Marcel Duchamp.  This is done to make a point about how Female artists are undervalued for their work though out art history. I guess you could say that her art work is an example of Appropriation.

Sherrie Levine - Fountain (after Marcel Duchamp)

Head Modelling - Part 2 Rough Blocking

Rough Blocking

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Rules for My World?

Postmodern Definitions

Metanarrative - Are large scale theories and philosophies. For example religion and art.

Essentialism - George Lakoff summarizes Aristotle's view: "those properties that make the thing what it is, and without which it would be not that kind of thing."

Utopian - Moving forwards to achieve an ideal and "perfect" society.

Axiomatic - Something that is completely truthful and unquestionable

Dystopian - Meaning the opposite of "Utopian." An unpleasant or bad place.

Scepticism - Having a doubtful attitude towards the truth of something.

Pluralism - Allowing a variety of groups to function as one society. Working together despite cultural differences.

Life Drawing - Lesson 4

Pencil - 20 mins

Pencil - 20 mins

Pencil 2 - 5 minute poses

Notes from the Meeting

Date: 11th October 2017

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

5 Reasons Why Mullholland Drive is Postmodern

1. Pastiche - The film starts off imitating the Hollywood genre and style. For example young Betty travels from Ontario and moves to Hollywood in the hope of becoming a famous actress.

2. Hyper Reality - You could say that Dianne tries to create a more desirable world for herself. She creates a new identity letting her escape into her own fantasy. She imagines herself as a talented actress, who has fallen in love.

3. Time bending - The film flips from the present to the past, although not in a time travel sense. This is all supposedly happening in Dianne's head making it difficult to distinguish between reality and fantasy.

4. Non - Linear Narrative - There's not one story but a group of stories put together, which don't necessarily link with each other. 

5. Fragmented - The film starts with the typical Hollywood narrative, however as the film progresses the story becomes more broken and difficult to follow.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Archetypes (Roles) - Beauty and The Beast

Movie Poster

Hero: Belle tries to save her father when he goes missing in the woods. She was also willing to take her fathers place, when he was taken captive by the Beast. 

Shadow (Villain): Gaston is self centered and will do anything to get his own way. He tries to control and manipulate the way others think and feel. He doesn't care if he harms anyone in the process. 

Herald: The Enchantress puts a spell on the castle, teaching the Beast that inner beauty is more important than his outward appearance. 

Threshold Guardian: Lumiere, Cogsworth, Ms. Potts and Chip want to help the Beast and Belle achieve true love and happiness. They also try to save them from all kinds of danger. 

Trickster: Gaston and Lefou trick the villagers into thinking that Maurice is mad for believing that the Beast exists.  

Mentor: Belle mentors the Beast, teaching him to be more kind and gentle. 

Allies: Lumiere, Cogsworth, Ms. Potts and Chip help Belle and the Beast to break the castle's spell. 

Mother: Ms. Potts cares and looks after Chip. Teaching him how to be polite and well mannered.

Father: Maurice - tries to protect Belle and wants the best for his daughter. 

Child: Chip/ Belle - they're both very innocent and childlike through out the film. 

Maiden: Belle is a young women. 

Shapeshifter: The Beast changes from a Prince to a Beast. At the beginning it is hard to tell whether he is "bad" or "good." At the start of the film he is very angry and quick to temper, he later shifts into this kind and gentle beast. 

Cowgirl - Life Drawings

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Part 7) and 8) of OGR

Written information for the OGR:

7) For the overall structure of our animation we hope to have random and fast paced scenarios, rather Like the way ASDF present there YouTube animations. Each scene will involve our main character “Fashion Man.” We want our opening scene to really show Fashion Man’s personality, character and intentions as a superhero. Then maybe have a small introduction of Fashion Man explaining who he is, or at least who he thinks he is! After this, the scenarios will play immediately one after the other.

8) Set/Background Ideas: We want our animation to be set in the modern day.  The set will consist of various environments that include: a main street, a high rise building and a park. The scenes will be simple in their design and suggest environments rather than contain detailed, busy scenes. 

Thursday, 5 October 2017