Sunday, 31 October 2010

Unit 2 - Metropolis (1927)

Directed by Fritz Lang. This film gives a sci-fi feeling as it's based on the future and has a mixture of drama and adventure. Also, it gives a thiller feeling when some of the workers get killed below the city, managing the machines. The workers manage the machines like they are a disabled person, unable to manage itself. If not manage, chaos will arose, letting off hot steam that kills the workers managing it. This film is like a Tim Burton's movie as it changes from normal to dark when your below the city. However, it's not like that at all from the city above as it's not dark and eerie but bright and beautiful.

"Yet, if you look at the basic elements of this movie - its story, characters, artwork, cinematography, etc., I believe this movie has just as much to offer now as it must have in the late 1920's."
(ACitizenCalledKane, Metropolis (1927), IMDb, 2004.)

The effects used in the film was amazing and still are on what they manage to get out of it to make this film. The technology shown in the film were all made as in there time, there is no such thing as a super computer. However, they managed to do it to create this masterpiece.

"I don't think any movie after this one have gotten so much out of the available effects of the time as this one."
(cartman_1337, Metropolis (1927), IMDb, 1999.)

"Imagine trying to make a movie today with only the tools available to Fritz Lang in 1925, and even if you used a modern camcorder it would be nigh impossible!"
((, Metropolis (1927), IMDb, 1998.)

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Unit 2 - Concept Artists

(Paul Martin, Concept Artist, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005)

(Paul Martin, Concept Artist, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, 2009)

(Eric Qualls, Concept Artist, Halo Wars, 2009)

(Eric Qualls, Concept Artist, Halo Wars, 2009)

Unit 2 - The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)

Directed by Robert Weine. This film is just like Tim Burton's films with the dark and eerie feeling from the background and as well as the characters. Defiantly Cesare with the dark circles round his eyes to give him a mysterious look. The objects in the film gives off an eerie feeling by their shadows. Now, I know where Tim Burton gets his inspirations from.

"I can't even explain the feeling you get watching this, its like the deep dark secret of Alfred Hitchcock, John Carpenter and Tim Burton all rolled into one.em>
(dthink, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, IMDb, 2006.)

"Meanwhile, Tim Burton owes about 80 per cent of his visual schematics to Dr Caligari. With their famously weird angles and painted lights and shadows, those German Expressionist sets not only echo the characters' skewed mental states but also saved a fortune on electricity."
(Ali_Catterall, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, IMDb, 2009.)

What I noticed in the film that the environment is all like a concept painting but has a dark side to it than a happy side. Like a Tim Burton movie, the buildings have a twisted look to it to give off the dark feeling in the environment as they are slanted, not as wide and are taller than what the original buildings look like in reality.

"The exterior scenes often include painted backgrounds featuring houses with sloped roofs and jutting edges, along with mountains that seem to twist and curl upwards into the sky. Although these backgrounds are not three-dimensionally realistic, they convincingly depict the gothic, surrealistic atmosphere with imagination and verve."
(William Ploch, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, IMDb, 2001.)

The film is good, like a horror movie mixed with CSI but seems to be more of a horror. That would be the type of thing my mum would watch. The storyline is great, though it was quite long but it was great. I adored the environment with it's eerie feeling and how they are made is brilliant. I defiantly loved the buildings with its twisted feeling like you know that this movie won't have a happy ending.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Unit 2 - Space

The folder I got for my unit 2 project is......*drums rolling*

Folder 1 with a book on The First Men In The Moon!

I heard there are monsters involved in the story so I am so going to enjoy making concept art of this. >=3

Unit 1 - Final Piece Without Bubbles

I was told by Phil to remove the bubbles on my Final Piece so that's what I did.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Unit 1 - Maya Texturing

Unit 1 - Lighting in Maya

Unit 1 - Digital Painting Test 3

A digital painting I did which I forgot to post on here.

Unit 1 - Nautilus Eye Change

From my eyes to a Nautilus.

Unit 1 - Bone Structure 2

Another bone structure idea for my Nautilus Hybrid.

Unit 1 - Final Sketches for Hybrid

Here are two sketches on what I have picked to use for my Final Piece.

Unit 1 - Idea Sketches 3

More ideas for my Nautilus Hybrid.

Unit 1 - Life Drawing 4

Monday, 18 October 2010

Unit 1 - Slice (2009)

Directed by Vincenzo Natali, two young scientists by the name of Clive and Elsa, created new creatures for medical reasons by splicing multiple genes. In secret, they continued their work but added the human gene, creating a creature which they called Dren. Day by day, Dren grows quickly to a fully grown adult and gains intelligence along the way. Soon after, Dren seduces Clive and had sex when she saw him and Elsa doing it some days ago. When Elsa saw this, she decided to take responsibility and to terminate her. However, the next day, they thought Dren had died and buried her but what they didn't notice that she was having a hormone change, making her into a male. Dren escaped where he was buried and killed the two scientist's supervisor and Clive's younger brother.

Dren chased and pinned Elsa to the ground and raped her. Clive stabs Dren with a tree branch while Dren attacked him with her poisonous stinger, killing him immediately. Dren being in pain, Elsa finished him off with a rock. Five minutes to the end of the film, you see Elsa pregnant with Clive's baby and a female supervisor, signing a form to never mention the project they created to anyone.

This film relates to another film called "The Fly", but doesn't involve anything with teleportation pods.

Quote 1: "Dren's hormone soon changes her, changing her into a male specie."

Quote 2: "Look, it's aging fast, days going by in minutes."

Monday, 11 October 2010

Unit 1 - The Elephant Man (1980)

Directed by David Lynch, a victorian surgeon by the name of Frederick Treves, rescued a very disformed man from a freak show. This man's name is John Merrick and was mistreated while living as a side show freak for people's amusement. Behind his deformed self, he is an intelligent and sensitive man. Being beaten for wondering off, Frederick took him to the hospital to rest and as well as convince the authorities to allow the man to stay.

When Frederick realises that John can talk and was well educated, John told him that the tumors started when he was 14 and he has to sit up right or he will suffociate and die if not done so.

When he escaped after he got kidnapped, he got off the London train to get back to the hospital. Kids were asking him why he has his face covered and then soon, he was revealed when someone removed his hat and the sack, covering his deformed face. When he rain to get away, the people at the train station chased him, thinking that he was an animal but when he was cornered, he shouted that he was not an animal but a human being.

This film was based on a true story on a man by the name of Joseph Merricks who had deformity.

Near the end of the film, John wanted to sleep like everyone else and moved the pillows that helped him sleep up right to be able to breath. When he fell asleep for the last time before death, his mother greeted him before going to heaven.

Quote 1: I am not an animal! I am a human being! man!

Quote 2: A truly haunting film, more so because it is actually based on the true story of John Merrick, born so hideously deformed, he was dubbed ‘The Elephant Man’.

Quote 3: In fact, he is highly intelligent and sensitive, a fact made public when one Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) rescues Merrick from a carnival and brings him to a hospital for analysis.

Unit 1 - Bone Structure Idea 1

Not a good bone structure for my hybrid but it's only an idea for it.

Unit 1 - Idea Sketches 2

They may not represent me but are only ideas.

Unit 1 - Life Drawing 3

Unit 1 - 5 Sketches of Feet, Hands and Face