Friday, 27 February 2015

Initial Idea Update

Initial Idea Update 
So after talking with some people and the feedback from my last post I have decided to choose the Influenza virus life cycle as my chosen animation. 
I have thought about my chosen target audience which is secondary school age and higher. I believe at this sort of age the animation will have to be informative, I think making an animation which looks modern and a bit futuristic looking will be able to be interesting for them, as I don’t believe creating a story would appeal to the older audience. 
As I have researched into Influenza I wish to create an animation on it to be informative and useful, this is because I want to emphasize how dangerous this virus is. 
Here is some images I found during my research that I believe shows my design idea. 
This image of influenza displays what I hope to create as my visual style, an interesting modern looking representation of the virus. Which will continue throughout its life cycle. 
I have used this image to show how I would like to make a transition to a wire-frame at key moments in the animation, when things get broken down and explained. 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Story Telling Film Review - Rope

Rope is a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring John Dall and Farley Granger as two young men who have committed murder and organise a party at the scene of the crime.

The film begins with the two men Brandon (John Dall) and Phillip (Farley Granger) committing the murder of friend David (Dick Hogan), whereas Phillip is horrified at what he has done Brandon is exhilirated, he calls it an "art".In his arrogance Brandon hosts a party at the scene of the crime, however Phillip's poor nerve and a certain friend  lead to there downfall.

 Figure 1 - Brandon decides to move the dinner service onto the chest. 

Vincent Canby of the New York Times states; " It swoops and pries about the set, moving from close-ups to long shots to medium shots, with a kind of studied indifference. One high point: While the guests are discussing something of no great moment just off- screen, the camera, catlike, stares at the chest as the maid gets ready to put some books back into it, unaware, of course, that the chest is already fully occupied." (Canby, 1984) in agreement with this quote we can deduce that throughout the film the chest is used as a tool to create suspense and tension, will it be discover or will it not?.

Figure 2 - Rupert questions Phillip 
David M. Keyes of Cinemaphile says "And the most famous of the Hitchcock gimmicks – what I like to refer to as “the incriminating object” – is used to great skill here to further the advancement of necessary revelations (first with the rope being used to tie up a stack of books, and later when Rupert stumbles upon David Kentley’s monogramed hat in the coat closet)" (Keyes, 2014). Furthermore in addition to this Hitchcock repeatedly uses objects with some significance to increase the audiences attention and Brandon's intentions.

Figure 3 - Brandon and Phillip converse

One could say Brandon and Phillip share a close (probably homosexual) relationship, Brandon is the more dominating one with a bigger ego and confidence. Phillip is a more timid character. Phillip tries to hold the secret but his irrational behaviour(perhaps because of drink) causes him to arouse the suspicion of Rupert.

Emanuel Levy of Cinema 24/7 states: "Hitchcock constructed a set that encompassed 35 square miles of skyline, including such landmarks as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The skyline included an ad for Reduco, featuring a before and after silhouette of Hitchcock; a similar gag was also used in a newspaper in “Lifeboat.” (Levy, 2007). through the clever use of this set the scenes of the movie can dramatically change, for instance the backdrop changes depending on the time of day, and the advert sign creates a red flashing colour which intensifies and changes the dynamic of the set.

Vincent Canby, 1984, [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 16th January 2015]

David M. Keyes, 2014 [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 18th January 2015]

Emanual Levy, 2007, [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed on 19th January 2015]

Illustration List
Figure 1 - Alfred Hitchcock, 1948, Rope-pic-1.jpg [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed14th January 2015]

Figure 2 - Alfred Hitchcock, 1948,

Figure 3 - Alfred Hitchcock, 1948, hqdefault.jpg [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 19th January 2015] 

influence maps


Pre viz

This is what i have for the previz so far, the sound needs work and its a bit glitchy but its come together. voice acted by adam felstead.