Sunday, 24 September 2017

Collaboration | 'Forgotten or Failed Superheroes' Ideas

These are the ideas we've come up with so far, although 1-3 are the ideas given to us during the brief by Alan.

Numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 15 - 23 were ideas put forward by me (17 overall).

1.  Easily Distracted Girl

2. Captain Angry

3. Health Man & Safety Boy

4. Someone who can make anyone sweat profusely

5. Hero with skewed priorities

6. Road Sign Placer (who thinks he has control over where people go)

7. Environmentalist

8. Man/woman who doesn’t need to Blink

9. Galactic Man

10. Juggler (Has ‘Super Strength’ but only uses it to juggle)

11. Man/woman who doesn’t sleep

12. Time Traveller

13. Man/woman with bad luck

14. Vegan Warrior (he/she is vegan but only has the power to create cooked meat)

15. The Damsel

16. Man/woman whose hair grows quickly/instantly (gets his head shaved by a barber but hair grows back immediately)

17. Librarian/Historian who can see the entire history of an object by touching it

18. Man/woman who can fly (& super strength?), but only uses it to give private air tours

19. Man/woman with the ability to control arachnids, but has arachnophobia

20. Man/woman with the power to manipulate metal but only uses it for the manufacturing industry

21. Man/woman who can control electricity, but works as an electrician

22. Man/woman whose body heals immediately (and cannot die) who works as a test dummy

23. Man/woman who can read minds, but must stare intensely with fingers on his temples for it to work (leading to most people thinking “why is that creep staring at me like that?” etc.)

We've discussed making our animation be comprised of a number of short animations, each featuring a separate 'failed superhero', similar to '25 Ways to Quit Smoking' by Bill Plympton. As a group, we'll now narrow down the number to approximately 5, which will then be fleshed out.

Please let us know which of these you think would work well, or even contribute your own ideas! It would help a lot.

Maya Tutorials - Pipline 1 | Part 4 - Mouth

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Maya Tutorials - Pipeline 1 | Parts 1-3

Perspectives | Lecture 1 - 5 Ways 'Kill Bill' is Postmodern

Genre -
Throughout the film, Tarantino takes inspiration from a variety of different genres, including horror, action and Japanese cinema, never sticking to one and instead meshing them all together to create an original melting pot.

Animated Scene -
Perhaps the most immediately noticeable example of disjointedness in Kill Bill (2003), is the heavily Japanese-inspired animated scene which introduces O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). While it still maintains the same directed style and over-the-top gore with a sense of humour as the rest of the film, the fact that one section suddenly switches to being animated feels very strange, both while watching and after the fact.

Music -
The clearest examples of this are all in the final act, when The Bride (Uma Thurman) goes to the Japanese inn to confront O-Ren Ishii. When the viewer is first introduced to the historical and very traditional inn, all that can be heard is a small Japanese band performing songs in a modern Western style. Then, a while later during the final confrontation between The Bride and O-Ren, where you might again expect traditional Japanese music, Tarantino chose to use an upbeat Spanish-style soundtrack instead, almost creating the feeling that the visual style is butting heads with the audio.

Discontinuity -
Tarantino frequently delivers a discontinuous narrative as he not only stops the film to label what Act the viewer is witnessing, but he also shows the story in a disjointed way, as the film starts with The Bride killing Copperhead (Vivica A. Fox), the second planned kill on her list. After which, Tarantino switches to show how The Bride was almost killed a number of years ago and her waking from a coma, before progressing with the first kill on her list, O-Ren Ishii.

Humour Within the Gore -
Kill Bill (2003) is a bloody and gory film throughout, with the vast majority of the scenes featuring blood spraying from someone's lost limb. In fact, it's so gory that Tarantino had to make the Crazy 88 fight scene black and white as a means to censor it. But despite this, Tarantino gave the gore a comedic quality with how excessive it is, even including lines of dialogue in an attempt to give the scenes comedic effect, like this for example:

Perspectives | Lecture 1 - Word Definitions

High Modernism - A form of Modernity, which heavily focuses on science and technology and relies heavily on the expertise of scientists, engineers and other intellectuals

Capitalist - A system in which those in control of production, distribution and exchange of wealth largely consists of private individuals or corporations

Superabundance - An excessive amount of something or excessively abundant

Disconnected - Not coherent or irrational

Pop - 'Pop Culture' references something that is aimed directly towards the tastes of the general masses

Fragmentary - Broken; disconnected; incomplete

Simulacra - A slight or superficial likeness

Eclectic Nostalgia - Various causes of a nostalgic feeling towards something in the viewers' past

Superficiality - Insubstantial, insignificant or shallow

Flippant - Not being serious, despite the subject perhaps being serious, in an attempt to appear funny or clever

Depthless - A lack of depth; insubstantial

Fabulation - To tell invented stories

Pastiche - A piece of art that was made to resemble artwork from another period of time or artist

Bricolage - Something created using diverse variety of things

Aleatory - A random events or something relying on chance

Toolkit 2 | Life Drawing - 20.09.2017

Friday, 22 September 2017

Toolkit 2 | Animation - Action Posing