Sunday, 31 January 2016
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
This film is an iconic thriller horror from 1963, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock this film has not lasted the test of time too well for the average, modern audience. The Birds, a film that pitches our protagonists who are a small family like collective, and a small town against hordes of killer birds that have gone feral and start attacking all humans. Many of the scenes in this movie can be considered questionable, though there are some scenes that are clever and prime examples of subtle horror and using tension to build up a threat. "The crows alight, one by one, in the schoolyard above Bodega Bay. They are summoned by the nursery rhyme sung by the children, or drawn by the green glow of Tippi Hedren's matching skirt and jacket, or maybe lured by the pungent scent of her lit cigarette. By the time she turns her head, the climbing frame is thick with them." (Brooks, 2012)
Brophy, P, 1999: http://www.philipbrophy.com/projects/sncnm/Birds.html
Friday, 22 January 2016
Again we return to the work of the famed and spectacular Alfred Hitchcock, this time on one of his most famous and highest grossing pictures. Known for pushing the boundaries of what was deemed acceptable at the time, and essentially inventing the over the top murder scene we are used to today in one of the most celebrated deaths in cinema history.
The film opens with a women who wants to run away with her lover but is unable to due to financial reasons, so she steals money from her boss which she told was going to be banked for him, before escaping the city with the money. We are lead to believe that this woman is actually the main protagonist of the film, due to the plot thus far entirely focusing on her activities, which escalate in illegalness up until the point she is swiftly murdered on screen, yes, just like that she is murdered in front of us by a mysterious figure. After being the focus of the movie for an entire 30 odd minutes she is removed from the rest of the film.
This is the beginning of a series of miss directions the film points us towards, who we thought was our protagonist is taken away suddenly, and we are left confused, but suddenly the perspectives change, oddly we are shown the entire clean up scene of the murder, which starts to fill you with hope, hope that the man leaves no trace of the crime, you suddenly are on the other team because you think this man wasn't involved in her murder. “Hitchcock’s masterful filming of this scene cannot be overstated. Using two cameras, multiple close-ups, over 50 cuts and a good deal of chocolate syrup, he crafted in just three minutes one of the most terrifyingly realistic murder scenes ever shot on film” (Dwyer, 2007)
Thursday, 21 January 2016
La Jetée (1962 is a film that I actually hold very dearly in my heart, because without it atlas two of my favourite films of all time wouldn't have been made most likely. One being the film Twelve Monkeys (1995) which is more of a direct re-imagining of said film, and the other being the Terminator franchise, specifically Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991). And what both of these films have in common, is the concept of post apocalyptic time travel to prevent a future event, this idea being first Introduced with La Jetée.
This film is actually more like an extended slide show story, being a 28 minute long french short filmed by Chris Marker. What I mean by that is the film is almost entirely lacking any actual video except for a short segment of film, while the rest of the movie is conveyed through narration and still shots.
The overall plot of the film at first appears to be the idea of saving the future, but it actually becomes a more personal story, of the man who travels back, and a woman he remembers meeting from his youth, developing into a bizarre love story “These intimate recollections, essentially tied to the return of the figure of a childhood love, can only be organized in a science-fictional scenario” (Schefer, 1990)
The use of the photo's gives a feel that this is a intimate, private photo collection, like from a personal photo album being reminisced by old lovers. This makes the whole film feel more taboo, like we aren't meant to be seeing it. It also gives the impression of the halting of technological advances in the post apocalyptic world, where they have lost video and we are only left with these images, as if they were actually taken during the experiment for documentations.
This excludes the moments where are protagonist, the time traveler, goes back in time, and we what he see's, these feel more like the private album of a pair of lovers “ By whom is this adventure told? A witness, the depersonalised essence of the hero? An experimenter? Or someone who has absolute knowledge of time, death, and the paradoxes of memory? The narrator or commentator (whoever is describing the whole experiment and its length, and who possesses knowledge of the hero’s soul–of the subject of the experiment)” (Schefer, 1990)
The soundtrack for this film also resonates a feeling of looming hopelessness, a presence of everything eventually coming full circle again and the whole process looping around on itself no matter what you may do in the past “Eerie, romantic, and obsessive in its repetitions, it always sounds in La Jetée as if heard from afar, from a distant past” (Romney, 2007) This really gets across the impending doom that is not only present the entire film through the inevitable apocalypse setting, but the overall fate of our protagonist, resulting in a tragic, star-crossed romance plot.
Schefer J, (1990): http://www.chrismarker.org/jean-louis-schefer-on-la-jete/
Romney J, (2007): http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/485-la-jetee-unchained-melody
Monday, 18 January 2016
Friday, 8 January 2016
I wish I could have gone for longer tonwards he end and made the animations smoother, but alas I ran out of time. Watch this spot for more freelance flash animation though.
Wednesday, 6 January 2016
I changed Toon Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, from a heroic character to a more sinister one.
Tuesday, 5 January 2016
I'm not sure why but the main influence's I had for this design was a Victor from the Corpse Bride, and John Connor from Terminator 2... Yeah I'm not sure why. Keep in mind this is just me venting ideas and in no way going to reflect the style of design.