Friday, 16 February 2018
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
For my premise project I wanted to use a poem to help narrator the story of the Stars. It was bit of a challenge but after sometime I was able to come up with something but I didn't plan on making the poem 13 verses along! The rhythming structure I used is AABBCD and any feed back is welcomed.
How The Stars Came To Be
If you have ever wondered, just like me,
How the stars came to be
Who was it that put them there
And made them sparkle so fair?
What was it that makes them shine in that inky night sky?
While we are in our beds laying asleep at night
The story begins with two characters I feel you know
Two rulers of the sky both dressed in royal robes
The Sun and the Moon are the reason for the stars
But I am sad to say that it was not a romantic start
This is the story of how one crossed the line
And was taught a lesson by the other
The Sun, you see, is a King in gold
Who would not settle for anything old
As he made each day shiny and new
And that anything had been used once in his view
Was not worth using again as it was tainted with the views of yesterday
And that nothing should be dull in his kingdom in the sky
Every day that he made was warm and bright
And, as is common with the Sun, was filled with light
He felt so important as he looked down from the sky
That you can imagine that his smile was 10 feet high
It is no surprise that he freely boosted about it
However, there was another who not impressed by his ways
Moon on the other hand was quiet, clam and reserved
A Queen in silver who is never loud had found him quit absurd
And over time become quit tried of the Sun and his vein ways
It was as if he was in constant need of praise
It is no surprise then that she sometimes disappears from the night sky.
I don’t blame her if I had to put up with that all the time
So, as you can see
Two very different beings
Who ruled in the sky and controlled our day and night
But it was clear that the two of them where heading for a fight
It was one particular encounter in the sky
That gave as the stars and a reason why vanity never wins
It was one time when the Sun and Moon crossed paths
That resulted in the starry filled aftermath
The two sat side by side and watched the Earth as it whirled
But Sun was bored just sitting there watching world
And after some thought a simple idea came to mind and that was to increase his ego
So he chose to give irritating Moon ago to see what she would do
“You know” said Sun to Moon “I think it’s clear that I’m better than you”
Moon, knowing this as a boost, rolled her eyes “And how have you come to that point of view?”
The Sun did smile and say “The people down belong, when I’m around, always put on a show.
But with you, dear Moon, it seems that everyone is a bit of a no show”
Moon did not care about popularity or the way people treated her night
“They need to sleep some place calm and I kindly give them that”
Sun just laughed which angered Moon more
He seemed determined to find something that would strike her to the core
And so, he started looking around for something new mock, just begging for more
Soon, it hit him, the one thing that set them apart Sun knew would make Moon feel sore
Without thinking of what he was doing, what Sun said next would change everything forever
“My day full of life and forever bright, your night on the other hand is boring and dull”
This was the final straw and it was time the Sun should pay!
“I can make the night shine brighter than your day!”
Exclaimed the Moon as she swiped the crown upon his head
And before the Sun could get it back the Moon did something that filled him with dread
She threw the crown as hard as could in to the night sky
Where it suddenly shattered in to a million pieces
Glittering yellow and sparkling gold
The jewels from the crown spend crossed the sky as they rolled
The Sun stood in shock and awe at the sight
What were these crystal lights?
“Behold!” said Moon as she stood before Sun
“The brightest night sky that can out do your day!”
Sun didn’t know what to say
As he watched the new lights find their place to stay
He suddenly knew down in his heart
That no matter what he did he could not compete with this work of art
Moon just watched, waiting for Sun to respond
He just turned away and didn’t say a word
Nowadays, it’s a lot quieter in the sky
And I do find it funny I’m not going to lie
That one person’s vanity and another’s course of action
Would result in such a beautiful reaction
It’s hard to say if the Sun and Moon are still friends but if it wasn’t for this fight
We wouldn’t have the story of how stars came to be
Sunday, 11 February 2018
|Fig 1. Waltz With Bashir (2008)|
The 2008 Israeli animated film Waltz With Bashir, directed by Ari Folman, seems to be more of a history lesson than a film to kick back and watch. It also seems to act as a kind of warning to not forget about the past along with telling the viewer that we must also find a way to forgive ourselves for what we have done and what we have been a part of.
Set in 2006 the film focuses on the director himself trying to work out why he can’t remember anything from the Lebanon War that took place in the 1982 that he was a part of when he was 19, in particular the Sabra and Shatila massacre that took place in the refugee camps. After talking with friends, he goes looking for other people who were there at the same time to ask them about what they remember and what happened to them in the war. After hearing their stories and thoughts on what happen Folman slowly starts piecing together what happened at the camps and where he was when it happened before fully understand what part he played in it and why he has forgotten that time in his life.
When people first see Waltz With Bashir they might think that it was acted out by real people and then rotoscoped but it wasn’t. The whole animated part of the film was made in flash with some parts of it being hand drawn and blended together.
It’s only at the end of the film, when the scale of the massacre is revealed, it suddenly switches to life action footage of the aftermath massacre. This could have been done of several reasons such as showing the viewer that the story of the film did take place as is not fictional along with symbolising that the reality of the event has hit Folman and he now fulling remembers what happened.
It can be seen that the film might be a type of therapy for Folman to help him deal with what he saw and to make it clear to other generations what happened. In an interview Folman talks about it as a way of telling his children what happened as he is unable to remember and warn them about the horrors of war “I discovered a lot of heavy stuff regarding my past… This makes you wonder, maybe I am doing all this for my sons. When they grow up and watch the film, it might help them make the right decisions, meaning not to take part in any war” (Walsh, 2008)
Many have given the film credit for the way that it has used animation to tell the events shown in a respective manner as well as showing them in the way that the soldiers in the war would have seem it. “...high-contrast animation is the lifebreath of Folman’s film, appropriately moving the interviewees’ recollections away from the talking-head/archive-footage standard and towards something gorgeously graphical and soaringly inventive.” (Jolin, 2015) Folman was there himself and so knows what happened and that there was no way he could gloss over the facts or tone down the imagery.
However, a number of Arab counties have looked negatively at the film including the country that it is set in, Lebanon, and have banned the film. The reason for the ban is because it focuses on a dark part of the country’s history even if the film is anti-war and trying to give the message of not forgetting what happened in said all those years ago, although some have been able to get hold of copies of Waltz With Bashir and have shown it at private screenings. Lokman Slim, who held one of these private screenings, said “I feel jealous that those we should consider our enemies have the courage to revisit events in which they were involved, while we Lebanese are in an endless silence regarding our history.” (Nasr, 2009) It seems that the people of Lebanon also don’t want to forget their past just like.
- Jolin, Dan. (2015) Waltz With Bashir Review At: https://www.empireonline.com/movies/waltz-bashir/review/ (Accessed on 07.02.2018)
- Nasr, Joseph. (2009) “Waltz with Bashir” draws Arabs despite ban At:https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-israel-waltz/waltz-with-bashir-draws-arabs-despite-ban-idUKTRE5123XQ20090203 (Accessed on 11.02.2018)
- Walsh, David. (2008) Waltz With Bashir: “Memory takes us where we need to go” At: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2008/12/walt-d24.html (Accessed on 07.02.2018)
- Figure 1. Waltz With Bashir (2008) [Screen shot] At: https://culturacolectiva.com/movies/the-most-beautiful-animated-movies/ (Accessed on 07.02.2018)
Saturday, 10 February 2018
After thinking about the target audience I started to think about how this would affect the design of my characters. When I first thought about my story I found my self thinking about short stories that would play in children's projects that would be a break from the main show, so I might think about designing my animation so that it is aimed at a younger audience.
When thinking about the overall design of my characters I felt that making them looking like wooden puppets, similar to pen dolls or an artist mannequins, and that they would be dressed with blocks of colour that would have the same feel so wooden building blocks. However, I also think that adding in what looks like see through acrylic plasics or glass to try and add a fantasy element to them.
I also came across the this animation that seems to follow its own mythos story about the water cycle. The design of the characters and the way that they interact could help me think about how my mythos might play out and the over all look of the character's designs.