Saturday, 28 November 2015
Thursday, 26 November 2015
Monday, 23 November 2015
Tim Burnton's Edward Scissorhands (1990) is a movie that shows the depiction of isolation and how this can affect people when they are introduced into society. Edward had been living on his own for many years in isolation and then was introduced into a picturesque town where everyone knows everyone and the introduction of a new strange character will have the whole town talking. As Rodger Ebert said "He is intended, I think, as an everyman, a universal figure like one of the silent movie clowns, who exists on a different plane from the people he meets in his adventures." (Rodger Ebert 1990)
The way in which Edward acts within the film is how you would expect a 'person' who has been in isolation for almost off of their life to act. He has had no interaction with a human for how many years after his creator had passed away. We see this in a dramatic flashback scene where Edward was finally about to receive his hands. When first entering the society of this town Edward is the talk of the town, something new to disrupt the repetitive lives of the people who live in the town. Everyone wants to meet him and after first meeting him they all want to be friends with him, the new, strange person who in reality isn't even a person. Throughout the story we see the views on Edward change very quickly as the towns people start to loose their obsession with the towns new feature and they start to realize Edwards strange behavior and even though his intentions are always in the right place. Being the shy and timid person that he is, he is always seen as the bad guy because of his odd features, his hands, which people see more as weapons then Edwards actual hands. As said by Desson Howe "Those blades turn out to be Rodin-tested when it comes to lonely women's hairdos, poodles and garden shrubbery. But they're not so good with people; he keeps hurting himself and others unintentionally." (Desson Howe 1990)
This very shortly results in the end of the film, with Edwards staying in the original old dark mansion at the top of the cliff in which he was found in but in a different way than before as after the experience he is portrayed as more human then as previously seen.
Ebert. R 1990 - http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/edward-scissorhands-1990
Travers. P 1990 - http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/edward-scissorhands-19901214
Howe. D 1990 - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/edwardscissorhandspg13howe_a0b2c5.htm
Fig 1 - https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3b/Edwardscissorhandsposter.JPG
Fig 2 - http://modern-vinyl.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Edward-Scissorhands.jpg
Fig 3 -https://roisinmcloughlin.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/castle1-500x3122.jpg
Fig 4 -https://fogsmoviereviews.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/edward_scissorhands_haircut1.png
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Here is my final concept piece for my city collaboration with Constantine Brancusi. I made most of the piece in Maya but when taking this into photoshop and from speaking to Jordan I started to use the lasso tool to modify my piece a bit to help get the perspective right and to convey my ideas correctly.
Monday, 16 November 2015
Friday, 13 November 2015
Thursday, 12 November 2015
When watching Jean Cocteau's Le Belle et la Bete one of the first things that you notice is the similarity between the film and, rather then beauty and the beast, as you would expect, it reminds most viewers of Cinderella. With the two 'beautiful' sisters who have fancy gowns, expensive jewellery and think very highly of themselves. Whereas on the other hand there is the third, less fortunate sister, Bella, who has to clean the house, scrub the floors. As said by John Sunier "escapes a Cinderella-like situation in which her mean older sisters have made her their servant in the house." (John Sunier 2011). From this though it gives us a sense of Bella's innocence from the way in which she carries out all of these tedious chores but still keeps a simile on her face and never complains. Compared to her two sisters who can moan about the smallest of things. We have seen this scenario throughout many different films to date, which gives watching La Belle et la Bete an almost nostalgic feel and familiarity.
Although that being said it doesn't take long to get into the classic Beauty and the Beast storyline. We first see the recognisable features that you can recognise from the story that we all know. We first see this when Bella's father gets lost when travelling home. He stumbles across the Beasts house and we enter a magical world where the doors open themselves, the candles light themselves with hands holding them that move for the directional light. Statues are alive and their eyes would follow the characters, you are drawn into a wonderful world of magic and also have a sense of eeriness. This is the first time we see anything unworldly and magical in this otherwise so far realistic story. We can see this point backed up from critic reviews, "The Beast's dwelling is one of the strangest ever put on film--Xanadu crossed with Dali. Its entrance hall is lined with candelabra held by living human arms that extend from the walls."(Roger Ebert 1999).
For its time and the struggle of production for the time, being in France just after the second world war, this film should be one to be looked back on as one of the most influential films. The plot being recycled to this day and the special effects used to create the Beast's magnificent magical castle. Not only that but the make up used to create the Beast, as primitive as it looks in modern time, was a feat at the time of production and took 5 hours a day to complete. As said by John Sunier " detailed and original Beast makeup for Jean Marais, which took five hours to put on each day." (John Sunier 2011)
Sunier, J. July 17, 2011 Beauty and the Beast, Audiophile Audition
Ebert, R. December 26 1999 Beauty and the Beast, RodgerEbert.com
Fig 1 - La Bella et la Bete Film poster.
Fig 2 - Bellas father in the Beasts house.
Fig 3 - Bella and the Beast.
Monday, 9 November 2015
Friday, 6 November 2015
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
I feel as if my life drawing skills have greatly improved since the first week of this course and that this has helped me within our What if? Metropolis project. I am happy with my last drawing with is a rare thing for me as I usually critise my work a lot and rarely have a piece that I like.