Saturday, 26 November 2016

Redesigning the main buiding



Space Oddities/Edward Scissorhands/Film Review


Figure 1, Official Poster


Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands, released in 1990, is graceful movie with touching story that takes place in a small 1950s American suburban town. The movie mainly consists from the flashbacks by one of the main character, Kim. 


Figure 2, First view at the suburban town 

The story begins with a shot of 1950s American suburban town with highly organized streets full of same houses and cars where only colours are different. At the end of the town is located dark gothic castle built on a giant hill. Twonspeople are living their ordinary lives with everyday routines and usual gossiping. When Edward, inhabitant from the strange dark castle, is brought into the city by Avon lady Pegy, he becomes a big sensation in the town. Edward, who was living uncivilized and alone for his whole life was created in laboratory but unfortunately before he could be finished his creator, Vincent Price, died and left him with scissors for a hands. 

The dark, eccentric appearance of Edward is in impressive contrast with the delicate-looking and colourful design of the city. The movie is full of this interesting contrasts. Edward's messy dark hair and face full of scars from his scissor hands are in great opposite to his kind and loving soul as it can be seen in his behavior towards townspeople and especially towards Kim, daughter of his protector Pegy, who he fall in love with and would do anything to protect her even for the price of his false accused.  It is the same with the most of the townspeople which are looking kind but gossiping and some of them even bulling Edward because of his extraordinary appearance. 

Figure 3, Edward in town for the first time

Johnny Depp's portrayal of the main character is a significant part of the movie. His marvellous way of acting gives the main character, who is kind of a monster and wierdo, soul and softness that makes you sympathize with him. Marc Lee of the Telegraph wrote: ''Johnny Depp is sensational in the lead role, summoning anxiety, melancholy and innocence with heartbreaking conviction. And it's all in the eyes: his dialogue is cut-to-the-bone minimal.'' (2014)


Figure 4, Tim Burton's concept art (on the left side) and Johnny Depp as Edward (on the right side

The director of the movie, Tim Burton, took the charge of the overall design and concept art in collaboration with screenwriter Caroline Thompson. As it is in most of his films, he created beautiful highly recognizable outsider character with stunning art design, costumes and production values that will leave you with melancholy and sympathy feelings for him. As Richard Propes said in The Independent Critic ''It's a unique, lovely and enchanting Burton vision brought to life beautifully.''




Illustrations:
Figure 1, [user-generated content] (2014-2016) [Website] 
At: http://www.shopdeca.com/movie-poster-shop-edward-scissorhands-1990-68-6x101-6-cm.html (Accessed on 25 November 2016)
Figure 2, [user-generated content] (2012) [Wordpress]
At: https://flexpointe.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/mise-en-scene-edward-scissorhands/ (Accessed on 25 November 16)
Figure 3, [user-generated content] (2015) [Website]
At: http://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/8102/ten-things-you-might-not-know-about-edward-scissorhands (Accessed on 26 November 16)
Figure 4, [user-generated content] (2011) [Wordpress]
At: https://howlsmovingsingalongblogandthegiantpeach.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/burtons-concept-art-and-creative-process/ (Accessed on 26 November 16)

Bibliography:
Ebert, Roger (1990) Edward Scissorhands 
At: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/edward-scissorhands-1990 (Accessed on 25 November 16)
Lee, Marc (2014) Edward Scissorhands, review: 'a true fairytale' 
At: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/11298442/Edward-Scissorhands-review-a-true-fairytale.html (Accessed on 25 November16)
Mattos, S. Jordan (year unknown) Edward Scissorhands 
At: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/edward-scissorhands# (Accessed on 25 November 16)
Propes, Richard (2008-2016) ''Edward Scissorhands'' Review 
At: http://theindependentcritic.com/edward_scissorhands (Accessed on 25 November 16)

Monday, 21 November 2016

Space Oddities/La Belle et la Bete(1946)/Film Review

Figure 1, Blog: [user-generated content] (2016)


La Belle et la Bete is originally French spoken, black and white movie version of well-known story 'Beauty and the Beast' directed by Jean Cocteau in 1946. Since this rendition of the classic book 'La Belle et la Bete' (1756) by French author Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont were already filmed several newer versions based on the same or similar storyline both in a film and theater field.  

The plot of the movie follows the story of young Belle's family and their confrontation with the Beast which caught Belle's father trying to stole rose from the Beast's garden to give it to the Belle. The Beast intends to punish him by confined the old man in his castle. As the Belle's father is seriously ill he needs to go home so the Beast give him an options to replace himself by one of his daughters to take the punishment for him or he has to return within the next three days. Belle's kind heart cannot let her ill father to suffer anymore so she voluntarily became a prisoner in the Beast's castle. As time goes by Belle and the Beast fell in love with each other. At the end the true love break the spell which the Beast is cursed with and he become the human prince once again. 


Figure 2, Tumblr: [user-generated content] (2016)

Figure 3, Wordpress: William Gibson (1983)

Fashion illustrator Christian Berard took care of the visual aspect of the movie and he created stunning concept art (see figure 2 and 3). He was mostly working without colours, just a charcoal on a black background which perfectly portrayed Cocteau's vision for the movie, as retelling children's fairy-tale with dark elements of harsh reality. ''The gates and doors open themselves. As Belle first enters the Beast's domain, she seems to run dreamily a few feet above the floor. Later, her feet do not move at all, but she glides, as if drawn by a magnetic force. ''(1999, Ebert) The movie is also full of impressive movie effects as can be seen in the scene where Belle enter Beast's castle for the first time and her feet are not moving, she just flight through the corridor or (see figure 3) in the final scene where Belle is flying away with her prince (see figure 4). 

Figure 4, Wordpress: [user-generated content] (2013)


Throughout the creative process of making the movie, the production stuff had to over come some obstacles such as lack of electricity and tight budget as the movie was filmed in the post war period. Despite those difficulties the Jean Cocteau's creative team fulfilled their intentions to bring something nice with happy ending into the unfortunate post-war french society. ''Made in 1946 in the immediate aftermath of WWII, the film gave French audiences something they deeply desired: a rich and enticing fantasy, an escape from post-war drudgery.'' (2014, Landekic)

Illustrations:
Figure 1, [user-generated content] (2016) [Blog] At: 
Figure 2, [user-generated content] (2016) [Tumblr] At: 
Figure 3, William Gibson (1983) [Wordpress] At: 
Figure 4, [user-generated content] (2013) [Wordpress] At: 

Bibliography:
Bourne, Mark  (2003) Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) 
At: http://www.dvdjournal.com/reviews/b/beautyandthebeast_cc.shtml (Accessed on 10 November 16)
Ebert, Robert  (1999) Beauty and the Beast 
At: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-beauty-and-the-beast-1946 (Accessed on 10 November 16)
Huddleston, Tom  (2013) La Belle et la Bête 
At: http://www.timeout.com/london/film/la-belle-et-la-bete-1 (Accessed on 10 November 16)
Landekic, Lola (2014) La Belle et la Bête (1946) 
At: http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/la-belle-et-la-bete/ (Accessed on 21 November 16)
Malcolm, Derek  (1999) Jean Cocteau: La Belle et La Bête 
At: https://www.theguardian.com/film/1999/jul/01/1 (Accessed on 10 November 16)

@Phil What If?Metropolis/Final building's shapes and composition





Silhouettes of buildings




Ideas for composition

What If?M/Matte painting/Surface of Morissa



Almost finished matte painting for the surface of Morissa. I will just put some more colors on the water so it will be more obvious that it is ocean. Also I will be playing around a little bit more with the shadows to bring a bit more volume in there.

Process:







Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Travelogue/Morissa

Every traveller on his way to the city of Morissa is feeling hopeless at some point and he is losing all of his cheerfulness and faith which he began his expedition with. That is because the city of Morissa is chooses her visitors in a very specific way. She let travellers struggled in the middle of the wild ocean storm. The storm so strong that it will become confusing for the traveler what he actually see.  

Morissa is surrounded by endless, incredible but dangerous ocean. Because the water seems to be calm from the traveller’s destination he will not understand all the warnings about dangerousness of the journey towards Morissa.

It is not before two or three days of sailing when the traveller will start to see black, heavy clouds to emerge from time to time. They just run above his head for a few seconds and disappear again afar. Another strange thing he will notice are the waves that he almost could not see for the first few days of the journey as the ocean’s surface was so calm. But now, all of a sudden, they are lifted into a height for a moment and decreases again. Those are the indications that the traveller are getting closer and the city can already feel his presence. At this point he will not need anything but his faith whereas those few clouds and waves will soon turn into a cruel severe storm. The storm so strong and cold that you feel almost as you are travelling in time…across the ocean time.

Assuming that the traveller faith was strong enough, the storm will simmer down in two seconds and Morissa allowed him to step onto her surface.

As soon as he anchor his ship and enter the territory of the island on which the city lies he feels a marvellous peace which is a bit shock for him after the harrowing storm that he just had to overcome on the way here. One of the first things he will notice are huge cliffs in the centre of the island towering to a height. They are build up from a smaller spiky rocks. They are layering and repeating which creating strangely amazing shapes. From the coast of the island it reminds of dried up lava splashed with water but the material is even harder than usual rocks. The colour of the hills is in shades of orange and brown colour. The parts where rays of the sun lands are stained yellow.

The city of Morissa is built up on a fragile-looking surface that recalls of a crumpled papper. The travellers are usually making the first step carefully because it looks like that it can broke under their feets but soon they find out that the surface is just looking so fragile. In fact it is some kind of an undiscovered rock which has colour of a desert sand.  

As he is moving forward to the middle of the city, the particularly looking formations will start to emerge. Each formation has rounded shape and is very tall almost as the cliffs behind it. After a while, as he is getting closer to this special formations, he realize that they are actually buildings and he is right in the heart of the city of Morissa.

The buildings are very futuristic and most probably the traveller cannot find such an architecture on any other place. Not even in a greatest dream. They are build up in unique way. Small repeating elements that are recalling of a spiral are covering the base of the building which has polygon shapes. Some of them almost look like as they are still sculpting and growing up into a new shapes. The material of the buildings seems to be some kind of metallic but very thin almost like metallic foil. They look massive and strong from the distance but as the traveller get closer he realize that they are tender and fragile. The colour of the material of which they are built from is very dark brown almost black and it reflect sun rays in beautiful yellow and orange colours.

What could be for some of the travellers a bit of disappointment if they want to see also nature, is that the city of Morissa is not an organic city at all. Although one of the buildings may remind them about some kind of flower they once have seen in a far destination while traveling. But it is just one of many optical illusions of Morissa. In here, it is very rare to find even a tiniest flower or plant. However it is possible. So if the traveller is lucky enough and he will find a plant, it will take his breath away. Usually, they will appear as a group of thin orange-pink stems with little flowers on the top of them. The mass they are made of is very thin almost transparent, like a new polished wineglass which will give you impression of even bigger fragility and tenderness than the buildings in the city.

Most probably you will be the only human being on the whole island. It is because the surface of Morissa is so barren that there cannot be grown any edible plants and the way to the city is too dangerous to regularly transport the food and drinkable water here. And Morissa is looking also after her sky very carefully. In fact, traveling to Morissa by air is probably the most daring but not the smartest choice as the city doesn’t trust flying objects. Even the birds have a fear to fly too close.

There are some tales about the city of Morissa that says that one kind of living beings are supposed to live there. According to the tales they looks like a marvellous antelope with transparent curled corners. They are living there just because they are feeding on the dead parts of the surface and by this way they keep the city in a good condition. However, no one has ever seen them because they are very shy and usually come out of their hideout after dark.

It is more than possible that some of the things that the traveller can see in this city is just a figment of his imagination. This is the one of the specific characteristics of Morissa. Since it looks so unusual and otherworldly, his imagination will start working at full speed as soon as he will see the shore of her island.



 So the only way how to visit the city of Morissa is to believe that it is possible.

Life Drawing Session #7







Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Space Oddities/Alien(1979)/Film Review

Figure 1, Website: Jason Haggstrom (2012) 

Ridley Scott's movie 'Alien'(1979) is an outstanding film mainly because of the design and stunning concept art by H.R.Giger which influenced science fiction movie through a years. Even it has a quite simple story line it is build in slowly way which gives viewers that nerve-straining feeling.

Figure 2, Website: Dan Dalton (2014)

The plot is following the story of the crew of seven people in a spaceship that are attacked by unidentified predator from space. It squib acid, when something touch it, that is able to eat several layers of spaceship. Therefore they are unable to analyze it and it kills one character after another.

Scott is working with the basic knowledge of fear of unknown as the alien changes its appearance and always attacks the characters from the darkness. ''At its most fundamental level, "Alien" is a movie about things that can jump out of the dark and kill you.'' (Ebert, 2003)


Figure 3, Website: [user-generated content] (2016)

Another interesting aspect is that the only survivor of all crew-members is woman Ripley which brings out questions about feminism. Ripley's character is tough throughout the whole film as she doesn't respond to the scary moments in the usual feminine way. But her heroism isn't so obvious till the second half of the movie when Captain Dallas is killed and she naturally replace him as the leader of the rest crew-members. As Jordan Poast stated in his first part of 'Alien' review, Ripley was supposed to be a male character in the original scripts. ''Ellen Ripley was a man. No, not throughout the 'Alien' series (though David Fincher and James Cameron tried to make her one) but in the original script of the film, then titled Star Beast. In the original script, the character that would later become one of the most enduring icons of female empowerment was gendered male, only to be changed later.''(Poast, 2012) Illustrations:
Figure 1, Jason Haggstrom (2012) [Website]At:
http://reel3.com/reassessing-alien-sexuality-and-the-anxieties-of-men/ (Accessed on 7 November 16)
Figure 2, Dan Dalton (2014) [Website] At:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/danieldalton/original-alien-concept-art-h-r-giger?utm_term=.nszzQA8MM#.ja9RVaXDD (Accessed on 8 November 16)
Figure 3, [user-generated content] (2016)[Website] At: 
http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3376665/hard-r-rating-for-alien-covenant-says-ridley-scott/ (Accessed on 8 November 16)

Bibliography;
Roger Ebert (2003) Alien At:http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-alien-1979 (Accessed on 6 November 16)
Derek Malcolm (2009) Derek Malcolm's Alien review from 1979 At: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/oct/13/derek-malcolm-alien-review (Accessed on 6 November 16)
Jade Bate (2015) kick ass feminists on film: ellen ripley in alien At:
http://lipmag.com/arts/film-arts/kick-ass-feminists-on-film-ellen-ripley-in-alien/ (Accessed on 8 November 16)
Jason Haggstrom (2012) Reassessing Alien: Sexuality and the Anxieties of Men At:
http://reel3.com/reassessing-alien-sexuality-and-the-anxieties-of-men/ (Accessed on 8 November 16)