Location Photography

As the next stage in the production planning, I went on an adventure around local areas finding locations that would work well for my film. These are my chosen locations:

  • School library = language library in Edith Morley.
  • Office environment = art office.
  • Family home = St George’s common room.
  • Car = Enterprise car park.
  • Unemployed bedroom = my bedroom in halls.
  • Gallery = art studio, central gallery.
  • Homeless = bench outside art studio (facing Enterprise).
  • Arrest = street in Reading.
  • University = my desk in halls.

I would like to keep the palette rather muted, unsaturated, grey and blue. This is to show the dismal nature of life, and contrast it with the bright, fun connotations of a ‘game’, and perhaps the website. I have chosen to dress the protagonist in a blue sweater, keeping in this scheme, and tying all of the different actors together to the same character. I will need to take this into consideration when dressing the locations, but also in editing in post. I have experimented with editing the hues in the photos seen above.

I have ordered the photographs to show a flow diagram that will be used in the create your own adventure of my interactive website, inspired by the Create Your Own Adventure books.

Printing all of these photographs and arranging them visually has the different pathways, and the probability of different outcomes more obvious. It is clear to me now that there is a high chance of unemployment, and that there are only a few final positions; family, rich, homeless, arrested or famous. These options are seen whichever choices are made, in all pathways. This backs up my point that whatever choices you make, your fate will be similar.

Finding the locations has allowed me to continue brainstorming what I will include in each scene in terms of props etc. I have purchased the sweater and props, and am looking into borrowing other things. The next step, once all the props and locations are ready, is to borrow actors and equipment and start filming!


Assessment Piece: Development and Testing

Since the conception of this plan, my film has gone through many changes and developments, not to mention a period of learning with Premiere Pro being a new skill.

A narrative was recorded to play over the film, which has since been discarded. An homage to Pipilotti Rist was added, the film was edited in a stylist fashion, including flashbacks being shown in an old fashioned TV format, and three sequences were arranged together.

I have also made protest placards to add to the presentation, which link the presentation back to the flashback protest scenes seen in the film. The placards also serve to make the viewer consider protest in general, the potential for change vs the apathy of populations, during this time of political unrest.

The film could echo a multitude of current political issues, including the women’s marches, Trump and feminism, trade and brexit, and unrest in the population overall. I therefore like the addition of the placards, as they add more dimension to the film, both literally and metaphorically. I like that this film provides the opportunity for it to be interpreted in many ways, with the common message of activism made clear by the placards in front.

Today I began building the signs (painting sourced cardboard and stapling on table-sawed sticks) and testing their arrangement. The film was clearly visible on top of the signs, which I purposefully built to be washed out. The washed-out, perhaps rained-on aesthetic, adds to the authenticity of the placards that I was hoping for.

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Final Test:

Assessment Piece: Exploring Ideas (Jan)

The first thing I decided for this project was that I wanted to continue exploring the digital side of my work, and produce a digital piece for assessment, for example a film or animation.

I had a couple of short concepts in the past that weren’t perfect, or for which I needed CGI. I explored some CGI artists in my Artist Influences pages, but finally decided that it would not be possible. After exploring many different inspiring short films/animations etc. in my artist influences page, I decided to make a short film. I have been exploring a couple of ideas, inspired by my peers Rachael Clark and Margrethe Liland.


Rachael was speaking last week about making something lighthearted and fun but that represented how she felt. She made plastic bubbles that seem to grow from the walls like a fungus, which sounds gross but was beautiful with the bright colours and lights. The discussion that followed was about foam machines and dancing, which is often the centre of Rachael’s work. This is what inspired my concept, not so much Rachael’s aim for a lighthearted representation of how she feels (if I am interpreting her idea correctly). Please see the idea that followed:

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It starts out very lighthearted and a celebration of being happy while alone, and then turns out very creepy towards the end of the short, and explores the idea of the club scene. The crowding and panic, as well as the hidden dangers. I wanted to take the opportunity that the foam obscuring the camera would provide, and add this illusion:

I haven’t spoken to Rachael about this yet; it depends on which idea I decide to go with.

My other main idea is much more lighthearted, and was based on Margrethe’s idea about bananas representing penises and penis envy. When we were discussing it last week, it developed into a comment about how penis envy is stupid because penises are unnecessary. Kate mentioned a text by a woman (don’t know whom, or what text- please help!) who wrote about how men will become useless in the near future. Another student mentioned that bananas are predicted to die out soon as well, due to farming issues.

I then imagined a world in which bananas were running out- a seemingly ordinary world. The world would not change without bananas, and the world would not change without men (in terms of this concept). The idea that resulted was a whimsical illustration of this world- just normal, but without any bananas or men. I had some ideas for the story, and the style. I like the idea that it would be stylised- shown in black and white with the camera/editing selecting only yellows. Below is my idea, which works very well I believe with this song playing in the background, which sums up the mood and is a big hint to the concept.

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I will discuss these ideas further with Kate, Rachael and Margrethe tomorrow.


Personal Project: Plan

I have rejected my original plan of conducting a psychological study. It was too complex, and I decided it wasn’t going to work. I was going to make a complex painting (but couldn’t decide what it should be of), and ask two groups of people to interpret it, after telling each group that a different artist made it. I wanted to investigate whether priming the groups with different information would result in different interpretations.

My new idea is more simple, and is more of an illustration of a psychological study I am currently writing, for my Research Methods module. The hypothesis is that siblings, and stress, are both predictors of depression. So I will be animating an oil self portrait. I will add more and more stressors into the background, while at the same time my expression will get more and more downfallen, until I end up with a sad self portrait, surrounded by a busy background, and holding a bottle of alcohol.

For each stage, I will also be drinking slightly more; more drinking as stress levels go up. This also means that with more stress, the less defined and more messy the painting will become.

I will be taking photographs at each stage to use for the animation. There will be five main stages, but I will take more photos when I add each element perhaps. The gradual changes should be imperceptible when animated with a slow fade between each picture. 

This whole process is very experimental! It is a continuing my exploration of animating paintings. Below are a couple that I have made in the past, and that I really enjoyed. I think they worked well, despite being very difficult, but I was sober while I was working, so this one may be a bit more difficult.


For the above piece I used a new medium called Brusho. My experimentation with this can be seen below.

Assignment 4: Contemporary Painting, FINAL PLANNING AND PAINTING

After a seminar about our ideas so far, I decided that I could keep it fragmented, but use a melting effect instead of broken glass, as it is more relevant to the idea of baking and it is a recipe.

Below is my plan progressing.

I eventually came up with this final plan, using George Condo as inspiration for fragmented faces, and then letting the sections slide down. I then had the task of finding some wax to melt, which wasn’t easy.

I drew this design out on the 1m long canvas, gave it a brown wash, and then poured the melting wax on it.


Here is the painting progressing…



Artist Statement

Artist Statement


Assignment 4: Contemporary Paintings, PLANNING

The twist was that we have to paint each other’s written artworks. This takes abstraction to a different place. My artwork was an almost illegible ‘Recipe for “Love”‘, which contrary to how it sounds, was quite dark.

Recipe for "Love"

Recipe for “Love”

This is a photo of the ‘Recipe for “Love”‘. I have since re-written it and analysed it. At the moment, I am planning for what I can paint. My main idea is that it has elements of the light and dark side of love, and includes scenes depicted in the ‘Recipe for “Love”‘. My ideas and planning can be seen below.

We recently had a lecture about text in art and painting, and so the idea that the ‘Recipe for “Love”‘ is difficult to read, adds interest to my ideas for the painting.

At the moment, the ‘Recipe for “Love”‘ is anonymous and when we have finished, I am hoping we get to guess whose artwork was whose, and that they are all exhibited for us to look at. Otherwise we should figure out how to share each other’s blogs so I can see what everyone else is doing. I am excited to see what someone is doing with mine.