As part of our critical essay and part of work of critical perspective, we had to do a Visual Poster about our critical essay. My critical essay was about superheroes of comic-books, more precisely about Iron-Man, so I started looking on internet for good images that I could use to create my poster. The programs that I have used were Photoshop and Indesign. Right Below you can see the final image and after that, all the passages from the first version to the final one with the notes about the process of creativity.
As a first attempt, I did using an horizontal format, using as a base color an almost black an putting on both sides some images of Iron Man old and new with most of the text at the center. The left image was a CGI image from the movie. The right one above was from one of the first cover of the comic-book. The one below is from more recent comic-books with most of the armor suits that Tony Stark had used since the first number. But the image did not work really well, it was so good.
The second one is more near to the definitive one. This time I decided to use a vertical format and putting as background different covers and images of Iron Man, from some older to the more recent covers with an image of the second film of Iron Man too. I've taken the image of the first armor suit of Iron Man that looks like breaking the poster to go out. I liked the idea to give that impression. It was taken by a cover where he was passing through rocks and you can see it below.
Then thinking of the old covers, like this one above, I have decided to give it a Vintage look putting the text inside different captions of red and yellow like the colours of Iron Man's suit.
This one is the definitive poster. Even if the one before was not bad, that red and yellow could annoy the view, and cover too much the images behind them. So I've removed the red caption using only the yellow one. The colour red I have used it for the title to emphasize it and making it easier to read it. I've reduce the opacity on two of three captions so it was less annoying the colour and also a bit more visible the images behind. For the bottom I've decided to use just the image of the second movie without opacity, as I did on the second draft, so I could give importance to the films too.
If you want to see the images bigger you can see them on the gallery below.
We travelled to the Watershed on foot which took approximately 10 minutes from the centre. We all met in an open public area during the middle of the day, we decided to do this as our last experience on a group outing was during the evening and we later decided this was unsafe. We also agreed that it would be of greater interest that we compared a daytime viewing audience with that of a night.
Other factors which differentiate from our first trip is the location of the cinemas. The Cube is situated off a main road in a quieter, residential area while the Watershed is in the heart of Bristol boasting a city centre position.
In addition another contrasting quality is the audience. On the outside you may think that the Cube and the Watershed are very similar but in this case we are trying to show how different they are although they are within the same market.
The Cube is a non-profit, volunteer run organisation which requires funding and public support to continue running. Some would argue the Cube cares more about the film industry and is appealing to people who have a genuine interest in film and animation and want to support smaller organisations. In relation to this, when we went there to see the Don Hertzfeldt screening we had to become a member to watch the film. This shows how the Cube relies on loyal clients to keep coming back to ensure that the microplex remains in use and there is no loss of numbers.
On the other hand, the Watershed could be viewed as a money making machine which doesn’t have a genuine interest in the industry. Ticket prices were £2 more and there was no requirement to become a member. This ultimately shows that the Watershed wasn’t in need of returning customers and doesn’t need the support of the public to continue running. An important thing which we all felt was that you didn’t feel as part of something as you did with the Cube.
The Cube’s layout was 1920s modern, it felt old fashioned upon entry, displaying interesting collages and illustrations, it was dimly lighted. The auditorium was cosy and wasn’t like a contemporary cinema, the old velvet seats were like a time machine. There are just 108 seats, which creates a sense of a communal gathering. It broke the norm of the regular cinema experience with humorous spoof adverts. In comparison the Watershed has three cinema screens, which again makes me think more of a more of a profit based organisation rather than the non-profit organisation that is the Cube.
Visual Culture: Trip 1
The Cube, Microplex Cinema: 22nd October
For my visual culture studies, we have been placed into groups to organise trips to find galleries where it would be suitable to showcase our animations. We initially considered all the local venues placing them into a list. After researching the locations we decided to visit an animation screening at, “The Cube” which is a miccroplex cinema that shows mainly art house features, but also recent famous movies like, “Paranorman, Bronson and Alpha Papa”
We visited the screening of, “It’s such a beautiful day” by animator/director Don Hertzfeldt, The screening was fantastic, especially in the environment it was set in. I personally felt like the venue was made catered for animation shorts. The ticket price was cheap and membership fee was just one pounds. The audience seemed to really enjoy, this was evident by the large amount of people there, lots of people became members on that evening alone. The audience was rather mixed in ages, but all seemed to share a love of animation and all very much enjoyed Hertzfeldt’s sense of humour.
After leaving we all agreed it was a nice venue to present visual work. We agreed we like the audience, they were mannered and didn’t distract us, the staff were pleasant and had a very nice casual attitude.The microplex was old and this added character to the environment, there were movie posters all across the walls, and also art illustrations. There was a pub and a little shop selling merchandise which is good for people showing there work there.
The screening was at 8pm, so it was dark and damp conditions whilst we were making our way there and back from the venue which is about a ten minute walk from where I live. The venue was hard to find initially as it’s so small. We had to complete a risk assessment form before leaving as we needed to consider the possibilities of an accident or incident happening I will post the form in my next post.
4, Princess Row
As part of preparation we should also choose other three artists from other student's blog, so here they are.
1) Eyrie by David Walter
Eyrie by David Walter from http://maintainraisinoptions.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/blind-searching.html
I really like the animated stories that can narrate without dialogs and this animation is an example. I liked this hand drawing.
2) Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders, director of The Croods from http://thisalexwilson.tumblr.com/
I enjoyed watching The Croods, I liked the story and also the character/creature design.
3)Michael Alyn Pondsmith
Michael Alyn Pondsmith from http://lesiecmoni.tumblr.com/
When I studied for a year how to use Blender I've understood better than before CGI animation and when I saw this trailer for this videogame called Cyberpunk 2077 with life actors mixed with CGI I have been amazed.Mostly know as a Mike Pondsmith is an American computer game designer.He was co-working with games like Mekton, Cyberpunk syries or with Matrix movie.He works on programs like Maya,3D Max ect.Curently work with CD Project Red on new game “Cyberpunk 2077” which is a big deal in computer game world. It is a game use for adults.
As part of our work and study we have to identify three contemporary practitioners whose work attracts, repulses, interests, intrigues, or otherwise engages us and writing a bit about them. So after a long time thinking which 3 artists I might write here they are.
Bryan Konietzko is one of the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Legend of Korra and a writer of Avatar comic books. He is an American animator that works in U.S.A., still working in the Avatar series. I choosed him because the cartoon series of Avatar are one of my favorite animated series, I like the creature and character design that he has created, the story of the cartoon that even is a Nickleoden series it has not so childish stories, so even boys and girls of different ages can watch it. He mixes american animation with some japanese animation, and you can see it sometime on the facial expressions but without exaggerations.
2) GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY
Genndy Tartakovsky is born in Russia and when he was 7 years old he moved with his parents to Chicago, and now he is an animator who works in U.S.A. . He created different famous cartoon series like Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls and the 2D animation of Star Wars: Clone Wars for Cartoon Network. I like how he draws with that poor style of drawing but that gives great expressions to the characters, how he is good to write stories changing from humouristic to more serious and sad stories. Furthermore I like how he uses colors for backgrounds. Recently he directed Hotel Transylvania.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/GenndyTartakovsky ; http://www.ocweekly.com/2012-09-27/film/genndy-tartakovsky-hotel-transylvania/full/ ; http://animatedtv.about.com/od/samuraijack/p/tartakovsky.htm
3) Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States near Minneapolis. He is not an animator, he is a writer of books, comic books and script of movies and tv series. Some of his most famous works are the comic book Sandman, Death, the book American Gods. From his novels they did two movies, one is Stardust with actors like Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer and the second is Coraline, a stop-motion animated film directed by Henry Selick. I like this writer for how he writes stories for children and for adults and because he is able to write adult fairy stories, one of my favorite book written by him is The Graveyard Book.