Monday, 19 December 2016

Film Review Black Narcissus

The Black Narcissus was a strange film. Its set on a mountain top and is a school for all the female children. the main characters are the nuns that run the school and another character called Mr Dean who is one of the local handymen that they can go to if they need help or have any questions.
 "A curiously fascinating psychological study of the physical and spiritual tribulations that overwhelm five Protestant missionary nuns in the remote fastness of the Himalayas is unfolded with considerable dramatic emphasis in Black Narcissus."(pryor,1947) its a film that is better to read up upon before watching so that you get a better understanding of the way the film come across as it can be strange and hard to understand. "Five Anglo-Catholic nuns open a school and a hospital . It prospers until a series of mishaps turn the villagers against the nuns. Finally Sister Ruth becomes mad and attacks the mother superior only to bring about her own death."(Priya,2001)


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the way the characters are dressed is very generic as the women and nuns are fully dressed and the male character i.e. Mr Dean has hardly any clothing we see him wearing small shorts and hardly or nothing on his back. its like its a message that he is the alpha with his hairy chest as he was a gorilla with his stance and showing his chest to say obey me. the nuns are always dressed the same and never show anything besides their faces until right at the end when sister Ruth becomes crazy.

Figure 1 Pamela Geller, (2016), Black Narcissus [ONLINE]. Available at:

Thomas M Pryor The New York Times (1947)

Jaikumar, Priya, ‘“Place” and the Modernist Redemption of Empire in Black Narcissus’, Cinema Journal, 40 (2), Winter 2001.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Reflective Statement

This unit of work has been hard at times and  have struggled. I did get to the point starting this unit of wanting to leave. but with the help of the people at the university I stuck around. my work through the course changed completely. with starting with different thumbnails to what I had now. I know when I get stuck I need to ask for help and not keep it to myself. I got more active at the end and need to do that all the way through. I know for next time when times get hard that I should stop and ask, so I could be lead in the right direction. I did feel more comfortable with this unit as I was there from start o finish and new what had to be done and what times the ogrs had to be handed in. I got much support and also got help with the tutors in the library to help me with my essay. many thanks to the people that help me get through this course and I hope to get better in the future. I have learnt many things and I still have many things to learn for the future.

research on Carol Long

Carol Long by Jess Bennett on Scribd

Art of

ART OF by Jess Bennett on Scribd

Friday, 2 December 2016

orthographic drawing improvement

orthographic drawing 1



orthographic drawing two

orthographic drawing three




Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Film Review The Shining

The Shining

Its a masterpiece of Modern Horror.
The film is based in a hotel in the mountains and shows us the life of the Torrance family and their fathers, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) decent into madness.
the film stats with a wide angle shot of a yellow Beetle, its a panoramic shot traveling through the sky, then ending up at the overlook hotel. the film properly starts with an interview of jack Torrance and the hotels manager. when in the interview he is warned about the last employer of the same job, which was the caretaker of the hotel that he murdered his family. Jack reassures him: "You can rest assured, that's not gonna happen with me. And as far as my wife is concerned, I'm sure she'll be absolutely fascinated when I tell her about it.". ( Ebert 2006)

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the film makes you feel isolated but not in that way. its a big hotel with many hiding spaces but no where to escape. it plays that game of hide and seek but with a tragic ending.
the film has jump scares but not in the film but with the transitions of the film when the days of the week pops up. its humours in a way. The Shining may be the first movie that ever made its audience jump with a title that simply says "Tuesday."(Maslin 1980)

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the film is confusing and there are many twists , puzzles  and its a labyrinth film. the film has so many turns and a confusing plot. what makes the film the way it is, is  how it uses different camera angles  to create an atmosphere of the main characters and there decent into madness. the director uses music to create a sense that something is going to happen, but then it changes. your always ready for something Stop correcting “because” of the screeching sound of the music then nothing. he plays on your emotions.
the camera angle gives the audience a sense of isolation being close up to the characters face then pans out to another angle then straight back to the characters face again. a great explanation of this is when Danny(Danny Lloyd) is on his tricycle weaving through the hotel corridors and then stops. the camera transitions from Danny to then the twins haunting the corridors. it shows them alive then dead then to Danny as his face expressions changes. "The carefully organized, seamlessly edited tracking shots and the complex musical textures of Gy├Ârgy Ligeti and Krzysztof Penderecki don't even offer room to breathe, and the disorientation causes the mind to grasp for gravity" ( Henderson 2007) 
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The haunted hallways of the Overlook Hotel in "The Shining" (1980)

A mansion of memories in “Last Year at Marienbad.” Bottom images: The haunted hallways of the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining.”


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bibliography Ebert 06) (Janet Maslin 1980) Henderson 07)

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Bouncing Ball

Animation of a bouncing ball
I have done two type of animate techniques.
The first was frame by frame and the second was motion path

Edward Scissorhand

The movie is set in an artificial world where a creepy haunted castle is purged on a mountain top view above a well placed storybook suburb. Its a weird by goof sitcom neighbourhood where all the houses are brightly coloured houses. the people are like wind up toys that do the same thing every time you start them up. that's whets its like there everyday. the person who is sort of normal is the Avon lady who sells Avon catalogues to the neighbourhood. she then tries the castle at the end of the street and has an idea to try the castle, which se then ends up doing. she enters the ground to se a fairy-tale scene with tingly music to match the scene with then becomes a bit more darker and she gets closer to the door of the castle.
she enters the castle to find that it is occupied by only one lonely young man with scissors for hands. she becomes scared but Edward assures her not to leave. She then tells him to come with her in her car to her home, which then gets the neighbourhood in a to be more nosy and wanting to now who the stranger is. She shows Edward around her house and shows pictures o her children, Kevin Kim and her husband Bill. He tells the story that is told in a flash back. he tells her that he was created by the mad inventor who was also lonely and needed a friend. he was on the brink of finishing with his intention hen he sadly died. That left Edward with scissors for hands and also leaving him all alone.
Inside the house before he tells them on how he was created. there is a scene where the movie changes becoming a situation which seems to be inspired by silent comedy . its where they are at the table staring at Edward who is trying to pick up a pea with his hands. it quite amusing in a way.
The film becomes more about him having a talent to do things with his hands, which includes cutting bushes to create wonderful masterpieces with them, to then cutting animals hair, to the cutting the neighbourhoods hair. that lands him to becoming a real human owning a bank account to then opening his own shop. this doesn't happen as one of the residence has a crush on him and tries to become more intermit with him which he doesn't like. when that doesn't happen she accuses Edward of attacking her, with he then runs back home to find that the whole neighbourhood have turned on him including the daughters boyfriend who tells Edward to do naughty things. Jim the boyfriend of Kim tells Edward to retrieve something for Kim, which Edward does as he has feelings for her. the both don't realise that the home his jims parents house which has an alarm system. this locks Edward inside and make the neighbourhood more angry at  Edward. they then say enough is enough and chase Edward back to the castle where both Kim and Edward are. Jim breaks in and attacks Edward who then stands up for himself. there is a brawl and he trips out of the window.
The daughter in the film is telling it as a story to a young girl who is in bed and is telling her that before Edward came down from his castle it never snowed but after he fell in love with her and they had to dance under the shaven ice that was being made from the ice sculpture, it snowed every year.
"this conclusions so lame its disheartening."Roger Ebert.1990
Photo featuring Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands) issued from "Edward Scissorhands" ( 968 x 720 )


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

uv Layout

this is my uv layout of three building blocks.
I understand how to use photoshop and maya together to create a picture on
an object.
I could improve on this by making sure that the letters and coloured pieces on the block are aliened
I will try next time and improve on what I have created.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

film review

halloween special life drawing

Friday, 21 October 2016


this is a picture of my light source from the Maya lesson
with more practice.I could improve on where the lights are placed and create more shading to it.


this is a gif of my interior establishing shot

crit presentation

Tuesday, 11 October 2016


first row- Baucis
Second row- Octavia
Third row- Isidora
Forth row- Sophronia 


some thumbnails of the cities selected from the book

Monday, 10 October 2016

First Gif

this is my very first gif that I have created
I used Photoshop to make it and will use it
in later times 

Saturday, 8 October 2016


                                                           My rendition of this city.
I haven't added everything that I wanted and I could improve on the way it looks
I have another idea to make it better and more realistic.


life drawing 2

attempt of using animate

I haven't got the hang of it yet but with a bit more practice I should be able to create a small animation


my rough picture of Isadore. I'm going to have to find a way to incorporate each element to the piece. including the staircase on the buildings and cockfighting scene.


This is a rough copy and I will improve on it when I do it again it just gives me a base of how the city should look like and what I want to add to make it better.

Ray Gun

this is my creation of a ray gun before and after colour. I didn't finish it due to my software freezing, but I know the steps after adding the outline

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

these are my abstract pieces of photo shop from the trading cities 5 (Esmeralda) I am next going to combine both pieces of work together.