Tuesday, 27 October 2015

King Kong (1933)

King Kong (1933) directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack is an amazing film of its time, the film at the time of its release further developed the genre of fantasy, monsters and adventure films at the time and also special effects within the film industry. With the films use of layering and stop motion it makes the scenes come to life more and seem more natural at the time of its release, however compared to modern day technology and special effects the movement of Kong seem out dated however at the time with the technology used the audience would have been amazed at the flow of the film.

King Kong is a monster fantasy which follows the story of a film director and crew visiting a specific island for a more exotic movie scenery, an island where the director believes the 'myth' of Kong exists. When they arrive the come across a village on the outskirts of the island where they discover the natives in the middle of a ceremony. The natives, once they have seen the film crew and the young beautiful blonde lady in their company, offer the film crew 7 of their women in exchange for Ann Darrow(Fay Wray), they do not accept the offer however as the film progresses the natives capture Ann and take her to the gates where Kong is contained and tie her to two pillars, the natives then begin to summon Kong. Kong then comes into the sight of the audience following his summoning and his eyes fall onto Ann as she begins to scream and struggle to escape. The scenes progress into the jungle with the crew in pursuit of Kong and Ann 

Gender politics is a obvious factor within the film when watching

through the theme of gender politics it shows societies views on women at the time of the 1930's
anne is made to appear as the defenseless small lady
- the sailors have to come and save ger


Life Drawing

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Life Drawing

This being my first time ever doing life drawing, I found that it wasn't as difficult as I originally thought it might have been. I look forward to improving in life drawing as a few of my drawings are out of proportion and also my drawings are slightly clustered in one area of the paper.

5 minutes to 30 second exercises

30 second exercisess

Continuous line exercise

20 minute exercise

20 minute exercise

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis (1927) directed by Fritz Lang is a silent German Drama and Sci-Fi film which shows Lang's "perfectionism, his fondness for German Expressionism, and his intensely bizarre creative vision" which gives the film and the city its perfected yet dark look.

Figure  1 - Metropolis Poster

The films opening scene shows the audience a range of industrial machines and the workers who manage the machines, the film then goes on to explain in subtitles that deep below lies the workers city immediately telling the audience of the class separation is physically and socially within the city. The film then takes us to a different shot of the city, one of a beautiful garden with high class people wearing luxurious clothes again showing the difference and separation of the class as the working class wear dark, dirty overalls. The film progresses into telling the audience the hardship behind the creation of metropolis and the luxury of those who enjoy the finished products, the film continues to develop to show how the separation of the classes was a vital problem which needs to be solved in order for there to be fairness within metropolis. The film concludes to show the trickery within the film and the promise of equality between the upper and the working class.

Delving deeper into the films actions, from the movement of the actors it can be inferred that the film is showing the message of totalitarianism as each of the workers move in the same way as if they were being controlled and were following the same commands. The feel of rapid industrialisation in Metropolis is clear, as the film was created in Germany, during this time the country experienced a massive economical and industrial boost, for example more factories were being built but at the cost of the workers. 

 Figure 2 - Shot of the city
Those who have knowledge of Weimar Germany may infer the influence of the historical events within Weimar Germany, The Spartacist Uprising for example, an event which can be seen clearly to have influenced Metropolis, following the war many strikes took place because many workers wanted reduced hours, better working conditions and to "establish soviets (workers’ and soldiers’ councils) in place of central government in German towns and cities". This event can easily be translatable to the one shown in metropolis in which all the workers revolt and cause destruction to the city similar to that of the Spartacist Uprisings and various other historical events which took place within the time frame of which this film was in production.

Lastly it is extremely clear for modern day audiences how Metropolis has been an influential film in the industry, it "helped to develop the science-fiction genre" which can be seen from the scenes where the man-like robot is revealed to Joh and when the inventor begins to make the robot look more human. In todays films we establish that this film has influenced the likes of the Star Wars character C3PO and the classic creature Frankenstein. It is arguable that Metropolis has clearly been an influential film throughout decades and has formed the Sci-Fi genre into what it is today.
Figure 3 - Joh meets Rotwang's man-like machine


April 5, 2011 - http://www.film.com/movies/whats-the-big-deal-metropolis-1927
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zh9p34j/revision/5
- http://www.filmsite.org/metr.html

Figure 1 - http://scifimoviefilms.com/unique-posters-metropolis-1927/
Figure 2 - http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2009/jun/05/sigma-science-fiction-us-security
Figure 3 - http://www.chrismrogers.net/#/blog/4555515884/'Metropolis'/8971437

Thumbnails 01-61

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Abstract Studies

I found this exercise interesting and different, I have created a multiple of cities which I have chosen to create thumbnails on and have cerated them in an abstract way by using the lasso tool, brush strokes and layers. I like the overall outcome of each of the studies as they show the cities in an abstract way which I imagined.