Thursday, 26 January 2017

Adaptation B




Due to being a slow reader, over the weekend I am going to be using the audio book to find out if this is the book I want to adapt from and also what place to adapt into a video game level with a problem solving element to it.

Audiobook:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goS08YGBwqE 

Chapter summarys:
http://www.shmoop.com/mortal-engines/chapter-1-summary.html 

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

@Alan @Phil Adaptation B: "Mortal Engines"


So while looking through children's adventure books for ideas, I came across "Mortal Engines" I obviously haven't read the book but have read through 1 or 2 different plots from the book and think it has some good qualities to create a game environment with an objective. Im still not 100% as I wanted to an opinion on this as I haven't actually read the book (which could be both bad and good) and I probably won't be able to read the whole thing in time if i did get my hands on it.




"The book is set in a post-apocalyptic world, ravaged by a "Sixty Minute War", which caused massive geological upheaval. To escape the earthquakes, volcanoes, and other instabilities, a Nomad leader called Nikola Quercus installed huge engines and wheels on London, and enabled it to dismantle other cities for resources. The technology rapidly spread, and evolved into what is known as "Municipal Darwinism". Although the planet has since become stable, Municipal Darwinism has spread to most of the world except for Asia and parts of Africa. Much technological and scientific knowledge was lost during the war. Because scientific progress has almost completely halted, "Old Tech" is highly prized and recovered by scavengers and archeologists. Europe, some of Asia, North Africa, Antarctica, and the Arctic are dominated by Traction Cities, whereas North America was so ravaged by the war that it is often identified as "the dead continent", and the rest of the world is the stronghold of the Anti-Traction League, which seeks to keep cities from moving and thus stop the intense consumption of the planet's remaining resources." 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortal_Engines

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Further Infographic Research


 
 


 

"Reasons you didn't get that Second Date"

 
The date lasted too long
It was too much like an interview
You were too clingy
You gave away that you are a bit of a stalker
You're disgusting
You were to cliché
Too young
Bad manners
Paid more attention to your phone
You didn't pay the bill
Ordered too much food
There was no chemistry
You were late
You weren't there
You escaped out the bathroom window
You were Vegan
You're a little to cheap
Clowned around
You never actually had a first date to begin with.

 

Infographic: Design

 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Adaptation A: Further Research





Adaptation A



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Adaptation A & B Feedback


After speaking with Alan about possible ideas for adaptation A I have decided to go with one "Reasons you didn't get a Date/Degree" or possibly "Abducted by Aliens". Although "Abducted by Aliens" can prove to be a little more non factual due to the science fiction to it, it could prove to be full of comedy and stupid reasons for it. If I were going for "A Date" I would look towards cards sold in card shops for the kind of graphics I would create and also possibly for "a Degree".

After discussing Adaptation B I left with the ideas of creating something which could be solved, an idea which came from seeing a paper on the "Mathematics of a Rubix Cube" and also the idea of creating a game level. I have been left with the options of creating something from either idea or combining both.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Submission: Reviews and Tutorials



Reviews


Pipeline 1: Head Modelling


Pipeline 1: Body Modelling

Adaptation B Ideas (being added to)




I feel as though this could be a good adaptation idea, The album is title 'The Fire and The Icicle' along with on of the songs mentioning "The Fire & The Icicle," in its lyrics. From this I believe it could be a great opportunity to create two different characters.


Design a Set of Mount Olympus.
Including features of:
-pegasus
-zeus
-hades
-posideon

Brothers Grimm Tale.

Game level design/set design
-Adventure/exploring game
-Jak and Daxter
-Tomb Raider

Pipeline 1 Body Modelling: Part 1: Torso Blocking



Opposing Characters




Opposing characters are common in many films, it adds tension and surprise to the story as you don't know when one or another might make a move on the other. To the audience it can be what draws them towards it and attracts them to the story, for example Captain America: Civil War draws the audience to the feud between Iron Man and Captain America which drives the entire story within the film and builds up to a huge vs finale. The same with Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort, the entire film series is driven from the opposition of the two characters, the light and the dark trying to destroy one another before the other gets the chance. With the tension of opposition in films, it is either the central to the storyline or a side story to the film, it creates a good vs evil feel to the film and adds to the theme and action of the film.

Biff Tannen is the opposing character to Marty McFly, he is the bully to Marty's father, George McFly in his youth and still continues to boss him around as an adult. When Marty time travels with the Doc, he continues to encounter Biff in his youth and in age, each time he proves as an obstacle for Marty in his adventure. Although the feud doesn't drive the story like in CA: Civil War or Harry Potter, their opposition affects his family and lifestyle. In the past, Biff proves as an obstacle when Marty is trying to get his parents together to confirm his and siblings births, he bullies George McFly, making him avoid asking Lorraine to be his date which Marty encouraged him to do. In the future, Biff alters time by providing his younger self with betting results, making him rich and controlling his life the way he wants it, this again makes another obstacle for Marty in his aims and causes him to have to go against Biff and his actions to correct time in the present. Marty essentially helps to put Biff into his place but he keeps coming back trying to oppose Marty and what he's doing.


At the end of the film, Marty returns to his present and finds that his interference in the past with the feud between George and Biff resulted in something good for his family, whereas before his mother was an overweight, depressed alcoholic, she is now happy, a healthy weight and happily married. His father is more confident and runs his own business rather than working for Biff, Marty then goes around front of the house to find out the George is Biff's boss and he cowers to George's confidence and demands asap. Their feud clearly adds that extra part needed for the film, adding that one to one action within the film and giving it the side story it needs to make the film more action packed and lively.

Documentary





Planet Earth is a 2016 British nature documentary created by the BBC, narrated by David Attenborough. The series follows various environments and species and documents their present situation and their lifestyles. It explains how animals live, survive and act in their natural environment and how they adapt to new areas and situations, the show sees to educated and intrigue audiences young and old. It follows species such as Sloths (an animal that has become virally popular) and shows animals within cities and also shows how we as humans are affecting their way of life.

The documentary shows the audience up close and high quality footage of animals which otherwise wouldn't be seen up close by the audience in real life. It takes months of footage and time in order to capture the right footage for the documentary. It shows how they live amongst their environments and how their adapting to new buildings and cities rising amongst their environment.

The documentary is light and provides knowledge to the audience of living species and changing environments, Attenborough makes the documentary interesting with his narrative and makes it sound lively and interesting, the music adds to this as the tension increases as you watch footage of new born lizards trying to escape sand snakes and make it to join their species on the other side of the island. Attenborough makes the documentary interesting with his enthusiasm and his passion for nature and his work within the reach of nature.


The crew shows at the end of the season on how they capture their footage, the time and the travel it takes in order to get the perfect shot, the set up in the cities to find out how the animals travel across them and months of waiting for turtles and lizards to start hatching and making their way into the wild. It isn't without great effort to capture these moments but Planet Earth II does it well and portrays these animals in their natural environments and how they live and survive in the present from on their own at birth to being nurtured by the mother to a certain age.

Adaptation & Transcription



The Hobbit is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings written by J.R.R. Tolkien, it is based on Bilbo Baggins journey to the Misty Mountains and how he came across the one ring. Peter Jackson, whom directed The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, adapted the whole book into a three part film, however the film was not entirely from the book despite the whole book being adapted. Peter Jackson found himself adding more into The Hobbit so that he could make the film into three parts, each being almost two hours long. In The Lord of the Rings Jackson is known for having to cut out parts from the book in the film adaptation in order to make the films short enough to fit the entire story and also having a reasonable viewing time in box office.

The Lord of the Rings was so widely received and therefore they already had the fan base for The Hobbit if it were adapted, it was already a much loved book albeit it was smaller then all three of The Lord of the Rings books. Due to The Hobbit's book size it was obvious that it would need to be added to and adapted to be made into a trilogy, things would need to be added in order for it to be a lengthy film in box office and for it to also be made into three films.

By adapting the book and adapting it further by adding extras into the films in order to make it into a trilogy, Jackson effectively changes the story from doing this, making it a different one to the books. Jackson studied the works of J.R.R. Tolkien in order to adapt this film correctly and in they way of his texts, while writing the script they found themselves constantly adapting it to fit to the flow of the book and to not interrupt the book and its story, the adaptation took time and delayed filming.


The film adaptation is great without a doubt, it is adapted well and manages to use the aspects from the book with extras scenes, making the film flow and work great as a flowing storyline. Jackson managed to pull of a film that was only really half there in the books and managed to create the other half from studying writings and J.R.R. Tolkien's notes on the books. Overall he creates a great film adapted from the book and manages to keep the film in check with the books story and theme.

Exploitation Cinema




Exploitation Cinema is about making money from a film rather than just making a film purely for the purpose of creating a brilliant film with a great story or a film from a much loved book. The film isn't for the audience, its for the money with use of the attraction of the audience to watch it in box-office. Films like Harry Potter, Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy are made for the audience, the priority here is to entertain. The Mad Max series, Marvel, DC and 50 Shades of Grey (series with more films coming soon) however can be debated to be made purely for exploitation and the thought of bringing in money from box-office because it attracted an audience from its books, first films and comics.

George Millers Mad Max Fury Road (2015) is clearly seen as an exploitation film, The Mad Max series being much loved in previous decades provided Millers with a large audience whom were already fans of Max and his stories. The film has a small script and is purely based on the action, no brilliant storyline, the plot just being one massive car chase occurring between 3 parties from start to finish. The action in the film is what attracts the audience to watch it and makes it exciting for them but they are plainly being exploited for a film which has essentially already been created many times in many other films. 


The story, although shallow is mainly based around Furiosa, not Max, what storyline there is it is based on feminism and the freedom of women in this post apocalyptic world. Within this lengthy car chase the message of feminism is produced in the females characters and their empowerment and freedom they seek to find but it is all over powered by the car chase that the entire film is. Mad Max is exploited here to produce a feminist film, rather than the film being based on Max, he is a side character essentially in his own film.

Mad Max Fury Road is more or less a storyline which we have seen before in many other films, a recycled plot, theme and action. Despite its criticism, it is a well rated film and certainly entertaining besides its obvious use for exploitation, to bring in money to the companies that produce out different films just to be able to make a profit.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Comedy & Laughter



The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, an American sitcom TV series which aired between 1990-1996. The series features lots of comedy by using slapstick and real life references to generate laughter from its audience. The series is based on a teen, Will Smith moving to his aunts and uncles house Bel Air Hollywood from the 'hood' in Philadelphia, being from a ghetto its an obvious point that Will will not fit in with his 'posh' relatives, milking the lifestyles of Will and The Banks family and that begins to fuel the comedy within the show.



The show achieves comedy from the use of repeating slapstick within its episodes, from throwing Will's friend Jazz threw the air out the front door, too Carlton's iconic dance moves in the series. The clear lack of Will Smith's acting skills adds to the comedy of the show as he exaggerated some things and made them more loud and bold. It uses the weight of Uncle Phil to generate humour as he is an overweight man, constantly using his love of food to generate laughter from the audience and to provide excuses and quick witty responses. In some cases it uses physical acting to bring humour to the show such as dancing and miming.

Jazz gets thrown from the Banks' home

The show generates comedy from real life references "ah man i'm sleeping with the presidents, must be what Marilyn Monroe felt like" referencing back to the relationship between JFK and Marilyn Monroe. The show uses a lot of black history references within the show to add comedy to the situation at the current time, with the cast being mostly black this makes it more comedic to the audience and attracts more people towards the humour of the show. The show managed to achieve humour through this use of race and class, it gave the shows slapstick an edge to it which hadn't been done before. In a episode where the cast appear in court, it uses the police's attitudes towards blacks to create laughter, Jazz when told to raise a hand to take an oath, raises both hands up in a mock surrender, after Uncle Phil tells him to lower his hands he then goes on to say "no way, dudes got a gun. Next thing you know I've got six warning shots in my back".

The series is full of comedy, with slapstick, real life situations, insults and mocking. The show creates a great feeling of humour and its use of slapstick isn't over used but used just enough to add a nice effect to the show.






Three Act Structure





The Goonies 1985, an iconic adventure film directed by Richard Donner is an action movie I have chosen for this three act structure review. Most films comprise of a three act structure as it is simply it foundation to the story. In The Goonies the first act within the film involves the meeting the cast and discovering their quirky personalities and their current situations. In the case of this film, a group of kids, each good friends to one another live in a neighbourhood which is soon to be demolished and turned into a golf course, meaning their friendships will become distanced. Being kids, they try to come up with ways to save their homes and think of different ways to do this. While snooping around amongst Mikey's fathers belongings they come across a 'One Eyed Willy' map, the beginning to their adventure. The first act sets up the story line and sets off the story for the second act. Their fear of having to move and leave home is the motivation for their adventure and the main point which drives their story.

The second act is where the adventure and action begins to start, the group encounter criminals, a deformed man and begin to unravel the map. Decoding the map is where it all starts for the action, in order to find the treasure the group must use the map and the odd shaped coin to find align where it aligns with the landscape -the clue to the entrance of the trail towards the treasure. From this the kids enter an old restaurant, inhabited by 3 criminals and a deformed man chained up. Certain that the entrance is inside the restaurant the group enter once the criminals have left but soon run out of time as they return and not all of the group managed to make it into the tunnel. The last one on his escape to warn the police is captured and the criminals soon find out what the kids wanted and follow them down the trail to find the treasure. Along the trail they are all challenged by obstacles and each of the intelligent personalities help them solve their way to One Eyed Willy's treasure. As they come close to the end, the criminal pose a different kind of obstacle than the boobytraps left by One Eyed Willy. Whilst the adventure continues on the trail, Chunk befriends the deformed man and realises his good nature and that he is only changed up to not be a bother to his mother, Chunk and Sloth escape their bonds and Sloth decides to go down the trail with Chunk reluctantly following to catch up with the group. As the group try to escape they find them selves at a dead end and trapped by The Fratelli's until Mouth falls down a hidden slide.


The third act finds the group within the cave with encases One Eyed Willy's Ship -the treasure. As the kids explore the ship and pick up gold and jewels they fail to see The Fratelli's board the ship and pick up weapons, they are then bound and thrown from the ship. The group are then saved by Chunk and Sloth, who swoop in with the iconic quote "Hey you guys!", he defeats his mother and brothers but not before they set off the trap with releases the ship back out into the ocean. The kids escape  through an opening with the help of Sloth who stays behind to save them. The group walk along the beach, wet and worn and are found by 2 officers. The film then progresses to the group surrounded by each of their families who believed their kids went missing, as they all sit on the beach being attended to, Sloth appears in the horizon and as he approaches officers try to apprehend him but the group are quick to defend him and Chunk offers him a home with him. As this goes on someone notices a pirate ship in the distance, The group believing they lost the treasure sit together watching it sail away in remorse. The developer of the golf course presents Mikey's father with the deeds to his home, mid sign he is interrupted by their temporary help - a spanish lady- who presents him with jewels from the ship from Mikey's marble bag. They succeed in saving their neighbourhood and homes as they present the money to pay for their homes.

B-Movies

Adaptation A: Pitch



...your period 
...laid
...your degree
...the job
...abducted by an alien 
...a date
...a present/christmas present
...picked
...into heaven
...tickets 
...to the toilet on time
...pancakes in the morning
...to live
...to school on time

I was wondering if in some sentences 
I can cut out 'get' from the sentence.

...have friends
...didn't survive
...win the world cup

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Character Archetypes




No film comes without its character archetypes, Lord of the Rings is a film which contains many to allow the story and characters to have an element of some comedy and seriousness. In many films it can be clearly seen that characters have purposefully been put in to their archetypes, seen in films such as The Princess Bride, The Goonies and The Lord of the Rings. For this review I have chosen too look at The Lord of the Rings due to its range of characters.

The Hero is clearly the main and most established character within the first act, the role of the Hero falls onto Frodo Baggins when the story begins with him inheriting Bilbo Baggins ring without knowledge of it being the One Ring. The Mentor, Gandalf then comes into the film in an appearance of a wise old man, whom is full of wisdom. As he suspected about the ring in Frodo's possession, he warns the Hero of the dangers and informs him to leave the Shire along with The Sidekick, Samwise Gamgee, a rotund young man who lives his life as a gardener - typical to the archetype that The Sidekick lives a simple life before their call to adventure with The Hero. Along their journey out of the Shire towards Bree, The Trickster appears in the form of Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck with both of the characters being mischievous and sneaky as they followed Frodo and Sam discreetly out of the Shire. It could be argued that Merry and Pippin are also The Sidekick within this story as they stay close to Frodo along his journey and aid him along the way, It is clear that a theres a possibility that the characters within this film are not constricted to their one archetype, nor is the archetype constricted to one character. For example, Aragon also plays the role of The Hero in this trilogy as the company of 9 finds themselves split from one another. Legolas and Gimli also play the role of The Sidekick alongside Aragon.


The Mother comes in the form of Galadriel, the elf queen and a wise woman. As the company of the 9 gathers and the story progresses Galadriel helps the company to engage with each other and cooperate, her role as The Mother progresses as she begins to present each one with a gift to help them on their journey to destroy the One Ring. The Child in this story are the hobbits due to their small size and their nature in the beginning of the trilogy they come across strongly as The Child when compared to the rest of the company.

Further into the films The Shadow comes into play as Gollum, with his deceiving antics and his attempts to regain the One Ring show his Shadow-self through his split personality. The Trickster is an archetype in this film which is shared between characters, Gollum along with Merry and Pip play this role with their antics within the films, by misleading and giving false truths. The Maiden and Villain both clearly play important roles within the trilogy although they do not have much screen time. Sauron, The Villain motivates the films story as it is about destroying the ring so he cannot gain the power to become physical again. The Maiden, Arwen plays the role of the love of Aragorn, she is the sheer motivation for him to stay alive and to return to take his rightful place as the king of Arnor and Gondor, despite their mortality differences she stays as the elves flee middle earth.