For this task we decided to make a 3 minute film that was to be projected onto a wall display. The display had text and paper cut outs that would create shadows on the wall. This is what the display looked like.
The paper cut outs are shapes of objects from the book like the pig’s head, the conch and other stuff. I think we wanted to make the display to look quite chaotic, which describes the book perfectly. Behind the shapes we put up posters to do with war and newspapers with headlines that related to war and conflict. The reason we did this is because not only was there conflict in the book, it was written in 1954 and the book was set during a fictional atomic war.
In this film we decided to each create a segment of moving images to be edited into one film. The reason why we did this is so that we could all create films that portray different stages of the book so that it would all come together as a narrative based film, but is more abstract and atmospheric. The whole film is in black and white to give a sense of the time the story was set in. Same idea goes for the sounds that were put into the film, to give a sense of danger, isolation and chaos. Our previous task where we experimented with sound and lighting had inspired us hugely to create this installation.
These were my first final designs for a front cover of the book. I knew that I had still wanted to keep the front cover colourful and have a graphical, handmade look to it. As well as this, I still knew that I wanted to include symbols and objects that represent a character instead of revealing the actual characters.
I had managed to get some feedback on my illustrations and they thought that there was so much going on that it drew attention away from certain things in the cover, so I began to try and narrow it down a bit and these were what I came up with.
I thought that this image looked much better but it didn’t look like a front cover, even with text added to it. I think it was something about the composition and how each smaller image had straight edges that had to align otherwise it wouldn’t look right. I then chose a different illustration to try and turn into a cover and eventually picked the one next to it. It took a while to get the type right and how it should be positioned, here are a few that I thought worked the strongest.
These are the other illustrations that I came up with that were developed from previous workshops and idea sketches. I’m quite happy with how they turned out and glad that I used colour but also balanced with light and dark as well as making it so there isn’t too much going on. These illustrations are in order of the narrative of the book.
For our second task, we set up the tableau from ideas that were discussed in the group to see how it looked. The ideas that we had were to have a start, a middle and an ending of a narrative sequence. From the start we had white coloured children’s clothes the we thought could portray innocence and on the other end we had another item of clothing that was the colour red, which portrays the children’s loss of innocence and corruption at the end of the book. In the middle was a hut made out of nature which had a mirror for the viewer to look into and had noises of a pig squealing coming from within. These were early ideas that were made which can be explored and developed further through future discussions as a group.
For this particular lesson, we played around with light and different angles. What we really liked the idea of was having a light shun at one end of the tableau and having it dark at the other end of the table to also explain how dark the story gets. What we also really liked was how the light changed colour when we put a pink sheet of paper over it, which changes the mood of the piece completely.
For the first lesson of project 2, we were put into groups to do visual research on a book that we were given. Our given book was Lord of the Flies. Through reading the sample of the book, we had discovered that the description was strong in colour, texture, sound atmosphere and light. We thought that these descriptions were expressing aggressive and negative feelings which, as we know that the book is a dark tale, foreshadows what is going to happen in the story. We looked at what happened in the book and tried to describe the events through the beginning, middle and end with things that can also describe the mood and overwhelming, vivid descriptions.
Our aim was to describe the narrative by making the beginning of the table progress into something that goes out of control, just like the book did. We did this using twigs to describe the children and how some of them survived and grew bigger but also how some died and things becoming more chaotic. We also made trails with tape to describe the mood and story changing using words and colour that was drawn over the top. As well as that we aligned some crayons at the at one end of the table to portray the children at the beginning of the book.
The small pictures that I made are a continuation of experimenting with collage. What I think worked well was smearing blue and white paint together to create water like textures and then cutting them out into water drop shapes and wave shapes, I did a similar thing with other collage pieces, but with different media. I used lots of colour because I wanted to represent the vibrant colours of Indian culture. I found a few images on Pinterest that could describe this as well as be used for references for other ideas.
The Victorian Gentlemen’s Self-Defense Toolkit – article from wordpress
Houseboat on Nageen Lake, Kashmir, Srinagar, India 160 – Photo from Flickr
Kashmir Valley, India – Saved from pineasy.net
Found on an article from everythingfab.tumblr.com
Hazratbal Mosque at Sunset on Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir – Saved from Zenfolio
With this being said, the actual story is quite dark and depressing, so maybe my next step is to create a contrast of light and dark or create something that has balanced or limited colour. What I also think works well is the combination of symbols and objects that relate to the story but hopefully not giving too much away.
As well as this, I took some time to find some artists that had inspired me to create these experimented images, especially David Shillinglaw and Jean-Michel Basquiat. This is found inside the word document that I attached – artist-research
Today I learnt about the structure of narrative. I also learnt how different viewpoints or frames can describe the key stages of narrative. I wrote and sketched ideas for these stages but I didn’t have enough time to create the last aspect, so I am currently working on that in my own time.
Although these images aren’t very polished, they gave me great ideas for visual drama, which can be used in my book cover. They also gave me new ideas for composition and how abstract symbols can be placed to describe the scene. Another thing that I’ve learnt is that an image that is more symbolic and abstract can be more visually interesting, instead of trying to describe the whole scene in one picture.
Today I’ve looked at images from books that had examples of object, location and character, and how the images can be seen through the lens of narrative. I did this by analysing the images and trying to figure out what can be seen, what’s happening, what it is about etc. Whilst I was doing this, I was thinking about how these completely different and unrelated images could cross over to create a whole new narrative. This session was a good introduction to how I can use the library for different types of research other than just books, for example things like films, magazines and websites. I hope to research further into things that keep me interested and inspired to help me progress and think about how my work can develop.