Friday, 13 December 2013

Film Review: The Shining



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The shining is another Stanley Kubric film from 1980 and is a physiological horror about a man slowly loosing his mind in the a cabin far away from anywhere with his son and wife. The Shining is one of Kubrick's most iconic movies all of time with it's most famous scene with Johny coming through the door of the bathroom with the axe. But it is also well known for its stunning interior design, Ryan Lambie had explained how the colour can affect was used an audience within the interior design, “Kubrick uses violent contrasts of colour to heighten the feeling of unease” (Lambie, 2011). One of the best examples of this is in the carpet of the cabin (Fig 2). The contrasting colours help the audience maintain that sense of unease and discomfort that is seen throughout the film. Kubrick is also well known for his one point perspective and this tends the cause the audience the feel perturbed and causes discomfort within the viewer.

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Fig 2
This pattern uses contrasting colours to cause uncertainty but it also reinforces that the cabin is a like a maze where in the design it is designed to be in a maze like fashion, to once again reinforce that sense of entrapment. Although it is strange how different the interior designs where in comparison to most horror films with it's cliché setting, it seemed to be authentic and more designed like a labyrinth, this was explained by Kubric himself, “We wanted the hotel to look authentic rather than like a traditionally spooky movie hotel. The hotel’s labyrinthine layout and huge rooms, I believed, would alone provide an eerie enough atmosphere. This realistic approach was also followed in the lighting, and in every aspect of the décor,” (Kubrick, 1981). This approach of making the sets to look more realistic and not to rely of the heavy of use of lighting to create a sense of ease within the film is a very unique way of portraying horror and isolation towards the audience and this is what makes Kubrick stand out with his attention to detail to provoke these emotions.



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One aspect of the film is each room has a difference appearance and different use of symbolism with the scene. One of the most iconic and yet most confusing scenes is the scene with the blood coming out of the elevator (Fig 3),what Emma Dibdin says about this scene is, 'The moments that remain most terrifying are those that don't actually further the narrative at all in a traditional sense - the blood-gushing elevators’ (Dibdin 2012). Although that it could be argued this scene could almost be the 'belly of the beast' and although there is no mention of the house being alive is does seems to have an eeriness about it that leads to audience to believe that perhaps this house is the one in charge and is in fact a 'alive' in terms of the narrative. Although at the face of it the scene that seem to have an importance to plot as said by Dibdin but it could be argued to once again reinforce that sense of entrapment and unease that the film is flourishing throughout.


Illustration Lise

Fig. 1. The Shining Poster (1980) From: The Shining Directed by: Stanley Kubrick [Poster] United Kingdom, United States. Warner Bros. URL At: 
http://www.matthewmiles.co.uk/2011/06/05/the-shining-movie-poster/ (Accessed on 13.12.2013)




 Fig 2. The Shining Carpet Design, From: The Shining, Directed by: Stanley Kubrick. At: http://drempt.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/the-shining-carpet.jpg (Accessed on 13.12.2013)



Fig 3. Blood coming out of the elevator. From: the Shining, Directed by:Stanley Kubruck.
(Accessed on: 13/12/2013)




 Bibliography

Emma Dibdin (2012)
The Shining. In:http://www.digitalspy.co.uk   [Online] At:



Lambie, R (2011) Iconic Set Design:  The Shining. The Shining Overlook hotel at: http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/18283/iconic-set-design-the-shinings-overlook-hotel (Accessed on 13/12/2013)


Kubrick, S. (1981) Kubrick on The Shining


 

Film Review: Black Narcissus



Black Narcissus
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Black Narcissus (1947) is a British film directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Oressburger. The script was adapted from a novel written by Rumer Godden. The use of the paint over technique on glass is extremely impressive and realistic and convince the audience that you are within the scene, even though it was filmed in studio's. When looking at the production design for this scene Michael Howelles had explained how they use the matte painting effect to create realistic sets, ''“The glass painting technique involved hanging a sheet of glass between the camera and the scene, and painting in the view you needed.” (Howells, 2011). Similar techniques had been used in earlier films such as the original King Kong and began to make it's way into this film too. As you can see in figure 2 this technique had created very believable sets that were only paintings on glass. Colour had played a vital role within the film with the colour red becoming more vibrant over the course of the film. 


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Fig 2
 

After the half way point of the film it is apparent that the colour red is starting to overcome the scene. This notion of red becoming almost a 'fever' is described by Michael Mirasol in his film review, '' But it is in the second half of the film where Powell's use of Technicolor is stunning. The introduction of the more vibrant hues dominate the film. The use of red is feverish'' (Mirasol,2010). In figure 3, you can see the indian girl is the first to introduce the red into the colour palette representing love and lustre, everything a nun shouldn't be. But later on in the film Sister Ruth finds herself wearing a completely red outfit similar to the picture,after that it seemed as though the nun's were  suffocated with the overpowering red colour palette, with tightly fitting red dresses and red lip stick both classic signs of love and sexuality and a complete opposite of how nun's are.
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Although red is a symbol of love, it is also a symbol of danger and this film could categorized as a horror film with it's unearthly sets, howling winds and the sisters slowly losing their sanity.  As Keith Uhlich says in his review; "There's something truly unearthly about this place of howling winds, yawning chasms and atmosphere thick with temptation." (K. Uhlich, 2012) this is what most contemporary audiences recognise with this film. Although it is not structured like most horror films, it is very slow but as the film goes on to when Ruth becomes over powered by lust the film turns a lot more dramatic and then you can feel the tension between the characters.

Overall this film is a great experience and the use of matte paintings can make the audience believe the scene is real without having to shoot the scene in a specific location. You can see the influence the artists had on this film also with the use of red flowing into the scene's to give the sense of love, sexuality and danger towards the characters. 

 


Illustration List

Fig 1. Black Narcissus Poster (1947) From: Black Narcissus - Directed by: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger



Figure 2 Behind the Scenes – Matte Painting [Still Image] at http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-POQQriBHS-I/Th5lb9ec0aI/AAAAAAAAFTU/0qmNqqwv1Zs/s640/black+narc1.jpg (accessed on 13/12/2013)


Fig 3, Black Narcissus [Film Still] from: Black Narcissus - directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. At: http://www.rogerebert.com/far-flung-correspondents/black-narcissus-which-electrified-scorsese (Accessed on 13/12/2013)


Bibliography



Mirasol, M. (2010) Black Narcissus Review


Howells, M. (2011) Production Design in Black Narcissus

K. Uhlich (2012Black Narcissus Film Review (Accessed on 13.12.2013) 
 

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Secret Lair: Final Render


Just so there is no confusion, this is my final render of my secret lair :)

Secret Lairs: Character Bible

Secret Lair: Hero Prop and Set Orthographics



Secret Lairs: Creative Partnership Archive


I thought I had commented more than this, I may have missed a few, but I see everyone from day to day and advise them and help them on their project so I think this is why I don't have much of an online presence as it appears from the lack of creative partnership comments. Even though I said this last project, I need to start commenting on more people's work outside of the class room so I have an archive as appose to not having much in the archive.

Secret Lairs: Production Artists (Who is Who)

Secret Lair: Build up

Secret Lair: Crit Presentation

Secret Lair: Final Renders






Final renders of my lair, overall I'm pretty happy with the result considering thisis my first maya attempt and modelling an interior :)

Secret Lairs: Disk Art Work

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Secret Lairs: Progress... UV's and texturing








Finished laying out my UV's on my scene and started to texture my scene. I also increased the lighting I will go back once the textures are painted in, and then 'pump' them up a bit more and play with the contrasting oranges and blues. I was playing around with the floor and still unsure how to make it work, the plain text and puring (First one) seemed too genericlain so I decided to make a plain with a 3d texture and then used a displacement map to give it depth within the image, I think this is working better however it still needs some work. Also included using a bump map on the walls to make it feel more 'cavy' and 'rocky'.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Secret Lair: Basic Lighting Set up








Experimenting with the basic lighting set up seeing how dark I want the scene to be and seeing how the distance on the ambient occlusion node effects the scene. It seemed to of made everything mid grey at first but by increasing the distance I feel it has given the image more depth. Now onto texturing and I can tweak the lighting later on when I am texturing. I had a pink light source under my font in my concept art but I'm not 100% sure how I would do this, so I will experiment with that later on. Any advice for this scene would be great :).

Monday, 9 December 2013

Secret Lairs: Lighting set up - beginning



Experimenting with the lighting set up, these are my first couple of renders and my final composition that I am going to work with. I need ot capture the essance of the light blue and the warm candle lighting therefore I had an idea of the blue light source coming from the font it self, this will also help with the focal point of the image.

Secret Lairs: Finish Modelling





 Finishing off the modelling for my scene, I need to work on the hero prop and find a way to model the peacock feathers and then onto lighting :)


Friday, 6 December 2013

Secret Lair: Modelling



Beginning of my Maya scene for my secret Lair. I need to make the lair more 'cave like' and explore with the overall structure. Then finish modelling the candles and lights on the wall and finally onto uv texturing and lighting :)