Thursday, 21 July 2011

Quick image getting my first idea out there

Don't judge me but I got this idea from Transformers 3. A scene where Sam watches as the autobots shuttle is shot out of the sky gave me the idea of having the alien/robot come down from the sky like a meteorite. I liked this shot and think it's a great inspiration and linking with the Super 8 concept art I feel that either watching over someone's shoulder or having a character in the shot to make the viewer feel part of the group and involved. The following image is just a quick laying down of my ideas so I can work into my idea by coming up with characters and why they are there. I want to make the image much more dramatic when I come to do it properly, making it much more cinematic and upping the scale.

(If there is a problem viewing the image let me know will probably have to change the levels as it is very black)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Research into friendly or cute Aliens

For my idea I want to look into the science-fiction genre and films such as E.T. and the Iron Giant will be a big inspiration into my ideas. Thinking about this I feel that to compliment the soundscape the mood will have to be lighthearted, magical and mysterious therefore the characters involved will have to mirror these characteristics.  In terms of aliens showing these characteristics here are a few examples -

E.T. -

Lovable E.T. was released in 1982 focusing on a young boy making friends with a friendly alien who is stranded on earth. The characters Elliot and E.T. are based on Spielberg and an imaginery 'brother' figure that filled his emotional void from his parents divorce. The two characters in the film share a psychic link through their friendship causing Elliot to become innebriated after E.T. drinks beer. E.T. talks with croaky voice but his childish and naive antics provide the audience with a cute character creating a beuatiful story of friendship.


Poor Paul unfortunately had to combat with massive stereotyping issues (He looks like the overused image of alien with a big oval shaped head withmassive eyes). However the difference with Paul is that by being voiced by Seth Rogen he takes on a 'stoner' persona splicing a strange laid back attitude with a caring side.


Roger is a stereotypical Roswell grey however he's an absolute alcoholic and has a strange, childish attitude. Throughout the series Roger changes into many different outfits male and female changing his accent to suit the character he creates and he has been involved in important moments of American history such as playing for the Miracle on Ice Hockey team in 1980. I don't think that creating a character from Roger's characteristics will fit with my soundscape but it's more looking into his movements and design.



Stitch crash landed on Earth after escaping from his creator Jumba and makes friends with a young girl named Lilo. Stitch was originally created to destroy but ends up learning to speak and becomes civilised. Stitch is another alien who frequently dresses up, for example in the photo above he is dressed as Elvis where Lilo explains to Stitch that Elvis is a model citizen and he needs to act like him. Stitch has a misleading character design to him by which he has giant eyes but when he opens his mouth he reveals his scary teeth.

These are just a few examples of aliens living within a family setting and I feel that there character designs and characteristics can aid me into coming up with ideas for either an alien or robot to crash down into a suburbian America.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Iron Giant

When I first saw the trailer for Super 8 and before I knew what it was going to be about I thought that it was a live action remake of the animated film The Iron Giant (I was glad it wasn't). The Iron Giant was an incredible movie, however it was plagued with trouble in its production and marketing. Despite these problems it was described by IGN as the 'best non-Disney animated film'.

Just some nice inspirational concept art from The Iron Giant from the website -

Hover photograph series by Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson has influenced me on a previous project, I think it was the environment unit. Anyway I think his influence is needed once again his mysterious and surreal American suburban neighbourhood photographs are extremely haunting and cinematic and I feel that they fit in with the soundscape because some images look science-fiction due to strange beams of light appearing within the scenes.

1st inspiration - Super 8

I went to the cinema today to see Green Lantern (it wasn't too bad rather predictable) and the trailer for Super 8 came on. I love the trailers use of mystery and the music is so complimentary of this and its science-fiction feel. For some inspiration I looked up the concept art for J.J. Abram's Super 8. Jamie Rama created both interior and exterior illustrations for Super 8 and here are some I've found -

I love these images and especially the bottom two showing images of destruction but there is a haunting calm to them. I also like the way Rama puts a character in the shot making you feel that your part of the picture peering over their shoulder, immersing you into the action/ambiance.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Summer Project

The soundscape which I picked from the dreaded blue box was soundscape 7. A piece which filled me with a sci-fi mystery which I thought would compliment Close Encounters extremely well. Listening to it again today I found that it reminded me of the Super 8 trailer music and it prompted me more into the mindset of pursuing a mysterious and science-fictional road. After researching I have found that the soundscape I picked is from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock by James Horner and the reason why I thought of Super 8 when I re-listenined to the soundscape today is because the song Through the Window also by Horner is played through the soundtrack.

Through the Window by James Horner

You can find my soundscape by this youtube link - Returning to Vulcan

New Room and New Job = New inspiration and More Learning

During the final weeks of Unit 6 an interruption occurred in my household forcing me to work in the discomforts of the living room with the soaps and other drivel which my family relish in. I thought this would be a major disruption but I put up with it and managed to have an extremely enjoyable crit and come up with a piece of work I was proud of. I have now moved into my new room with my own workspace in my own little "bubble".

So the new room has given me drive to improve myself which has only been boosted by the new job I have been put into. I am being mentored by the graphic designer of promotions and brochures for SC Motor Factors who is and will be teaching me new software such as Illustrator, Dreamweaver and InDesign where I will be helping on projects with the graphic designer. This is exciting and I feel so privileged to have been able to gain this experience.

I hope over the summer to improve my skills all ready for next year to prove myself. Hope you are all enjoying your summer.