project briefing + reflection: monday nov 7, week 1

PROJECT BRIEFING – TRANSFORMING A LOCATION:

  • shows confinement vs point of departure
  • has door / window + architectural element
  • choose interesting architectural spaces, how to use existing archi elements?
  • consider
    • (action) prop placement
    • camera movement
    • lighting – time of day? weather? location context?
    • green screen for window – what exterior location?
  • justification – why chosen colours/shapes/lines/mood? what do they represent?

TO RESEARCH:

  • Edward Hopper paintings –> Kave Quinn Production Design influenced
  • History of Wimbledon building in eg. 1920s?

REFLECTION:

  • Bombarded with information about project from project briefing but in a good way, good springboard to develop ideas, concepts, found myself already jumping from idea to idea in my head
  • Erasmus: definitely an option to consider, had not thought about noting it on a CV – benefit, US options?
  • Visual analysis talk:
    • reminded me of middle school Film IB class ‘mise en scene’ analysis of trailers frame by frame in extreme detail
    • I find I enjoy analysis + deconstruction + finding hidden meaning very much, whether in visual, conceptual or textual form
    • Edward Hopper paintings: eye opening to see how original art inspired the aesthetic of production designs by Kave Quinn
  • Initial location surveying + exploring locations in Wimbledon:
    • had not fully stopped to analyse and look at architecture in campus before, is interesting to look at it with fresh eyes from a new perspective, seeing the spaces conceptually transformed in your mind
    • particularly aesthetically pleasing to me:
      • long, large scale fire escapes + suspended corridors (reminds me of New York architecture)
      • grid-pattern windows, loft style architecture
      • nooks and crannies – under staircases, beside stairs/doors, wedged between things, quirky touch
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keeping a record of locations i found interesting was incredibly useful in seeing the options I had explored and could choose form.
  • Beginning floor plan location surveying + measuring:
    • found it easier to work collaboratively with Anya, one measuring one recording to work efficiently –> reflects media industry’s collaborative working process
    • observed differences in ways of working: anya quickly found a location and chose it to survey, I took more time to take in and analyse different locations (I like options, alternative concepts/ideas)

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^ sketching rough layout of flooplans and brainstorming possible ideas for transforming the locations helped me to kickstart the development process and see possibilities for the final outcome.

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quick brainstorming helped me to deconstruct the project and organise my initial thoughts effectively.
  • concept of transformed location – 1940s?
    • want to chose era I don’t know specifics about historically so I can do a lot of research and push myself
    • interest in 1940s era from stories about WWII, Captain America, jazz music, fashion, architectural aesthetic
  • chosen locations in Wimbledon:
    • wood workshop corridor:
      • interesting long, steadicam shot through different parts of corridor
      • sectioned – clearly definable parts for different narrative purposes
      • hard to fit crew/large cameras inside?
      • movement and character with doors, windows, fixtures
    • under staircase outside TASE studio
      • very interesting nooks/crannies/confined spaces created
      • feels like a back alleyway, hideout den, place to hide hidden treasure?
      • sloped roofs – confinement, oppressive vs open to sky part
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