may 15 – final animation presentation


(link to powerpoint)

feedback on presentation:

  • character-driven story: very much so, did not fully realise until looking back retrospectively, scenes and stories built around main charas
  • if submitting to eg. brighton film festival – slow down credits, adjust slight editing lagging issues with certain shots to give a smoother effect


notes from other presentations:


FILM: MOONLIGHT + QNA with barry jenkins

colour symbolism analysis:

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<– yellow colour: symbolic in story of hope, ‘light’ in the darkness, sunshine versus moonlight?



<– blue scenes bathed in ‘moonlight’ during dusk, symbolic of turning over a new leaf, transitioning to a new phase of life, darkness compared to skin colour of African Americans



<– combination of yellow and red in the same shot: yellow for hope, light in the darkness, red as symbol for passion, love, lust, strong emotion

–> this cafe scene is where they realised their true feelings for each other

<– 3 distinct phases of Chiron’s life symbolised in different colours reflecting his state of mind and personality, identity as a person




article about moonlight:





<– very progressive, radical views

“bathe our eyes and minds in its baptismal waters”  –  beautiful metaphor!!! exactly how I felt when i watched the film






personal thoughts on moonlight

  • ‘overcomes institutionalised racism and homophobia to tell a story thats never been told before’ – opinion on Twitter, reflects core of film
  • such a refreshing ‘coming of age’ story about finding oneself and ones identity in a matter-of-fact manner of daily life that isn’t usually granted to stories about people of colour
  • extremely effective and impactful use of colour: pinks, yellows, blues symbolising different motifs, recurring themes and emotions
  • use of song in cafe scene between black and kevin: your heart ‘drops’ when you realise the meaning of the song, incredible experience as the audience viewer
  • same sex relationship portrayed with as much care and time dedicated to as a stereotypical heteronormative romance story


  • three part structure in circle plot
  • [ ] three times (2005)
  • 6-8 story beats in 30 min x3 parts
  • [ ] medicine for melancholy
  • multi layered characters
  • no rehearsals!
  • spaces between dialogue filled with emotion: more powerful than actual dialogue
  • film doesnt take sides of people
  • life is perpendicular in context
  • 25 day shoot
  • SILENCE!!!! peaceful, chiron speaks less and less
  • love we expand, fear we shrink
  • [ ] claire de ney? french art house film
  • chop and screw music – classical music DURING CIGARETTE SCENE!!!
  •  script wrote in 10 days immersion in writing in belgium
  • IMMERSION CINEMA, faith in audience to understand and feel what characters feel
  • “but im your momma aint i?” – 48 frames slow mo to feel the line
  • trust director knows what theyre doing
  • give actors space to feel emotion, fluidity
  •  actors love to create own vision for character
  • naomi harris: used youtube documentaries about addiction, personal interviews
  • paula – addiction as escape for pain
  •  [ ] james laxton – cinematographer
  • frame size, lenses, colours
  • miami – beautiful nightmare, neorealist, hypersaturation
  • [ ] HAPPY TOGETHER – wong kar wai homage, sonnnggg
  • sensuality vs sexuality
  • [ ] walter mursh – in the blink if an eye – editor “the eyes are the windows to the soul” – editing breaks soul between audience and character
  • chiron/kevin main actors never met
  • method filming/acting
  • casted actors withoutt non verbal quality – emoting without speaking!!

general inspiration masterpost


  • georges melies
  • frederic bazile
  • kerry james marshal
  • gorky


Front Cover

Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Shelley R. Langdale, Ruth Fine, Allan L. Edmunds

(art gallery)




Philip Dodd, Ian Christie, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery
British Film Institute [and] Hayward Gallery, 1996





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Derek Mclane: Fully Commited, A Lie of the Mind

Andrew Murdock (Production designer/art director): Star Trek into darkness/beyond

Mark Dig




Metal Gear Solid (similar to Winter Soldier in plot/characters/vibe)


book research/inspiration

CRIMINAL: Bad Night by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (comic)

  • immersive, varied, gripping, storytelling that makes you feel melancholic for things you havent experienced before
  • inspiration: neon contrasting vibrant colours, rough gritty messy art style, brushstrokes


ART CINEMA by Paul Young and Paul Duncan


  • Brazil (1985) – Terry Gillam
  • Ballet mechanique (1924) – Dudley Murphy, Fernand Leger
  • Un chien andalou (1929) – Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali (apartment scene)
  • la course aux potirons (1908) – emile cohl (flying pumpkins)
  • The cage (1947) – sidney peterson (lost retina)
  • yellow mellow (2002) – nicolas provost (lion costume)
  • the floating house (2002) – paulette philips (house)
  • dwelling (2002) – hiraki sawa (miniature planes)
  • –> the holy mountain (1973) – alejandro jodorowsky
  • skyscraper symphony (1929) – robert florey (inspired by Berlin:symphony of a great city)
  • Manhatta (1921) – paul strand, charles sheeler
  • twenty four dollar island (1926) – robert j flaherty
  • –> metropolis (1927) – fritz lang
  • skyscraper (1960) – shirley clarke
  • single wide (2002)
  • house with pool (2004)
  • oh dem watermelons (1965) – robert nelson
  • der sandmann (1995) – stan douglas
  • lovers and lollipops (1956) – morris engel, ruth orkin
  • trash (1970) – andy warhol, paul morrissey
  • my hustler (1965) – andy warhol
  • rear window (1954) – hitchcock


  • ‘a film where words are pictures and sounds skip around like thoughts do’ – Robert Breer
  • films set apart from mainstream ones through aesthetic/ideological means
  • generally open ended, offer questions rather than answers
  • cinema = social phenomenon vs film = medium for creating cinema
  • “city symphony” genre
    • neorealist – use of locations as metaphors for emotional states
    • structuralism  – urban topography as reflection of human thought patterns

–> INSPO: creating art house film inspired set design? more stylised/conceptual/abstracted/surrealist?


RONIN by Frank Miller (comic) 

  • inspo: candy colour tones, clear, vivid panel to panel work for storyboarding inspo to show story/scene progression
  • scene composition inspiration: cluttered background environments, setting scene with simple but clear details






Existentialism & Humanism – lecture by Jean-Paul Sartre (unread book from Unit 1 Almost Human research)

  • kierkegaard
  • nietsche
  • satre
  • heidegger
  • “existence comes before essence”
  • begin from the subjective







sunken cities @ british museum


  • Alexander movie w/ jared leto
  • Stargate (1994)

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Having been fascinated with Egyptian history, mythology and culture since primary school when we learned about all the Egyptian gods in class, this exhibition was a delight to behold and satisfied my inner Egyptian soul very much.

Previously, I didn’t even know of the existence of these two sunken Egyptian cities (Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus), nor of the Greek invasion and the merging of Egyptian and Greek culture and mythology. It’s fascinating how even 2000 years ago, beliefs had common ground between them, much like religions today have common belief in a greater power.

It amazed me how perfectly intact some of the relics were even after thousands of years submerged in water, the hieroglyphics were completely readable as if they had been carved yesterday. I also did not know wood could be submerged for so long and not decay, as many of the sculptures had been carved out of large blocks of wood.

Quick sketches of the museum architecture and exhibits – interesting forms and designs that may inspire this project? 

Whilst looking for images from the exhibition, I came across concept art for the other famous sunken city Atlantis that I really liked the aesthetic of:


from article: Researchers Might Have Found the Sunken City of Atlantis, But Nobody is Talking About It Anymore’




Observing crowds and people watching around the British Museum.


Finally understand where all the iconic photos of the curved grid ceiling came from, can’t believe it is the first time I’ve been to the British Museum in over a year!


Lovely shadows and architectural shapes outside the museum.

Tottenham Court Road tube station has some wonderful graphic shapes and spaces created at the moment!