genre research: sci fi


  • ‘notoriously male genre’ – only because of overriding dominance of male-centric stories told in film and males within film industry, something that needs to be addressed and changed
  • reflective of patriarchal society of how even in future speculative alien worlds, women still don’t exist and aren’t given the same opportunities as men to live out adventures of leading protagonists
  • sense8 and outlander – both shows i have watched and enjoyed greatly especially because of the mentioned focus on balancing out sci-fi as an inclusive genre that includes people from all walks of life, breaking stereotypes and social norms
  • ‘feminisation of sci fi’ – i would strongly disagree, hint of a degrading tone much like saying ‘why are women ruining sci fi for everybody’, also is not just about gender but more about including diversity and increasing acceptance, showing a wider variety of society on screen and not just the straight white male

relating to genre animation:

  • reflective of how engrained patriarchal values are in our society – of how we assumed our characters would be ‘he’ and male, do they have to have a gender? could they be female?
  • pushing boundaries of sci fi as a genre – our film coming together and having elements of a rom-com in its feel, could it be an intergalactic love story?

films: in the mood for love/chunking express

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Chungking Express (1994) – Wong Kar Wai

  • most striking cinematography style: slow motion blurred tracking shots moving through backdrop of Hong Kong locations
  • stunning neon colours, captures the vibrant energy that I view my city as through my eyes
  • matter of fact, fragments in time way of storytelling, feels very real and ‘slice of life’, very refreshing and perfect way to capture the contrasts of a HK lifestyle

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In the Mood for Love (2000) Wong Kar Wai

  • unusually vibrant colours used to depict ‘period’ setting of film, refreshing compared to muted colours commonly used
  • slice-of-life storytelling of forbidden love, subtle in how the protagonists never fully express their feelings for each other, are ships in the night connected at this one point in their lives

–> animation inspiration: bold colours, slice-of-life style of storytelling

animation research: The Maker

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  • tonally – very effective in capturing sombre mood, mysterious tone
    • helped through colour scheme + lighting, muted colours, minimal lighting
  • under 5 minutes but able to capture effective, moving story with two characters
  • quirky, not-of-this-world aura and style –> inspiration for our animation, aim to capture similar mood and tone
  • thematically: raises questions of passing on, life after death, inheritance, futility of life
    • very existential ‘wider’ themes, also touched upon in aesops fables

the tempest live by RSC: jan 11

 imaginarium motion capture for ariel character: did not realise actor was on stage at same time as Projection, was not visible until camera angle showed actor, very effective and innovative technologyfamiliar with green screen after watching behind the scenes of hobbit/lotr when creating gollum, but did not know it could be used for creating live action movement immediately without rendering! 

set design: standout were towers projected onto mosquito netting combined with motion capture to create flawlessly combined scenes of characters floating