Monday, 18 March 2013

Progress Presentation 4.

Before I go into detail about my Presentation, I should first talk about my Concept Development and Pre-Production Portfolio feedback, as this was the focus of my presentation.

The main points made in my feedback were:
    • Lack of focused attention to related media. 
    • Likewise, practice-based research didn’t underpin sources well enough. Clearer influence.
    • Deeper relation of theory and practice. 
    • Structure of Project. Study Pipe Lines... Critical Framework?
At a time where I felt like I was just meandering from place to place in my project, this feedback helped me regain an understanding of, and appreciation for, my project, while also giving me a kick up the butt.

So I'll try to address each point, individually.

Lack of focused attention to related media. 

This was a big one. Robin had brought up this same problem in my Project Proposal feedback. Basically, I was getting so caught up in sporadic ideas during my studies, that I sort of waltzed past the basics. Most of my practice based research up to about two weeks ago all stemmed from studies of games ("Journey" & "Fable 3"), or original animated stories ("Ratatouille"); Not to mention, in my Proposal, I suggested a case study on James Cameron's "Avatar".

None of these works are adaptations.

I did of course have my reasons for each of these studies, and the work surrounding Journey and Fable have indeed proven to be very inspiring and fruit-bearing to my practical works.

But this doesn't take away the fact that there has been a serious lack of focus towards books which deliver and argue the art behind adaptation.

The Art of Tangled, 2010.
Based on this problem, I began a case study on Disney's "Tangled".

Tangled is an adaptation of the classic Grimm tale "Rapunzel". I liked the way in which Tangled found its visual style and the way the artists realised the world in which the tale unfolds. (Case study to follow shortly).

The study on Tangled initiated a clump of practice-based research focused on visual development aimed at a young audience.

Practice-based research didn’t underpin sources well enough. Clearer influence.

I feel my afore-mentioned clump of practical work was a much more focused routine of iterative creativity. (again, see follow up post.)

Deeper relation of theory and practice.

I tried to be far more critical in the development of my designs following this point. As a mentioned in a previous post, this project so heavily relies on this critical attitude towards my creations. By enforcing shape, colour, symbolism and composition/staging, my work began to take on more interesting and appropriate forms, which seems to go down well at my presentation.

Structure of Project. Study Pipe Lines... Critical Framework?

Eventually, people began to notice that I didn't have a solid critical framework in place. I touched on this in my last post, and finally, I now have a critical framework formed to funnel my work, and existing works, through, in order to fuel my reflective research. *THUMBS UP*

The Actual Presentation.

Throughout the presentation, I covered everything that I just mentioned, and also unveiled some of the practice-based research I had in turn, created.

I also set aside some time to cover my exposition/final outcome, which is, understandably I think, the part I'm most excited about.

I originally stated that I liked the idea of beginning a whole new adaptation process. However, the X-factor judges turned me onto the idea of just focusing solely on this story. I've already created a somewhat large array of visuals for it. So why don't I just keep iterating on them, and end up with one, fully realised, adaptation. This would also mean I could convey this entire adaptation process from start to finish almost like the "Art of" books which have so heavily transported this project. Which leads me onto my next topic:

A Book. 

Ryan informed me of a website:, which allows you to upload files, text, etc, and ultimately just create your own high-quality bound book.

I strongly feel that this would be an excellent way to express the journey of this project. Ultimately, the visuals of this project are that of a design process. If I can literally lay this work out as an odyssey, clearly conveying the decisions and thoughts made and encountered along the way, and a reader can fully understand and appreciate the final aesthetic qualities of the project, it would surely harness a far greater appreciation.

Also, the concept of having a book of my art printed has me excited to no end.

Ps. I feel like I may have horribly repeated myself in this post. If so - apologies!

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