Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Love for the beast

Love for the beast

I thought this film was one of the most dramatic film’s I have ever watched in the sense that there was next to no laughing but filled with love, hate and dejection.
I loved all of the camera angles they did especially the close up’s and extreme close up’s.

I felt that they made the film have an atmosphere in which I mean made your eyes drawn to the screen and want to know what was going to happen next.

For the time that the film was released into the French cinema’s in as early as 1947 I feel that they did a pretty good job on how they wanted it to look, with all of the make up especially the beast (Jean Marais).

I didn’t see many special effects with in the film apart from using of the camera and use of smoke and mist. I felt that the music played one of the biggest parts in the film, as it was done so well.

As with many old films with dramatic scenes in them they always seam to have all of these spooky instrumental music a lot of it is piano, light drums, violin or trumpet.

This film I feel is different in many ways in the sense that in the film ‘The Fly’ he wasn’t shown till later on in the film but in this film the lion type man is showed only about 20 minuets into the film.

I feel that the props are a bit cheesy and not that well thought out also the director has opted to use a lot of smoke in scenes.

The Fly 1958

The Fly

The Fly a 1958 by Kurt Neumann's film is about a dedicated scientist that builds a machine that can teleport objects and humans. They started the film three quarters of the way into it then went back to explain the film, then carried on telling it.

It started dark and a bit confusing, as shown below. Here is the factory where AndrĂ©’s wife has just killed her husband. You can see the image of the person murdered under the machine in image 1.

Image 1: The killing scene

When he builds the chamber it works perfectly, but the last time he does proves to be fatal, as a fly enters the chamber and the partials get mixed up and he ends up with a fly’s head and hand, and the fly ends up with his head. This is all a bit grotesque.

I found this film quite interesting because of the fact that I had never seen a film like it or one so old, but I did not enjoy it that much.  I found the story boring; it seemed a slow paced plot, although I liked how they started the film three quarters of the way into it and then went back to explain the film.

The BBC review the film as being ‘Silly’ … but the tension is quickly cranked up as Hedison realises he has to find the fly so that he can try to reverse the damage.’ (BBC, 2011).



Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Final Sketch/ Silhouette

I feel that i like this and i am going to choose this as my final piece. I didn't want a full standing up boring pose so i tried him crouched down and i feel it looks cool.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

A few Different Texturising Models


Mag Finished

Here is the finished render of the Magnifying Glass, it took me ages to find the smooth tool, i realised that i had to change it from animation to polygons; i then found it.

Monday, 24 October 2011


Here is two of my thumbnails put together as i wanted to see what it would look like with the face i chose on the body that I'm thinking about choosing.

This is another thumbnail, i wanted to see what a long body would look like..
Not sure if i like it but oh well.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Magnifying Glass Progress

Not completely finished but this is how far i have got with the Magnifying Glass.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


Here's a video of the sound of a hissing cockroach being annoyed by its owner.
I think that hissing or rattling of animals is a good affective way of warning off predators or rivals as its saying i wouldn't mess with me in not in the mood!

This hiss on the cockroach is a loud distinctive sound that they make when they don't want to be disturbed.
There are a few other animals and insects that hiss or rattle i like the sound of the rattle snake when its warning off the predators i find it fascinating that evolution has given them that to help them survive a bit longer as they can warn off other creatures.


This insect looks—and sounds—like anything but a run-of-the-mill roach. Madagascar hissing cockroaches are one of many fascinating animal species to hail from the island of Madagascar.
These cockroaches are shiny brown and oval-shaped, with no wings and a single pair of antennae. Males sport large horns, which give them an unusual and impressive appearance.

Males use their horns in aggressive encounters reminiscent of battles between horned or antlered mammals. Rivals ram one another with their horns (or abdomens) and during the fight often unleash the amazing hisses that give the animal its name. Winning roaches hiss more than losers, so the sounds may be used to help determine a roach hierarchy.
Hissing is also part of the cockroach's mating ritual, and can be used as an effective alarm cry. Most insects that make noise do so by rubbing their body parts together or by employing vibrating membranes. Madagascar hissing cockroaches, however, exhale air through their breathing holes. This audible use of the respiratory system is far more common in vertebrates.


After the sketches i made them into silhouette's to see what they would look like.
i feel that the one with human legs looks better as a shadow than it does as a sketch but still these images are far from final as i want to make them much bigger and scarier.       

Here's a few sketches i did to try and think about how i want my 'Monster' to look like..
i think i might redefine the first image as i think that the one with human legs just looks pointless.

Monday, 10 October 2011

When i get my digital sketching pad i want to try and produce a hand like this.
Ill have to look at what way the muscles grow and i want to look at what different muscles are called.
I find them quite interesting to draw sketching wise, thats why i want to look at producing one digitally.  

Friday, 7 October 2011

My First attempt at producing the light source for the cinema, after watching the video i found it quite simple apart from some little things i missed and had to go back.

Ill next be trying to do the next task.

Influence Map One

Thursday, 6 October 2011


I want to learn how to create something like this but I'm not sure how. I like the texture used and the things coming out of his face. Also the shadow's are pretty cool.

Photoshop Edit

I wanted to see what i would look like if i had a cockroach head instead of my own, i think it looks pretty funky.. but i feel it needs something more.

Ill try and look at some other insect people and see if i can get any inspiration from them.
maybe i need some cockroach hands or maybe i could try my face on a cockroach body see how that comes out.

This transformation was quite simple i just cropped off my head, put on the roaches head with a few adjustments and used the clone tool to fill in gaps. I feel it looks pretty cool.


Here i found two cockroaches how they move i found it hard to find a video as most of them they just sit there not doing anything, but this person who made this video says that they are fighting but I'm not sure.

Monday, 3 October 2011

life drawing

The Elephant Man

John Hurt stars as John Merrick in the film The Elephant Man.

Merrick in the film is the elephant man who at the start is shown to be a side show freak, which people have to pay to see him. When the film progresses as Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) comes and rescues him from the humiliation. The film was choose to be done in a black and white lens which I think is a good idea because the film is set a lot earlier than it was produced.
You get to see how old style England looked like and you also saw how the medical sides of things looked.

After being looked after Dr. Frederick tries to teach him to talk in convocation, going on the conclusion he couldn’t talk. After time goes on he realises not only can he talk he is very intellectual and sensitive.

But trouble is coming for the poor man as a man hears about him and rounds up about 20 people that pay to see him but this time its not just looking at him through a window they all bully him when he is resting. After everyone leaves the man who used to get money to show Merrick off comes back and takes him and puts him back where he started.

Luckily the people who are also in the show help him get away. The police help him back to the hospital where he lives.

I liked how they used a wide range of different camera angles also the fact that they didn’t show Merrick too early on to draw the people watching the film eager to see what he looks like.

Over all I found the film a well thought out and produced old style film and would defiantly encourage people to watch it.