Final Creative Play Blog

Today we presented our work for the creative play module. I felt as though it went quite well when thinking of the set-up of our work. Our piece was ready to just bring into the DPL, the only thing I was worried about was the projector not working with my laptop but it worked well in the end. We had some issues with the overall setup, as the table that had the physical piece of work on was quite low but the table with the projector on was high, which blocked the view to the piece. I wanted the audience to be able to view the work and video all at the same time to illustrate the relationship between them more obviously. We overcame this by moving everything to the right so that the work could be viewed from the left-hand side.

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At the start of the project the initial ideas came together quite easily, I had made a list of ideas I thought could work well and so had Levi and when we came together we looked at the ones we both thought could work and play on our best attributes. we had both thought about the change in time and how cities have changed through time and I also wanted to include the idea of the jungle as the jungle does present an entity of a city, which related closely to the brief. As the jungle inhabited  a whole range of life and was a city in itself. We then wanted to present the evolution through time which is shown through  my traditional ink wash drawings and then modern through Levis digital drawings.

I think our project engaged with creative play through the use of different mediums and relating it back to things we have done within the module overall, such as collage, rapid prototyping and being able to go through design cycles and improve our work at every stage. Although we did come into some issues with scale I think we overcame it quite well by spray mounting the biggest size we could onto card, without losing the quality in the work. I think we also did loose some time as we did not manage to use all the artwork we had produced for the final physical piece, but we overcame this by including it all in our video. There was also some issues with the video at first as the transition between each artwork seemed to separate but Levi overcame this by blurring the two together, taking into account my idea of letting the colors bleed into each other.

I think if I had the chance to do this project again I would definitely of taken more risks as I do feel our project was too small and confined, whereas other peoples seemed so much more energetic, but I have noticed within my work I like the minimalism look. But I think as a team we definitely had a clear idea of what we planned on doing and after the many lists I created of who was doing what I think we were definitely well organised. I think as a group we would of wanted it to be more interactive as I do think the sounds from the video really brought everything together and it was nice to hear from peers what it made them feel for example TZ said it made him think of Tarzan and his transition into the real human world. With this in mind if it could of been on a bigger scale and been an installation people could of walked through and inside it, making them feel more included in our work. As from what i learnt from the cinematography research and film noir the audience reacts well to immersive and inclusive content.

Within the team I do feel I took on the role of a leader but it was well divided between me and Levi as we both contributed with ideas, I just made sure we all knew what we were doing. I took on the responsibility for all the mood-boards (pinterest) and made sure we all had access to them. I had the job of doing the traditional artwork and then helped do the jungle scenes. Levi did the modern city scape and then helped with the jungle scape too. I feel as though we all worked on the video collaboratively as Jun began it and helped us at with the overall building of the piece, doing a lot of the heavy work as the scapols trying to cut through the card really took it out of us all! Levi finalized the video creating the transition whilst me and Jun worked on the sounds.

Our project was definitely successful as it did keep the brief but I do think we should of expanded on our work and taking more risks, but as a first project I feel as though we did quite well given the time frame.

 

I would also like to add that everyone’s projects were so amazing, I loved how people had used light and color and projections to really enhance their work. Here are a few pictures i took from today.

 

 

Cities: 4 and a half

After building our final piece for the project, we wanted to make sure the video was upto the highest quality we could make it by Monday. Levi had spent time editing the film so it had a nicer transition between each city scape. Me and Jun worked together to input the sounds into the short film.

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Levi had blended each scape into eachother when it transitioned which I think  worked really well as it made it look as though the city scape before had been washed away so the new one took its place easily.

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I also started working on the final work book, which will include all the papers and sketches we used within the making of this project. It was hard trying to piece together all our work into a organised piece of work. But Levi had come up with some basic headings for each slide which made it a lot easier to follow. I wanted to keep the writing bref and only explain what we did and why it did and or didnt work well.

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Cities – 4

Today was when all our work came together to create our final piece for the Creative Play module. Once all the jungle and traditional images had been scanned in, we could begin aligning the images and playing around with size and scale. I first printed each 3  images onto A3 paper, but I after talking the team we thought they were to small and it would not work well.

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This could only be overcome if I only used two images instead of three, so I took out one traditional, jungle and modern image from each section. Once this was printed it looked better and all the images were of very similar height. I then put these onto card to start cutting out.

Levi had started working on the way in which we would create the final piece. We thought having box’s that connected together would be the best way to create the structure, especially out of the card as its very strong. It took  while to get the correct measurement but I think it was the best way of making it strong and durable, so it can be easily moved from place to place and not be broken easily as it will be left in the maker space for a week.

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First quick mock-ups of boxes.

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Jun has begun putting the short video together for our work, it was about 20 seconds long and had the images panning across the screen. When he showed us his first example of the work it did seem quite sudden, concerning the changes from jungle to traditional, which did correctly present the idea behind our work of it showing an evolution through time. It was hard to admit as this is what we had had in mind for the video but I understood what Kristen was saying. I think we should either have some time of bleed of color with a fade in between the change in time, just to give it less of a abrupt change between scenes.

Jun has also added the sound to the video, so when we come back to it on Monday it should be a matter of editing the video and making sure we have everything together for the presentation.

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The process of making the traditional city scape became a lot more time consuming than I first thought. I wanted to keep these simple so the history and time frame of them would be obvious to the audience and its in keeping with the time, Ink Wash and the color scheme of black and white.

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Final Beach Ball Bounce- Submission

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This was the Graph at the beginning of my animation, it was so slow its movement more resembled a balloon than a beach ball.
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This did create better movement but it also made the bounces to big and the first move was to heavy.
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After asking TZ and James what they thought I realised the ball moved too slowly and went to high so after smoothing the movements down and playing more with the tangents, I felt this was my best example of a beach ball.