Final Outcome

My subject matter for context was a big thing to talk about and I was at some points worried  I had gone for something too deep and extreme. Once I made the essay to just focus of Rick and Morty I found it a lot easier to do and it created a nice flow through my work as before it felt as though it could go anywhere. and when it came to the design phase it wouldn’t have worked as well if i had spoken about loads of other animations as the color tones would of made my work to busy.

I enjoyed this project as it was something that i personally loved to learn about but I also did learn a lot of new things throughout writing the essay. I may not of included a lot of things I learnt but a few short dissertations i read were so interesting and the Myth of Sisyphus book is something I will go back and finish. But its definitely not an easy read, you have to be very alert, but i guess that goes for the whole existential subject.




This is the reason my essay took so long to write. Referencing is overall just time consuming. It took my a good 3 hours just to put all the references together and to understand how and where to put them into the essay. It was definitely a big learning curve and I would say that I did not enjoy any second of it. This being said it is something i will have to get used to and learn to live with it. I am proud I did it and now know to keep track of everything i use to help compile my essay as this will half the amount of time the essay will take to write. The Harvard referencing book was super useful as well. I think this was down to the use of color coding throughout the book… much appreciated!

Layout For Context

I found it all quite exciting when thinking of the layout of my Context Essay. I have always read vogue and heat and things like that when they come out it was my nans tradition to stay  stocked up on every magazine she could get and put them next to my bedside table so the magazine layout had always been appealing to me. Vogue are very simplistic in their layout and from what I’ve seen always have been. The light to use big eye catching images that usually spread oddly across two pages in the magazine. Although I do love this style it wasn’t right for my project.


But the way the start important snippets of information with large letters looks very pleasing so I took this from them. The columns were also important and gave my work a more serious undertone, I kept the font to the basic as I found every other font a bit to overpowering once the Rick and Morty images were added too.

I have also noticed that in more teen mags and gossip filled things. They like to take quotes from the interview and blow them up big around the side. It’s usually something quite important like  ‘He never loved me!’ just the usual women gossip. But I do think it adds to the story line and gets across useful information. I was thinking about my audience at this point and the fact they are 1st years who don’t want to sit through reams and reams of words. I would think we are all quite visual learner I definitely am. So cutting up my work with a few quotes in a bolder font makes it a lot more friendlier to the reader.


Although Indesign is one of the most stressful things to use, when considering the resizing of pictures and things like that. Once it’s all beautifully placed it does give you a sense of accomplishment.

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Context Essay Research

I knew I wanted to do my essay on something I could really get into. I have been into existentialism since I studied it partially in my film Alevel. ‘Fight Club’ the film was one that really stuck with me. I loved how it was both a comedy and a trgedy at the same time. We could either laugh at the abyss Tyler Durdens life had become or cry with him. I loved exploring people such as Nietzsche and seeing the correlation between his thoughts and beliefs and how the film incorporated them so naturally into the story line whether it be through, prop or cinematography.

“We’re consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra.”Scene 16. Jack/the Narrator and Tyler meet at Lou’s Tavern after Jack/the Narrator finds that his condominium has been destroyed.

I first started to look into existentialism as a whole to firstly make sure I understood the basic concepts. Looking firstly into essentialism from Plato and Aristotle and how it was then overturned by people like Neitzche and Sartre who questioning the very foundations of existentialism, believing we write our own paths rather than it being written for us. Moving us into Nietzches notion of ‘god is dead’ lacking any religious belief and moving into Nihilism and Camus ‘Absurdism’.  When we as people realise we have no purpose and are basically absolute in the grand scheme of things. Our lives are basically meaningless.

I obviously wanted to focus all this into animations but as I began to learn and understand this information there was always one show that gripped me. It had all these ideas and more shown within nearly every episode. Rick and Morty was the only way I could take this as it lives and breathes existentialism, nihilism and absurdism…


Illusion and Disillusion within the Film Industry

 For many stop motion animation catches their audience by surprise and takes them into this whole new world, filled with things that at one point in time were so alien to them. It’s always amazed me how animators and puppets makers can create such realism within their work, making what is a hardened and inanimate object become so life like and giving it a  personality.


When thinking about this idea of illusion and enjoying the fact that the human mind can be tricked into the illusions of film and animation. Things such as immersion and finding yourself caught up in a whole new world closely relates to the works of Chuck Palahniuk as he uses postmodernism to subvert conventional ideas of narrative.

When researching Palahniuk’s tendency to use postmodernism to distort reality this extract of, ‘Chuck Palahniuk Parodist: Postmodern Irony in Six Transgressive Novels’ by David McKraken was interesting to read

Key Quotes From this Extract

“Palahniuk uses postmodernism parody to establish similarity but more so to emphasize defense through ‘ironic signalling’”

“Palahniuk’s personalities chase illusions of celebrity”

“Provides layers of imitation, blending truth with fiction, to illustrates the different degrees that sometimes differentiate reality and fantasy”

“he plays with his readers prejudices”

Chuck Palahniuk- Transgressive Author

An act that goes against a law a rule or code of conduct.

The idea of the conscious mind. We know that what we are watching isn’t real but we consciously believe and immerse ourselves in what we see.

Furthermore the illusion of the human mind interested me as things within many films have different meanings to different people or for example things can go unnoticed by some and be very obvious to others. A clear example of this was played out in the film Fight Club through firstly the break of the fourth wall. Which contradicts everything a movie should be as it now stops the realistic ideals that were there when the fourth wall hadn’t been broken. But also the idea of images of Tyler Durden popping up all the way through the film.

and that fact everything’s ‘a copy of a copy’ whilst the copier is being played in the background is ironic but also creates emotional contagion between the audience and the sound coming for the copier is slow and boring and it makes us feel bored just like the character.


This got me thinking about what our brains are susceptible to.

And Richard Dawkins who is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author. Believes ‘The human mind is extremely susceptible to hallucination’ and in my opinion I believe he is right. I mean we are all born scared of two things falling and loud noises but over time we watch and experience things that make us scared of things just like how horror films have made us scared of bathrooms because EVERYONE seems to die there! Or the fact that a late night call while you are home alone is never going to end well. It just shows how easily manipulated the human mind is.


Sigmund Freud!

‘human beings are great deceivers’- Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud emphasized the importance of the unconscious mind, and a primary assumption of Freudian theory is that the unconscious mind governs behavior to a greater degree than people suspect. Indeed, the goal of psychoanalysis is to make the unconscious conscious.

The Future of an Illusion

In The Future of an Illusion (1927) Freud refers to religion as an illusion which is “perhaps the most important item in the psychical inventory of a civilization”. In his estimation, religion provides for defense against “the crushingly superior force of nature” and “the urge to rectify the shortcomings of civilization which made themselves painfully felt”. He concludes that all religious beliefs are “illusions and insusceptible of proof.”


The overall concept of my poster was to be split down the middle to show the contrast of illusion and disillusion and the reality of film.


Interpolation Of Ideas

This week I was given the phrase ‘Interpolation of Ideas‘ and the aim was to create a two  minute presentation on it presenting my in-depth knowledge on the topic. I have never had a word or multiple words so hard to pin-point to an exact definition. You can look at it from a mathematical perspective, philosophical perspective and theirs always something different about the words or meaning.

Once I had as much information as my brain could take of Interpolation I began trying to work out what I thought it meant to me as everyone makes things there own or has there own interpretation.

I thought I’d try and keep it all relevant! So related it easily to bar sheet and tangent graphs on Maya.


I then struggled reading through a book that came up once I research through the university’s library page, ‘Birkhoff Interpolation’ all i really understood is interpolation is closely linked to approximation.

Therefore I consider when we do things like bar sheets that we have created a type of approximated representation of our animations in the stop-motion room. Which relates to the definition of ‘Process of finding a value between two places on a line or a curve’ as we are in some way creating value through our animations.

After doing my presentation I was filled with relief.  Johny also helped me to understand it in better terms thinking of the ‘In between’ for example Walt Disney would draw the beginning and end of Mickey Mouse but then other animators would come along and do the in between. This gives more more of an understanding but also  helps me to create and idea of what I wants to present as a piece of artwork by next week.



Types of Learners

Today we learnt the four types of learning and what type of learner I need to aim to be throughout my time at uni.

Most of this was based on being independent and proactive within my learning, asking questions, challenging what I’ve heard and learning from my experiences along this course to evolve into a better learner.


Self direction learning. we need to become meta-cognitive which is thinking about thinking. Overall I think this class will become a lot more relevant as I get more confident with the work we do within this course as I need to understand more to be able to challenge Johny’s knowledge, but I do believe we can be proactive now. Through our own research of what our lecturers give us and going to the extra software classes to gain our own individual understanding in animation.


Job After Graduation

We were told to think in the future in lesson today and to look to when we have finally graduated and are ready to enter the world of work. We had to pick the job within animation we would like to be in I picked Stop-Motion  Animator, we had to select three things that would make you right for the job, which I found online in and from this we had to come up with what we could do before semester 1 to aid us in forming these skills:

  • have strong observational, acting and timing skills
  • be able to operate relevant animation and camera equipment
  • have good team working skills
  • excellent sculpting skills ( I put this one is as it’s something I have never tried before so for me this one is very daunting)

The activities I came up with to do to help me in what i want to do in the future where, to people watch and see how the human body moves. I will go through my Eadweard Muybridge books on the human form and also the Animators Survival Kit book and hopefully have read them by the end of semester 1. I will need to spend time in the stop-motion studio regularly refining my skills and just get more comfortable in that environment. Thirdly as a group we ave decided we want to do the escape room test together which will aid our team skill set but also help me to become more confident with the Animation group as a whole.

Furthermore, today Johny talked a lot about being pro-active and how that will make us the best students we can be and these quotes he referred to where really helpful in sending that message.

‘You make the animation, before you make the animation’


The Two Cycles

The Design Cycle

When reflecting back on the Flying Object Palava post I first did, I realise now the depth I could of gone into. In today’s lesson Johny presented the design Cycle to us, the design cycle is made up of 6 key points:


I felt after we had been shown this cycle I could express my thoughts and feelings within my blog more clearly. Which is obviously a good thing but will also take time for me to be able to follow the cycle without having to refer back to it constantly and for it to feel natural. I believe this cycle along with Gibbs (1998) cycle which I am trying to follow within this blog, will help be to become more assertive in my work. I know now for when I complete my Animation 101 assingment, I will be able to blog about it in a clear and concise manner.


Furthermore, I did try and keep along the line of Gibbs (1998) relfective cycle within this post, hopefully it was more to the point than my other blogs.


The Flying Object Palava

So I have begun my Animation degree today (sounds fancy I know) so you might wonder what we did… 3d design work, deep analysis… no, we made a flying aircraft (which  couldn’t fly) and it was GREAT!

Very good icebreaker Johny as I guess you are the only one who will read this blog of mine. I think this probably the first day I’ve actually relaxed in my Uni experience and had a ‘normal’ day.

So this was the outcome of the building exercise: