We were given a brief another ongoing project, due after the animation cycles. We got to pick our own teams again- so, it’s Phoebe Long, Ryan Beatty, Jakub Bojanowski and myself. Andrew MacClean was added later as he was unwell.
We discuss a few of our ideas- one seemed to stick in our minds. This was that of a crime scene. We talked at length about what things we could consider- time period, type of crime, setting itself. We agreed to meet up again the following day for a meet. With this theme in mind, I did some research. We had also talked about murder being our main crime- so my love of murder shows took over.
Thinking that modern setting would be a very common/ easy route in this project, I wanted to look at the possibility of earlier murders. Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, H.H.Holmes- the list of famous killers goes on.
H.H.Holmes murder house- could we model a few rooms? (Wikipedia.org, 2016)
Jack the Ripper killings- we considered modelling a crime scene based on the information to the crime- post body removal of course. (Wikipedia.org, 2016)
Sweeney Todd- a legend based of the story from “A String of Pearls.” The character would open a trap door mid shave, the customer falling down, breaking their neck in the process. He would “polish..off” anyone still alive by slitting their throats with his shaving knife. We thought about modelling his shop- and maybe what lay under the floor. Perhaps even model the shop fronts for his and Mrs Lovett’s pie shoppe. (Wikipedia.org, 2016).
Some of my favourite shows are also set in historical periods- Ripper Street, Sherlock Holmes, Whitechapel (relating new crimes to old archives). The cobbled stones and grimy,working city of London in which these are based would look amazing modelled and lit in an eery way.
The clips in the trailers above given an idea of the show’s setting. (Youtube.com, 2016).
Ripper street is one of my favourite shows- the costume and setting really giving a proper sense of the time period. I would love to model the cobblestones shown here. Even the iron fixtures- lamp posts, lamps, practical furniture. All of it would be interesting to model.
Whitechapel. (Youtube.com, 2016).
Whitechapel is a series I mentioned last year too- it follows a homicide unit of the police which use old records to identify patterns in killers. A lot of the flash backs to the killer at work often have some twist to set them in the time period in question. My favourite is one in which a tailor is murdered. The shop is very traditional- even the dress of the shop girl-making it look like it is set in the Victorian times, until a mobile phone is used to call the Police. I think it would be cool to incorporate a twist in the plot maybe? Could a room look old fashioned but as the camera turns, more modern items are in the furniture?
I also looked at the idea of possible camera aspects.
Phoebe shared this video earlier in the week for a new game titled Hello Neighbour. The game follows you as you break into your neighbours home. There are goals/ tasks yet but as you aim to complete these, the neighbour learns. He gets smarter and smarter until you are ultimately caught. I thought for a scene like this it would be cool to replicate the camera, as if a crime scene is being found for the first time- maybe have heavy breathing/ fast danger music playing.
Finally, I had a look online at some concept art. I found this gorgeous piece of concept artwork of a morgue/ pathologist office. The walls have huge book cases covering them, filled with bottles and files, books and pickled beings.
I couldn’t quite find the artist responsible for the piece.It did remind me, however, of Bernie Wrightson’s illustrations from Frankenstein. The clutter, mass of story going on in one piece was incredible.
Above is some of the illustrations from this the Frankenstein novel. (Shelley and Wrightson, 2008).
We are meeting tomorrow, however, to discuss our next lot of ideas and see if we can agree on something.
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Youtube.com. (2016). Your browser is deprecated. Please upgrade. – YouTube. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com [Accessed 5 Oct. 2016].
Shelley, M. and Wrightson, B. (2008). Frankenstein, or, The modern prometheus. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books.