Sunday, 1 November 2009

New Ideas

I've now got some new ideas for research to help with my assignment. At first I had no idea on where to even go about starting this project, but after talking to Mat I do. He said his story is set in the Amazon and that gave me the idea to look at some photos of South Africa to get an idea of the layout of the land.


  1. Hi Charlotte,

    Check out Ruben's blog - he's also working on King Solomon's Mines; if you're struggling to get a sense of the story, try going to Wikipedia or similar and getting a broad overview of the story's plot etc. Also, there have been a number of film adaptations; what you need to get good at is 'cracking' a brief - do your research; research the author, research the time in which the book is set etc. - the only way to grasp an unfamiliar concept is to get all 'Sherlock Holmes' about it - go investigate it; don't be frightened of it or intimidated, just get to know it... and well done for watching Metropolis - yes, the narrative is a bit erratic - because the film hasn't been completely restored - but it's sumptuous to look at! :-)

  2. Ok thanks, I'll get onto that today.

  3. Okay - some important tips re. the essay. What I DON'T want is 1,500 words of general observations about the 'look' of a game or film; what I'm looking for is some genuine research into the creative team/rationale behind the creation of a particular world (for instance, for Superman Returns, there was a conscious effort on behalf of the production designers to create an amalgamation of time periods, so that the film had a retro/contemporary quality that referenced the forties as well as the present day); another way to discuss the 'look' of a film/game in a contextualised way is to gather together lots of film/reviews and cross-reference the similarities between observations, as reviewers identify 'trends' and 'meanings' in the production design. I want you to actually 'deconstruct' the look of something in intellectual terms, and not just bang on about the obvious stuff - this should be your mantra - AVOID GENERIC OBSERVATIONS! Find an angle, support it with external evidence and PROVE your analysis... Obviously then, I'd choose something about which you can dig up the relevant information...