Fantastic Voyage | OGR 1


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  1. OGR 15/03/17

    Evening Mike,

    I like the big bold painterly approach here, but I guess we have to guard against things being decorative-for-decorative's sake - especially when we're dealing with cancer. I'm thinking it shouldn't be too 'ravishing' or 'sensuous' or simply beautiful, as the 'narrative' of cancer is that it is a malfunction which overpowers, conquers, smothers, chokes, eclipses etc. The thumbnails that work best for me are those that are obviously binary - i.e. they create a visual system easily understood as a conflict or contrast. I'm prompted to show you this animation from one of our long-graduated third years - Proportion - a story about anxiety, and about a character's attempt to squash it back under control:

    In terms of synching up your aesthetic with your subject matter, I can see how establishing a binary conflict between strong colours could help you tell the story of how a small 'black' dot becomes a dominant element in a space (the way a single malfunctioning cell can spread/mass together to eclipse the healthy organism etc). I also want to share with you a film from a first year last year - it still needed work, but in terms of workflow, this student combined 3D models with organic hand-drawn animation - I can see this working for you too:

    A big strong style is always welcome - but you'll need to think about 'how' the audience is going to get the actual information - particularly given your age group - which means the info needs to be sophisticated. Is there a voice-over - or are you thinking of integrating text into imagery? Integrating text dynamically is an art form in itself, and is often where students fuck things up a bit (turning interesting animated content into a 'read-along' Powerpoint. The more bold your style gets, the more you need to think about the practicalities of informing your audience appropriately...