Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Graduation

It feels like forever ago now that I finished my degree at Camberwell! As much as I will miss it, it definitely feels like the time to move on to other things and I'm glad it finished on a good note. I graduated with a 2:1 which was above what I needed to get onto my PGCE course and was also what I had aimed for! I was really pleased considering my mock grade earlier on in the year had been a 2:2 which left me expecting the worst.
I went in especially early to collect my letter on results day and made an effort to go sit in an empty park by myself to read my results in case they were a disaster....but they were exactly what I wanted thank god. I'm not sure my family could put up with the tearful tantrum that would've followed afterwards. But anyway, I am pleased.
I am due to start my PGCE in September - half excited, half dreading it - and already getting on with the summer coursework they've asked us to do before starting the course. Hopefully I won't regret it as much as I'm worried I will....

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Final Project - Film

From producing my paper sets and characters I was able (just about) to put together the finished film. I used Dragon Frame software and an SLR camera, all set up in the makeshift studio in my dining room. My boyfriend Fraser Munro was extremely helpful and I definitely couldn't have done it without him! It was an extremely stressful project, by the time I'd produced much of the development work I only had about 2-3 weeks to film anything. Its definitely not a perfect film but I am pleased with what I produced in the time given.

As mentioned I worked with the European folktale "Alenoushka and her Brother" although I decided to change the storyline just a little. I wanted to have the widely known folklore witch Baba Yaga in the tale (legend says she lives in a house on chicken legs guarded by skeletons), obviously taking up the role of the witch who controls the wilderness. As much of my research of European folklore came from my study of toys and objects in museums across Europe, I thought that it would be suiting for the story to take place inside of Baba Yaga's toy box. In terms of the setting of the wilderness I did a lot of research on the 7 levels of the Hungarian underworld, and this idea of a world with different levels went on to become the 'wilderness' that Alenoushka and her brother (the lamb) wander through.

Anyway, the video is up on Vimeo for viewing (please watch in HD!). The music is Bjork - Human Behaviour.


"Alenoushka" Film from jasmine du rocher on Vimeo.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Final Project - Characters and Sets

Eventually I settled down to one folktale to focus on  - "Alenoushka and her Brother" - which has roots in Eastern Europe and Russia. The story follows a young girl Alenoushka and her brother, who are orphans, across a barren wilderness that is plagued by a witches curse. There is no food or water, and eventually the brother is transformed into a lamb after drinking from a sheep's hoof print in the ground. The pair are rescued by a kind gentleman on a horse who takes them back to his palace where they are well fed and looked after out of his generosity. Whilst this seems suspicious (it really does ?) he is not the villain. The witch who cursed the wilderness catches up on the two children, attempting to kill Alenoushka and her brother in order to take their place in the palace by disguising herself as Alenoushka. Of course her plan goes horribly wrong and its a happy ending!
The original tale aside, I took my favourite elements from this and morphed it into my own version. I began using paper and textures to build sets, characters and objects for a stop-frame animation that would become the final project. Putting together the set was extremely difficult (paper is flimsy obviously) and working with technology is always a risk if you're working to a schedule - if something's going to go wrong, it will |:
For now, here is my work in progress. The next post will be the finished film!

 

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