Wednesday, 10 November 2010

The lecture I missed!
Was said about missing this as, when I next spoke to people about it, I got a really postive response, and lots of people have decieded to do there essays on it.

What i gathered from the notes and powerpoint is that interextuallity is nothing is truly orginal everything we see or recreate or think or read about. Already exsits.

For example

Just some vampires i thought of the top of my head, a fair few. All based on the same story, twisted changed a variety of different looks and styles however when it comes down to anyalse they are all just remakes of a charcter in a book.

Again when i think of a dark hero, i think strider (aragorn) from lord of the rings, i think Solomon Kane and Van Helsing.

No real hiding it here, they could all be the same charcter.

Anyway moving the other thought i had after reading is sequels or other film refrences.

Things that come to mind are Pixar with refrence to there other films
Family most episodes have some sort of parody in them for example "something something dark side"

As a family guy fan, and a star wars fan. I really enjoyed this episode. Its just one large pardody however in contrast to this in planet of the apes the same charcter use the same line from the orginal film to the remake and pay tribute to that. It all pokes fun in the story for example the first line, "look we got 4 or 5 of the main charcter on the ship i think we will be fine" its true and when you think about it, its was unlikely they would kill 5 charcters off. The reference to the robot camals, maybe the orginal idea for the book was based on a camal, showing another unorginal idea, the way family guy pokes fun of the concept of a robot camal is funny as it show us literally what we are looking at it.

Another funny video is parody of a the new tron trailer.
as it literally describes everything that happens, which makes the actions and cinemotraghy look silly.

If you liked that assisans creed brotherhood also have a parody

Iconic moment in films are worth using in remakes if it works well however sometimes it doesnt work well and it feel artfical and cheesey.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

So yeah my blog for the most recent lecture, I can’t actually wait to talk about this. I missed last week lecture, which I’m not sure if that gave me more motivation to enjoy this lecture. But the atmosphere just felt different. Anyway I thought of doing a Vlog, a video blog. I was talking to a few guys a couple of 2D another 3D guy and a games art guys, and they also felt quite keen on the idea. Not being the best person to explain ideas, I thought a debate/discussion on camera would be quite interesting. Not only would it be naturally more personal and casual, it would probably get more ideas as I tend to forget idea very quickly and normally sketch them out before they go. So I think a live discussion could be helpful, not only for me but everyone one the media building as we are all creative thinkers. So plan to ask Ivan next week to see if that’s possible to do or drop an email.
Okay so let’s get down to business. Binary opposites. When I heard this I dreaded it the first think that came to mind was 10101001010000101 thank god it wasn’t. What it was was much better, actually opposites. As Ivan said we understand things by both what it is and what it is not. Good and Evil for example, we know what good is as we know what evil is. We know someone who does good deeds is not evil. However the world is just “white and black” as the expression goes. There are shades of grey in between everything. Good and evil is things of fiction, everyone sometime if there life has debated whether to do something bad. This would automatically make them a little bit bad. And evil people also have feelings and have most probably done a nice act and therefore are not just evil. Most “evil” people had visions, Hitler for example probably considered one of the most evil men to live, his ideology’s may not have been evil it just wasn’t normal and the means of getting the results were also not humane. The same is true of good this time I will use a character as an example instead of real person. Batman for example, batman is good. He fights crime, puts away the bad guys. However the reasons for batman to do what he does are not good, he fight crime to avenge his bad parents. His physical appearance and his name also mirror this darkness of the batman.
He where black, a cloaked figure of the night, named after a “creepy/evil” creature. Everything about batman physical look is evil. And if you made a similar character without the logo. And showed this to people and asked them if this was a hero or a villain. I would presume the most common response would be villain. However due to batman’s acts and what we already know about him we known in fact that he is actually a hero. Although is considered an antihero, as James Cordon demonstrates in the film and comic.

We took this a step further with Malcolm today in the seminar he made us work in a group and to discuss binary opposites. Eventually we had to choose a genre of film or of media or choose a character or two to compare. And as a group we found the binary opposites of the things. We for example did Disney Pixar’s Up. We compared Carl Fredricksen and Russell. We compared there attitudes, and physical appearance and found some interesting links. We also looked at how they interacted with each other. We found a range of similarity between the two characters especially as we considered the younger Carl, I thought it was interesting how Pixar had used a physical appearance to mirror the personality difference. However we also discussed how they grew as characters together and compromised their own beliefs and made each other see the world in a different way. Carl ended up more warm hearted and adventurous as he once was when we a boy. And Carl taught Russell how to be brave and that there is more to the world. I think together as character they both really work, and although I have no doubt that these characters could exist without each other they wouldn’t serve much purpose and wouldn’t change and there would be no growth or development.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Okay this is a late post, I can i enjoyed this lecture I talk to my flatmates and they explain there lectures and they sound dull. I liked that we were playing to are skills and are lectures are visual based. The chance to have to work as a pair and draw was quite different. Will post up my poor random drawing thing.

However I like this concept of semiotics
One thing about all this is of the words.. too many!

But anyway lets hit this into lamens terms, so I can try and work this out.

The way I took the lecture and read the notes. There are two things. The real and the psychological. If I type the word Tree now. You will have a mental idea in your head of a tree. It maybe the word, a drawing, a painting, a photograph, a piece of film, it maybe somewhere you have been. But you will understand what a tree is, is you speak english which i expect you do :)However there are different levels of these mental images. Or physical copies of the orginal

Obviously the most real thing is the Tree itself, when maybe a piece of film, a photo, to a drawing then to the word tree. This can be subdivied even more as a childs drawing of a tree, which any child would be able to do. And as human are minds could work out these marks on the page are a tree. Whereas if we compare this to John Constable paintings of a tree
Hello thought i add something to my last post.


Multiplayer. Probably the most powerful tool or feature to a game.
Genrally as I dont game as much as I used too. I like to play multiplayer, now this can mean sitting with a mate controller each. Or over Xbox live. Either playing with people its the most enjoyable experince I have done throughout my gaming life. I think the experince of playing with someone else weather I know them or not increase the pleasure from the game. Whatever genre of game Ive played Fighting, Racings, Role Playing or First Person Shooters the experince is just different.

Okay Im not going to lie, there are alot of annoying people on xbox live and I have turned off the sound more than one time. However I have also played in a clans with organised games. Which is really enjoyable experince as you play with similar minded people with the same aims and the same level of experince. The best two games I have played online are Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and unfortunately World of Warcraft. However these are also the worst games i have played online and the level of realism has been decreased however playing with real people, in real time, with real reactions is alot more realistic and natural than firing at pre developed material.

Just wanted to add something to that post.