Monday, 26 March 2012

London Trip with College

On the 23rd of March, I came back from a three day trip in London with college.


David Hockney Exhibit:


Whilst there, we saw the David Hockney Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Sadly, we weren't allowed to take any pictures, this was all I could bring back from the gallery:








With my student card, it cost £9.00 to get in.




Once inside, I saw lots of painted images of trees and country sided environments.
Some were the same, but they were also different. e.g. Two paintings of trees, same positions, scales, etc. What was different about them was they endured the changing seasons. One would be in the spring and the other would be in the autumn.
What I found interesting about Hockney's work was he had a variety of stuff on show. Yes the themes that ran throughout most of his pieces were trees, plants and vegetation, but the mediums he used to capture them ranged from different canvas scales, photomontage, video footage and the illustrative technology of an Ipad!


Pearblossom Highway - 1986



http://gregor.us/california/lost-pearblossom-highway/







http://cheshire-wife.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/i-have-always-known-that-i-would-never.html




http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16536218

(The cinematic experience of Hockney's plant life throughout the seasons)


http://www.flickr.com/photos/stepheniliffe/6817796571/


I thought it was a very interesting exhibit, mostly because I'm growing flowers at the moment. I'm a fan of things like art nouveau and calligraphy, so for me seeing some of Hockney's interpretation on plant life was very lovely.


David Hockney - full Channel 4 News interview



This video is of Hockey being interviewed about his art work in the Royal Academy in London.

The Science Museum:

After viewing Hockey's exhibit, we all went to the science museum. These pictures below are what I took whilst there:




















Three studios: Double G, Momoco and Trunk:
 Whilst in London, we went to see three Studios, Trunk, Double G and Momoco. 

Trunk: 
    Trunk showed us these videos below:

       
      The video on the left was to get the public to reconsider where they put their rubbish rather than throw it on the floor.
      The video on the right shows a variety of ways in which type and typefaces can be manipulated.

      http://vimeo.com/21150518#

      This video was one of four commercials created for the Australian bank Suncorp.

      Trunk's website is below:
       http://trunk.me.uk/  

      Momoco:
      Momoco was another studio we went to see. This was my favorite place because they made a film opening sequence from the film '30 Days of Night'. I've watched that film, it's soo good I won't watch it on my own anymore.

      '30 Days of Night film trailer'
      http://www.momoco.co.uk/

      The studio workers said they did some filming in a dark room in their' studio, shinning very few lights on objects like photographs, etc. They also took pictures of their' colleges sprawled on the floor as 'bloody victims' and showed us what they had and made.

      They were a bit shy. but very nice.
      They said they take on roughly 4 - 5 projects at a time. I was surprised because there are a handful of people that work in such a small studio, you wouldn't think they were capable of grafting so much work.

      Double G
      http://doublegstudios.com/#

      Double G was my second favorite studio visit. There they showed us a lot of the work they'd recently produced.
      Two pieces of their' work I remember are the E4 Robots and the Animal Planet 'Worlds'.


      They said the robot idea came to being from dancing at a festival they attended, whilst dressed up as robots. They thought it would be a suitable idea for the E4 TV channel playing Omnibus programmes from the day before, otherwise dubbed as 'hangover TV'.
      So they hired dancers to wear these cardboard 'robotic' suit and were told to have a dance off with their competition. They said there were some issues in doing this because the dancers couldn't move well in the suits, but they had a go all the same. There was some funny dance sequences as a result, all of us (college students) were laughing.
      Eventually, they got someone to design the robot costumes for the successful dancers and they were on their' way to filming.
      More issues seemed to compile as their deadline for this project drew closer. They had a few days of shooting the dancers on the set and they had to keep turning the set lights off when they weren't being used because they were costing them.
      All the dancers were filmed on the same set. The only difference with the set was when some of the dancers were finished on the yellow background set, it got painted blue and once it was dry, they threw on the next set of dancers.


      This project was about creating Channel Idents for Animal Planet.
      This made me laugh because they explained when they were given the brief, they were told the target audience for the programme was 'old women/people with pets'. I watch Animal Planet all the time!
      They created four themes of these little worlds:
      • The wild with the grisly bears
      • The wild with the meercats and hippos
      • The wild with the penguins
      • And the urban enviroment with a cat and dog
      They said they wanted the animals to have an origami look to them, slightly cuboid.

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