Thursday, 28 February 2013

Supermarket Research

Due to the horse-meat scandal, I'm having to be careful which supermarket I make my major project advert for.
Before this all happened, I had Tesco in mind as first choice. Now I'm just trying to find anything that hasn't been 'neighed' upon by the media and the Food Standards Agency.

Like many of you, on the 16th of Feb, I received an email from Tesco about the scandal, more or less apologizing for letting the consumer down and stating they will do better.


They even made a YouTube video for those who are interested: 'Tesco announce supply chain changes' link

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Funny Adverts Research

For this post and research, I've been advised to look into funny adverts to hopefully inject some commical elements into my animation.

DNAD Brief - Self Promotion

Aswell as working on my major project, the other brief I have is all about self promotion by D&AD.
I've been struggling a little as what I want to do.

For a while, I've had the idea of animating myself, only I don't know yet what I would do.
So I began constructing a puppet, at least trying. It looks like a patch up job, like Halloween's Mike Myers back from the grave again or something. Still I'm proud of what I made considering it's amateurish. I wanted to try it out and saw it through.
Still, I doubt I'll use it anytime soon.


Red Riding Hood Surveys

Hey people!
Can you answer my surveys about the tale of Red Riding Hood?
I'm trying to find out everybody's generic ideal of the tale for my project.
Is everyone in unison over one version of it, or do a lot of people know/prefer other variations of it?
I need your thoughts please!

Here's where to go to fill them out.
Survey: Link

Polls: Link

Thankyou :)

Sunday, 24 February 2013


I thought this was an interesting video:

I think that because of how the narrator explains the structure of a generic story.
It's not really something I've thought about before. I would often struggle making up a story for my work, be it high school to college, because I think this was never really explained to us (students).
If it was, I can't remember, but I'm glad I've watched this anyway.
I like how the structure sums up loose ends.

This made me laugh a little. My tutor and I talked about wolves the other day for my project, and he mentioned the 'Dire Wolf', that is featured in 'Game of Thrones'.
I showed him this clip about the Dire wolf because he thought they were fictional.

Thinking about it, I unconsciously illustrated my wolf as a large beast anyway, like the Twilight werewolves.
I'll probably base the design on the Dire wolf than the Grey wolf.

I've put this on here because I like how the narrator rhymes story lines in the film. I think it's quirky and is in the direction I want to take my red riding hood work with.
What I also find ironic is the relationship these two characters are like that of Red and the Wolf! 


The reason why I've not really wrote a great deal at the moment was because I was side-tracked by competitions advertised on Deviant Art and so on.

The first one was 'Tomb Raider Reborn' Link.

The other by Neil Gaiman in association with Blackberry Link.

With Tomb Raider, it more of less said to produce something with her in action, fighting, investigating, etc. But basing the work on ideals such as what utensils are available to her, her build must be that of a gymnast, she must look beautiful but not flaunt it and so on.
I figured I'd illustrate her in a fighting/defending action, by introducing another character, so the viewer can understand the relationship between the two.

The Original
Rough Mock-up
Final work - 'Confrontation'

With Gaiman's competiton, he wrote twelve stories, one for each month of the year. He wants artists to produce illustrative work in relation to the stories.
I thought I'd do May because it's my birthday month.
The story more or less consisted of a character receiving strange gifts once every month, like books and cards.

'State of Confusion'

[This is a low resolution version of the image because the website asked for the work to be so.]

These were produced within a few hours the other day, because 'The Metro' hosted an easter egg competition [which is now closed]. My gran told me about it on the last day and I had around 6 hours left to produce something before the deadline. I think I submitted 4-6 entries.

From left to right: 
Boxer Egg - To represent my dad's gym.
Super Egg - Superman version of an egg.
Madame Goegoe - The Lady Gaga version of an egg.
Fairies and Flowers - Wanted to make something pretty.

I suggested making them using paper mache, arts and crafts materials and so on.

Final thoughts:
I feel divided on these works, because I like what I have produced, but at the same time I think they can be much better, especially when I look at other people's submissions. I'm very judge mental on what I make <:P
I'm trying to get my work into as many competitions I come across in hopes of aiding my self promotion.

I doubt my Tomb Raider piece will be favored. I'm disliking it more when I compare it to my mock up, Lara looks like a witch I think. <:/
I think my other submissions will have better chances in their' competitions. <:P