Plus a tree or a shrub. Don't forget to push your own limitations Lev, try modeling other objects don't become complacent.
Online Interim Review 15/12/09Hi Charlotte,It's very satisfying that you've been working on your drawing and perspective - I can only encourage you to keep on at this aspect of your 'creative method', as drawing will always be key to your development. Regarding your proposed ideas, I have to say that I'm not getting very much off the campsite idea - much more potent are the scenes you describe from your dreams - especially the shed idea; the garden shed is such an innocent 'everyday' object, but the fact that, for you as a child, it became the site of such anxiety is a near perfect example of the familiar becoming disturbing. Your description of your dream reminded me of the scene from ET - see belowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ko0IV8zu0AI think the shed idea could work perfectly and it will give you the challenge of creating a proper-set in Maya plus lighting effects, plus painted foliage or similar. I think you should capitalise on the idea that the scene is being viewed by your childhood self - so consider the height and angle of the camera - the camera as child onlooker.You haven't posted a clear statement of intent re. your essay, though it's clear you've been getting your head around the concept; your last essay wasn't great, and I'm really looking to you to improve your written assignment this time around; identify something very specific by which to demonstrate your understanding of the uncanny; don't be vague or generalised, be very focused and clear. Please see the next 2 posts for some general advice re. the essay.
Written assignment Unit 3 Part 1Consider carefully the following learning outcomes for your essay and structure your assignment accordingly. You must demonstrate:1) Knowledge and understanding of ‘the Uncanny’.You should begin your essay by defining ‘the uncanny’ in theoretical terms (i.e. according to Sigmund Freud, Jentsch, and anyone else with a helpful or clear definition). You will be expected to include a quoted source by which to demonstrate your understanding; the essay, ‘The Uncanny’ by Freud is rich in useful observations – so use it; you’ll want to consider the concept of the ‘unheimlich’ and the sorts of motifs/artefacts that create the uncanny experience.2) A developed ability to engage in research.At this stage of your course, you are expected to research your subject area in order to enrich your discussion and corroborate your analysis. No essay at this stage should be written ‘off the top of your head’ or without a clear research agenda. Research might include a variety of film reviews, artist statements, images, books, critiques and articles. Research requires that you READ and take notes! For instance, if you are looking at Invasion of the Body-Snatchers in relation to the uncanny, first cross-reference lots of reviews/articles about the film. Make a note of any recurrent terms or ideas and when you come across a term you don’t understand or are unfamiliar with – investigate it! Try google searching associated terms together– for instance ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers & uncanny’ – as you may find research material that relates very specifically to your discussion.There are no short-cuts to an intelligently written assignment – focused research = successful essays; without research and a body of evidence, your essay is simply ‘chat’ and of no academic significance. Be significant!3) The ability to synthesise a range of research applied to arguments.Put more simply, this means that once you’ve completed your research and gathered together your key ideas, you are then able to use them to ‘unpack’ your chosen subject; think of your research as a precision tool-kit especially selected by you to ‘dismantle’ your case-study or studies (i.e. the film, image, programme, artwork you’ve chosen to discuss)4) The ability to clearly and academically communicate ideas.This is all about your writing style and your ‘voice’ – too many of you are writing as if you’re talking, and it’s a habit you need to lose asap in this context. So you must avoid slang and clichés; you’re not on the street or down the pub, you’re in a formal space with formal conventions. Avoid the first person; instead of writing ‘I think that Invasion Of The Body-Snatchers is about the fear of conformity’, consider instead ‘It is arguable that Invasion of the Body-Snatchers is about the fear of conformity’.
Written assignment Unit 3 Part 2Please don’t ‘narrate’ your own research – for instance ‘I looked on the internet and found this interesting article’ – No! No! No! Your reader doesn’t give a damn about ‘how’ you came by your research – just use it effectively and formally.Punctuation – please use it! Try proof-reading your paragraphs out loud – if you’re gasping for breath by the end of them, you’re in serious need of some full-stops, commas and semi-colons. If you’re uncertain how to use them properly please visit http://www.grammarbook.com/english_rules.asp - and that goes for apostrophes too!Capitalisation – all film titles, book titles, artist names etc – should be capitalized every time you include them; Invasion of the Body-Snatchers, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover etc… Likewise, when first referring to a film please include director and release date.Footnotes are NOT to be used to reference quotes within the body of the essay; use Harvard Method. Footnotes can be used to include additional information external to the main body, but useful for the reader’s broader understanding of the subject area.Italicize your quotations!Double-space your document!If you refer to something visual as part of your argument – you must include a supporting illustration as supporting evidence.Finally – PROOF-READ your assignments before submission; I am not an English teacher so don’t want to be forever correcting spelling mistakes, typos or ‘right’ words wrongly substituted by a spellchecker. Make time to polish your written work, as you would your creative project work.Good luck!
Also - if you haven't done so already, can you add the CG Arts central blog to your reading list - if you become an author, you can use it post problems and get answers from your classmates on all three years - just post your email as a comment, and Liam in the third year will set you up so you can post.Please join & follow http://ucarochester-cgartsandanimation.blogspot.com/