Monday, 24 January 2011

Death of a Lady

this is what my Pink lady model looks like now. After a traumatic trip to University with me, she had already lost her arms trying to look like her hero Venus De Milo. But after her first class trip to Manchester in a waterstones bag, she has managed to split in half. work on reconnecting her has already begun. this is how she would like you to remember her.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Some drawings.

just from a couple of sketchbooks i've finished now.
Zelda From 'Singin in the Rain'
 the dreaded first page (actually got ruined by my neice)
 Night before a busy day!
 many spies have many eyes! ( you can't see put at the bottom it reveals they are all posters on my wall)
 tree of life
 question of life
 girls with short hair
 trying to be a murderous women (see below post)

New sketchBook idea....

Like i said in my last post, my original sketchbook idea didn't quite go to plan. WELL i started a new idea. again it is another film idea.

what I've done already.

well i came up with the simple idea.
 I knew i wanted this to be about some sort of FEMME FATALE. with the theme being about revenge, i just felt this was a good plan!.

the first step was to think of a way to use the sketchbook.

so for the sketchbook i have used it as some sort of diary, or journal for the femme.. Her name is Sally Scarlet. and it is supposed to be her plans on how to get her revenge. its all done very quickly and untidy. very much in the heat of the moment. ( this is something i will explore in the film. she will plan her revenge quickly, and when she is angry.. and then she will hide it. in between other books and such. Kind of like, shes over it. 'time to get back to my life'
but then something will happen which makes her get it back out again.
I'm not completely sure what though. like i said. this all had to be pretty rushed because my first idea completely died!. but actually i think i prefer this idea.

Here are some pages from the sketchbook, i did mean to get digital versions of the actual book in colour. but i  forgot, fortunately there was a photo copier at the post office so i managed to get something!.

 then lots of blank pages....

then a few more blanks pages....

i like the idea that she plans what she will wear, before she plans what to do.

I've also created a sort of poster for it...

which looks at some stuff that will happen in the film. but not quite how you would imagine. like the scissors look like they could be used to stab someone but in fact they'll be used to cut Sally's hair similarly the pills look like they could be used to drug someone, but I'm thinking they'll be used as a sort of paracetamol for sally. not completely decided yet.

There is also a new blog I've created for it. which can be found here.....
it needs some work. but the tiles in the background are important. they will be a recurring theme in the film.
Here are 3 different stages of Sally's costumes.
The first is a sort of slobby, not making an effort costume.

The second is where she IS making an effort.

And the third is her Femme fatale costume.

my plan was to make a sort of YouTube Vlog type film. with like lots of 5 minuets films of her day.
however i think this will be pretty hard for some of the scenes, because it will be hard for sally to film things that are happening to her.... if you get me?  unless if i just had an invisible sort of character, but then also i don't think they would just sit back and let some of the things happen. also, some of the shots i have planned it'd be pretty weird to have somebody watching then. So i think i will just film it in a traditional film way, but with lots of hand held wobbly camera type shots.

the reason for revenge isn't entirely decided on yet, but i dont think it will be a very big or bad reason. like i say, she plans it in hte heat of the moment, and then puts it away. but there then has to be another reason as to why she brings it back out, but again this won't be a very serious reason. (maybe serious to a teenage girl) but then i think it will make something worse happen.

I think throughout the film there will be shots of her in the bathroom. all looking very similar. Washing red hair dye out of her hair, (looking like blood in the bath/tiles) washing Mud off herself. (looking like blood) washing black hair dye... and then actually washing blood.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011


so I've spent my time after Christmas day, working on this film. its a film idea I've had for a few years, in fact one of the first films i ever made was another attempt at this, but i didn't complete the filming so i just made another film, using footage i had shot.

This is that film. 

and I'd decided to make it again. the filming went perfectly and everything was going to plan.
The plan was to print each frame off (12 frames per second) and turn them into prints

(the prints where you put ink on a table and then spread it out and then put paper over to top and draw over it, that print) well anyway, the first one worked. but then none of the others did, they just didn't look like they fitted together, i thought the unpredictability of the print would be nice, but it isn't...

so then i started to draw each shot my hand, but i didn't like this either.

so i came back to the computer and started to paint over each frame, in block colours for the different areas of the frame, but i didn't like THIS either,

then i started the white out all the negative space.

so... now I've decided. i like the story too much, to settle with this rubbish way, so I'm just gonna put it all down the experience, and move on.

this does however mean, i have nothing to put into my art house coop sketchbook project thing, but oh well...

I'll re shoot this film using real locations and such in the future.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

finallly found a picture of the wedding dresss being used!

Sunday, 2 January 2011


I was having a conversation. It was about ART. One person was talking about art being ‘shocking’ just for the sake of it, but I won’t go too much into that.
They talked about how he’d seen a sheep’s head inside a glass box lots of times, and how he and other’s he’d talked to, had just completely dismissed it. Thinking it wasn’t new, and it wasn’t that shocking. 


I present to you, and sheep’s head in a cardboard box. 

(this isn't actually my box, this is just a representation, also it might not be just the sheep's head in the box, it might be a whole sheep, not decided yet ) 

I’m not gonna explain it.
But I will leave you with this short quote… well it’s not that short, it’s pretty long, but here it is anyway.

"That doesn't matter. Draw me a sheep . . ."
But I had never drawn a sheep. So I drew for him one of the two pictures I had drawn so often. It was that of the boa constrictor from the outside. And I was astounded to hear the little fellow greet it with,
"No, no, no! I do not want an elephant inside a boa constrictor. A boa constrictor is a very dangerous creature, and an elephant is very cumbersome. Where I live, everything is very small. What I need is a sheep. Draw me a sheep."
So then I made a drawing.

He looked at it carefully, then he said:
"No. This sheep is already very sickly. Make me another."
So I made another drawing.

My friend smiled gently and indulgently.
"You see yourself," he said, "that this is not a sheep. This is a ram. It has horns."
So then I did my drawing over once more.

But it was rejected too, just like the others.
"This one is too old. I want a sheep that will live a long time."
By this time my patience was exhausted, because I was in a hurry to start taking my engine apart. So I tossed off this drawing.

And I threw out an explanation with it.
"This is only his box. The sheep you asked for is inside."
I was very surprised to see a light break over the face of my young judge:
"That is exactly the way I wanted it! Do you think that this sheep will have to have a great deal of grass?"
"Because where I live everything is very small . . ."
"There will surely be enough grass for him," I said. "It is a very small sheep that I have given you."
He bent his head over the drawing.
"Not so small that--Look! He has gone to sleep . . ."
And that is how I made the acquaintance of the little prince.