This is just a sketch I have made for one of the topics I have chosen called Overlapping Patterns.
This is just a sketch I have made for one of the topics I have chosen called Overlapping Patterns.
When the call came in, I thought I was ready for it, but I never knew that it would turn out to be like this…
Carrie never sees her father as an inspiration to be successful in life until he passed away.
A long time street hawker, Carrie’s father finds himself struggling financially, as his relationship with his family becomes increasing stressed. He runs a traditional snack stall that belonged to his family and now hopes that he is able to pass it down to his daughter, Carrie. Despite his respectable status, Carrie finds herself betraying his family’s business by providing unsatisfactory service out of spite.
With little help from his daughter, he had to stay until 12 midnight everyday in order to get more customers and earn money for the family. This tired him out and increased his risk of cancer, but chose to hide it from Carrie since she was in secondary school.
As Carrie is entering her first year of university, the relationship with her father continues to be strained. She even insulted him for being a complete failure in life and he was the reason the family was poor. This disappointed her father but Carrie was ignorant about his emotions. Carrie’s father started to drown his sorrows with cans of beers every day at a nearby coffee shop after work and was coming back late. His drinking habit became a hindrance to his cancer illness.
Four years later, Carrie became a successful lawyer and was spending less time with her father. She was clearly oblivious to her father’s deteriorating illness. Ironically, the building where she works is located near her father’s stall. Her colleagues, who were patrons of her father’s stall mentioned how the food has become of poor quality but the owner still wanted to remain open for business. He kept coughing and missing out orders. Carrie felt guilty after hearing what her colleagues said and wondered if it was her fault that made her father to become ill. After work, she decided to search for her father at the street market but later finds him at a coffee shop nearby. She was shocked to see her father lying on the table, crushed cans of beers surrounding him. She sighed and reluctantly helped her father up who cried out ” Why am I so useless? Why can’t I provide the best for my daughter? “. Carrie felt even more guilty as she never knew her thoughts would influence him to turn to alcoholism.
When Carrie brought her father home, her mother started to worry because she knew that her father had been drinking again. She told Carrie how her father had been drinking ever since she insulted him for being a complete failure in life. Because he keeps mumbling out the same sentences on how he was unable to provide the best for his daughter. Then, Carrie’s mother suggested she taking over the business. Carrie simply replied “no “.
Next morning, Carrie’s father’s illness got worse. His vision blurred and his hands were shaking more vigorously. Knowing his days were numbered, he went to Carrie’s room and asked if she could help him one last time. However, Carrie was in a rush and she lashed him off before leaving for work. Carrie’s father was disheartened as he turns to recipe and wonders who would be able to take over his family business. Suddenly, he started coughing heavily and was suffering chest pains as he tried to reach for his medicines but dropped them instead and ended coughing badly. His wife saw this and immediately called Carrie to tell how her father is coughing badly. Each time she called, Carrie would always think that was a minor cough and told her mother to give her the updates based on the doctor’s report. The big blow did not hit Carrie until the hospital called her saying that her father passed away. She started crying with tears full of regrets , failing to realise how she should have spent more time with him and being more aware of his illness.
When she reached the hospital, she cried again once she sees the sheet covering her father’s dead body. Then, her mother went over and passed Carrie the recipe which her father had been holding for years. She told Carrie her father had been holding this recipe until she reached the hospital because he wanted to pass it to her. Carrie’s mother also told Carrie the reason her father wanted her to take over the business was because he trusts her.
After listening to her mother, Carrie was reminded how she watched her father every night preparing for his business but she never helped. She came to realise how important the business is to him and decided to make it up to him by taking over his business. She decided to make it up to her father by learning the recipe every night and slowly found interest in making the tutu kueh.
Months later after she took over the business, crowds of people started streaming in even during the non-peak hours. This may have exhausted Carrie out but nothing could make her happier than fulfilling her dad’s soul.
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Animatic Storyboard video
Reference Video for story
For my story “Little Wizard”, I made an argument between the little wizard’s Mother and the little wizard, Jane herself.
For my three versions of the story, I have decided to focus on the perspectives from the different characters. This is because I realise that when I focus on the different character’s perspective, the tone of the story can change.
Please click on the link above ” Little Wizard” to access to my script.
For version 1, I have decided to follow according to the script of the story. The story was meant to show an intense relationship between Jane and her Mother when they are arguing because of how Jane wants to save her pet but her Mother does not allow her. Thus, it is shown in the seventh image where both characters are shown arguing. I have emphasised the shadow behind them to show how both the characters feel and the relationship between them during the argument is intense. From the second image to the fourth image, I also want to capture how the character feels at that moment and to establish who the character is talking to in each frame and why is the character behaving in such manner. The last frame is showing how the Mother is losing her Daughter as she could not stop her from leaving the house.
Version 2 is leaning towards the mother’s perspective. From the first frame, the mother’s face is seen and from her posture, she seemed startled as she is turning her head to look at what just happened and realised that it is her Daughter. However, in the second frame, the mother’s face is cropped because she feels that her Daughter is trying to refute to her argument. Thus, I have chosen to make her less superior as she seemed less prominent because I want to show how angry she is which would lead to the third frame. The third frame shows how superior the Mother is when she is telling Jane that she should give up in saving by her pet. However, her superiority soon went down as her Daughter refused to listen to her and the mother’s image would thus become less prominent and smaller compared to the Daughter. This is shown in the last frame where the Mother is trying to stop her Daughter from leaving the house but she could not because her Daughter refused to listen to her and she dashed out of the house. Thus, the Mother is shown at a very far distance. This whole story resembles Jane’s Mother way of narrating her own story and how she feels as her Daughter does not listen to her.
Version 3 is focusing on Jane’s perspective. This is again, showing the emotions of how Jane feels on what her Mother is trying to tell her and how strongly she feels about saving her pet. Thus, I have made Jane to be more prominent in most of my frames. Just like version two, the whole story resembles Jane’s own part of the story.
For my two storyboards, I have decided to pick one from my favourite animation called “My Neighbour is Totoro.” which is directed by Ghibli and the other film directed by Woody Allen , “Midnight in Paris “.
Compositional and Sequential trends
By looking at the scenes which I have selected from the two movies, I realised that the scenes from the two movies would mostly have close up shots and medium shots. This is because those scenes would tend to focus on the character’s emotions and facial expressions
For “My Neighbour is Totoro,” the scene would mostly be about how Totoro reacts to the rain on his umbrella. I realised that majority of the scenes would focus on Totoro’s facial expression. As viewers. we can see that at every moment of this scene, Totoro’s facial expression changes as his eyes grew bigger and he became more fascinated about the rain. As a result, this would lead to the last second part of the scene where he would jump up and making the rain from the trees to fall even more heavily . When the rain stopped, an extreme close up on Totoro’s face to capture him exclaiming out loud and expressing how much he loved the rain. I find it very interesting on how the composition for this scene was made as the storyboard was meant to focus on Totoro’s reaction to the rain. By focusing the attention on Totoro, as viewers, we can tell that Totoro has never felt rain before and is a creature that is unfamiliar of the elements including rain that may not be found in his own forest or home. Furthermore, the scenes focusing on Totoro were at eye level which also draws the attention of the viewers into his own thoughts about the rain.
The sequence is not much of a narrative unlike “Midnight in Paris,” because of how the scene was meant to focus on how Totoro reacts to the rain and his facial expression. Thus, each frame would show the degree of enthusiasm Totoro expresses himself towards the rain.
The scenes in “Midnight in Paris”, were mostly shot at medium shots as both characters were having a conversation and the camera angles were shot at an eye level. For the compositional elements, I realised there were a few of the scenes that were a long shot because it was meant to establish the place that the main character was walking. This long shot also establish the mood of the scene when the character was walking alone and the area seemed to be quite empty as there were no other people around. Furthermore, the scene was shot in the night which made the lighting to be less bright and more dim to create a sense of loneliness for the character at first until he met another character, a lady named Gabrielle. The scenes would then switch to a medium shot on one of the characters and sometimes an off the shoulder shot when the both of the characters are talking and to show the reaction on both characters. From this point, I realised that after the man met the lady because of how the type of shot changes which also changes the mood of the scene to be less lonely However, I particularly like the last scene when both characters were walking together and they were slowly pictured as two silhouette figures as they continue to walk away from the viewers , along the aisle of the pathway. This scene may be simple but it shows that the conversation between the two couple would be going on for a long time as they seem to be engage with each other’s conversation throughout the whole scene. Additionally, this scene was shot in the night and the street lights that were made to be more orangey made this particular scene between the two couples to be more romantic.
The scenes had a narrative sequence as when it starts from the beginning, the scene had an empty and lonely type of atmosphere when the man was walking alone and it slowly transmitted to how he managed to engage the lady into a conversation leading to a romantic ending as both characters walk together.
Artist Reference for final work
I was inspired by how such unique wave like structure could act as a roof for a house from this artist Robert Oshatz. Thus, I have decided to do a similar shape that is also a wave like structure but curving in a different way. Also, the combination of an inorganic shape with a geometric shape makes the work to seem less proportionate but still visually appealing to look at.
I initially had different ideas when I first encountered the theme called “Towards Zero Waste.” I was actually thinking on the meaning of waste and zero waste. Indeed, I have searched through the internet and found out that the meaning of waste is to use or expend carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose. It also means to describe a material that is eliminated, discarded as no longer useful or required after the completion of a process.
From there, I searched up the types of resources or materials that have been wasted including land, textile, water, food. Based on these resources, I narrowed my focus towards land, water and generally, the resources found on earth that are depleting. The final selection was also done based on some artist references which I found appealing and some of the research which I have found that is more appealing to me.
For example, in this sketch, I was inspired by the style from Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space. The way he captured the movement of the bird is done so elegantly and very simple just by using one shape to represent a bird.
Similarly, in my work I wanted to represent the idea of how the earth may look like in the future if we continue to waste our resources and the resources start to deplete without us knowing it. Thus, instead of representing earth as it is in a round shape, I have just made it into a three dimensional curve like shape that resembles a wave. The lines would draw the viewers attention towards the hole in the work making them understand how our resources are slowly depleting if we continue to use them extensively and to no purpose. However, due to the technical difficulties that I have found in this idea, I have decided that I would focus my attention to my final idea instead.
I was shocked when I read this information on how Singapore as a clean and green nation could have some dark hidden truth behind it. The amount of waste thrown in the sea at all coastal beaches has increased year after year from 3.1kg in 2002 to 4.2kg in 2013. This shocking fact actually draws my attention to create such a work that could act as warning to the viewers on how such waste dumped into the sea would affect the marine life in the sea.
Exploration of material
At first, I decided to go with a soft material such as clay to build my study model. This is because of how my design has a wave and fluid like structure at the top. Thus, I have decided to go with a soft material. However, this does not work for the sharp and jagged edges because of how the nature of the material has this ability to make the shape to appear inorganic but not sharp and geometric.
Then, I moved on to another material using a thin cardboard for my study model. I realised that it could make sharp and jagged edges because it is not just thin but it is also hard enough for me to cut into a sharp diamond. However, I realised that without a base, this sculpture cannot stand. Thus, I have decided that I should build a base to not just stabilise my structure but also to fulfil my idea of warning the viewers about the future consequences of waste dumped into the sea. I have also come to a conclusion on the type of materials I want to use is something thin and bendable for the wave structure and something hard for the diamond shapes.
First Final Product
The first final product may seem to look simple as there is not much of wood being used showing a lack of technical skills in my work.
Peter suggested to me on adding more wave like structure around the diamond shapes. Then, I realised it does help to bring out the aesthetic of the structure and the fact that it looks like how the waste are dumped deep into the sea.
This project helps me to discover the meaning of waste and how it can also affect a clean and green nation such as Singapore. The shocking fact on how Singapore can have such waste dumped into the sea makes me reflect about how we have been taking our resources for granted and using them extensively with no significant purpose. This artwork of mine does not just act as a warning towards viewers but also a reflection on how we have chosen to exploit our resources.
Before this editing project, we actually had a group project that is about parallel storytelling and the point of view. We were also given scenarios to chose from and we were suppose to decide on how we could run the sequences in order to fit the genre or story that we are trying to tell.
So, my group has chosen a comedy genre and the scene we have chosen is about an employee rehearsing how she will ask for a raise and another scene where two managers are discussing how they will fire her.
Research and Processes
By looking at some old cartoons including some Mickey Mouse old short films, I have realised they do use alot of sound effects especially when Mickey fell down from the stairs, the wind blowing. However, despite that this film was meant to be how this mad doctor is kidnapping Mickey’s dog and planning to experiment on him, the sound effect of this short film has helped to liven up the tone to become slightly less scary and more whimsical and comical.
Technical Process of Sound through Audacity
It is through Audacity that I managed to record my own gulp into the video. I explored different ways and tones based on what I have recorded through the tools displayed in Audacity but mostly on the Reverb and Equalization.
I realised that the use of Reverb function helps to either expand or decrease the size of the room which then makes my voice to sound as if it is from a distance as shown in version two. I noticed how the different distance could affect the level of my voice because for version 2, I employed the larger room size technique. However, for version 1, I made the room size smaller so that you could hear my voice much clearer and the emphasis of my gulp can be heard in the video. Not only that, I also played with the Equalization function that could make my voice sound different.
Gulp by Audrelia Lim
Curious Funny Comedy Music by The Crazy Venezolano Soundtrack
In the case of Curious Funny Comedy Music, I used the function of Equalisation to make it sound as if it is coming from a telephone. And just like how I was being influenced by the old cartoon, I employed a similar technique that could reflect the atmosphere of a sense of cheeky comedy towards the scene. Unlike the original which is much clearer, my take on this music seems to resemble the kind of atmosphere which you can find in an old cartoon just like “Dennis the Menace.”
When one listens to the music in the background, it takes on a more light hearted approach, however, the sound may not be that clear and loud enough which could actually help further dramatize the impact of the characters in each scene. It is the type of sound they used that matches the scene of the characters. For example, when the dog starts to slip across the floor from 12:52 to 12:53, it not only creates an effect of how the dog is going to crash onto something but the sound frequency that seem to be more imbalanced blends very well into the scene and making it more comedic.
Exploring Comedy through Visual forms
Though this project is mostly playing with sound, I have tried other ways in exploring comedy. The sounds that I have used is mostly dramatic and it is also suitable for a typical and cheesy type of comedy. American comedy television series including “How I Met Your Mother”, “Two And A Half Men,” mostly played with dialogues from the characters and the laughter in the background is just to enhance the comedic effect that brings out from the characters towards the scene.
However, these shows are just television series and how the characters are portrayed does not seem to have a strong impact towards the viewers as the angles portrayed are on the same frame. Thus, this makes the whole series to appear” flat” and have a lack of cinematic appeal towards the viewers. Viewers are unable to draw themselves towards each scene of the characters and they could not feel the comedic effect happening in each scene.
Visual Comedy and reference artist/director
Edgar Wright, a director and master of films that mostly deal with visual comedy including “Spaced”, “Hot Fuzz,” and “Scoot Pilgrim vs. The World.” He seem to have played a lot with the camera angles and how each scene or character should be framed in each scene. He has also played with the transitions of scenes that involves on how the character enters or leaves the scene. The comedic effect does not just come with how he played with the camera angles but also the expression of the characters that could help enhance the scene to become even more funny. The use of visual comedy acts as a support for the scene but it also plays a significant role in bringing out the sense of humor in the scene and the characters.
For example, in this video from the movie “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” there is a lot of exploration in visual comedy. From 4:12 to 4:19, Wright played with the transitions of the characters in this case of Scott, he is leaving the scene, however, he only left when the other character said that he had left. Furthermore, the act of showing Scott leaving by jumping out of the window shows a more comedic effect instead of just showing him running away and hiding which may seem very boring and predictable, making it less interesting to watch.
Wright has also played with the sound from 5:23 to 5:36. When Scott was preparing to go into the battle, the music started off as tense from 5:23 to 5:31, then it stopped as Scott was tying his shoelaces from 5:32 to 5:36. The silence brings out the sense of comedy because of the irony from how he was supposed to be very tough and getting ready for the battle to a more careful and delicate person when tying his shoelace. This sound is also influenced in my video as when Anna talks about how she thinks she is very good and contributes a lot to the company, there seem to be angels that surround her and have voices that echoes around her depicting her as a “goddess.” However, it stopped when she started to demand for a pay. This act of silence was to bring out a comedic effect as there is a sense of irony being played in that scene from a very “holistic” person to a very demanding employee who is very greedy as she asks for a pay raise.
In terms of camera angles, Wright has used quite a lot of dramatic close ups of the characters. This makes the scene much funnier as in combination with the expression of the characters and how they are viewed as very close, allows the audience to focus their attention towards the characters’ expression and the comedic effect in the scene. For example, from 4:27 to 4:35, the camera seem to be zooming in towards the lady who is charging towards Scott and making us as viewers to feel that she is also charging towards us. Then, from 4:35 to 4:36, he revealed how the character looks like by zooming in to her face and the words she said has reflected her facial expression that she is angry but in a less serious manner. Moving on to 4:37 shows Scott’s reaction after he heard what she said, he seem scared as he does not know what she will do to him. The close up on his expression makes the scene more dramatic and enhance it’s sense of humor.
Easy Stroll by Jay Man
Dun Dun Dun Brass Music Sound Clip from Orange Free Sound
Curious Funny Comedy Music by The Crazy Venezolano Soundtrack
Gulping sound by Audrelia
Hallelujah Sound Clip from Orange Free Sound
For the sounds, I was thinking more of a light-heart and cheery tone in order to express the comedic type of genre and feeling in this video. Thus, when I think about the tone I wanted to portray, I would think of old cartoons including Loony Tunes, Dennis the Menace and other old cartoons from the 1990s.
I notice how old cartoons would portray sounds that could create an impact between the character and the objects. For example, the sound of falling down the stairs and the act of slipping across the floor , helps create a certain comedic impact towards the viewers on how such interaction with objects and the emphasis of sound between them can draw their attention and linking it towards the characters in the scene,making the scene appear more funny.
I feel that sound does play a significant role so that audience would know how they should be feeling in that particular scene. Some sounds including non-digetic does play a significant role in my video because my characters do not deal with a,lot of objects and to set the mood of the video, I had to deal with non-digetic sounds that could help liven up the atmosphere in this short film. Although, I could have used Audacity to record my own voice for the gulp because I thought my character’s feeling of being scared could be further emphasized. Audacity has allowed me to learn how the use of ordinary objects can be turned into the ones which we usually hear in the movies just like how the sound of a punch can be the sound of someone stabbing on a cabbage. It is the function of such tools including Reverb, Equalization that makes the sound changes and lead us into the illusion that that could be the sound heard in the movie when it is actually something else.
However, it is not just the sounds that contribute towards the story, it is also the how the characters portray themselves and match along with the sound in the background, bringing out the impact towards the viewers.
One moving image which I found really interesting would be “ Story of the Time Where Gods were Everywhere.” This work is done digitally but there also appear to be some calligraphy designs added into the work. The calligraphy designs are most probably the hieroglyphic characters. These characters would have the viewers to be curious and touch then do they could turn into elements such as rain, wind, trees and mountains.
What I like about this work is how interactive it is as viewers can touch it and they can create their own story. They are able to see the story evolve into their own which is expanding our own creativity.
This interaction is also most probably the artist’s intention to tell viewers that new visual worlds in nature are constantly being created by us, humans.
Another work that featured a moving image is the Universal of Water Particles.
I find it very interesting and impressive on how the artist managed to render this whole work digitally to give the impression that the waterfall looks real.
The artist strictly followed according to the law of physics to create the lines in the waterfall. So, it is the movement of the lines that actually gives viewers the impression the waterfall is coming towards them as the waterfall seems to be portruding outwards and towards the viewers.
I am thinking that the artists’s purpose of using digital as their medium is because of the need for movement in their works. Without movement, the viewers may think the work is just a still life image. However, with movements being added, it helps with the effect of being more realistic as it is coming towards the viewers.
When I first talked to my partner, I mostly asked her questions related to her major which is film. However, the answers which I received from her had words that were too general and not concrete enough. Those words were mainly movie titles. Thus, with those movie titles, I had to research on the plots of the movies in order to create a gift for my partner.
As a result, I managed to think about a gift that is a house made of ice cream sticks. The reason why I wanted to use ice cream sticks was because I based on the theme of family relationships which was the gene of the four movies I was given. The process of building the house using the sticks is very difficult and it takes time to build a steady and strong family relationship. Also, ice cream sticks are stable and strong and it matches the family values which I talked about.
However, after having talked to Peter, I realised that I was creating a gift that did not represent my partner but the movies that my partner likes. Furthermore, if I were to keep looking at my interview with my partner, I could not find any concrete words suitable enough to make a gift.
Thus, I had to ask my partner again. I asked which country would she like to travel, is she an outdoor person or indoor person and what she likes. So, my partner is an outdoor person and when she is outdoors, she would play sports and she was in Volleyball. She likes to go to LA, New York and London and she likes makeup. She also likes pop rap music.
About the product
With those ideas, I managed to combine them together with my previous idea of a house into makeup kit that is in a design of a house. The reason why there is only one door for a house is because of how I needed the space to emphasise on the lyrics of her Favourite Pop rap Singers. It is also to not make the whole product look plain.
My partner likes to go to LA, New York and London because she likes how the youths express themselves freely. With that idea, I would create the house in a more street style manner and having the lyrics of her Favourite rappers in a more graffiti manner. Furthermore, the crooked style of the house design makes it even more emphasised that it is a more street style. The house can also act as a lid as it is made of wires which I find easy to work with as I can bend them easily and make it into a design of the Volleyball.
The makeup kit may look as if it is an empty box because it is not nicely designed. However, this is because I want to emphasise on the personality of my partner who likes to go to all of the countries that have more street arts as the youths have this sense of freedom to express themselves. Inside the kit, I did not put in any sections. This is due to the lid having designed as a Volleyball, the three lines can act as the sections to what she can put so she can have a more Organised kit.
Overall, I feel that this project helps me to create a much better impression on my partner. Although I was in the same class her for last semester, I did not really talk to her that much. Thus, throughout the entire conversation with her, I was able to have a change of impression of her that used to be fierce and goth like to a more sporty and artsy type of girl.
As for the structure, I was leaning towards the idea of something that is very useful and convenient for my partner to carry. Although it may not be aesthetically pleasing as to how a make up tool should look like, it suits her personality of being a street art type of person.
When I first read the brief to draft out the profile for the characters, I thought that I could change the characters. However, after receiving Ruyi’s advice that I was just supposed to do an analysis of the characters and make it into a dialogue for my film, I have decided that I could change my characters so that it could be made easier for me to put some of the characters in the film and it is also easier for me to create a story. Thus, here are my fifteen characters.
Career: Magizoologist, meaning that he rescues and protects magical creatures around the world. He also finds and documents the creatures he finds in his journey.
Goal: To educate and bring awareness to the wizard world about why they are important and why they need to be protected.
Personality: In the movie, he feels like a bit of an outsider, as he behaves in an awkward manner and is only comfortable with his fellow creatures.
Background: He was a student from Hogwarts, England but was expelled because he endangered a human life with a beast.
Hermione Granger, Harry Potter movie series
Career: A full powered wizard and student at the school of Hogwarts.
Goal: One of her consistent goals throughout the movies was that she emphasised the meaning of friendship between her two other friends, Harry and Ron as she protects them and saves them from any trouble. For example, in one of the movies, she helps Harry to travel across the country using Dumbledor’s book, and got captured and tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange and being saved by the sacrifice of Dobby, a house elf whom she met.
Personality: An intelligent girl she is, she is always very eager to learn in class and thus, she would always be one of the most outstanding students in the school of Hogwarts. She does this so that she knew many would care less for her identity of being born in a Muggle family. She can be very cool and calm when it comes to solving any problem that she, Harry and Ron meet. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, she has helped prepare the Mission to search for the Hallows and Horcruxes which were pieces of Voldemort’s soul that must be destroyed before he can truly die. Thus, she had to wipe of the memory of her parents and sent them off to Australia before Voldermort’s souls could attack them and the whole world. She also planned to travel with Harry across the country to capture Voldermort’s souls.
Background: Hermione was born from a Muggle family, meaning that her parents are non-wizards. However, with her strong passion for learning, she was able to posses and master some magical abilities of a wizard and thus, she was chosen to attend the Hogwarts school.
Elle Woods, Legally Blonde
Career: A senior student majoring in fashion merchandise in University of California but transferred to Harvard Law School to study law thinking that she could win her boyfriend back.
Goal: In the first half of the movie, I could see that Elle’s goal was to win her boyfriend back as her boyfriend broke up with her because his parents and himself wanted someone who is more serious. Thus, thinking that being a serious person would mean being a lawyer, Elle took the LSAT test and managed to enter into Harvard Law School. However, in the second half, I could see that Elle’s goal was just trying to prove herself that she is not just a typical blonde who is just only known for her good looks. She wants to prove to everyone in Harvard, especially her boyfriend that she is someone who has more value and someone who can be a lawyer in charge of a sensational murder trial.
Background: Elle came from a rich family background and a well to do family.
Career: A high school student who has moved to California house, which is the home of Dehlia Draycott, a murdered movie star. Thus, this also makes her a teen detective at the same time.
Goals: To help solve unsolved mysteries that includes the case of a murdered movie star, Dehlia Draycott as she feels that she is able to fit in as a detective instead of being a student even though she is being told by her father to be as normal as possible by just concentrating on high school.
Personality: Nancy has always been very persistent and she has this desire to know the truth as she keeps looking for more clues.No matter how difficult the case gets and she is still very persistent in being a detective just so she could help solve an unsolved mystery or crime in California.
Background: Nancy stays with her widowed father and she accompanied him on his business trip to California. She also studied there as her father is doing his business at the same time. Nancy has also solved quite a few long and unsolved mystery cases and thus she purposely chose to live in the California house where the movie star was murdered.
Career: A princess and a younger sister to Queen Elsa in the royal kingdom of Aerandalle.
Goal: After her memory was being wiped by the trolls when she was much younger, Anna could not seem to remember that her older sister, Elsa actually had ice powers. Thus, throughout the movie, Anna’s main goal was to find out the reason behind Elsa hiding her powers and locking herself away from her. She also wants to get back the very close relationship which they had when they were much younger and thus, she wanted to find evry opportunity she could to talk to her.
Personality: Anna is very determined when she wants to find out more about Elsa’s secret powers even though Elsa told her to stay away, she insisted on talking to her even more so that she could help. Anna is also very feisty, meaning that she is bold and courageous as she was willing to go on this journey to find Elsa even though it could be dangerous as Elsa could not control her powers and she may harm her. Anna is also very loyal to Elsa as a sister as she treasures the fun times both of them had when they were much younger and she still wanted to make it up for her even though Elsa did not want to.
Background:Anna comes from a rich and royalty background in Aerandalle but both of her parents passed away when they were younger and thus she was left alone with her sister Elsa. However, all what Elsa could do was to lock herself away from Anna and making Anna even more lonely .
Career: Amercian pop and rock singer and songwrtiter.
Goal: I feel that Demi does make a statement in speaking up for people who felt they had been bullied or having low esteem especially when they suffered from anorexia. This is because Demi was ever in the same situation as them and thus, she wanted to write a song that could send this message of being confident to those group of people.
Personality: Demi may look very confident and she also has a wild side when looking at her music videos in the recent years that would always have her partying. However, she also reveals a soft side of herself when she said that she still wants to be a good role model for teenagers.
Background: Demi was born and raised in Texas to engineer and musician Patrick Martin Lovato and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, Diana De La Garza. However, both parents divorced after her second birthday , her father moved back to New Mexico while she continued to stay with her mother who remarried and gave birth to a new sister. Demi was also being bullied when she was in high school so much so that she requested to be home schooled and managed to receive a high school diploma in 2009. She then becme an anti bullying spokesperson for an anti bullying organisation called PACER.
Career: American day time television talk show host
Goal: I feel that Ellen is fighting for the homosexualities as she is a homosexual herself as she feels that homosexualities should be given a chance to outshine themselves in the movies. She also fights for freedom and equality as she strongly supported President Barrack Obama to be the President of America who was also the first black person to be an American President. She was also then awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civillian award , by President Obama in a live televised series at the White House.
Personality:Freedom is the key to Ellen’s personality as she loves to travel alot and to meet new people around the world. She loves to explore new hobbies for herself so she would not be limited to just one area. Ellen also has a way with her words to make some funny and witty comments in her show whenever she comments about social issues around the world or teasing the celebrities during their interview with her. She is also very generous and giving as she would always help out the unfortunate people by inviting them to her show and learning about their stories, then giving them some cashor cheque or helping them to fulfill any of their wishes.
Background: Ellen was raised as a Christian Scientist at first until her parents divorced and her mother remarried which made them changed their beliefs. After completing her first years of high school in Louisiana , she moved back to New Orleans where she majored in communication studies but dropped out after one semester so she could work for her cousin in a law firm by doing clerical work. She also tried a variety of jobs but none of which would compare her job as an emcee at Clydes Comedy Club and that slowly made her way up to be in the comedy scene as she made her first appearance in The Tonight Show With Jimmy Carson in 1986. She then also started her own television series in 1997 called These Friends Are Mine but the ratings were declining back then and was cancelled. In 2003, she started her own daytime talk show which has proven to be a criticical hit.
Career: A secretary of state in the United States(US), senator from New York , a practicing lawyer and an activist.
Goal: I feel that Hillary is very committed to public service and fighting for others especially for those unfortunate children and families. She wishes to be a change maker for the world and to make the world a better place as she was once a secretary of state in President Obama’s wing that is the Democrats, meaning they are more giving and someone who believes in social and political equality.
Personality: Hillary is someone who is driven with passion and ambition to change the world and making the world to become a better place. She does this by becoming an activist and helping the unfortunate around the world including helping the people in the rural areas of America to expand their small businesses by providing tech support and training programs so they are able to expand their businesses into New York .
Background: Hillary was born into a stable and middle class family. She attended public school including West College where she became more involved with social justice. Before college, she attended one of Martin Luther King Jr’s speech when she was on her way to Chicago with her youth ministry which soarked her attention to social justice. After college, she attended Yale Law School where she met and dated Bill Clinton, but did not become a lawyer after she graduated from there instead she became a volunteer for the Children’s Defense Fund. Thus, this committment to public service and social justice has stayed within her till today when she is in the political scene serving as the first lady with Bill Clinton and the secretary of state after President Obama’s winning of the Presidential Election in 2008.
Career: Theatre actress and film actress
Goal: Audrey’s goal in life is to commit her life with grace and dedication. She appreciates the limelight that she has as she also shares a passion for her job and enjoys what she is doing. Furthermore, as a foreigner who entered into Hollywood during the 1950s, many of her people that is the Romans actually do see it as a great opportunity for them to become famous and to make a name for themselves in the big screen in Hollywood. She also deciates her life of being a humanitarian by being a UNICEF goodwill ambassador during her later years as a celebrity.
Personality: She seems like a sophisticated and elegant lady who treats herself with grace and does not behave like a celebrity. For example, she doe snot get caught off guard with the papparazzis, instead they maintain a certain type of friendship during the period of the 1940s to 1950s. She gave exclusive shots to the papparazzis in exchange for the flattering shots they have taken. She is also very appreciating about the life she has as a celebrity and she decides to give back to the society when she goes to Africa by being a UNICEF goodwill ambassador as she understands the type of lives they are leading can also be tough just like her childhood.
Background: Audrey was born in Belgium, 1929. A native of Brussels, she spent most of her years studying in England at a boarding school. After the Nazis invaded the country, she and her mother suffered from hunger and survived by eating turnips and boiled tulip bulbs. After the war, she was saved by the newly formed United Nations. It was also then she managed to achieve her goal by studying ballet and becoming a ballerina. She made a few stage debuts as she studied ballet in Britain. At the same year, she was introduced to a few minor roles in films such as One Wild Oat (1951) and then was introduced to the Hollywood industry.
Career: American film actress
Goal: Hope and creativity are both very important to her in life and thus she just hopes that people with big hopes and creativity would not be stopped in their life nd they should not give up.
Personality: A very ambitious lady who sees herself becoming a great actress in the entertainment scene when she was just 15 years old. She can also be very witty and knowledgeable as she came out with some jokes when she performed live on her appearance in Saturday Night Live in 2010 and 2011. She is a very private person but someone who treasures true friendship even though she does not share about her friendship in public, this shows how loyal she is and how protectove she is of her own personal life.
Background: At the age of 15, she already planned to become an actress as she managed to convinced her parents to move to California so she could audition for a film role through a Powerpoint presentation. Thus, she managed to drop put of high school and went to Los Angeles to audition for a film role.
People I know
Career: Self employed estate agent
Goal: To provide the best for his familiy and hope to see his children appreciating what he has done for them in the future as they grow up .
Personality: He can be hot tempered in the past but for now, it is not as worse as sompared to the past. He is someone who is also devoted to his family as he cares for his children but when communicating to me and my brothers, I could see he is putting in an effort but he sometimes does not know how to express himself.
Background: He grew up in a kampong and is very close to his parents and siblings. During his school days, he can be very talkative and he managed to make a few friends whom he still sees and keep in touch with till today.
Career: Self employed part time tutor
Goals: She also hopes that her children would appreciate what she has done for them when she grows up and she also hopes that we would treat her better when she grows older.
Personality: Whenever she is working, she can be too focused on her work such that she would not pay attention to us when we are talking to her. However, when she is not working and her mind is not overloaded with work, she is able to provide some good advice about the difficulties I faced in school or on my moral life.
Background: Unlike my father, she grew up in a city area with her family . She can be quiet in school and thus she was ever bullied but she also had a few friends that could help talk to her.
My college friend, Hui Geok
Career: A full time student in UNISIM.
Goal: She once told me that she would want to become an independent lady living away from her parents she feels she is able to support herself. However, she also wants to support her mother and provide the best for her mother by reducing her financial burden as she is working and paying for her own bills.
Personality: Hui Geok is very independent and she has a mature mindset because of the way she thinks to help reduce her mother’s financial burden knowing that her mother is not doing well financially in her job. Furthermore, she does not want to depend too much on her mother and thus she would be taking up a part time job to earn some income for herself.
Background: Her parents do not really share a close relationship ever since they got married as her father did not do well in his business and is always depending on hui geok’s mother for finance to operate the business. Hui Geok thus does not share a good relationship with her faher because of the harsh way he used to treat her when she was much younger which she finds unreasonable but cares for her mother and her siblings.
My primary school friend, Li Qing
Career: A student in UNISIM.
Goal : To be more involved in the arts scene in Singapore when she grows up or an animator as she is very interested in animation.
Personality: Li Qing can be a very fiercely private person as she does not share certain things such as her grades or about her family to her friends. However, she still does treasure true friendship as she would put in an effort for me and my other primary school friend to go out every once a year. She can also be very quiet as we do not talk much during our outings.
Background: As a student studying business in UNISIM, it may not something that she is trying to pursue. Her family is more practical and thus strongly insisted her to study something more practical. However, she is still pursuing her interest of animation in a cca in her school which she enjoys.
My Older Brother
Career: A last year student at SMU university, studying law
Personality: He is very knowledgeable in his own ways as he is exposed to news which also makes his way of thinking to be very logical. He would also be a filial son at times when he puts in an effort to plan the itenary for me and my younger brother, with my parents when we were at Hong Kong to visit him. He can also be very calculative and organised when keeping track of his spendings.
Background: My family has raised him to be more independent and to be more talented in his own ways by sending him to piano lessons and drama classes. However, he only managed to apply the attitude of being independent throughout his life as he could go overseas trip by himself.
My 3 characters
After looking through the characters, I realsied that I was more interested in having characters who are mostly based on science fiction, strongly passionate and determined, very devoted to their jobs. However, I thought that I was drawn to the characters from the fiction category where there are science fiction characters. I also think that they have particular aspects which I like about them and admire about them that makes them so unique in the film. By looking at the categories of my characters under the fiction section, I realised that I could pick these three characters that could possibly be in my film to make a fantasy and mystery type of film. Listed below are my three characters and why I have chosen them or admire them.
Reason: Newt is someone who is awkward as he feels like an outsider wheneever he is with other people and even with his witches. However, whenever he is with his creatures, he feels more comfortable. I feel that this shows a unique side of him as a normal person would not be talking to such creatures and he can also feel awkward with his fellow witches and wizards. However, what makes me admire him is his compassion and his care for his creatures as he wants to educate the wizard world about the creatures and his strive to protect them to keep them safe from the putside world shows how devoted he is towards his creatures.
What is admiring about Hermione is her cool and calm attitude whenever she is planning a mission that she is about to embark with her friends Harry and Ron such as the movie in The Deathly Hallows. Also, despite her being born as a Muggle wizard, she strives to prove herself that she can become a wizard no matter what her background is.
Her desire for the truth and her persistence is what strikes my attention and her attitude in the movie is what makes me to want to become a detective like her. She is one who never gives up when it comes to solving to any mysteries and would always take risks if she had to do so to obtain any clues for the mystery.
My 2 characters
With the film genre being thought as something more science fiction and mystery, I actually thought of having Nancy Drew to be with either Hermione or Newt. However, Hermione can be very logical and ,ay seem too much of a perfectionist and she does not seem to have anything to hide for Nancy to solve a mystery. Thus, I have decided to put Newt to be paired up with Nancy instead. In conclusion, my two characters would be Newt Scamander and Nancy Drew.
Please click on this link below that says script-1 to see the script.
Labrador Park would seem to be a good location for my story because it has many places with many tunnels which helps to fulfil the idea of having a certain mystery element in the story.
Artist Reference for characters designs
My artist reference is an artist whom I found on this website called flickr. Her name is Palaleez. She designs characters which appears to look simple, illustrative and also cute. She would also portray her characters according to the emotions that they are having. For example, the last image would be a lonely character while the image above it, which is the third image would show the character to be more excited and surprised. She would also portray her characters to be seen in her own everyday life and how she would feel or react to the situation. For example, the first one is when she portray herself of getting ready to go the beach and the colour of her shirt is more orange yellow to show that she is going to somewhere sunny and bright which is the beach. By noticing the background she uses, it is mostly put in a less intense tone but it is the colour of the background that helps portray the emotions her charcaters are going through. For example, the second one is a brighter background to show her in a good mood while the last one is a grey background to show her in a lonely and dull type of mood.
Thus, for the designing of my characters, I would follow her style of having characters which are mostly kid friendly, cute and illustrative. I also wanted to portray myself to be less sombre and in a more light hearted, lively way. Furthermore, it is also a way to remind myself of how I could be more positive instead of being sad and negative most of the time. Even though some of my emotions that I portrayed in my final work are lonely and boring, I would portray the characters in a more positive way by having my characters designed to look kid friendly and illustrative with the background in a more lighter tone instead of putting the background to be very intense. The background would also have various types of colours to portray the mood for my character. For example, I could use a duller colour for my negative emotions including boring and lonely and a brighter colour for my adventurous and indecisive characters.
As for the settings, I thought I could have my settings to be in a more fantasy and dreamlike for one of my character that is adventurous. To me, when I portrayed myself as adventurous, I thought I could discover something new and thus, I would put myself into somewhere that is very new and has never existed before. Thus, the idea of a magical forest came into my mind.
This Hungarian artist, Atryl is a professional in digital art and creates works that are mostly full of fantasy. By following his colour scheme of purple, pink and dark blue, I am able to set the dreamlike and fantasy mood of painting for my adventurous character.
Another artist is Kim Min Ji who is a Korean illustrator who uses watercolour for many of his own versions of other childrens’ books including Wizards of Oz (third picture) and The Little Prince (fourth picture). He also has chosen to use pink and purple to create a whole dreamlike and fantasy image and adventure that his characters are embarking on. I am inspired by the way he uses watercolour which seems to be very controlled on the amount of water he uses so that his images would look brighter and viewers could see the details easily. The using of watercolour also helps to create a more childlike illustration because of how watercolours were not meant to look dark and they are more appealing towards the children’s eyes because of how such bright colours can create a les intense mood for the children. As a result, I would be choosing the emedium of watercolour for my final work and it would be a children illustration type of work.
I was looking for a more cosy setting for my cafe and thus the third image would have the layout of a cosy setting and it is also a more obvious depiction that this is a cafe. I would also want to depict my cafe to be more bright and vibrant so that it will be aligned with the character that I want to portray as indecisive and this charcater is not really sombre or boring. Thus, for the colours, I would intend to make my cafe look mored and yellow but also keep the building to be in a warm colour range so that the whole cafe could be seen as not only cosy but it is also very welcoming to the viewers.
From the picture’s composition, I could actually see there is an odd one out in the whole image. The way I depicted loneliness would be a character who has no friends and is isolated away from everyone. Thus, this is the research image which I have found on how lonely people could be isolated from everyone. Furthermore, the student in the corner has a grey table while the other students are in colour which could strongly support my composition on the idea of loneliness.
For the settings, I have decided to go with something that is more dynamic and in space to give the setting,Arts, Design and Media School a more fictional space. Thus, when I thought of the school, I would think of something dynamic like a rocket in space. However, instead of portraying the rocket as a rocket, I have searched for different ways to portray the rocket in the most creative ways possible. As a result, I have found most rockets are portrayed creatively in terms of using pencil and light bulb.
The result for my adventurous character in the magical forest would be to discover something new. For the part of dicovering something new. I do not want to make it too ordinary or something very simple such as discovering a treasure box of gold or discovering an unknown island in the forest. I would want the result to be more exciting and related to my theme of fantasy. Thus, I added in the fantasy creatures. Furthermore, magical creatures are something that does not exist in real life and I wanted my magical forest to be something that is more fictional.
I have tried searching on how magical creatures would look like and managed to find one artist who could do such character designs. His name is Piper Thibodeau from Canada. He is a freelance character designer and he creates amazing, whimsical and dreamlike creatures in his own art book called ‘Daily Paintings’.
I was inspired by how creative and original his creatures could be as one could tell that those charcaters are of his own creations and it is not something that exist in real life. Thus, by looking at how he portrayed his characters to be very dreamlike and fantasy, I would try to include some parts of his creatures as part of my creation but I would also add on to his creations by looking at all of his creatures first then I would examine his style of creation, after which I would make my own characters by following his style.