Here are the movie quotes, synopsis, as well as the dialogue leading up to the quote. The quotes are in bold. (Quote breakdown — keywords and ideas associated with them are also included).
I have also placed the design drafts under each movie section.
Bill Marks, a former cop dealing with his daughter’s death by drinking, is now a federal air marshal. While on a flight from New York to London, Mark gets a text telling him that unless 150 million dollars is transferred to an offshore account, someone will die every 20 minutes.
Jen: Are you asking me if I saw someone else go in, or if I killed the captain?
Bill: did you see someone else?
Bill: Then that’s the question.
Jen: You’re a dick.
(Bill starts to suspect Jen, talking about how she possibly choose the window seat right next to Bill and asked him a personal question. Jen gets exasperated, and says that she was the only one who stood by him the entire time; then she starts to share about her heart failure and how she might die anytime. She walks out, and Bill pours her a drink, then apologizes.)
Bill: I hate flying.
Jen: Really? I’ve always kinda liked it. You know, six hours in the same spot. Nobody get to you, nothing to do but just be present.
Bill: There’s no control.
Jen: Control is an illusion. There is no control. Over anything.
- CONTROL — dog leash, steering wheel, controller…
- ILLUSION — mirage, virtual reality, dream…
The controller represents the perception of control. The cord connecting the controller to the heart is broken, suggesting the lack of control. I decided to add in the context of the movie here, in which Jen Summers is unable to control her lifespan, thus the human heart represent Jen’s own heart/life.
KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989)
Kiki, a young witch-in-training, has reached the age of 13. According to tradition, all witches of that age must leave home for one year, so that they can learn how to live on their own. Kiki, along with her talking cat Jiji, fly away to live in the seaside town of Korico. After starting her own delivery service (using her broom as the delivery vehicle), Kiki must learn how to deal with her new life, especially after she loses the power to fly.
Ursula: Magic is like art. I, too, don’t paint very well sometimes.
Kiki: Really? What do you do then?
Ursula: don’t look this way.
(Kiki goes back to her original pose.)
Kiki: Before, I could fly without giving it a thought. Now I can’t even begin to remember how I ever managed to do it.
Ursula: All you can do when it gets like that is struggle. Draw and draw again.
Kiki: But if I really can’t fly…
Ursula: I stop drawing… I take a walk… Look at the scenery… Take a nap… Or even nothing at all. Then all of a sudden I want to draw.
Kiki: Does that really happen?
Ursula: Sure it does! Now, look sideways.
- She became Kiki’s friend after meeting her when Kiki was on her first delivery
- She is an artist, and in this context, she is explaining to Kiki about what artists commonly have — art block.
- STRUGGLE — flail, trying to take control, repeatedly try to do something
- AGAIN — repetition, retry
The swallows represent Kiki, who is struggling to fly again, thus the repetition of movement in the swallows. The feathers represent the struggle, whereby feathers often fall off birds when they take flight. The feathers and the swallows are continuous in a circle which shows repetition and highlights the attempts of “trying and trying again”.
THE LION KING (1994)
A young lion prince is born in Africa, thus making his uncle Scar second-in-line to the throne. Scar plots with his hyenas to kill King Mufasa and Prince Simba, thus making himself King. The King is killed and Simba is led to believe Scar that it was his fault, and so flees the kingdom in shame. After years of exile, he is persuaded to return home to overthrow the ursurper and claim the kingdom as his own, thus completing the ‘Circle of Life’.
Adult Simba: I know what I have to do. But going back means I’ll have to face my past. I’ve been running from it for so long.
[Rafiki hits Simba on the head with his stick]
Adult Simba: Ow! Jeez, what was that for?
Rafiki: It doesn’t matter. It’s in the past.
Adult Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.
[swings his stick again at Simba, who ducks out of the way]
Rafiki: Ha. You see? So what are you going to do?
Adult Simba: First, I’m gonna take your stick.
[Simba snatches Rafiki’s stick and throws it and Rafiki runs to grab it]
Rafiki: No, no, no, no, not the stick! Hey, where you going?
Adult Simba: I’m going back!
Rafiki: Good! Go on! Get out of here!
[Rafiki begins laughing and screeching loudly]
- PAST — time, clock, steps taken, road
- HURT — pain, blood, tears
- RUN — looking away, turning your back, flying away from a predator
- LEARN — avoiding mistakes, education, facing an enemy
The rabbit represents Simba (heir to the throne, thus the crown), who is timid and afraid of facing his past (where he blames himself for his father’s death). The clock shows the essence of time/Simba’s past and how long he has been running from it. The past can hurt, as shown by the blood splatters on the clock. The swords symbolize Simba learning from his past.
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE (2001)
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy celebrating his eleventh birthday, but hs is far from right. A giant named Hagrid appears and gives Harry the all important news — He is a wizard. Now Harry’s journey in life gets more intense as he travels to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to learn the trade of being a wizard.
Dumbledore: It does not do well to dwell on dreams, Harry, and forget to live.
- DREAMS — dreamcatcher, sleep, illusions, mirage
- DWELL — remain, longing, encircling
- FORGET — lose sight of something, emptiness
- LIVE — living things like plant vines, spring
The figure reaching out from the top right hand corner represents Harry, who is staring into the Mirror of Erised. The vines represent the living world/reality in which Harry is in. He is reaching out to his parents, represented by the two fox figures who are together. The fox figures are treading on the ground with graveyards, representing the dead/the underworld. Also, take note that only the figure’s arms are beyond the area of vines — it represents the part of the quote “forgetting to live“.
- dwelling on dreams — Harry longing for his parents (reaching out for them)
- forgetting to live — Harry possibly losing sight of what his actual reality is/the living present
Melbourne based Illustrator & Designer Ken Taylor works primarily within the music industry and is predominantly well known for his striking rock posters. Ken started in Perth Western Australia doing posters and album artwork for local bands. In 2001 He moved to Melbourne and slowly started to create a name for himself within Melbourne’s music scene. In 2006 he went out on his own and started to work full time on music based artwork.
I personally enjoy Ken Taylor’s artworks and they are an inspiration as they include huge amounts of detail, and the layouts, use of space and colors are very striking and pleasing to the eyes.
Bon Iver — Austin, TX
Sigur Ros — North Charleston
Kara Walker is known for creating black-and-white silhouette works that invoke themes of African American racial identity. Her subjects, often scenes of slavery, conflict or violence, are rendered in a style recalling traditional African illustration and folklore of the pre-Civil War United States; the works preserve and draw critical attention to these earlier cultural epochs. Working in collage, Walker cuts out and affixes black or white paper directly to gallery walls, and utilizes light projectors to cast viewers’ own shadows into her silhouetted narratives, creating a deeply engaging experience. Despite the oftentimes sombre nature of her subjects, Walker relies on humor and viewer interaction. “I didn’t want a completely passive viewer,” she has said. “I wanted to make work where the viewer wouldn’t walk away; he would either giggle nervously, get pulled into history, into fiction, into something totally demeaning and possibly very beautiful.”
I am astounded by how impactful Kara Walker’s artworks are — the silhouettes are void of color and facial/bodily details, yet the dynamism of the poses brings the message across very strongly.
Untitled (Tomato Patch Girl)
African/American , 1998
Auntie Walker’s Wall Sampler for Civilians, 2013
Dot Dot Dot is a pseudonym for a mysterious Norwegian stencil artist. Like Banksy and many stencil artists before him, he prefers to remain annonymous, this has as much to do with his long graffiti career as it does with the allure of anonymity.
What we do know is that he was born in Oslo, Norway and first started graffiti in 1997. He has operated under several pseudonyms, but when he successfully shifted to a more conceptual and figuratie style, settled on Dot Dot Dot.
He began focusing on stencil work in 2007 and in the last few years has become regarded as one of the country’s leading street artists.
Similar to Kara Walker, these works of Dotdotdot below are very miminal and just contain silhouettes, but they bring the message across with a huge amount of impact.
Toxic Thinkbell (Yellow)
Weapon of Choice (Black on White)