I tend to narrow my theme on self-image and this project is no exception!
A doll in a dollhouse is always associated with perfection. Her outer appearance, immutable set of personality and traits including femininity, bubbly, narcissistic, and being a Polyanna. I value individuality because it is what characterised one into an unique human being and not some idealised, mass-produced products. However, it seems like society’s perception of beauty has changed under all sorts of false advertising and celebrity glamorisation, drawing parallel between modern women and those dolls.
HOW DO I DEPICT A REALITY THAT DIFFERS FROM THE DOLLHOUSE?
Getting inspirations from Dollhouse, a music by Melanie Martinez and the movie, Annabelle.
Roughly drafted out the possible settings and events I might encounter at the Dollhouse.
Translated LO-FI storyboard into actual photos. Added / modified / edited frames in preparation for the final video.
Sound track progress 1:
“BEHIND THE SCENES”
Storyboards – general direction/ scenes
Photoshoot – get raw images
Photoshop – get edited images
Lightroom – increasing saturation of red to build up tension and climax.
Premiere pro – putting images into a continuous video
Recording – get raw sound clips
Download sound clips – background music
Editing/ inserting/ combining – sync sound clips with video
“sCENES WITH REFERENCE TO STORYBOARD.”
scene 1: sleeping
scene 2: entering doll house
scene 3: wonderful place
scene 4: perfection
scene 5&6: eating
scene 7: fat
scene 9: modification
scene 10: whiteout
scene: love myself
“Food, more, more, more!”
“I’m ugly, fat, worthless.” (male)
“I’m not pretty, not perfect, I don’t belong here.” (female)
Distorted version – from another dimension
“Delusion, wonderful, desire, perfection.”
Screaming – peak of horror
Whispering – imitating sleep paralysis
Panting – woke up
Heartbeat – buffer screaming, waking up
Door opening – foretelling something bad is going to happen
Distorted low sanity background music – buffer screaming
Carousel – wonderful, magical
Background music – overall ambience
“final 1-minute video”
“LessonS learnt & stuffs to improve on”
Hands on at the technical aspects like Lightroom, Premiere pro, photoshop, audacity. Definitely useful for future projects! Virgin try at manipulating sounds with images, interesting experience!
I could make the transitions smoother by inserting more intermediate frames or transitioning sound clips. Perhaps drag certain sound clips longer to extend the effect it exerts on the audience. Thanks for all the valuable feedback.
Brain can show signs of decay to further emphasize the negative health effects
Lip is an under representation of lust
Incorporated gestalt and many design principles into the composition
Black and white graphics make the subject more pronounced
2 compositions for each quote.
Silk screen & 1st composition:
“What’s in the Fucking box?”
It is an open-ended question quote. The word “fucking” conveyed negative connotation, hence my image can depict something unpleasant. Fridge was the first thing that came across my mind when I saw “box”, and if anything unpleasant, it must be the mold. I was inspired by Susuwatari from Spirited Away and Totoro.
I did Silkscreening and realized the image is quite messy, populated with overwhelming amount of Susuwatari. Details on the food items wasn’t clear. Image lacks focal point, and the background frame on grey scale didn’t turn out too well.
I decrease the number of food items and Susuwatari in Composition V1.1 to tidy up. I added in more “species” that also varied in size to give a focal point and make the image more interactive. Susuwatari is arranged in golden ratio spiral, further emphasizing the focal point and provide a directional guide to the eyes.
First try was too dark. For the second try I decreased my strength, but it turn out too light… T^T I wasted 2 sides but by third time I was better at controlling my strength. I was satisfied because the image got translated onto the tote bag quite well. The details were clear and the amount of ink applied was adequate as well.
“What’s in the Fucking box?”
I kept thinking about a head in the box but Miss Ho said we shouldn’t be too literate because the image need to depict our own interpretation, and that “box” can be anything. I drew inspiration from her words and wanted my image to depict freedom of thoughts. I adopted a cosmic theme, the universe is infinite, just like our thoughts.
I added key hole to symbolize “open-mindedness” and to be the focal point. Wings from her eyes illustrates the idea that we should move away from what we see, which is the movie, hence less literate. It’s in contrasting colors to direct attention to the key hole, and more appealing to look at. Cosmic theme was maintained throughout, but instead of a 3×3 arrangement, I place them in golden ratio spiral to create a sense of direction. One of the planets is at the foreground to create depth, because it seems like the planets are not just moving in X,Y axis, but also along the Z axis. I removed the hand and the halo because they caused a sense of unbalance, and by elimination, the cosmic theme became clearer.
“WHy is the rum gone?”
It’s yet another open-ended question quote. “Gone” means rum is consumed. Hence my ideology is based on alcohol over-consumption. For this composition, I want to depict that over-consumption will cause one to spill words out of the mouth from their heart, without filtering them. It’s illustrated by the gramophone on the heart. Tentacles symbolized alcohol because it’s the brand image for a famous rum brand, Kraken. The intense coiling creates a sense of discomfort and suggest that alcohol is difficult to get rid of, in other words, addictive.
I shifted the gramophone to the right because there is more space. I needed something at the bottom right to balance the image so I added some tentacles, and another layer below the heart to emphasize on coiling. I incorporated more interactions between the heart and the tentacles so they look integrated and drew more veins on the heart to make details clearer after threshold.
“WHy is the rum gone?”
Alcohol over-consumption imposes negative impacts on heath, especially on the brain which in turn also affects our mental health because it arouses lust. I was inspired by my classmate’s presentation on Gestalt and decided to incorporate it into my composition.
Variation in thickness of the lines, together with negative spaces, creates a illusion of skulls. I duplicated the skull on both sides to balance the image so it does not look heavy on the right side. Brains on the left breaks the symmetry and enhances visual interest. The focal point would be on the lips which symbolize women. With both skulls staring down at it, the image further emphasize on lust. The repetition of wine glasses signify over consumption, and brings depth to the image because now there are lines that run across and towards. The wine glass is also a play on gestalt because it’s just curved lines assemble to form a recognizable object.
Translating image onto silkscreen require precision and careful manipulation
Moving away from literal interpretation of quotes proved to be a common challenge because the scenes in the movie is ingrained in us
Balancing details and clarity at the same time requires delicate planning
Value feedback and embrace differing opinions
Banksy is an anonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director of unverified identity. Their satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. Banksy’s works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Banksy says that they were inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of the English musical group Massive Attack.
I admire Banksy’s work because they condense societal/ political issues into simple visual representations, yet able to effectively convey his concern to the mass. The fact that he remain anonymous and unidentified, show his disdain towards fame and commercializing art.