Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Transcription: Initial Ideas-Tower of Babel

Idea One:

The idea initially formed from suggestions given to me by 2nd and 3rd year coursemates, Alex and Godwin. Leaning towards the idea of Environment, then towards a futuristic architecture. Other ideas that were spawned from this idea were Steam-Punk architecture from the cowboy-western era

Painting into Digital Set for Film/Game

Painting: Pieter Bruegel the Elder's The Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1563)

Taking this painting, adapting it to a future world and transcribing it into a 3d environment. I checked out Leonard Aitken's Mecha depicting a future metropolis as my inspiration for this idea.

Leonard Aitken's Mecha

After having a chat with Alan, this idea became more concrete. I would need to find the context of that world-what purpose of the future & tech theme specifically are and its roots, for this I'll be checking out Mike Ashley's Out of this world.

Looking more into previous years' transcription projects for inspiration, I checked out Tom Beg's Garden of Earthly Delights, who transcribed a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, entitled The Garden of Earthly Delights:

Putting across a number of ideas, idea two is along the same vein with the Tower of Babel.

Instead of transcribing a painting of the Tower of Babel, I transcribe the short story. This would allow me to have a narrative I can adapt, whilst having total creative freedom.

To summarise, The short story of the Tower of Babel takes place during Genesis.

"The whole world had one language - one common speech for all people. The people of the earth became skilled in construction and decided to build a city with a tower that would reach to heaven. By building the tower they wanted to make a name for themselves and also prevent their city from being scattered.

God came to see their city and the tower they were building. He perceived their intentions, and in His infinite wisdom, He knew this "stairway to heaven" would only lead the people away from God. He noted the powerful force within their unity of purpose. As a result, God confused their language, causing them to speak different languages so they would not understand each other. By doing this, God thwarted their plans. He also scattered the people of the city all over the face of the earth." (Source)

Full Text:
"According to the biblical account, a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar, where they resolved to build a city with a tower "with its top in the heavens...lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the Earth." God came down to see what they did and said: "They are one people and have one language, and nothing will be withholden from them which they purpose to do." So God said, "Come, let us go down and confound their speech." And so God scattered them upon the face of the Earth, and confused their languages, and they left off building the city, which was called Babel "because God there confounded the language of all the Earth."(Genesis 11:5-8)."

Transcription: Project Start

This study unit aims to

A1: Promote critical and creative skills required to transcribe ‘narratives’ from analogue
to digital environments

A2: Consolidate and extend creative challenges that demand independent research and

A3: Refine and enhance conceptual and analytical skill

A4: develop and exploit creatively the synthesis of software packages

A5: develop complex creative methodologies for the production of sophisticated Communication

Learning Outcomes

LO1: Contextual and theoretical understanding of transcription within media contexts

LO2: Ability to develop successfully a communication strategy for a specified context
and audience.

LO3: Develop an independent approach to creative methodology

LO4: Advanced technical proficiency in the creative application and synthesis of
software ware

LO5: Developing ability to explore, define, articulate and independently manage a
project brief,

Task: You are commissioned to create a transcribed piece or work of your choice,
transforming an abstract source into a visual form

The outcome for the project will vary depending upon the type of work chosen, however
the piece should be of an appropriate length (1 – 3 minutes)

Usually I write these at the start of each project just as to go back to constantly or if I believe I am drifting away from the Brief.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Glass Key Studios Presents: The Skeleton Key on Broadway Trailer

Presenting "The Skeleton Key on Broadway" Trailer

Produced and Directed by: Alex Zepherin, Paul Lavey and Ryan Leitao.

Full Synopsis:

The year is 2085, New York’s skyline has changed dramatically. Home to some of the World’s tallest skyscrapers, the glow of lights and advertising billboards can be seen for hundreds of miles. The city’s inhabitants live out their lives high above ground, commuting between buildings via advanced bullet trains and flying cars. The streets below are distant memory of the World today.

Technology has developed to the point where people can download and share memories and experiences directly into their minds. Entertainment is now a digital “experience”; people can virtually interact by plugging their minds into what was once called the internet. Cinema’s, concerts and theatre productions are considered an old pastime. Old Broadway is struggling for business, with only a few traditional plays and theatres still performing.

(Detective character) is a former Cop with a dark history. His wife left him and his daughter years ago when she was still a baby, his world revolved around his work and raising his daughter. Under mysterious circumstances, his daughter disappeared when she was 15 years old. The case was never solved and after 10 years of searching, she was listed as presumed dead. Devastated by his loss, he left the force to start his own Private Detective agency, specializing in “missing person” cases.

One day he is anonymously assigned a new case; to find a woman who writes traditional plays on Old Broadway who has mysteriously disappeared. Usually the detective never works for unidentified clients, but when a large sum of money is transferred to his account, he reluctantly accepts.

Initial research reveals the woman only has records going back a few years. As the detective delves deeper into the case, he discovers she has adopted a pseudonym. Very rare in the security cautious world they live in today. Further research reveals she is the descendant of a pioneering scientist who developed the technology everyone uses for entertainment. He discovers the girl’s family were tragically killed. She was adopted by ____ a high ranking Government official.

As the detective delves deeper into the case, he learns that the woman also worked for the Government and had a unique talent. Her Scientist grandfather implanted her with technology which gave her the ability to unlock people’s memories, thoughts and secrets and manipulate their decisions. The Government and her adopted father immorally used her talents to gain advantage over their enemies, politically, economically and in modern warfare. The woman ultimately found out that she was being used. Worried about the consequences of her actions, she used her ability to adopt a new identity and hide from the Government and pursue an honest life as a writer of plays.

The detective realises the benefits of having this woman’s abilities and the power it would bestow to anyone in control of her. He also believes she maybe the key to discovering the mystery around his own daughter’s disappearance. It dawns on him that her cover has been blown and he has been hired by the Government to bring her back. He carries on regardless. He attends her plays and discovers hidden messages within them, as most of the storylines depicts events that have happened, or are happening in her life. After examining her apartment, he finds the script to one of her last plays in which the female lead kills herself. The detective must race against time to find her as he believes she intends to do the same rather than be forced to return to her former life.

The Art of The Skeleton Key on Broadway Trailer:

The Presentation

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Narrative: Detective Car Final and Turnaround

Narrative: Final Environment Concepts

New New York


Old Broadway / Old New York

Detective Office

Narrative: UI + Fashion Concepts



Future Fashion Concepts

For a number of purposes.

Number 1 is the current Detective & Victim clothing. However I would like to throw some variety into the mix just in case. Furthermore, since we will be having civilians walking around the environment within our trailer. Some ideas on variety for their appearance.

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Optic Tech:

When performing code breaking or manipulation, the victim's optic tech works through sequencing: Sectors of information are unlocked one at a time. The victim's graphical user interface displays this through concentric circles, as the sectors are unlocked the assigned ring for that sector will stop at 90 degrees upward.

Optic Tech:

When performing code breaking or manipulation, the victim's optic tech works through sequencing: Sectors of information are unlocked one at a time. The victim's graphical user interface displays this through concentric circles, as the sectors are unlocked the assigned ring for that sector will stop at 90 degrees upward.


Narrative: Orthographic Views

Detective Office


New New York

Old Broadway

Narrative: Old Broadway Lit + Textured + UV Maps

Narrative: Film and Studio Branding

Film Branding:

Initial Logos

Final Logo

Film Poster:

Film DVD Casing

Studio Business Card

Studio Web Design - Blogger, Facebook, Youtube

Studio FavIcon

Studio Branding
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