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10/10/2012

Anass Moudakir Cinematic Spaces: Online Green light Review. 1. Plot 2. Author Biography. 3. Social and Cultural Context- Influences. 4. Existing Adaptations. 5. Excerpts breakdown. 6. Visual Concept Statement. 7.Visual concept. 8. Specific Influence maps (3). 9. Key Thumbnails. 10. Creative Partnership. 11. Links to Film Reviews and CG Artists Toolkit.

Plot
The Magic shop, H.G Wells, 1903 A boy named Gip and his father visit a magic shop in Regent Street, London and soon things seem to be mysterious and the shopkeeper is most mysterious of all. Gip is excited by all the magic objects while his father gets amused for a short time before he becomes distant when he realises things are between reality and illusion. The Red Room, H.G Wells, 1894 The narrator challenges himself to stay the night in a room located in French Castle called Lorraine that is believed to be haunted. The narrator having announced to a couple of elderly people that he has never seen a ghost before and that he is not afraid of going into the room to sleep. After being warned by the old caretakers of the Castle, he walks in the red room and places candles at various spots and suddenly the candles start to wink out one by one until the darkness reigns the red room making the man loose his confident and calm. Eventually he fell and gets knocked unconscious, he wakes up the next day and tries to recall what happens to announce that the room is not only haunted by ghosts but worst, haunted by black Fear.

Author Biography

Herbert George Wells (21september 1866- 13 August 1946) was an English Author now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He also writes contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing textbooks and rules for war games. He is referred to as the "Father of science fiction". Wells used to express his feelings, romantic interest and political views through drawings and sketches that covered his diary endpapers. Although the obstacles Wells faced during his early life, he developed an interest in a wide range of subjects such as: Biology, Politics and Art and Design.

Social and Cultural Context- Influences


Wells had an influence from scientist Darwin that could be noticed in some his science fiction novels, for instance The Time Machine where it was set in the year 802701 and he mentioned that the human being has evolved into two species, the brutal ad the animal-like. The main influence for his story The Red Room was the Victorian Era, lasting from 1830-1901, a period where dramatic changes happened due to the extension of colonialism through different continents making England a world power and allowing it to advance in different areas such as science, technology, architecture and medicine but most importantly the supernatural life. Furthermore the influence of the archaic period, which could be noticed in his story in which, he used archaic language, which is believed to make the story more enjoyable. Concerning the story The Magic Shop and following a further investigation, Magic and illusion was a form of entertainment in the 20th Century and London was home to many famous magicians who performed in the Egyptian Hall. This appears to be the main influence for Wells about his story The Magic Shop.

Existing Adaptations

Alfred Hitchcock The Magic Shop film is a very good example of Wells Story The Magic Shop adaptation. The film was released in 1964 and is about Tony, a young boy who has been given 15 dollars for his birthday and been taken to a magic shop by his father to spend money. The owner of the shop insists to teach the boy his magic tricks despite the father's disapproval when suddenly the shopkeeper and the boy disappear along with the shop leaving the father shocked. The next day Tony show up as if nothing happened but soon his parents realise he has become skilled in black magic.

Excerpts breakdown
The Magic Shop (1903): 1. "Alluring little objects, magic balls, magic hens, wonderful cones, ventriloquist dolls" 2. " It was a little, narrow shop, not very well lit " The Red Room (1894) scene 1: 1. "The somber reds and blacks of the room troubled, me; even with seven candles the place was merely dim" 2. "The Room was now quite brightly illuminated. There was something very cheery and reassuring in these little streaming flames". The Red Room (1894) scene2: 1." I pushed open the baize-covered door and stood in the corridor. The effect was scarcely what I expected, for the moonlight, coming in by the great window on the grand staircase, picked out everything in vivid black shadow or silvery illumination". 2. "The door to the red room and the steps up to it were in a shadowy corner"

Visual Concept Statement


The Red Room: First piece: I have chosen to focus on the inside of the room, as it is the location where the story takes place and I feel it could be interesting and exciting to create a mix of redness and darkness and illuminated candles in the room. I will consider the main objects and make the audience focus on it by choosing a point of focus, for instance the corner of the room. Second Piece: I want to show the corridor and giving it a shadowy look to the end of it and drawing attention to the red room by using red light coming out of the doorframe. The Magic Shop: I am thinking of making this scene look a bit exaggerated in terms of the colours that will symbolise magic, mystery and deepness such as blue, turquoise, purple and violet.

Visual concept

Specific Influence maps (3) The Magic Shop. The Red Room (1)

The Red Room (2)

Key Thumbnails

Creative Partnership
ME TO LUCY: 1. " i ll be uploading my thumbnails in few minutes" 2. "Lucy, you thumbnail are pretty nice.....do you have an influence map to show your colour scheme and influences in your drawings. 3. "I have just scanned my thumbnails i ve done so far, as well as some photos I have retouched on photoshop to give it a scary look for the Red Room story" 4. "Thumbnails are on, sorry for the delay " 5. "yes I understand what you mean, I will try it out, it will give the atsmophere a kind of a deep look" 6. " ah thank you, i will look at it " 7." Guys, have a look at this website which will definitely help you get inspired for your final pieces lots of great concept artists working in famous studios and amazing work http://conceptartworld.com/ " 8. " Hey Lucy, I really like the variation in your marker tone , for instance Number 22 and I can see a progress from number 1 onwards - http://lucyyelding.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/thumbails-so-far.html#comment-form " LUCY TO ME: 1. "excited to see your drawing style too " 2. "eah Am posting it all together tomorrow. I made them a while ago but I don't have photoshop atm to present them. Downloading the trial now " 3. "what programmes have you guys been using to present your influences?" 4. "Anass get those thumbnails up! hehe" 5. "sweet cant wait" 6. "hey i like how you're experimenting with editing photos really awesome idea I know it's difficult, and I haven't read your books, but you both seem to be stuck on drawing doors? I don't really know what else to suggest, but maybe you can use camera angles and kinda the "lens" on the "camera" to create atmosphere? like almost a fish eye lens sort of drawing, depending on what sort of room you're going to create? as just a room with doors doesn't really say much. D: again i havent read your books and im not actually coming up with anything better" 7. "i wasn't trying to suggest taking away the doors, sorry am not being clear. I was trying to say creating a lens affect to create atmosphere" 8." i can't really think what else to do with doorways lol XD but angle is really something that makes an image (didnt come up with this my self, credit to 2nd years xD" 9. "I know Escher is a very famous artist and you've both probably already looked at him, but just incase https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=10&hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp &biw=1600&bih=809&q=escher&oq=escher&gs_l=img.3..0l10.403.1054.0.1131.6.5.0 .1.1.0.141.458.3j2.5.0...0.0...1ac.1.frwZmTwJlxI he does wacky work with perception and door way /stair case art. And another silly suggestion XD but maybe re-watch the first willy wonka movie? They do some crazy things with the rooms."

ME TO KATY: 1. "i ll be uploading my thumbnails in few minutes" 2. "Katie we have the same book, have you decided about the set for both stories"? 3. "I have just scanned my thumbnails i ve done so far, as well as some photos I have retouched on photoshop to give it a scary look for the Red Room story" 4. " Thumbnails are on, sorry for the delay " 5. "yes Katy, I agree on that point, once I have taken a look at some phil's suggestions such as the 'wunderkammers' I will have more ideas for the set details and use different angles" 6. " Yes, especially the grid" 7." Guys, have a look at this website which will definitely help you get inspired for your final pieces lots of great concept artists working in famous studios and amazing work http://conceptartworld.com/" 8. " Hey Katy, very interesting images on your influence map. Have a look at 'wunderkammers' ( Phil suggested it, it's very helpful .It will help you with the magic shop interior design. I have just realised we have the same stories, can't wait to see more of your development thumbnails. http://katyfosdike1.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/thumbs-01-09.html#comment-form " KATY TO ME: 1. "Ah cool, it'll be good to see how you've interpreted the scenes!" 2. "I've chosen my 3 scenes, 2 from The Red Room and 1 from The Magic Shop... All of them seem to revolve around doors, so. I'm trying to find ways around that" 3. "sweet i have all the images in a folder just need to slap them on the template as soon as the demo downloads" 4." I'm going to draw out loads of thumbnails tomorrow and try be a bit more creative and less restricted with them this time round" 5. " the theatre set concept is a good one as well, the exaggeration in the images is something to include Yeah, I've been trying to work out perspectives etc to see which ones create the best atmosphere" 6. " Using Photoshop Phil's techniques from Friday helped me out a bit.. You could try that? using a horizon line etc?" LUCY TO KATY: 1. "what programmes have you guys been using to present your influences?" 2. " you seem to be stuck on drawing doors? I don't really know what else to suggest, but maybe you can use camera angles and kinda the "lens" on the "camera" to create atmosphere? like almost a fish eye lens sort of drawing, depending on what sort of room you're going to create? as just a room with doors doesn't really say much. D: again i havent read your books and im not actually coming up with anything better" 3. "i wasn't trying to suggest taking away the doors, sorry am not being clear. I was trying to say creating a lens affect to create atmosphere" 4. "i can't really think what else to do with doorways lol XD but angle is really something that makes an image (didnt come up with this my self, credit to 2nd years

xD" 5. "I know Escher is a very famous artist and you've both probably already looked at him, but just incase https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=10&hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp &biw=1600&bih=809&q=escher&oq=escher&gs_l=img.3..0l10.403.1054.0.1131.6.5.0 .1.1.0.141.458.3j2.5.0...0.0...1ac.1.frwZmTwJlxI he does wacky work with perception and door way /stair case art. And another silly suggestion XD but maybe re-watch the first willy wonka movie? They do some crazy things with the rooms." KATY TO LUCY: 1. "I've just been using Photoshop, it's the easiest one to use for that sort of thing" 2. "sweet i have all the images in a folder just need to slap them on the template as soon as the demo downloads" 3. "Most of the extracts focus on the doorways, it's something that has to be included into the images.. its the space around them that we can improve and the effects used to create atmosphere but, that gets a bit difficult sometimes" 4. "Ah okay, I follow.. Yeah, that might be something to take into consideration" 5." I'm going to draw out loads of thumbnails tomorrow and try be a bit more creative and less restricted with them this time round" 6." the theatre set concept is a good one as well, the exaggeration in the images is something to include Yeah, I've been trying to work out perspectives etc to see which ones create the best atmosphere" 7. " Using Photoshop Phil's techniques from Friday helped me out a bit.. You could try that? using a horizon line etc?" 8. "Ah thank you! "

Links to Film Reviews and CG Artists Toolkit


Lifedrawing:
http://a-animator.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Life%20drawing

Film Reviews:
http://a-animator.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Film%20Review

Photoshop:
http://a-animator.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/digital%20painting

Maya:
http://a-animator.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/cg-artists-toolkit-maya-week-2.html

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