Looking at newspaper articles and finding an interesting narrative to work with, I found this, based on 4 Australian crickets who were dropped from their test side because they didn’t do their individual presentations. I thought this was an interesting one to look at as it just goes to show that even sports stars forget to do their homework every now and then! I liked the way in which it was told from the coach’s point of view and how he took such a drastic action in cutting them just to show a lesson, in that homework does matter even when your a pro cricketer. Some thought that it was a bit drastic but the coach stuck to his word, saying that this is a line in the sand for the team to become the best. For me to read this story, it made me think that the basis to any good team or discipline whether it be with a school class or a professional cricket team is to start with the small things and show that even though they may not be the most important or effected of events, putting rules and punishing the ones that don’t do it, works and helps the best come out of those who don’t want to perform to their potential.
With my final abstract animation I choose to have the scales and characters in front of the kaleidoscope background. I thought this made it more visually interesting and worked with the confused mystical idea of the folk tale. Although I think this animation shows in a clear way the equality of both the woman and the daughter, I’m not overly happy with it. I think maybe drawing it in 2D or adding in different animations onto the background would have made it better. The kaleidoscope background works well but more animation was needed to give it more of an abstract feel.
These are the character designs that I’m going to use for the abstract animation. I wanted to make then sketchy and have a character to them. Because I know my strength isn’t drawing I didn’t want them to be perfect.
I like the way they both show the persona’s of their personalities by the way they are posed.
Working on my ideas for the abstract animation, I wanted it be clear and simple and show the main conventions of the folk tale. With this in mind, I liked the idea of having a kaleidoscope to represent the confusion and magic in the old woman dressing up and fouling the daughter, then turning her into a owl. The scales would show that they are both equal to each other, and are balancing to and forth. Everyone is equal. There would be slightly high pitched music to influence the confusion, secrecy and magic within the animation. I was thinking of doing it on after effects and this would go well with doing the kaleidoscope effect and would also help with moving the scales and making the movements back and forth.
These articles are very different from the first one’s. These look at how the food industry has been used in a negative way. Kind of like the Bakers Daughter where the daughter is so horrible she makes people not want to come into her bakery. The two situations in these articles have shown how food can be used in a negative way in the industry and be very bad for the people.
Metro Newspaper 2013
Looking through newspapers trying to find my folktale proved harder than I though. This is one of the sections I divided what I found into. For this group of articles I looked at cakes and bakery items and how in reality and in the news it is sometimes shown. Now a days people like to bake their own cakes and are finding new ways of making them into art. Such as these two articles, one making a cake into a leaving letter and the other saying how the bake off has seen a increase in cake baking but a decrease in pastry liking, but Ben Horsley a designer, photographer and creative specialist, turned these sad looking pastries into a reality. It just goes to show people have taken a whole different meaning into the word baking!
This is my Haiku for my folk tale, The Baker’s Daughter.
A hidden lady
A fouled assumptious daughter
A Haiku is a Japanese poetic form, traditionally containing 17 syllables with 3 lines long. The syllables are set out as 5-7-5.
Haiku poets focus on their Haiku’s “Showing” as opposed to “Telling”.
“The Haiku that reveals seventy to eighty percent of it’s subject is good. Those that reveal fifty to sixty percent, we never tire of” Matsuo Basho.
Matsuo Basho was a famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. Recognised as the greatest master of Haiku he made ones such as these;
A Ball of snow
you make the fire
and I’ll show you something wonderful:
a big ball of snow!
A wild sea
A wild sea-
In the distance over Sado
The Milky Way
Looking at the character of the Baker’s Daughter, she’s very ‘stuck-up’ and rude, but I wanted to explore these words and see what other descriptions I could find. So looking up other abbreviations of ‘stuck-up’ this is what I found and here’s and insight into her character;
arrogant, big-headed, cocky, conceited, condescending, egotistic, haughty, high-and-mighty, hoity-toity, nose in the air, ostentatious, patronizing, pompous, pretentious, puffed up, snippy, snooty, snotty, too big for one’s britches, uppity and vain.
But out of these I found that arrogant, pompous and pretentious were the best to describe her!