Day 4 / Creative workshop

Skill sets

Matt (Product Design)

  • Technical possibilities using MotionBuilder, SoftImage ICE, Max
  • Understanding possibilities of interaction
  • Combining MoCap Data with sound manipulation

Darryl (Animation)

  • Animation, Asset development
  • Technical possibilities using MotionBuilder, SoftImage and Maya
  • Storyboarding

Joanna (Fashion)

  • Organisation, making sure we’re covering the brief and on task
  • Image references and research
  • Concept building

Baz (Visual Communication)

  • Mapping of physical space/experience
  • Developing visual style : Refined presentation
  • Concept building



Group discussion

Ideas of Territory and Intrusion

  • Territory: Land, Aboriginal Culture – land as sacred, providing a sense of identity (Joanna), Peace and Serenity.
  • Intrusion: Distortion, Chaos, Tension

After discussing what each of these mean to us the idea of transformation into a new state from these two opposing forces, was something we found important. How does one force effect the other? Matt referred back to the idea of the fresh water and salt water meeting at a point of tension in an estuary and described it as water fighting for territory – which I thought was a very interesting thought. Whereas, Darryl brought up the imagery of a virus forcing and  injecting itself into a cell. With both of these descriptions it brings out the sense of force, intrusion and tension.

We want to focus on one state change – highlight a single moment somehow. However, Chris also mentioned the ideas of territory and intrusion in relation to an estuary is a constant state of change. An environment that is ever-evolving. A lot of our reference images we brought in individually and combined through collage as a group, did explore the ideas of transformation and evolution. A lot of our references images captured fluid lines, soft vibrant colours and soft textures – this could say something in the way we envision estuaries.

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I really enjoyed the black and white reference images brought in by Darryl especially his close ups of the octopus tentacles. It was so close up it looked more like an abstract work than a realistic photograph. It definitely opened me up to the possible forms and visual language we could develop by taking inspiration from the modality, but abstracting it completely into something new.

For me, this quote by Rebecca Solnit from the book ‘The Faraway Nearby’ resonated with my sense of territory.

“In this country you are yourself the terrain, and you are travelling toward or away from mortality”

It’s like although you are the terrain, it’s your territory, but you are constantly in a state of discovery about it. As you go through your everyday, new parts of the terrain reveal itself to you. This could be an interesting starting point for our own narrative for this animation.


Creative mark-making

While we began this creative mark-making exercise, I think we just wanted to experiment with what visuals we could create. Reflecting back on our first iterations, we got hands on, experimented with different ways we could produce visuals with paint, rollers, cardboard and our hands.  In some ways it was effective as it allowed us to step away from the computer screen, and produce some hand generated visuals. However, in terms of concept development and producing a sequence for our visual narrative, it probably derailed us a little. I felt as though we didn’t have a goal (which is not a bad thing), but we just kept playing without the intention of further refining what we were doing each time.

For our second iteration, we aimed at creating more of a sequence. I started off with creating dark swirls using ink and a thick brush, Matt used water and a sponge to exaggerate the lines and darken areas that needed to be more intense, while Joanna and Darryl gave us direction as to what areas of the paper needed more colour, line work or when it was ok to stop. Thinking back on it, it definitely acted as a communication and team building exercise no matter the outcome.

Below are some pictures of the work we produced on the second panorama. I really liked the close up textured brush strokes as well as the vibrant red against the deep black and grey tones. By limiting our colour choices it the tone of the piece already become more refined compared to the chaotic nature of our first experiments.


Chris’ feedback:
Flow and movement – interaction between forces “intelligent membrane” – focus on force, how one thing effects the other – how does the intrusion occur? How does it react with other elements? Does it assimilate? Grow? Destroy? It can be a peaceful/welcomed intrusion which allows elements to grow.





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