Tuesday, 29 September 2009


To explain parody i may have to explain pastiche first. Pastiche is an imitation of a style that has previously been used. It is basically a copy of another artists working methods to produce similar results. A parody on the other hand is a pastiche which is mocking the original piece of work while keeping curtain aspects the same.

Parody is different to a pastiche or homage as it is not copying the work or the style to every detail but it is taking the subject matter then changing it in its own way to appeal to a new audience. It could be seen as breathing life back into a dormant piece.

There are many examples of parodies we
see around us everyday. Parody is typical in contemporary comical films but can be found everywhere. For example below is the poster design for the first Star Wars film to be made called "A New Hope".

A comedy series called "Family Guy" then produced a parody of the film years later (this is also referred to as a spoof film). As well as doing their own version of the film they also parodied the poster design to produce their poster / front cover that you see below. The connections are clear so the audience can make the connection between the two films but see a twist has been made.

As well as this "Family Guy" version another has been produced by [adult swim] which is also along the same lines. It keeps the story and important details the same but just delivers them to the audience in a different manna.

Parodies are very popular with the public nowadays as parody films are being made all the time. Some are regarded as a dedication to the original piece where as some may just take the story and put a new take on it. In film this can be used as a clever technique to attract a wider audience as fans of the original as well as the new version will all join together to see the new piece. Parodies can seem a lot more personal to the audience as they can relate to the original piece giving them the satisfaction when connection the two.

I believe that parodies keep the original works alive as they keep audiences interested rather than letting them forget and move on.
Both pastiche and parody are very similar and can both achieve this same goal. In an ever changing world techniques like these help cement the originals in history.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Lifted, Pixar

This is an awsome short film but pixar!
This is something for you all to enjoy!
I was going to go into depth why i love it soooooooo much but........
im not.

See and judge for yourself!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Robert Rodriguez

After watching a film called Planet Terror by Robert Rodriguez I saw an watched an interview with him and Quentin Tarantino at the Comic Conference. They were there to answer questions and they were advertising their new double of "Grindhouse", which was Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror" and Quentin Tarantino's "Deathproof".

In this interview they both spoke about they're influences for their pieces and what effect they wished to gain. When Robert Rodriguez was asked about influences he mention that he was inspired and wanted to create a piece in a similar style to the old drive-in's and Grindhouse cinemas. Grindhouse is an American term for a cinema that showed exploitation films (often single screen cinemas). These used to show films of a violent and pornographic nature. The films shown at these places were mostly quite a poor standard as the film reels had travelled to and from states all over America. This included dust and scratches on the film as well as colour fading and melting because of the ware and tear they had been through.

He also mentioned how the posters for the films were often the best part and how they really showed them in a good light. This poster design above was created to imitate this style of poster but include these 2 contemporary films. He got the idea from a poster that both him and Quentin Tarantino owned. This was a double feature poster for Roger Corman "Rock All Night" and Edward Cahn's "Drag Strip Girls" shown below.

He maybe continuing to make films like as a cast has been announced for another film called "Machete" which was a fake trailer he had at the beginning of "Planet Terror".

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

School Of Rock, Kenetic Type

This is an animation of the lesson Jack Black gives between words is dynamic and continuous which shows the energy and the emotion that Jack Black is putting into his speech. A change in type for the kids voice also emphasises the change between characters. on 'The Man', in School of Rock. The transitionsThe designer has also tried to create images using the type. He transforms the work Whitehouse into the same shape as the building itself as well as making a tunnel shape out of the "Down the hall" quote. The designer has used scale to emphasis the pitch Jack Black is speaking. By having the words larger on screen they have to move faster to keep up with the spoken words. This therefore helps show the energy and emotion Jack Black has. The scale also helps break up the screen producing new backgrounds to work with.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Golf Ball Collision

I saw this video over the summer, is a slow motion shot of a golf ball travelling at 150mph and bouncing off a steel plate. I love the way the ball moves when it is soaking up the energy of the impact. It seems like such a fluid motion for the violent action. It's weird how something hard to the touch can move like this. The idea of the shot is to show the beauty of something you would not expect and that you would usually miss. The shapes formed after the ball has collided with the steel plate reminds me of some contemporary sculptures and some pieces produced by Henry Moore.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Dark Phoenix, Rebeca Puebla

"Dark Phoenix was a work inspired by the character Jean Grey of the X-Men. I combined the typical clothing of the character in the comic with the face and the powers of the movie's Jean Grey" (Interview in 3D artist)

Rebeca Puebla is a freelance 3D character artist that has created characters for a wide range of companies. In the past she has created characters for companies such as Grin BCN who made the video game version of the film Wanted. Before that she also worked as a modeller on the series Pocoyo for Zinkia Entertainment. She also went on to work with Pyro Studies as a character artist. Through this she has developed a wide range of skills. She focuses on all aspects of the characters from concepts through to the surroundings and lighting.

The reason i have added this to my blog is because i love the fact she has taken this character and made it her own. I think this is really important in a piece and it attaches meaning and personalises your work. I think I have got this idea from playing in a band... hold on I am going somewhere with this. When covering a song i think it is more important and more impressive to personalise it rather than just copy it note for note. It shows you have more about you and shows that you don't ignore whats out there as well as not afraid to use other work and develop it in your own unique style.