On Monday 19th, we selected which pathway we wanted to choose to continue with for the remainder of the year, and then handed in all the work we had done for part one of the course, including summer projects, our research file, sketchbooks, journals, etc, as well as all the final projects we did for each of the introductory courses. After this, we were free for the rest of the week, but were given preparation projects, specific to which pathway we had chosen.
As I selected the Moving Image pathway, the first part of my task was to use a random number and letter generator to decide which DVD to watch, and then find a biography, filmography, and an article about someone involved, and an article about the movie, and to annotate all of these. For these, I was given the film, ‘Vantage Point’, which was, honestly not a very good film. I chose to research the director, Pete Travis. The premise is interesting; a movie made up of segments, each showing several different characters, and their stories revolving a crisis, but the way it is shot leads to confusion and boredom from the audience, especially as the filmakers seem to try and hide the truth behind everything for as long as possible, and when it is finally revealed, is not worth the anticipation. While the film was not the best, it did give me the oppurtunity to see what traps to avoid in filmaking, such as not giving characters enough time for the audience to grow to care about, and creating a convuluted story.
The second part of my task was to research one of my favourite animators / animation directors / game desgners / etc, for which I chose Ed Boon, creator of the Mortal Kombat series. I annotated an interview of him, where he talked about his inspirations in joining the games industry, how he started his career, etc. It is always interesting to get an insight into how well known individuals became involved in their respective industries, and so I found this interview useful.