Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Just before Easter I did the photoshoot I planned for part of the RSA stamp brief. When I began this project it was supposed to be quite a quick brief but it turns out I've found a lot to do and got a little side tracked. Consequently this is going to form part of one of my bigger projects to hand in in June.
Below are a few of the images we took. I had the help of a photographer and two lovely actors from the drama department. This was a great idea of mine and I'm really glad I went to the trouble to find these people as I think it adds a completely different dimension to the shots which I wouldn't have been able to achieve without their brilliant acting/photography skills or someone from our course whose face we all recognised.
Anyway, the shoot was a real success. I really enjoyed art directing, working with such a professional team was a real experience for me. These photos still need a bit of editing, but the raw expressions and quality is in there. A lot of importance lies on the cropping, particularly for the stamps, but I'm also going to make some animations, postcards and posters with them. Watch this space for Scotland, Ireland and Wales pics to come!
Monday, 5 April 2010
I am a sucker for romantic old stories. After reading Wuthering Heights in the summer and being totally shocked, I found Jane Eyre by another one of the Bronte sisters in a charity shop. What always surprizes me about stories from this era, especially those by classic female authors, is how modern they are. I guess that’s why they’re classics. Granted, there is no sex involved, which most people these days see as the sign of a good story, but these novels are so full of love, passion, scandel, heartache, betrayal and violence, it more than makes up for it. Once you get past the some times flowery language, really the heart of the books is just a good story that is what most modern day rom-coms and chick lit are based on! This book wasn’t as shocking as Wuthering heights, which completely caught me off guard as I did not expect it to be so gritty and gruesome, but I still couldn’t put it down. Now what I would really love is for some modern directors (namely my favourite, Baz Luhrman) to get their hands on these books and make them into incredible films Romeo&Juliet/Moulin Rouge stylee, which really revive them for a modern audience and bring out the raw genius of the writing!