As part of the introduction research task for the Movement topic, we were asked to create a flip book showing a simple movement/gesture. To start off with I began by mind mapping ideas of potential gestures that I could recreate in the flip book.
I wanted to do something that was more personal to me and as a gymnastic coach I thought of using this as inspiration for this mini project. I thought about using rhythmic gymnastic, cheerleading and artistic gymnastic. However, I decided to use a cheerleader completing a tumble sequence. In order to capture the movement of the cheerleader I decided to use video so that I was able to slow down the motion, and screenshot element that I would require to show the motion in the flip book. I was able to put these screenshots into a contact sheet to make the final outcome.
I started out by creating some practice flip books using various layouts and materials. Firstly, I used paper to create a Flipbook however I found that they didn’t flick the best and the images tended to get stuck together so that you couldn’t see the movement. I also experiment with using card images, on this I found that because the book was being bound so closely to the image you weren’t able to see the movement of the gymnast/cheerleader easily.
With all this in mind I thought that the best solution would be to produce the Flipbook on a small scale using smaller images and white space. The more white space being used enabled the images to be seen more clearly because the book is bound I=on the white space rather than the image itself. I think that this was the best solution for the outcome that I had.
Reflecting on this task I found that there were a few aspects that I would change if I was to complete this task again. I could use my photography skills if I was complete a project like this again because I feel like I could have come out with better images using sports mode on my camera. In hindsight if I was to complete this project again I would use a different method of binding the book together maybe using stitching to bind the pages together. I feel that if I was to complete this mini project again the outcome could be stronger by using these methods of working.
Before starting the next project we were asked to research and analyse title/opening sequences. I was specifically looking at the movement and how each title sequence celebrated the idea of movement. In each sequence I paid attention to image, type, sound and narrative, as this could impact the sequences.
1. Pink Panther- 1963
This classic title sequence by DePatie – Freleng Enterprises works to communicate the clear narrative of the story. The sly music works well with the animated images to tell the narrative that comedy overrides crime detectives within the film. The typeface chosen for the sequence is playful which compliments the narrative and the target audience of the film. The way that all these elements combine together they produce a celebration of movement in terms of a comedy sense.
2. Star Wars -1977
As another sequence I looked at was the iconic Star Wars sequence which doesn’t include any imagery. The type scrolling along the screen is perfectly timed with the famous Star Wars theme tune. The simplistic nature of the sequence has made it will known to the franchise and unique compared to other films. The movement within this sequence is the text mainly which highlights to the audience that they are about to witness something epic. The movement is celebrates the futuristic narrative that the film has.
3. Friends – 1994
The hit comedy TV show friends was another title sequence that I decided to look at because of its use of video and type together. The images/video used clearly highlighted the narrative behind each character within the show. The song that went along with the title sequence works well with the movements within the video so in light of that I think that this title sequences celebrates movement.
4. Grease -1978
The title sequence of grease is an animated version of the characters within the film, which is how the narrative of the story is represented. The type and image combination works well as each aspects of text is generally introducing a new character in block capitals showing the importance of them. The music works well with both the image and type because it seems to flow and links to the handwritten script style type.
5. Elf – 2003
This classic Christmas film is a children’s comedy and this can clearly been seen throughout the opening sequence. The title sequence shows a book thats clearly been classically illustrated as many films were, however, using a few animated snow flakes to show movement as the pages were turned. The element of comedy is clearly shown through the stop motion animals that are used within the sequence and their actions. Even though they are discrete they still carry the narrative of the innocent comedy.