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I have just finished studying Entertainment Design Crafts at Cleveland College of Art and Design where I specialised in the design and creation of props and set for film, TV and theatre.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Major Project

Ok so, it's Major Project time.
First things first: the position. There were one or two problems with my first idea. Firstly, I fear it would take up far too much space for the Degree Show at the end of the year and secondly, it's just pretty boring.

So, I came up a few different ideas...

I decided the most interesting BY FAR was the last idea I had where he is stood up and has caught sight of his reflection. There is so much I could do with this! To start with, I thought about 'what could he see himself in? a mirror? a medical tool? a window? a glass jar?' it could be anything. The ideas were plenty and the scope for dramatic positioning was amazing but I knew right from the start that I didn't want obviously dramatic. I wanted to keep it more subtle; 'subtle yet effective' as the saying goes.

So here is what I came up with!
The idea now is this: Frankenstein's Monster has woken up a day or two earlier than he is supposed to. He finds himself alone in a strange room, waking up for the first time. As if for the very first time. He is confused, he is in pain but he doesn't know why. Why does it feel like? Is it supposed to feel like that? He sits up, swings his legs around and stands up. He is weak, he cannot stand straight. He knows something is wrong, everything seems small to him. He attempts to walk, to get a better understanding of his body. He struggles and stumbles across the room until he balances himself upon Frankenstein's desk. Here, he sees a large journal, full of illustrations and annotation. He cannot make sense of it and doesn't understand what it means. He turns his head away from the confusion and catches sight of something to the side of the journal. He reaches for it and grabs it by the handle. He is curious to know what it is and holds it up to his face. He sees his reflection in there and for a second or two, he doesn't realise that it is him. He touches the metal to make sure it is his reflection. Shocked and confused he goes to touch his face to confirm that it is indeed his self he can see in that medical tool.

This is the moment I want to capture. I don't want the typical anger/frustration/pain reaction we are so used to seeing that makes us scared of him. I want him to be confused, scared and uncertain (saying this, it is important to me that he still looks confident - he is alone and therefor wouldn't be shying away from anyone) I want the audience to feel sorry for him.

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