Archive for May, 2010

Working Paper and Design Brief

May 27, 2010

Working Paper and Design Brief:



Group Abstract

May 27, 2010

Forgot to upload this earlier…


Group Abstract

The French writer Gustave Flaubert (1857) states “Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times”. This quote epitomizes the key theme for our studies – the significance of historical knowledge and the potential dangers of ignorance. Based on research into the loss of knowledge from an ageing population, there is reason for concern that the younger generation is becoming apathetic to the history and knowledge of their ancestors (Delong, 2004). Through different perspectives, research will be undertaken into how knowledge is evolving, educating or influencing.

Forewarning, meaning to inform (someone) of a danger or possible problem, is a concept closely intertwined with the loss or misunderstanding of knowledge. George Santayana (1905) discusses this concept through his influential quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  According to Stein (1980), “Ignorant young people are not prepared to continue society, as they do not understand enough to value it.”

Through New Zealand’s history of the Great War, the stories of privations, squalor and horror, become a forewarning. By choosing to remember the fallen men in a particular way, by forgetting the realities of war, we are underestimating the contribution in how New Zealand’s national identity was born. ‘When one has dwelt upon these things, the expression lest we forget takes on additional weight.’ (Beckett, 2004). How do young New Zealander’s identify with their ANZAC history?

Are societal pressures causing the English language to suffer rapid, non-unified changes? This is reason to explore the rich embedded history of the alphabet and the sudden, rapid, deterioration of the written language. Is this a normal period of evolution, or is the beauty and complexity of English dwindling to a simplistic and emotionless ‘newspeak’?

The use of narrative as medium, is the ultimate vessel to depict these themes. By harnessing semiotics as an encoder of historical information, storytelling is enhanced and maintains crucial aspects of the past.

Through both fictional and non-fictional history, the way good and evil interact will be explored. The different perspectives on what defines these concepts can result in misunderstanding (even conflict) amongst different groups. “The whole gamut of good and evil is in every human being

False Protagonists

May 23, 2010

In fiction, a false protagonist is a technique for making a scene more jarring or a character more memorable by fooling the audience’s preconceptions regarding who the story is really about. It involves presenting a character at the start of the fictional work as the main character, but then generally disposing of this character, usually by killing him or her – but sometimes just by changing their role (i.e. making them a lesser character, a character who (for reasons other than death) leaves the story, or revealing them to actually be the antagonist).



May 23, 2010

In fiction, an antihero (sometimes ‘antiheroine’ as feminine) is generally considered to be a protagonist whose character is at least in some regards conspicuously contrary to that of the archetypalhero, and is in some instances its antithesis. Some consider the word’s meaning to be sufficiently broad as to additionally encompass the antagonist who (in contrast to the archetypal villain) elicits considerable sympathy or admiration.

Influenced by the pulps, early comic books featured anti-heroic characters such as Batman (whose shadowy nature contrasted with their openly “heroic” peers like Superman) and Sub-Mariner (who would just as soon conquer humanity as try to save it). Marvel’s most prolific anti-hero is perhaps The Punisher, who is more than willing to kill those who he views as deserving of death.

Other examples of anti-heroes: Conan (Conan the Barbarian), Gollum (Lord of the Rings), Macbeth, Hannibal Lecter, Tyler (Fight Club)


Byronic Heroes

May 23, 2010

“an idealised but flawed character

The Byronic hero typically exhibits several of the following characteristics:

  • a strong sense of arrogance
  • high level of intelligence and perception
  • cunning and able to adapt
  • suffering from an unnamed crime
  • a troubled past
  • sophisticated and educated
  • self-critical and introspective
  • mysterious, magnetic and charismatic
  • struggling with integrity
  • power of seduction and sexual attraction
  • social and sexual dominance
  • emotional conflicts, bipolar tendencies, or moodiness
  • a distaste for social institutions and norms
  • being an exile, an outcast, or an outlaw
  • “dark” attributes not normally associated with a hero
  • disrespect of rank and privilege
  • jaded, world-weary
  • cynicism
  • self-destructive behaviour


Photographer commits suicide after taking this photo

May 23, 2010

Just found this rather interesting as a kind of battle between good and evil. There was a policy which said the photographer could not help the child. There has been much discussion about whether he should have helped the child and gone against policy or whether it was not his place to go against policy and help her.

The discussion on this photo is very interesting and surprisingly two-sided…

Average Human Proportions

May 13, 2010

Hero’s Journey and Face Construction

May 2, 2010

Had a new idea to create a story using the Hero’s Journey storyline, but at the end we find out we are actually following a villain. The idea behind this would be to get the audience to identify and sympathise with the villain or evil character instead of the good guy, and at the end when the good guys beat him, the audience will be confused as to whether to be glad or upset.

Also, decided the best way to get the audience to relate to the main character would be to design his face as an “average” face. So I went to a site which takes many faces and averages them together.

Good and Bad stereotypes

May 2, 2010

An idea I had to combine sterotypes of good (superhero, policeman, priest) with stereotypes of “bad people” (terrorist, gang member, satanist) so that the end results couldn’t be seen as either of the extremes, but rather a more human “grey area”

May 2, 2010