Year 1 Module BCOP100-CMFT

Maps & Journeys & Signs 300 word response


Out of both lectures, symbols was definitely something that caught my interest, especially when we delved in deeper during the Thursday seminar with Andy after the second lecture with Jason on ‘Maps, Journeys and Signs’.

‘Semiotics’: “the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.” After that Thursday seminar, this definition has suddenly become vastly more interesting to me. Interpretation. How can signs and symbols be up for interpretation? A fire exit sign is a fire exit sign, isn’t it?

This got me thinking about the twenty one pilots symbol:

2018 twenty one pilots logo
It’s just a few vertical and diagonal lines joined by a hyphen, isn’t it? Well, the meaning of this symbol is up to loads of interpretation. Moreover, it means something to one person and not to the other. The lead singer of twenty one pilots, Tyler Joseph, won’t disclose what the meaning of the symbol is to him because that will ruin what it means to other people.

This kind of idea applies to hand signals as well. After spending a lot of my childhood in the Middle East, I noticed that the Arabs used a lot of hand signals which I learnt myself. But in England, they wouldn’t make any sense at all.

At 1:00 in this video is an example of one of those hand the signals, the ‘wait’ hand signal which I discussed in the seminar. Doing that kind of hand signal in England would most likely be considered quite rude, but in the Middle East it isn’t rude at all. It means something to one culture, but not to another.

Another example of this idea is maths symbols. To me personally, they don’t make a lot of sense simply because I don’t like maths. I look into it too much, and I always ask why I’m doing certain equations, and how they work, instead of just doing them. To someone else, maths symbols could be the kind of thing to get them excited, just like seeing the splice symbol in Premiere Pro gets me excited to edit.

How can these ideas relate to digital media? Because a lot of films are up for interpretation too. A lot of films mean different things to different people. A lot of films are excellent to one person and not to another. A lot of films excite one person, but not another. Just like some people don’t like or understand twenty one pilots, some people don’t like or understand Mr. Nobody. Opinion, perspective and life experiences play a big part in how different people see different things.

Semiotics can be related directly to film, or digital media of any kind. I find that incredibly interesting, and it’s not a link I would ever have made.

Year 1 Module BCOP100-CMFT

Create a quick response to “Approaches to What”

My interpretation of this piece is that we are all lost in the big world; we do not pay attention to the litte things in life. We do not pay attention to the everyday. We get stuck in a routine and become robots. The little things only start to exist when they can make a good newspaper headline: ” railway trains only begin to exist when they are derailed, and the more passengers that are killed, the more the trains exist.” We’ve lost sight of the little things in life. We wake up, follow our routine, and don’t appreciate the everyday: “where is it?” “to question the habitual. But that’s just it, we’re habituated to it. We don’t question it, it doesn’t question us, it doesn’t seem to pose a problem, we live it without thinking…” “it’s anaesthesia. We sleep through our lives in a dreamless sleep. But where is our life?”.


Although written in 1973, this piece obviously still applies to now. For me, when I put my phone away on the train suddenly I’m there. I’m actually on the train, noticing things. I’m hearing everything, I’m seeing everything. It seems the most cliché thing to say, but it’s true to say that your phone drags you away from the everyday. It’s one of the items ingrained into your routine. You see a warped view of the world with it.

Year 1 Module BACM101

Stop motion task ideas:

Idea one (advert)

  • Range Rover from outside, inside it’s cardboard.
  • Rolls Royce, inside inside interior is real.
  • Tagline that talks about how Range Rover is fake; they use fake wood instead of real wood. Cardboard represents this point.
  • Range Rover falling apart from inside. Punchline – ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ (example).

Idea two (artist creation)

  • Artist leaves room.
  • Inaminate object starts to create something on the artists desk.
  • Inspired by Toy Story and Google Maps video

Idea three (Dream sequence)

  • Falling off cliff dream
  • Cardboard cutouts falling off books.


Idea four (Movie)

  • Recreate movie scenes with cardboard cutouts.

Idea five (Movie title sequence)

  • Inspiration: Napoleon Dynamite title sequence.

New things learnt:


.EPS File Extension

“An EPS file is a graphics file saved in the Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file format. It may contain 2D vector graphics, bitmap images, and text. EPS files also include an embedded preview image in bitmap format.”

“EPS files are often used to save artwork, such as logos and drawings. ”

Pixelation (stop motion)

“Pixilation is a stop motion technique where live actors are used as a frame-by-frame subject in an animated film, by repeatedly posing while one or more frame is taken and changing pose slightly before the next frame or frames. The actor becomes a kind of living stop motion puppet.”

InDesign notes from Neil’s session (08/11/18)

  • Create outlines for fonts downloaded off internet. This will mean the font is now made out of shapes, meaning the printer would not need the font. This also allows you to manipulate the font to create a custom one.
  • Package: grabs everything you used in the file.
  • Images in InDesign aren’t the actual image, that’s why it doesn’t look great. They are just placeholders. This keeps the file size down.


“Transmedia storytelling (also known as transmedia narrative or multiplatform storytelling) is the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies.”


“Rotoscoping is an animation technique that animators use to trace over motion picture footage, frame by frame, to produce realistic action.”

5 Five main camera settings:

  • Focus
  • White balance
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Shutter speed

Shutter spped should be double the frame rate. Higher ISO means more grain.



Year 1 Module BACM101

Narrative based poster that “sells” a story – BTS

The task:

For this task, we had to create a poster with the ideas of composition design in mind. The poster could be an advertisement, movie poster or magazine spread.

The idea:

Originally when the task was introduced it was more angled towards a short web story, with the book ’99 Ways to Tell a Story’ being the example. Therefore, my first piece for this task was telling my own version of the story from that book:

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However, the task was altered to creating a poster, so I will discuss my ideas for this instead. In the Thursday tech session with Neil, I worked on creating a concept poster for a second installment of ‘Metropolis’. I did this because I’ve always found the Dubai skyline to look very alien, like something straight out of a sci-fi. And the Burj Khalifa, I thought in my head, could be the modern day version of the tower that is on the orignal Metropolis poster. I just thought it would be very cool to create a modern day Metropolis poster.

For the SpecSavers poster ad, I knew I wanted to make use of flat design and typography as these are two things I’m interested in, so then I just drew inspiration from a twitter post from Tyler Joseph (from the band twenty one pilots): Capture

And also drew inspiration from the ‘Better Call Saul’ poster in the DMP base room:


After that, I looked up some tutorials on creating flat design on Adobe Illustrator. I never really had a solid idea for this, I just knew what I wanted to make use of and draw inspiration from. From there on, it was just a matter of creating something.

Lastly, ‘Crossover’ is a poster version of a book cover I did for my dad last year. I thought it fitted in well with compostion design, and being able to make use of what I’ve learnt about Adobe InDesign a program I haven’t used before to create a poster that makes use of vector-based text was really the drive behind this piece.

What I did:

For my version of the story from ’99 Ways to Tell a Story’, I just created everything from shapes in Illustrator, added in things such as the fence in Photoshop, and then assembled it in InDesign.

Metropolis 2

For the Metropolis poster, I found a very cool image of the Dubai skyline above the clouds on Google images:

Astounding Views From The Tallest Building In The World

I then dragged the image down, and extended the sky upwards by making selection of part of the original sky, moving it upwards and blending both the orignal and extended sky using the option ‘auto blend’. After that, I added in the 90th anniversary Metropolis poster created by the design studio ‘La Boca’:

Metropolis Poster

Then, it was just a matter of creating a layer mask on this picture and brushing away all the bits I didn’t want until I ended up with this:

Modern Metropolis Draft.jpg

I then played around with a few filters in Photoshop to get a ‘sketch’ effect, found the Metropolis font online and ended up with this:

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SpecSavers poster ad:

For this, I first created the flat design plants and plant pots in Illustrator:


I then assembled it and added in text using InDesign:


The idea was for it to look like a Snellen chart:


I then opened it in Photoshop, where I added in a black and white tint, brushing the tint  away where the red plant pot is:


We talked about colour whilst discussing composition design, and this is something I definitely wanted to make use of in this poster.

Fox.J.SpecSavers Poster Ad.102.18-19.jpg


This was just as simple as going back to my old Photoshop files and re-saving them as just the image on its own. I then opened up this image in InDesign where I added in the text:


Fox.J.Crossover Poster.102.18-19.jpg

Year 1 Module BACM104

“Bloodbath” – Philip Tatton (Fine Art)


Last Friday morning (9/11/2018) a Fine Art student came up to me asking for my help in editing a project he was set to film the following Monday. I told him I’d talk to the Digital Media class to see if anyone was interested, and in the end me and Ceri decided to help him out.

Me and Ceri met up with Philip this morning so we could start the editing process. It was a very interesting video and was very fun to work on with Ceri. I can’t talk about the concept unfortunately, as Philip would like to keep it confidential, but I can talk about the set up and editing. Their shoot had a set up of three cameras, each with a different angle of course. Some were close-up shots, others were side views of the bath (like the above picture) and the remaining angle was a front view of each actor. Editing together three different cameras and syncing up the audio to them was definitely very cool, and I think sets us up well on our own future projects with DMP.

It was also awesome to get a taste of what being an editor would be like. Philip was sitting behind me and Ceri, directing us on what he wanted. It definitely felt as if we were working with a client, and practising being under that pressure of someone watching everything you’re doing was valubale experience, especially for me as it is something I’ve always been concerned about with editing as I’m not very confident.

It was also interesting to colloborate with someone from a different discipline. It was cool to hear his point of views and ideas concerning the video, and the way he very much had a rhythm for the video. He was counting the length of each clip like a metronome, and then told us he had a background in music. I think it was also equally interesting for him to hear points of views from filmaker’s points of views, and definitely loved our contributions to the video.

Overall, it was a very fun project to work on.