Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Cutting Edges: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Figure 1- Film poster

The Blair Witch Project (1999) was directed by Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrich. The film is about three  journalism students (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams) who travel to the Maryland forest to make a documentary about a tale of the 'Blair Witch'.  When the students get lost in the wood and they begin  to hear terrifying noises.

The film is very scary because of  terrifying sound effect is used and they are amateur with these people as no inexperienced or unskilled in a particular activity who wants to be a filmmakers. The director uses of the light effects as a torch in some of the scene. "The Blair Witch Project" is scary because it doesn't really show you anything ... a lesson that other horror directors would be well-served to learn. There's only a brief moment when you see blood, but it registers like a howitzer." (Tatara 1999)

Figure 2 - Still image

In the film has a poor camerawork appears apart in which was found a footage style showing the constant movement of the camera as been giving a trigger motion sickness for some viewers as well as it is a simple to be irritating to others."As the Blair Witch that shows which is filled with a numerous shots pointed at the ground as the characters plod." (Banham 2015)

Figure 3- Still image

Overall, The film feel is such as if the audience are watching real life people rather than actors. who are  actually trying to document these strange things that are happening. It also makes the viewer feel rather uncomfortable as the sound design is very harsh and unnerving.it feels as if it is possible that the viewer can identify with the actors as it comes across as a documentary giving a similar uncomfortable and frightened feel. All of this atmosphere makes The Blair Witch Project  an interesting experience, it show that it is a brilliant example of an impactful film being made on a small budget.


Banham, J. (2015) The Blair Witch Project Film reviews. Available at: http://www.ukfilmreview.co.uk/#!The-Blair-Witch-Project-ThrowbackThursday/cu0l/561d5b9d0cf2c6c64372b211 (Accessed: 3 May 2016).

Ebert R. (1999) The Blair witch project movie review (1999). Available at:
http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-blair-witch-project-1999 (Accessed on 19 April 2016)

Tatara, P. (1999) Review: ‘Blair witch’ not just a walk in the woods - July 22, 1999. Available at: http://edition.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Movies/9907/22/review.blairwitch/ (Accessed: 19 April 2016)

Illustration List

Figure 1- Film poster
(Accessed on 19 April 2016)

Figure 2 - Still image
http://www.cineclub.de/images/Blair_Witch_2.jpg ( Accessed on 19 April 2016)

Figure 3- Still image
( Accessed on 19 April 2016) 

Cutting Edges: The Six Sense (1999)

The Six Sense (1999)  was directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film genres  are drama, mystery and thriller. The story follows a young boy named Cole (Haley Joel Osment) and a child psychologist Malcolm, ( Bruce Willis). "This film came out 17 years ago, and it is still contains the greatest twist ending since its released." (Howard 2014). As the film begins for the first-time viewer had no ideas that Dr. Malcom Crowe (Bruce Willis) was dead until the last scene.

Figure 1 - Flim poster

The music in the film is brilliant.  The sound effect used in some emotional scenes in the movie really helps to build up the mood and suits the scenes perfectly."James Newton Howard's The Sixth Sense is a nigh-perfect example of superior craftsmanship". (Barry 10/5/2003). The music in opening credit can be described as tense, sad and mysterious. Through the music the viewer is informed that the film is a psychological thriller.

The young character (Haley Joel Osment) appears in most of the scenes. he acted very well in the film. he is particularly good in the hospital scene (figure 3) when he is dreams of dead people "There are fairly involved dialogue passages between Willis and Osment that require good timing, reactions and the ability to listen. Osment is more than equal to them." (Ebert 1999)

Figure 2 - Still image

Figure 3 - 'I see dead people'

The famous film scene (figure 3) shows that Cole is  in a hospital bed and he finally tells to Malcolm about the truth that he can see dead people. This is where he says: "I see dead people... Walking around like regular people. They don't see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don't know they're dead... They're everywhere." ( Reilly 2014)

Many website  refer to colour symbolism used in the film. The colour red is used many times in the film showing in different scene such as red balloon. "When Cole wears a red jumper, the tent in Cole room, the door knob to the basement, the church door are bright red, Anna dress at the anniversary dinner and the red pen that Cole uses to scribble the voice of a ghost. Which warns the viewer red is both  danger and ghost." (Muse 2012)

Figure 4 - Cloe and Malcolm

In the film (figure 4) the camera shot is an important moment of  showing both characters supported visually when a POV shot emphasises Malcolm moving physically closer to Cole.
The singles become a two-shots and wider angles to a close-up and even extreme close-ups as more is revealed about the pair. (Figure 4) shows the unease of the boy communicating with the psychologist.


Barry, J. (2003) The sixth sense soundtrack (1999). Available at: http://www.soundtrack.net/album/the-sixth-sense/ (Accessed: 3 May 2016).

Ebert, R. (1999) 'The Six  Sense' At http:// www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-sixth-sense-1999
(Accessed on: 12 April 2016)

Howard, M. (2014) The sixth sense ending has never been matched. Available at: http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a29642/the-sixth-sense-ending/ (Accessed: 12 April 2016).

McShane, J. (2014) 37 days to Halloween: The sixth sense « JimmMcShane.Com. Available at: http://jimmmcshane.com/content/2010/09/the-sixth-sense/ (Accessed: 13 April 2016).
Muse, S. (2012) Colour symbolism: Red in the sixth sense. Available at: http://screenmuse.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/colour-symbolism-red-in-the-sixth-sense/ (Accessed: 3 May 2016).

Reilly, K. (2014) Hello, bustle.Com only works with JavaScript. Available at: http://www.bustle.com/articles/33625-the-sixth-sense-surprise-ending-is-obvious-if-you-pay-attention-to-these-6-clues (Accessed: 16 April 2016).


Figure 1- Film poster
(Accessed on 12 April 2016)

Figure 2 - Still image
( Accessed on 12 April 2016)

Figure 3- 'I see dead people'
http://cdn2-www.craveonline.com/assets/uploads/gallery/25-badass-best-picture-nominees/the-sixth-sense-buena-vista-pictures.jpg (Accessed on 16 April 2016

Figure 4 - Cole and Malcolm
( Accessed on 14 April 2016)

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Cutting Edges: The Wicker Man (1973)

Figure 1 - Film Poster
The Wicker Man (1973) was directed by Robin Hardy and the film genres  are drama, mystery, classic and horror. The story follows the police Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) arrives on the small Scottish island of Summerisle who tries to investigate the disappearance of a young girl Rowan Morrison (Gerry Cowper).

However the main character reach the town and ask the residents about her but no one responses including the girl's mother (Irene Summer)  about the missing girl. Which he tries to find some clues for example her name was found in the school recorded.

This film is super creepy and messed up because of naked women dancing around the fire and public nudity sex. " The Willow song from The Wicker Man is a soundtrack in 1973. Britt Ekland  as Willow who sings it nude in her room, and trying to seduce the main character in the next room".(Opalstardream 2014)

Figure 2 - Still image
The May Pole Song in (figure 2) from The Wicker Man is a upbeat song showing expresses, symbiosis and the interdependence of life. "Composed, arranged and recorded by Paul Giovanni and Magnet, The Wicker Man soundtrack contains folk songs performed by characters in the film (including some by members of the cast). For example, Lesley Mackie, who plays the character of Daisy in the film, sings the opening song, and various others in the CD Soundtrack." (Froster 2008). An enchanting soundtrack is blending marvellously into 'The Wicker Man' which shows the viewer into false sense of security.

Figure 3 - Still image

Near the end of scene in (figure 3) it shows that he found the young girl  Rowan Morrison and trying to escape from the other members but the hero was tricked from the character Lord Summerisle played by Christopher Lee and he ended up burned to death in The Wicker Man. "(Christopher Lee). The officer's unease intensifies as he continues his investigation, slowly coming to fear that the girl's disappearance may be linked in a particularly horrifying manner to an upcoming public festival. Anthony Shaffer's meticulously crafted screenplay creates a thoroughly convincing alternative society, building tension through slow discovery and indirect suggestion and making the terrifying climax all the more effective." (Rottentomatoes)


Foster, L. (2008) May Pole song from the wicker man (1973). Available at: http://hengruh.livejournal.com/5786.html (Accessed: 22 April 2016).

The Wicker Man 1973 http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_wicker_man_1973/
(Accessed on 23 April 2016)

Opalstardream (2014) Sneaker pimps - how do (willow’s song). Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj917lqC3SY (Accessed:5 April 2016).

Illustration List

Figure 1- Film Poster
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/11/The_Wicker_Man_(1973_film)_UK_poster.jpg/220px-The_Wicker_Man_(1973_film)_UK_poster.jpg ( Accessed on 5 April 2016)

Figure 2 - Still image
http://cinapse.co/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/the_wicker_man7.jpg ( Accessed on 5 April 2016)

Figure 3- Still image
(Accessed on 23 April 2016)

Friday, 22 April 2016

Fantastic Voyage:Maya Antibiotics Modeling with Texture Colours

blue colour
blue colour texture

bright yellow colour texture

Yellow colour

UV Editor
both colours
I tried to do the same colour for the concept art with the Maya antibiotics modeling if it works  with same as the silhouette.
I have changed the ambient colour setting to make it a bit bright.

Both colour  textures


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Fantastic Voyage: Maya Bacteria Modeling with Texture Colours

Green colour texture

I use both light yellow and green colour texture with my bacteria modeling to  separate different colours  if it works. I try to use the originally colours with the concept art.

light yellow colour texture

Both colour textures

Both colour textures 1

Both Colour

Fantastic Voyage: Maya Bacteria Modeling in Process


UV Texture