Thursday, 24 March 2016

Cutting Edges: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Figure 1- Film poster

E.T The Extra- Terrestrial (1982) is a science fiction and adventure film  that was directed by Steven  Spielberg. The story is based on a young boy named Elliot and he is played by Henry Thomas. Who meets a friendly alien E.T that was accidentally let behind on Earth and was separated from his family and home. The film was nominated for the best sound effect editing, best visual effects and best sound

Figure 2 - Still image

This film show how the camerawork is strongly telling the story and  detailed by the dolly movements and swopping the aerials shots. All of these visual elements blended together showcase in some of the most iconic shots in cinematic history. "In E.T. Spielberg attempts to re- discover the child in every adult. He does this not simply by underplaying the adults' roles in the film but by shooting most of the action at the child eye level." (Sinyard 1987:83)

Figure 3 - Still image

The scene shows  the cycle chase which suddenly takes to the skies so that the shadow of the bike can be seen soaring across the moon. Peter Pan (1953) shows the similar scene of the main character of Peter Pan taking the children to fly along with him across the sky.  "E.T. are a lot of potent myths, It is very skillfully blended together with Peter Pan (1953)  from Babes in the Wood, the fantasy of a friendly or otherworldly creatures who can work miracles but who also need human protection from human aggression." (Sinyard 1987:83).

"Unlike Close Encounters (1977), ET does not concentrate on special effects but more the emotional connection between the young boy and E.T. The director Spielberg forces the viewer to identify with the children' s world." (Sinyard 1987:83).  In one of the last scenes  the children are cycling to escape from the scientists and adults.  This seen impossible task but with extra terrestrial magic and to the audiences delight, the bike begin to  unexpectedly fly  and the children and E.T. manage to escape. Once again, John Williams music adds to the emotional effect and impact of the film.


Arnold, G. (1982) ‘E.T.’: Steven Spielberg’s joyful excursion, back to childhood, forward to the unknown. Available at: (Accessed:24 March 2016).

Sinyard, N. (1987) Films of Steven Spielberg, the (bison book S.). Twickenham, Middlesex: Hamlyn

Vidani, P. (2013) Steven Spielberg: E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL. Available at: (Accessed: 9 April 2016).

Illustration List

Figure 1- Film poster ( Accessed on 24 March 2016)

Figure 2- Still image
(Accessed on 24 March 2016)

Figure 3- Still image
Accessed on 10 April 2016)

Thursday, 17 March 2016

CUTTING EDGES : Jaws (1975) Film Review

Figure 1- film poster
Jaws (1975) is an American thriller film was directed by Steven Spielberg and It is based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel. The genres of this film are drama, action, adventure, mystery and suspense. The movie is a story about a shark is threatening the island of Amity. At the beginning of the film there is a girl in the middle of the ocean and suddenly the sharks attacks her, (Susan Backline). The use of the camera suggests that sometimes in the shot you cannot see the shark as it is attacking below the ocean of the scenes of the film.

Figure 2-  Beach at Amity Island

Then in the beach scene on Amity Island where the tourists are enjoying and swimming in the sea,  a group of children swim a bit far from the others and suddenly the shark attacks. "The thing about a shark, he's got lifeless .black eyes, like a doll's eyes. When he comes after you, he doesn't seem to be living until he bites you, and those black eyes roll over white. . . ." (Ebert 2000)

Figure 3- Still image

The music was influenced by another film. "It might be worth to recall that Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring'  (2011) was used by Disney to evoke prehistoric monsters in the film  'Fantasia'  (1940), and this may well had an influence on the sound of fear that Williams created. By such means, the horror of the shark its transferred into the imagination of the audience." (Sinyard 1987:32). In the film the sound  of the music tell that the shark is going to attack.


Burlingame, J. (2012) The film music society: John Williams recalls ‘jaws’ - by Jon Burlingame - by Jon Burlingame. Available at:
(Accessed: 20 February 2016).

Ebert, R. (2000) Jaws movie review & film summary (1975) | Available at: (Accessed 9 February 2016)

Ebert, R. (2008) Roy Scheider, 1932-2008 | interviews. Available at: (Accessed: 9 February 2016)

Kermode, M. (2015) Jaws, 40 years on: ‘One of the truly great and lasting classics of American cinema’. Available at: (Accessed: 10 February 2016).

Sinyard, N. (1987) Films of Steven Spielberg, the (bison book S.). Twickenham, Middlesex: Hamlyn

Illustration List:

Figure 1- Flim poster
( Accessed on 9 February 2016)

Figure 2- Beach at Amity Island
(Accessed on 28 February 2016)

Figure 3- Still image
( Accessed on 20 February 2016)

Flash Animation: Showreel 2016

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Fantastic Voyage: Stomach Environment Thumbnails Development 1-3

I tried to experiment with different brush tools technique  by creating three various of stomach environment. I used two different colours that are dark and light pink.

Fantastic Voyage: Stomach Environment Thumbnails Development 1-3 with Silhouette

I  was trying to experiment with the stomach enviroment and adding my own Silhouette normal bacteria  and inflamed bacteria.