Production Design & Art Direction – New 6 Week Project (6/11/13)

Today in our Monday morning session we have deviated from our “History Timeline” work to start a new project, this project consists of Production Design & Art Direction. A Production Designer has the Cohesive vision of the visual aspect of the production. This is going to be an interesting project here is the brief:

‘ADAPTATION’ – Wednesday Creative Futures Mini Brief – Wed Nov 6th

This project brief will ask you to consider the adaptation of an existing entertainment media product/alternative media product into a new form.

Animators you will have to take an existing media product – that origin product could be a story, novel, or an original performance event, opera, stage play, song (or album concept), historic event or myth, radio-play, film (live action) or other media product, any of which will be considered in consultation with your tutors/staff.

Games Designers you will have to take an existing media product – that origin product could be a story, novel, or an original performance event, opera, stage play, song (or album concept), historic event or myth, radio-play, film (live action) or animation (other media will be considered in consultation with your tutors/staff).

You will begin to research and make notes in your “sketchbook/day-book (traditional or digital, or upload them to your blog)”; these development ideas will be part of your submission.

You will need to research the idea, story or theme taken from your existing media product in order to understand fully the various elements that will need to be adapted or designed. Thinking about environments, props and objects, scene development, and characters.

You also may wish to explore and research existing or prior examples of such adaptations from one media to another that you feel have been successful and alternatively any you feel have failed, making notes and visuals to support your opinions in your “day books” and blogs.

For week two, you should have a “pitch” idea that exists as at the very least a sentence or short paragraph that explains your proposed idea.

i.e “It is an animation TV series based on Moby Dick, but set in the future with the whale as a rogue AI research vessel.”

Or : “It is a game based upon the story/myth of Gilgamesh, in which you play Enkidu, Gilgamesh’s hero sidekick, and have to keep him in check on your monster and god fighting adventures in the ancient Mesopotamian world through which they travel.”

Submission of Work – The project will last approximately six weeks. Wednesday sessions will look at developing specific elements of content for the overall project.

The submission of work will be in the form your finished “pitch” visuals and production design elements, plus a sketchbook or day-book with all your developmental ideas, notes and tests and a disk or memory stick with all digital files including a short written summary of your process and intention & a self-appraisal.

This project is going to be very interesting as we have to look at an existing media and adapt it to make a game. For our first week we have been tasked with thinking of an idea for a game and making it into a simple pitch. The media i was looking at, but can not decide upon, is Robin Hood, the Robin Hood movie was excellent and a game based on Robin Hood becoming an Outlaw would make for some interesting and unique game play. I will be keeping my notes and progress in this Category.

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