Thursday, 29 December 2011

"City films and urban science fictions like Blade Runner 'make a place' in which to test the tensions, and play the continuing struggle to exist in the bright dark spaces of the metropolis"

Scott Bukatman, 
Blade Runner, BFI Modern Classics

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Petticoat Lane Elevation 1 - 2011

Petticoat Lane Elevation 2 - 2011

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christmas Crit Video

Petticoat lane 2030 the market of dystopia

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Monday, 5 December 2011

Petticoat Lane (1903)

My Choice

A good campaign and a worthwhile video! well done CEOP

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Spitafields - Nameless Street 2030

The potential of abandoned streets shops and housing blocks allow the opportunity for the remaining community to raise cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens for feeding the community.
London Refugee Camp - St Pauls Cathedral 2030

St Pauls cathedral site has now been occupied for 19 years, with the first occupation a protest against the capitalist society the world has seen some horrendous acts against humanity and a series lack of resources have resulted in London being split into Refugee camps to help the poorest with basic living conditions, with the world only worsen these camps are become heavily populated resulting in concerns for safety and health conditions.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Dystopia - Year 2030 - Location Petticoat Lane

People out of work, money exchanges are becoming less frequent people are beginning to scavenge spitalfields for exchangeable goods, recycling the mess left by the migration of people hoping to the refugee camps, a strong community which over history has withstood many issues begin to develop and become self sustainable, the remaining community use theirs skills and space to grow, keep, mend, feed and sleep.

Some see a dysotpian spitalfields as a place to leave others see this as a opportunity to grow, the abandoned houses and spaces become full with recycled goods, places to grow food, keep animals, mend clothes and life with their families the community no longer use money for exchange of goods but products and crafts. 

Petticoat lane 2030?

Petticoat Lane has a rich history and has been in existence since 1218
 known then as Bereward’s Lane.  In 1500 it became Hog Lane and from about 1603 Petticoat Lane.

the market has adapting with the ever changing market, over the course of its history the market has trading many items meat, clothes, "traditional" delicacies from jellyed eels, jeiwsh potato latke and Indian curries this market has changed and changed what is the future trading goods when this market hits 2030? 

Thursday, 24 November 2011

 Project Idea (Too Ambition Project for half a year)

The date is 2030 and natural resources have run almost dry, with the world previously at war over what water, food and oil the world bars its scars of devastation across many cities.

In London a air of thick dirt and nuclear mist hang, changing the dynamics of the cities, people are now moving into congregation at the food station across the city, Liverpool street is one of the most dense with the surviving Tower Hamlets residents moving out of there homes to be closer to the food and water outlets, the former streets are left in ruins following the bombs that fall.

The world security council has provided Androids programmed to insure order is kept in these hostile environments as humans can no longer be trusted in rationing the essentials fairly, all was well until the scavengers begin stealing computer equipment and hacking into the andy's changing the way they behave, leaves Rick Deckard WSC (world security council) agent to find these infected andy's and retire them.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Unit 15 - MF Crit Movie .mp4

Christmas Crit Film - Not Finish
Spitalfields 2011- 2030

Dissertation Idea

Synopsis of my dissertation proposal:
The film has been said to resemble many cities London included with the illumination of Piccadilly Circus, The film is also described as a over populated city which was based on a day in New York which was described as one day grinding to a standstill due to the volume of cars and people, like in Blade runner the city scenes are heavily dense and seem unbearable with vehicle traffic and pedestrian traffic.
Also as in New York and any major city there is a defined level in the class system with people dressed in what looks like pajamas in the film, without the maybe pajamas, poverty within major cities is reality and the film picks up on this and pushes the poverty level forty years into the future.

What from the film can we take and place on to "estimated" statistics of the future and seek the possibilities and realities of living in this "Los Angeles" of the future, at 2011 can we already see the beginnings of this and what if the Blade runner vision was only 11 years off the proposed 2019.

A quick search into global tends show a gloomy outlook where there is a shortage in resources and a estimated 8 billion people at a medium rate of population growth by 2030 an extra 1 billion more people than today, how will the current economic crisis cope with the addition of the extra population and extra costs.

Title - Vision of the future...1980-2030


Blade Runner Description
Ridley Scott History
Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep?
Chapter 1 - Making of Blade Runner

 The design process
Physical construction (set and model)
The shooting of Blade Runner 
Design Influences - Syd Mead etc

Chapter 2 - Blade Runner the Film

The Film in sequence
The futuristic View
The set as seen
The influence on the Audience
The futuristic story

Conclusion - Vision of the future

The facts of the film
The realities of this being in 2019
What in reality can we take from the film if anything
What the similarities are between the scenes of population and poverty in the film and the estimated statistics of the so called reality.

Petticoat Lane

Petticoat Lane Spitalfields Photo 
- November 2011
Petticoat Lane Spitalfields Sketch 
- Blade Runner 2030

Petticoat Lane Spitalfields Sketch 
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 2030

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K. Dick
2007 Edition

The book which has influenced Blade Runner, the book is about a Bounty Hunter Rick Deckard who is hunting 8 illegal earth androids who escaped mars by killing their owners and stealing a spaceship.

The book differs from what we watch on screen, the book whether this is because i have watched Blade Runner and Dangerous days seems a little disappointing the build up to the characters and their place in this society is good but the ending is short and a bit of let down after would could have been. 

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Metropia (2009)
Story takes place in 2024, Europe. Natural resources are depleted and global financial markets crashed. One company controls global European subway system called "The Metro". After hearing voice inside his head Roger meets Anna - model which offers him help in getting rid of it which starts unraveling global surveillance and mind control conspiracy. Written by Leonty Belskiy 

The film follows a dystopian view on the world, where freedom can no longer exist and begin to live in a unfilled life of groundhog day, the character of Roger  lives his life in a regular way until voices begin to mess his thoughts up and begin to change his life until he meets his desire Nina who then begins to control his life, the voices in his head are part of a larger organisation who are trying to control Europe with a a shampoo.

The film is created in the powerful after effects and shows what can be done in using reasonable little im told. The lighting in the film adds to the effects of the character and surroundings with the dingy settings Roger finds himself living and working amongst. The film uses very little colour and mainly sticks to the greys and black for shadowing enhancing the depiction of the suffering of Rogers story.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Dystopian Spitafileds

Ramble City: Postmodernism and Blade Runner
October, No. 41 (1987), pp. 66
It is a place of vast immigration, from countries of overpopulation and poverty. While immigrants crowd the city, the indigenous petite bourgeoisie moves to the suburbs or to the "off- world" as the case may be. Abandoned buildings and neighborhoods in decay adjoin highly populated, crowded old areas, themselves set next to new, high- tech business districts.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Film Noir

Sunset Boulevard (1950) - Film Noir

Is a story about a actress who falls in love with a younger writer who’s cross paths in coincidence, which ends fatally, the actress is forever chasing a dream of acting in a script she/they wrote together but the film industry Paramount in this case had no interest in shooting.

The film is shoot in a semi dilapidated mansion in Hollywood, the house was full of riches from "yesteryears" the set was luxurious which reflects the former actress, the goods where bought in her prime and over the ages begin to show their age, the items which are in the house remind the actress of her former glory and has a butler which keeps feeding her the lifestyle she desires.

Looking into the set the backdrop displays the torture in which the actress is living through, the mansion exterior in the early scenes is run down and in disrepair during the duration of the film the Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) the mansion begins to show it life again with the swimming pool being reused and scenes begin to be placed outside the house as the actress grows in confidence with her new lover, however as Joe Gillis (William Holden) begins to change his mind and falls for another lady the scenes once again begin to stay internal to the house with the dark heavy interior displaying the feelings of the characters.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

2 Minute Presentation - Unit 15 PTYR3
London Worldwide MF-unit 15.mp4

1st Minute - Dissertation 

The Portrayal of the Wall.....

The importance of architecture and its influence within film to portray the storyline, each scene for a film is researched and the set is chosen specifically for its architectural appearance.

Given the relationship with architecture within film being a strong catalyst why is film not used to influence architecture? If an audience can watch a film and place themselves within the unfamiliar surroundings of a film, why is architectural story told in a 3rd party viewpoint, the audience is always on looking.

Focusing particularly on

Films: Blade Runner (1982), Ridley Scott, The Pianist (2002), Roman Polanski

Architecture:Masdar City (present), Sir Norman Foster

2nd  Minute - Dissertation 

London, Worldwide
London Souvenirs

What happens when the London cities financial crisis hits and the finical district begins to disappear, with empty office blocks left I there wake, the blocks maintenance bills rising and becoming unaffordable to keep and London becomes a marketplace for the words most powerful economies to buy like pieces of souvenirs.

London cityscape becomes a fake with replicas replacing the originals as their countries of ownership are transporting these souvenirs into their cities and recreating London cityscapes for their own use.
London Souvenirs

What happens when the London cities financial crisis hits and the finical district begins to disappear, with empty office blocks left I there wake, the blocks maintenance bills rising and becoming unaffordable to keep and London becomes a marketplace for the words most powerful economies to buy like pieces of souvenirs.

London cityscape becomes a fake with replicas replacing the originals as their countries of ownership are transporting these souvenirs into their cities and recreating London cityscapes for their own use.

Thursday, 3 November 2011


 2 Minute First Draft Presentation Video 

1st Minute - Dissertation

Walls and their emotions potrayed in films to enchence the sub plot of the film and their effects on the audience.

2nd Minute - Project Outline

This is still currently being worked out, but the basis film sets with backdrops of London whether they be in London or a set (fake)  designed to look and feel like London.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

The changing streets in City of London Borough

My first attempts at aftereffects and making a 2d photo into a 3d video also using some colour effects to add the to tensity of the changing streets

Friday, 28 October 2011

  If the london financial captial crashed and Chinese investor begin to invest in the City of london, how would the eastern culture and influence begin to change the face of our city.

China Weighs Up Euro Bailout Fund Investment

Monday, 24 October 2011

Blade Runner - The Final Cut

Roy to Rick
"All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain" great line added in by the Rutger Hauer,

Quiet glad to say after watching the documentary and the few versions there were i watched the directors cut! no bad voice overs or "shinning" endings! 

After watching the documentary dangerous day then the film, my appreciation for the movie has increased ten fold, without giving it all away the details that are in the film quite amazing and set the scene well, the film was directed and shot well, the effects and techniques used were great and very architectural in there construction and principle in creating the right streetscape for the futuristic film and Ridley Scotts portrait of the future.

The film was written, then designed and constructed, on a 1:1 scale as well as caring size models, every detail within the film was designed specially, graphical drawings to reproduce the mood for the scenes, there were casting from Frank Lloyd Wrights house in Deckards flat and similar to what we learnt in after effects the models were made for the camera so no wasted time or money on producing the large acid attached models. 

Possible Thesis idea,  could be to compare this Blade runner city to the Masdar Development designed by sir Norman Foster, the use of physical design and the similarities within the approach.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Film Project

With the site location being based in Tower Hamlets boarding the City of London borough, the two opposite are extremely apparent walking around the area.

What if the our economy begins to implode into the extremes were the city begins to fold and become redundant and abandoned similar to the surrounding areas and the offices become taken over by the new power house economy of China, changing the exterior and the appearance once again, adapting the city developments into a western Shanghai/ Beijing.

Thesis Proposal

 Walls have feelings
 Film and architecture run hand in hand within film, the importance of creating a strong background can enhance the story of the film and the message the film across to the audience and portraying the director’s idea into a format, which can be understood worldwide, creating the correct surroundings captivate the audience a give the audience a sense of place and position within the film whether this is the future, past or present the audience can appreciate the surroundings and set their position within the film.

Gladiator as an example sets the scene of each sequence, which enhances the characters position with the story and the characters personal story, within the amphitheater he is a great warrior, in the cell of his new found home he is a servant for a more power source and shows his weaknesses.
Whitechapel Gallery Visit
Work in Progress: Reclaim The Mural
Wilhelm Sansal
The Bloomberg Commission: Josiah McElheny
Government Art Collection : Selected by Cornelia Parker

Small exhibition with a few interesting pieces in the Wilhelm Sansal, the style of the pieces were comic like and a very good exhibition on electric pulses and reflections in the Josiah McElheny exhibition, 

Wilhelm Sansal - Shoah

Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner

Ridley Scott - Director
“I never chuck away the set or the proscenium or the landscape. The set is the landscape. And to me in all my work the landscape and proscenium is a character.”
proscenium [prəˈsiːnɪəm] n pl -nia [-nɪə]-niums
1. (Performing Arts / Theatre) the arch or opening separating the stage from the auditorium together with the area immediately in front of the arch
2. (Historical Terms) (in ancient theatres) the stage itself

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Peter Zumthor - Atmospheres

"And that is what i would call the first and the greatest secret of architecture, that it collects different things in the world, different materials, and combines them to create a space like this. To me it's a kind of anatomy we are talking about. Really, i mean the word <body> quite literally. It's like our own bodies with their anatomy and things we can't see and the skin covering us - that's what architecture means to me"

What the walls say about the city… Dissertation idea

Spitafields and the surroundings areas have a diverse social community, which is displayed in the diversity of the facades seen in the streetscapes.

Investigating the external materials and tissue these buildings wear show the past, present and the future, the background of the area is one of very mixed economic backgrounds the City of London and the powerhouses which currently exist within the boroughs boundaries and Tower Hamlets a borough which is one of the poorest in London. What do the walls say about each of the boroughs and how is this displayed to the passer by,

My Interests are how the place will keep in with its rich history and diversity as well as its move into the present and beyond. The use of material is crucial as this sets the streetscape and scene, modern forms of glass and exposed structure set against the dark brick backdrop social housing blocks and their integration together.
Lost Highway - David Lynch

A bizarre film with twists, the film mainly dark visually and its narrative, the film starts with a series of short filmed clips which are sent in the post which relate and lead onto the overall narrative to the film, the film is highly sex charged with many scenes withe heavy audio mainly consisting of Rammstein very good choice in my opinion and some Marlyn Manson music, as well as in appearance from the artist his self, being a heavy metal fan this filmed had the grit and appeal to many fans on this music genre.

The film overall for me was different to the type of film I would usually watch maybe not in music video sense but in a feature movie, the film was enjoyable to watch even in which leaving myself slightly confused.