FMP – Research

What is my FMP?

Mindmap

My FMP is a online photography story book throughout someones live via their eyes. It will start from their birth, first sights, to the point where they are old enough to leave the nest and start out on their own life for uni/work. The idea behind this project is to think of someone’s eyes as a camera, capturing moments in your life and displaying them as a book. The question of my project is: “What do we see throughout life?”

What Research can I do?

I plan to research multiple things to cover this project. One of the things I will need to do is research and plan the stages of life the individual from baby to adult. What things they might see, interact with, behave with and react too. I can do this by doing some online research for secondary sources as well as doing questionnaires, interviews and/or surveys to find out what people can think of  that sticks out when they interacted with things at a certain age.

Once that is planned out, I will need to research the stages of eye development for the infant stages as a child’s eye sight isn’t clear / wide until a later age. Once I learn and find out all the information I need for this topic, I can research as well as practice methods on how to give off this effect with my camera. I can obtain this information by using both secondary research, primary and qualitative. If this however doesn’t happen due to it being a vast subject or not getting enough information to be comfortable to practice it in, I shall style all the images still through the point of view as planned but in the style of an online scrap book instead.

Finally, I will create a storyboard for m photography timeline. It will be around 5- images per year of age. I will design this in the usual style of a storyboard if this was a video, however keep the images basic due to there being so many because of the ages going between 0-18. Once this storyboard is done, I will be able to use it as a checklist for what photographs I will be taking.

With this information and research, I should be able to produce a final project without many flaws. It covers the topics I need to learn and understand as well as plans out my project smoothly so I can follow a complete timeline of what to do and how to do it. Once the research is complete I will create the storyboard, then proceed to complete the project by following it to the best of my ability.

Questions for Interview: These are the questions I shall be asking a group of people the following questions, aiming for simple answers. The reason for this is because I want the simplistic images of the words the say. If something needs describing or they want to explain in more detail, I will ask for them to do as so if they can.

1/ What is the first thing you remember seeing?

2/ What is your earliest memory?

3/ What memory comes to mind when you think of your childhood?

4/ What memory comes to mind when you think of your teen-hood?

5/ Is there a memory which comes to mind that makes you feel happy?

6/ Is there a memory which comes to mind that makes you feel unhappy?

7/ Are there any mental images from any years of your life that stick out?

Results: https://www.surveymonkey.com/analyze/Y_2FZ47639xaG1IPD4J7HRoWoK3KADGCr4TjZEtUbCIWw_3D

“Surveymonkey: Free Online Survey Software & Questionnaire Tool”. Surveymonkey.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Evaluation: Through these results, I can see that there is a vast amount of memories that people can have but can connect together in away. Some feedback I got about these questions was that they were rather difficult to answer and I got a response that looking back at some of their memories was almost painful and upsetting.

The results on the question about “are there any upsetting memories that come to mind” had some similar results such as loosing someone or failing at something. Another answer that had similar answers was the question of “What is the first thing you remember ever seeing?” which lead to answers mostly consisting of them seeing their mother and/or father.

From this information I have gathered, I have gained more of an idea of what I can capture throughout the photography progress and using some of these ideas to show through my project that life has many ups and downs like a roller coaster.

Project Layout Designs:

I am gonna have my project in the style of a scrap book. When asking around my class for some unique and personal design ideas, a couple of classmates offered to show me what their scrapbook designs looked like to give me a vast idea of what II should do with mine. Each page or two will be related to the age of the child, depending on what part of the book we are at. As the point of view individual is getting old, so do the pages with the surrounding pictures and related background growing up with them. This is one of the styles that I could do for my project, thanks to Zoe Midwinter, a scattered image style with interactive background text and images related to the images. I like how every page is different in its own way and how the images sizes and positions are all different on each page.

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The next design I looked at was from another classmate, Meghan Truscott. Her scrapbook has a more simplistic and neat style to it unlike Zoe’s scrapbook. It has room for more images on it as well as some related captions that are next to some of the photos. Another thing I like about Meghan’s design is that it has a lot of subheadings such as “Sisters” and “Best Friends” so you know what you are gonna see on each page. It also has room for some little designs of art around some of the pages such as flowery banners and some little faces. This scrapbook is designed to look cute but maintain a consistent nostalgia feel to it as you read on. The style is simplistic and effective with pages easy to locate when you are looking for something specific. I would take the subheading idea from this design to help tell with my book what stage of growth we are in when you open the book on a random page.

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After looking at both designs of these scrap books, I can see the pros and cons of each as well as see how both are effective and stylish to show off their images and tell a story. However, the style I would like to use for my project would be similar to the first scrap book design. I like how this one makes the pages look unique on every page with lots of information and creativity behind it all. I feel that I can make some pretty creative pages and evolve the book in general as the book moves forward to grow up with the child who is portrayed. A weakness of this design however could be that there can be too much on one page that will loose focus of the actual story being told, so finding the balance will need to be one of the top priorities.

Overall, my findings though not as vast as previous projects, have been effective. Through a simple survey, I found out a lot about many peoples past memories and favourite moments in their life which I will use towards my storyboard and book. I learnt that even though there are lots of happy memories that people cherish and protect, that there are also a lot of sad and dark memories that haunt the paint and cannot be forgotten, yet help us move forward and make the future us stronger because of them. So my images wont be just a “fairy tale” like story where there is only positivity and happiness, because that isn’t how life is sadly. It will show the struggles, challenges and tough times of a typical human being to help create a more believable and relatable person within the book.

With this topic that I have chosen, my research was limited, however it will continue to conduct research as the project goes on. I did surveys and interviews with other people to get into their mind and get some personal and unique information as well as read some personal stories of my own to get an idea of the timeline I will have to complete. I did look into the biology of the human eye’s development at a young age, but due to lack of source material that wasn’t online, as well as the interview with a local opticians having to be cancelled due to time constraints, I decided to not put any more pressure on the topic and move forward, using my contingency plan of laying it out as a scrap book instead. I would of liked to of continued to try and follow with the idea of the whole human eye development idea due to the chance to show off some unique camera skills and show real growth and progression in not just image form but also in senses. I feel it was the right call to do however as I don.t want to rush this project, nor make any mistakes because I set the bar too high. Through this research process, I have been able to conduct a large amount of primary and qualitative research with some secondary research too.

The next tasks for me now is to create a storyboard for all the years from the start of life to the age of independence (18). Once these storyboards are done, I can use them as a check list to take the photos of what I need to cover a page of each year, then design the background covers in relation to the age that they are.

FMP – Research

Project Images Evidence

World of Warcraft Legion Logo (Cover) – Tagn.files.wordpress.com. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: https://tagn.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/wowlegionwhite.png?w=500 [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Green Fire (Cover) – D2v9y0dukr6mq2.cloudfront.net. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: https://d2v9y0dukr6mq2.cloudfront.net/video/thumbnail/0xPgM5l/green-toxic-fire-burning_q1tmbs7u__M0000.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

World of Warcraft Legion Box Art (Cover) – Gearstore-cdn.com. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: https://gearstore-cdn.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/650×650/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/w/o/wowleg_canvas_m01.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Illidan Stormrage Image (Contents) – Vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/wowwiki/images/0/06/Illidan_Demon.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/378?cb=20150401125435 [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Gul’Dan Character Model (Contents)  Pre01.deviantart.net. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://pre01.deviantart.net/ccf3/th/pre/i/2016/130/3/7/gul_dan__darkness_incarnate_by_chrissicraft-da1za22.png [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Overwatch Logo (Page 3) – S-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/fa/68/95/fa6895c3c200384f0dd8914386e1f871.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

StarCraft 2 Logo (Page 3) – Static.tvtropes.org. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/starcraft_2_logo_by_skywalger-d3ahjlw_5384.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Diablo 3 Logo ( Page 3) – Bnetcmsus-a.akamaihd.net. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://bnetcmsus-a.akamaihd.net/cms/blog_header/NK37VR62D3ZR1406743331582.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Hearthstone Logo (Page 3)  – Drwallpaper.com. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://drwallpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/hearthstone_heroes_of_warcraft_wallpaper_hd_background_download_facebook_covers1.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Heroes of the Storm Logo – (Page 3) – Pbs.twimg.com. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDHRv-QXIAAzjZJ.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Demon Hunter Class Icon (Page 4) – Classyguides.com. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://www.classyguides.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Demon-Hunter.png [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Green Fire (Page 5) – Cdn.wallpapersafari.com. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://cdn.wallpapersafari.com/99/5/2yzlNx.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

World of Warcraft Logo (Page 6) – Cdn1.twinfinite.net. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://cdn1.twinfinite.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/World-Of-Warcraft-Logo-8.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Alliance and Horde Logos (Page 6) – S-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/71/04/ab/7104abd5973ac835b84cc89d0244b399.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Demon Blades Image (Page 7) – S.blogcdn.com. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: https://s.blogcdn.com/wow.joystiq.com/media/2011/11/warglaives.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Blue Tattoo Sword Image (Page 7)  – My own Photo

Cataclysm Logo (Page 8) – Orig09.deviantart.net. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://orig09.deviantart.net/92f5/f/2012/078/4/6/world_of_warcraft_cataclysm___icon_by_darhymes-d4t9k5l.png [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Mists of Pandaria Screenshot (Page 8) – Cdn1.applecidermage.com. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://cdn1.applecidermage.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/chen-maybe.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Warlords of Draenor Image (Page 9) – Ejezeta.cl. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://www.ejezeta.cl/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/wow.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Blizzard Logo (Page 9) – Vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/wowwiki/images/0/0d/Blizzard_Entertainment_logo_blue_outline_on_black.png/revision/latest?cb=20160128002539 [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Warcraft the Movie Poster (Page 10 / Back Cover) – Bighonchomedia.com. (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: http://www.bighonchomedia.com/assets/UNIVERSAL/Warcraft_1Sht_Web.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

 

Project Images Evidence

Extention Project: Review

First review: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/Nickelback/1945/ – Last accessed on 14/03/2016

Intro: The review starts with the reviewer talking about the band Nickelback’s early career saying they accomplished more than most bands in the 2000s as well as describing who they are. He mentions the struggle they had to begin with getting a single noticed outside of Canada until they were successful with their song “How you remind me” gaining them a lot of awards and topping the charts in several countries which was the start of making them as popular and well known as they are today. This introduction was very factual about their early career and how they formed. It also explained well on what was the song that kick-started their bands career and how they got their popularity. It is written in a formal text and the reviewer has clearly done his research on the band.

Body: The body of the interview is in a typical web page layout with paragraphs. This layout makes it easy and simple to read and is also friendly towards other devises accessing the webpage such as tablet or mobile. It is all text with no pictures however the text is size is rather small and in a font that appears thin so it can be difficult to read for visually impaired. The information flow is constant and covers many areas in a timeline manner with a range of topics from them personally to the bands tours and singles. When reading this review, I noticed that there was some miss typing due to lack of the use of the space bar which could be a coding error on the site.

Conclusion: In the conclusion of the review, they finish off by talking about the personal relationship status of the lead singer of Nickelback. They mention the dates of the year when this happened and then conclude with their latest work of them making their first compilation album.

 

Second review: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/b6w6 – Last accessed on 14/03/2016

Intro: This review is about Green Day’s new album called “21st century breakdown.” The review starts with the reviewer introducing the album of the bands, how long it took to make and the length it is in total. It is said that the pop bands that are interviewed nowadays aren’t making much money and it isn’t easy to take them seriously. The intro is abbreviated and using words that are disengaging. When reading this it through me off and I didn’t really understand it clearly.

Body: The layout of the review is in a paragraph format in the center of the web page. This makes it more accessible to other media devises such as mobiles and tablets. The background is a dark grey colour and the text is white so it stands out more clearly and it is in a simple font so there is no difficulty reading. There are zero illustrations or links within this review so it is just pure text. The way it is written is very informal, evidence that shows this is the continous use of brackets to make a comment about something as well as a couple of jokes or puns within the review such as “war (huh) what is it good for?” Also, the language used in this is a bit difficult to understand at times with the use of larger or uncommon words and abbreviations.  There is also a use of censoring swears in this review several times to keep it more at a “mature” level.

Conclusion: The conclusion starts with the reviewer reflecting on the album saying it is “refreshing” and that the style of music that is on that album would have realistically died out about 30 years ago. The reviewer then praises the album saying it is creative, but comments saying “it wont change the world” but has the positive effects to make children dance and be happy which is the message that gets the reviewers approval.

 

Comparison:

In comparison, The first review’s intro was a lot more factual. It spoke about the early days of the bands career and spoke about the struggle to be noticed. The second review opened up with a few facts however then went on the more casual approach and spoke about comparing Green Day to other bands. If I was to gain inspiration from one of these reviews, I would side more with the second review opening wise, this is because even though it isn’t all facts about the band, it shows a picture more of what the band is like than the first. The style of writing I think I would use would be more of a formal approach but not as formal as the first review which seemed to rely on mostly facts.

The body of the reviewers were slightly different layout wise. Both had a dark background with a lighter text colour to make it stand out and both were laid out to be read on different types of media platforms. A difference was the style of writing, the first review was formal while the second one was not; yet the second one tried harder to use more less common words than the first. I would use the first review as inspiration for my review. This is because it is easier to read and understand, however I would also use the same layout which they both use colour scheme wise and the way the text was laid out. I would consider using a slightly larger font though to make it more easy to read.

The conclusions of both reviews were completely different. The first review focused on the lead singers personal life and where/what is the band doing now, while the first one reflected on the band and the bands album in a whole which felt more of a satisfying conclusion. I would use a bit of both for a conclusion in my review. I would speak about where the band is now and what they are planning for the future like the first review did, but also wrap up the review in the same sense that the second review did.

My Review of Impuritas:

Impuritas, A death metal band from Ramsgate Kent, have been on the music scene since 2012 and have taken the local music industry by storm. Their new fresh style on the death metal with lyrics that hold a very close meaning to them is inspiring to many future death metal bands to come.

Their latest album, “The Human Condition” has now been around online for the past couple of years and is still played live in tours and music events today. Their most popular song called “Plague of Vermin” was played at this years death metal event in Croydon on 11th March and got the audience pumped; they played aside with many well known local death metal bands such as “A Night in the Abyss” and “Sea of Treachery.” Impuritas are getting their name out there and are working towards to be a band to be remembered, already they have another couple of gigs planned in the early future such as playing at The Beacon Court March 15th in Gillingham, and at the Maidens Head in Canterbury August 2016. Some friends of the band even get to see then rehearse and practice their new material before gigs such as these if they are in the area. They own now a studio of their own based in their home town of Ramsgate that has everything a death metal band needs from a recording room to brand new instruments and audio equipment.

Impuritas has been through a few changes throughout the years they have been together such as the two people who started the band were Tom and Alex. However due to disputes, disagreements and arguments, Alex was kicked out of the band and was replaced by a new bass guitarist. The one who replaced him was already a friends with most of the band members and was happily accepted into the band. They have said that the band is now better than ever and that they have all become a lot closer friends because of Impuritas.

Impuritas has certainly got a bright future ahead of them and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon. With their positive attitude and motivation towards their music and their love for their fan base, they are going to be around for a long time and making a lot of noise! It is only a matter of time before they release their new album which has been in the works now for a year but it definitely gives the fans of death metal and Impuritas something to look forward too.

Extention Project: Review

Extended Project, Poster

 

First Poster Analysis:

Weekend-Festival-2015-Poster

http://img4.okidoker.com/c/1/6/7/67939/4308095/8949309_2 – Last Accessed 14/03/2016

What I like about this poster above is that it has the a gimmick all the way through. It is a digital tour and the text of the time and date is in a data like font. The layout is good with the top half being the title, date and time to capture your eye with its unique 3d like design; and the bottom part is the list of all the bands playing in that event. It also shows the links on where to find more information as well as a contest to win free tickets. The colour scheme is a black background with some blue for a more electric feel. The text is in white to make it stand out and easy to read. If I was to use something from this design, I would use the top half for the logo and tour title as well as use the layout below to make it easy to read and give all the information necessary.

Second Poster Analysis:

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What I like about this poster is that it has all the bands that will be playing in the festival in the centre with their unique logos. I do think however that this is a bit difficult to read at times and not many bands logos stick out. The main attractions for the festival are at the top in a larger sized font then the rest. The details of prices and offers are all clearly at the bottom of the poster and where to follow them on social media as well as get more information on the festival. If I was to use this design, I would use the layout as well as the black background to make things stand out.

 

My poster:

Impuritas Poster

Extended Project, Poster

Impuritas Project

Our team went to the Impuritas studio too see the band members for an interview. Those members were Alex and Mac who play the guitar, Nik who plays bass, Jordan who plays drums and Tom who does vocals.

We asked them how they formed together and learnt that it was Tom who started the band with a now ex guitarist band member then got some of their friends to join. Later on, Jordan joined followed by Mac and then Nik to replace their old guitarist.

We followed up by asking which music artist inspired
them to be in a band the most. We got a range of answers from each band member such as White Chapel, Elevenants, Rings of Saturn and Trates of Florida.

After this we found out about their future gigs. On March 11th they have a gig in Croyden joining other similar bands such as Nightly Abyss and Monastries, World Eater and Sea of Treachery. They told us what we will be expecting from their future gigs which was more violence, more slam and more aggression. We spoke to two fans of Impuritas and asked them what was their favourite memory at a gig. They replied with one of them getting punched in the face and they still laugh about it to this day!

The band members are all very close and like to have a laugh and joke around. When we asked them the question “Who is the bossiest in the band” They all replied with one answer in unison “Tom!” followed by a lot of laughter. Tom then replied saying “looking after them is like working at a day care center!” They also joked around when we asked them what we will be expecting in the future and one of their answers was “Tom’s beard getting longer”

Impuritas are available on these social networking sites below. Click the links below to support this band, as well as to get updates on their next tours and gigs.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Impuritas/

Website: https://impuritas.bandcamp.com/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxd-19Qve1GFhSxfrzvEpgA

 

 

 

 

 

Impuritas Project