Ragnarok initial concept notes

sb1This is the opening shot to the episode, setting the location and mystery the episode will follow.

  1. Ext shot, hill with trees, panning down hill
  2. Follows straight from one, shot up river with buildings in the background, camera pans down into 3
  3. Camera pans down into final position
  4. Camera onto body lying on slab stones/concrete, hold for a few seconds, let music well up and smash cut into next frame

 

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*All p/in/p videos fade in and out*

Half profile shots of the two leads of the episode (a police investigator and the leader/ sub-boss of the biker gang suspected of the murder. Beside each are small videos showing actions of the upcoming episode to give a brief insight to the characters.)

  1. Shot of character getting out of car and talking to colleague
  2. Shot of character arresting/interviewing someone
  3. Shot of character room clearing/searching for clues
  4. Shot of character in a bar with drink (maybe a smoke too)
  5. Shot of character preparing chain/knife/knuckle duster
  6. Shot of character flexing with leather/denim vest on

 

sb3

Main title card for the episode, pic 1 is independent, while 2 and 3 are together.

  1. Black background, title fades in, followed shortly by episode title
  2. Series title fades in as a snowstorm starts to pick up (going from upper left to lower right), flows into pic 3.
  3. White background with vignette around border, episode title fades in black letters (possibly with episode count underneath)

Winter is coming- project notes

I have a new project to complete for my university course, called ‘Winter is Coming.’

The aim of this project is to create an opening title for a fictional anthology series called ‘Winter is Coming,’  with each of us creating a basic outline for an episode and constructing the opening title sequence around that.

Below you will find some preliminary notes I made about the project.

Winter is Coming opening credits

  • Nordic/Gaelic/Welsh noir inspired
  • Typically from the perspective of the police (most commonly dealing with murder)
  • Sometimes deal with corruption of government
  • Slow burn tension and drama
  • Opening title to be 60-90 seconds long
  • Can either be an opening scene with credits or more traditional opening credits (like a montage)
  • Winter is Coming- anthology series style

 

Episode style/story notes-

  • Cops vs bikers (Ragnarök, name for Biker Gang)
  • Corrupt local government official funding bikers (either through drugs or weapons)
  • Police pick up the trail after a body is found, suspected be a gang killing
  • Bikers preparing for a war with other gangs

 

Opening credits content notes-

  • Opening shot of dead body central to plot
  • Majority of credits are a close up of the two leads (separately) faces, half on show, over a black background while short clips from the episode fade in and out beside them
  • Leads= lead investigator and biker gang leader
  • Clips showcase the characters personalities through actions (such as arrests for the cop and beating someone for the gang leader)
  • End of credits feature the series title (Winter is Coming) and the episode title (Ragnarök) as a subtitle.
  • Alternative: Main title comes up, a “snowstorm” covers it over in white and replaces it with Ragnarök.

Wendigo shoot BTS

Here’s a selection of behind the scenes shots from a photoshoot I organised today (Sunday, 14/10/18) at Afan Argoed forest park, for my university project, taking influence from the Wendigo legend.

Concept portfolio

This is a brief portfolio tracking my research and development of my first university project, which is to create six images to form a story revolving around the concept and theme of dreams.

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The first slide gives a brief summary of Jung’s study of dreams and his concept of the Shadow archetype.

The second slide is a series of pictures that I produced as part of exercises in my university lessons that I have found to be fairly inspirational towards the development of this project.

My third slide is simply just a small collection of films that explore a similar theme of an “inner monster/animal” to myself and that have inspired me in some way on this project.

Slide four is rather self explaining in that it describes my main inspiration (the Wendigo) for the project.

Slides five and six are also very self explaining as they are the storyboard for my proposed pictures.

Nathan Mason

Digital Residencies 2018

The Jane Phillips Award Digital Residency offers support and promotion for artists, providing online space through its website to develop work, ideas and display new artwork.

It can feature images/documentation of objects, photographs, textiles, art, creative writing, sculpture, oral history, and archival materials. Artists whose practices include performance, sculpture, film, video, new media, video, sonic art, live works and cross-disciplinary practices.

This residency presents an opportunity to an artist/s working with exclusively online practices or who make work using digital processes, wishing to exploring the boundaries of art and technology and the interactions between digital, online spaces and/or their physical materiality.

Nathan Mason: 01 October – 31 December 2018

As an artist, I prefer to make the type of art I would like to see, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t take the time to experiment with different styles and mediums.

Typically,I’m a filmmaker (currently taking a university course for this), focussing on horror and action films, though I do tend to try and stay away from the regular trapping of the two genres. What I expect this residency to showcase, for me, is the processes that I go through when making films.

 

 

 

Abstract lines

First page of a new mini sketch book I just bought to keep on me at all times when I’m out and about. I like to doodle and this is just an example of the kind of thin I like to do – free form drawing with no conscious conection to anything. Just shapes and lines.  IMG_4021

Jane Phillips Award 2018: Edward Rhys Jones ‘the […] space ‘

In partnership with Swansea College of Art UWTSD.

Edward Jones is an Artist and Designer working from Swansea and Bristol. Driven by a fascination with modes of representation, simulation and mediation, Edward Jones believes that there is something integral to the material qualities of glass, that can be drawn upon to interrogate our increasingly mediated construction of reality.

Further to an understanding of Edward Jones’ practice are three major concerns:

– Firstly, the seemingly instinctive human drive to represent, replicate and reproduce – in greater and greater, similitude – existing aspects of the physical world.

– Secondly, the relationship between these representations and their origin; or more specifically, the threshold where our lived, physical, temporally unfolding reality meets with an increasingly manipulated, mediated, re-presented, version of that reality.

– And thirdly how these mediated experiences of representations feed back into, and affect our experience of our lived physical reality.

Edward will showcase the outcomes of his Summer residency at ALEX building, Swansea College of Art UWTSD, in the […] space from 13 October – 17 November 2018.

Axis 2017 Digital print.180cm x 320cm

Buffer the World 2018 Digital projection, Semi opaque vinyl. Size Variable.

 

Compound Axis 2017 Glass cube, four digital projectors, multiple live news feeds, direct drive turntable. Size variable.

 

Digital Borderlands (Clone Stamp Tool) 2018 Double sided mirror, your digital images of the artwork. 180cm x 200cm

 

 

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Dry Finish

Dry Blue and White jug pour

This how the Blue and white jug pour turned out after it had dried (which took at least two days considering the thickness of the paint) Since I re-used a canvas from a previous pour this pour features some cracking and interesting textures.

Experiments with Acrylic Paint

Over the last few weeks I’ve been getting quite messy with acrylic paint. After trying my hand at some Acrylic pouring. The process involes layering paint in a cup or jug and pouring or quickly flipping the paint onto a surface and thentilting the surface to allow the paint to flow over the surface rusulting in some really lovely shapes and patterns.

Here is a link to some experiments I’ve been doing at home.

For this a type of pour I used an old builders trowl I found at my mothers house which worked pretty well to drag the paint across.I used a little water and PVA glue to get the paint to the right consistency.

 

 

 

 

 

Residencies & Ones to Watch

Foundation Residencies & Ones to Watch

Digital Residencies 2018

The Jane Phillips Award Digital Residency offers support and promotion for artists, providing online space through its website to develop work, ideas and display new artwork.

It can feature images/documentation of objects, photographs, textiles, art, creative writing, sculpture, oral history, and archival materials. Artists whose practices include performance, sculpture, film, video, new media, video, sonic art, live works and cross-disciplinary practices.

This residency presents an opportunity to an artist/s working with exclusively online practices or who make work using digital processes, wishing to exploring the boundaries of art and technology and the interactions between digital, online spaces and/or their physical materiality.

The selected artists are:

Alex Brooks: 01 July – 30 September 2018

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Ink scan 6, Alex Brooks

Nathan Mason: 01 October – 31 December 2018


Studio Residencies 2018

Based at the Jane Phillips Award Studio at Elysium Orchard Street Studios, Swansea | In partnership with Elysium Gallery & Studios

An month long opportunity to gain valuable experience in how to manage a studio before moving onto University. A unique opportunity for the selected artists, allowing them complete freedom to display and explore their creativity, ability and imagination in their own space.

The selected artists are:

Izabella Bristow Casey: 31 August – 28 September 2018

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Izabella Bristow Casey

 

Emily Elias: 28 September – 26 October 2018

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Emily Elias

Emily is a young artist exploring the relationship between film and performance art; using media as a means for visual discussion, provoke thought and convey a feeling through immersing her audience into a visual experience. Emily’s ideas are catalysed by a rich theological knowledge, while her work address’ philosophical ideas head on, she is concerned to communicate these through a universal language, while still open to the interpretation of the audience. As she seeks to understand how ethical structures relate to and influence society.

Emily’s most recent work encompasses the values of the Chaos Theory, defined as “The property of a complex system who’s behaviour is so unpredictable as to appear random owing to great sensitivity small changes in conditions”. Endings create space for new beginnings, the Sun must set in order to rise again, chaos is a series of finite events that lead to an infinite measure of time. Exploring Jewish mysticism, biblical stories of creation and the philosophy of choice; the media, projected from a perspective of awe and wonder of the natural world, the work concludes to the notion that,  chaos provides the conditions in which we live our lives, that we create the chaos.


Ones to Watch 2018

New to 2018. The Jane Phillips Award’s aim is to mentor, nurture and support the professional artistic growth of emerging and early career artists across the Visual and Applied Arts. The award will keep in contact with the artists selected as part of ‘Ones to Watch’, keeping an eye on how their work develops in future.

The selected artists are:

Billy Trick

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Billy Trick

A suggestion of movement. Like bodies of mass ever so slightly slipping and shifting, unveiling the layers beneath. Creating new lines where a colour begins and ends that lie to the viewer at first glance.

 

Jasmine Newton

 

Matt Collier: Artist in Residence Outcomes

Matthew graduated from Swansea, UWTSD in the summer of 2017 with a First Class Honours BA Degree in Music Technology. Working predominately with audio field recordings and found sound objects in the creation of sonic compositions, he also employs novel approaches to utilising technology in sound based live performances and installations.

As a result of having worked for many years facilitating rhythm-based activities primarily with children on the Autistic spectrum, his evolving practice explores the territories of interaction, sensory perception and atypical states of consciousness. Current topics of fascination include Acoustic Archaeology and Acoustic Architecture, the Neo-Confucian principle of Li with its focus on dynamic forms in nature, the neurobiological impact of rhythm entrainment, and the intriguing phenomena of Apophenia and Audio Pareidolia.

Matt was the first Sonic Art practitioner to receive a Jane Phillips Award Residency. The residency took place from 01 November – 10 January 2018 and the outcomes can be seen at Mission Gallery’s ‘the […] space’ until 11 February 2018.

For more information on Matt’s work in the […] space, please click here

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Brett Swenson has arrived!

2017 JPA International Residency recipient.

Brett Swenson is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York, who will be supported by the Glass Department at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD during his stay here in Swansea. He has previously been awarded residencies from Residency Unlimited and Urban Glass, both New York 2016 and ‘RAMDOM Assosciation’s Investigation on the Extreme Land: DEFAULT, Italy, 2015.

Brett will be based both at the Jane Phillips Award studio at Elysium Orchard Street Studios as well as at the Glass Department at Swansea College of Art UWTSD.

For more information on Brett’s practice, please click here