Saturday, August 29, 2009

Concept Art

I decided I'd put up a few pieces of concept art I've been working on. They're not really what I'm hoping the final looks like (I've got someone better than me lined up to actually do some concept pieces for me to help direct the visual look of the piece). The first one is awful. The next two are a little better, and the third one is probably closest to what I want the final product to look like.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Coke Commercial

This is a commercial from a number of years ago my teacher brought up the other day. I completely forgot about this one, but I think it does a pretty good job of demonstrating my topic.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Big Night

This clip from the movie Big Night, is one of the best examples of themes I'm exploring in my thesis. If you have the opportunity, you should watch this entire movie, because it is a gem. The actual scene starts around the 3 minute mark.

Basic premise

I figured I'd post an entry just summarizing the basic premise of my thesis. Here at SCAD we're required to have a written component and a visual component. So essentially we have to write a paper about some concept, then demonstrate that in our film.

My paper is about how gastronomy can be used as conflict in the animated narrative (yeah, it's a bit of a mouth full). Basically I'm researching how food can exemplify cultural conflict, and can be combined with other cultural (and language) difference to create, heighten, or represent conflict in animation.

This has been done a lot in film, but not so much in animation. As this progresses I'll post more stuff about the research- films, narrative device, realities of gastronomy, etc. This has actually been a really interesting topic to research.

As for the film portion of it, I'm taking that concept and building a story around it. An American tourist finds himself in a Japanese sushi bar. There is immediate animosity coming from the elderly chef- who speaks no english, is distrustful of foreigners, and is deeply rooted in tradition. The tourist persists in committing social faux pas (unwittingly) and increasingly agitates the chef. The story is about how the tourist tries to atone for his cultural ignorance, and how both characters try to overcome various cultural, language, and age barriers.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I decided to create a blog dedicated strictly to my thesis. This will be a good way communicate about it, and just keep updates.