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Media Influences

Some films and television series that influenced us in the genre and overall direction of the animation are cited below.

Both Cheaper by the Dozen and Laurel & Hardy are in the slapstick comedy genre that is really relevant to the plot of our 15 second film. We intend to have our T-Rex getting slapped in the face with a rock by the Parasaurolophus. These examples are great examples of comedic timing.

Furthermore, Laurel & Hardy, is similar in to our animation in that it is accidental conflict that sets in motion the chain of events that leads to the T-Rex throwing a stone. This also links into the conventions of comedy that we have been learning about in our lectures as conflict is a key component in this genre, along with bright colours, upbeat music (Matthew is researching that), quick camera changes to emphasise the comedic timing- the pace is key in making things funny quite often in comedies- it has to flow quickly, and hopefully shots that highlight emotions that the characters are experiencing.

Land Before Time was really just a film that we all enjoyed watching when we were younger and they had full body dinosaurs too. I didn’t actually realise this at the time but we have a Parasaurolophus which is the same species of dinosaur as Ducky in the film (coincidently my favourite character).

I also just really enjoyed the TV show Primeval and I’m still annoyed that it was cancelled. I did get to meet Hannah Spearitt at Comic-Con last year though so that did make up for it a bit. Anyway, we decided that it was worthy of a mention.

NOTE: I forgot to say this, or maybe I said it earlier, I can barely remember anything at the minute. Our characters are darker to contrast and make them stand out from the background like in Rayman, taken from what Andrew said in his talk, and linking back in to our original inspiration.

Box set
Box set


Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) VHS. Directed by Shawn Levy. United States of America: 20th Century Fox.

Laurel & Hardy: A Chump At Oxford (2004). DVD. Directed by Alfred Goulding, USA: Universal Pictures Ltd.

Primeval (2007). Episode 1, Episode 1. TV, ITV Studios, ITV, 10th Feb 2007. 19:00.

The Land Before Time (1988) VHS. Directed by Don Bluth. United States of America: Universal Pictures.

Sound Influences Links

I thought it would be a good idea (belatedly) to actually link different examples of different songs that influenced my creation of the different soundtracks.

The Truth by Audiomachine;

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYeYold6Uys

If you say so by Lea Michele;

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfLYlGr5gx0

Hoppípolla by Sigor Rós;

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L_DQKCDgeM

Untitled Track 1 by Sigor Rós;

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVLP-URFgQo

I Giorni by Ludovico Einaudi;

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmj3iU36Mmw

Divenire by Ludovico Einaudi;

Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qvglWAHDak

I discovered Ludovico Einaudi from an advert for one of the BBC’s music channels from a while back, Audiomachine was from multifandom videos on youtube, I frequently heard Hoppípolla in the background on various television programmes and that led into finding more of Sigor Rós’ music, and obviously Lea Michele is the main character in Glee that had started her career on Broadway (which proves she really can sing), originating the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening which has some awesome songs in it. You can actually watch the entire show on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgwWdz9U2OU).

More research for IMD

So, the CCEA website was back online- not sure when it went down but I was able to then go on and get the fact files with information on ergonomics and anthropometrics. I still haven’t been able to get my hands on my ICT notes on HCI (Human Computer Interaction) so I may end up googling information on it.

I cited the original Pokemon gameboy game, Lara Croft (the first game) and Professor Layton as influences in our game design. The inventory of the first Lara Croft where you go into her backpack seemed applicable to Ruby (our character) and a way in which she could transport the crystal; with the other games, they incorporate text into the game to add information as to what is happening; also with Professor Layton there are strong fully animated scenes to tie events together and it is down to the player to influence the game through their choices – like our game.

On a side note: I recall from playing Lara Croft when I was younger, that the colour scheme was pretty simple. Aside from the clothes that Lara wore, the main colours were grey with scatterings of green for the grass. It was overboard with colour and the sound used was very simple. The sound of the bear growling still makes me jump anytime I hear it, and the background music always foreshadowed an event about to occur whether it was the appearance of the bats or the wolves coming to get you, it always made me panic and run her into a wall when I was trying to get away.

I just thought it was an interesting observation.

Still the best game I ever played.


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