Thursday, 29 September 2011

Influence Map

Human Anatomy

The Fly (1986)

David Cronenberg’s The Fly is the remake of the 1958 classic sci-fi horror. Although the fusion of fly and man is still the prominent narrative, the remake delves deeper into the themes and exploits current issues throughout. Whilst many people at the time believed that Seth Brundle’s (Jeff Goldblum) metamorphosis was a metaphor for HIV/aids , there are others who subsequently have discussed that Cronenberg has thought in simpler terms and used Brundle to convey the conflict of the heart ruling the head.

Perceived as a film about the AIDS crisis at the time of its release, Cronenberg is too intelligent a filmmaker to allow his picture to become a vehicle for other people's politics. For as you don't need to put The Fly under the microscope to see that it's HIV free, close inspection reveals that this highly intelligent film is as much a movie about the head and the heart as it is a warning of the perils of the "new flesh". (Film4 unspecified date)
Croneberg highlights the issue of abortion in the film when Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) becomes pregnant with Brundle/‘Brundlefly’s’ baby and then decides almost immediately to get an abortion. Thus creating conflict within the viewers minds; firstly the right to have an abortion and secondly the media issue ‘designer babies’. Quaife’s dream highlights her fear of having a mutant, deformed baby, which the audience could arguably say this is an extreme way of portraying expectant mothers fears.

The metamorphosis within this film focuses on a cancerous, slow disfigurement and is both cruel and disturbing to watch. Just the very fact that you see the several stages of transformation makes your stomach churn! The fact its more graphic and intense than the 1958 metamorphosis not only tells us how advanced special effects have become, but is used to prove how the audience wants to be shocked and how the next generation has been evolved.

David Hedison portrayed a quite decorous fly-man, who for most of the film kept a black veil over the insect's head that topped his human body after a failed experiment. In David Cronenberg's new version, Jeff Goldblum is a graphic fly for the fact-crazed 80's, transformed into a creature so repulsive he makes the monster in ''Aliens'' look like Grandma in a Norman Rockwell painting. (James Caryn 1986)

Humanity - when does he stop being a human? Or is humanity intact to the end even after his transformation. Within the final transformation - when he holds the gun to his head, that Quaife is pointing - some might say there is more compassion and humanity shown there then when Brundle’s appearance is more human. Almost as if at the beginning of the metamorphosis, when Brundle’s personality changes, becoming more erratic and forceful, he shows less humanity then when the physical transformation takes its course. This is reflected in the narrative when he kidnaps Quaife to stop her aborting his baby.
The make-up of the cancerous transformation is gruesome and is not for the squeamish, with the loss of hair, teeth, nails and various body parts including the ear. Chris Walas designed and created the Academy Award winning make-up used to portray the protagonists metamorphosis into ‘Brundlefly’ and originally the transformation was used as a metaphor for ageing.

Firmly rooted in the type of film he does best, Cronenberg unleashes a series of nauseating effects as Goldblum transforms into a fly over a period of weeks. Along with his looks goes his personality and while this provides some tension, it really is the gruesome nature of his downfall that is the main feature of this otherwise unremarkable film. (Almar Haflidason 2000)

List of illustrations

Figure 1. Cronenberg, David (1986) The Fly Movie Poster. At (Accessed on: 25/09/11)

Figure 2. Cronenberg, David (1986) Quaife's dream. At (Accessed on: 25/09/11)

Figure 3. Cronenberg, David (1986) Transformation from Brundle to 'Brundlefly'. At (Accessed on: 25/09/11)


Film4 (unspecified reviewer/date posted) The Fly. At (Accessed on: 28/09/11)

BBC Almar Haflidason (2000) The Fly (1986). At (Accessed on: 28/09/11)

New York Times Review James Caryn (1986) Film: The Fly (1986) Film: 'Thw Fly,' With Jeff Goldblum. At (Accessed on: 28/09/11)

Wednesday, 28 September 2011


For the hand studies I used three different medium; pen, watercolour and pencil. I felt this particular task helped me understand and explore anatonmy further, by varying poses. 

Life Drawing

Life drawing is helping me with perspective and form. I'm finding now that I can identify when something is badly in proportion. Now all I need is practice!! And some more practice!!!

Monday, 26 September 2011

First Portrait

This is my first portrait I've completed, I know it's the wrong way up but for whatever reason the computer refuses to put it up the right way!!

Sunday, 25 September 2011


Profile: Henry/Lydia

Name: Henry (the hyena)
Age: 10 years
Lives: Africa
Likes: Eating animals with hooves, hunting in large groups
Dislikes: Being known as a scavenger
Meaning: Hyena in African mythology and folklore means bringer of light or corruption

Special feature: Spotted coat 

Name: Lydia
Age: 18 years
Lives: England
Likes: Going shopping with friends, watching films
Dislikes: Any food from the sea 
Meaning: The name Lydia means Greek warrior woman
Special feature: Big hair

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Unit 1: Anatomy

Crocuta crocuta is the animal I'm to be spliced with!! Lovely!! For those who don't have a clue about Latin, me neither, it is a hyena. First thoughts - I can work with this. After googling images I decided to look at the skeleton to gain a better understanding about the animal, hence I drew a few images to get my project started.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Creativity 101 End Results

This is the end result from all those sketches! For my three final turnovers I some how managed to mix the three themes; life form, structure and mechanical. For example my life form is a caterpillar whose markings portrays a skyline - structure - and my structure of a light bulb with mannequin men inside seems as if you could animate, bring to life - life form - and finally for my mechanical it is a cog work bee - life form.

Life Form
I created the caterpillar from the stage lights. To start I arranged the stage lights in a continuous line and came up with several ideas from this. The two main ideas being the caterpillar and the skyline, which I then collaborated to get my final design.
I created the light bulb with mannequin men from (surprise, surprise) the light bulb! It does seem very basic, yet I think this is a good idea. The filament looked like two men standing with their hands together. In my initial thumbnails I formed a mini storyboard, where you can see the two figures escaping, then destroying the light bulb. The reason that I stuck with this idea was simply because I could imagine animation after the design.
I created the mechanical bee from an object that looked like a beehive, I then looked at cogs and spanners to build the bee from. I kept the design simple, as quite frankly, I ran out of time! I would of developed it further and would of created my design in more detail, as well as vary the mechanical components used.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Summer Project: 'Creativity 101'

When first reading this project brief my initial reaction was Oh...SUGAR!!! Not because it didn't sound like 'creative fun', which it was (in the end!), but as I had only found out we had a project days before I started uni. After panicing and thinking there's no way I can do this, I've failed before I've even started, I drew these ideas, all 101 of them!

I transformed an electric razor into a fish using a coffee cup and a stage light into a butterfly using a caterpillar.


I didn't really consider the three separate themes, I just focused on expanding, changing and transforming the objects.