Thursday, 29 September 2011
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)
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.
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 http://www.horrorphile.net/the-fly-1986/ (Accessed on: 25/09/11)
Figure 2. Cronenberg, David (1986) Quaife's dream. At http://www.horrorphile.net/the-fly-1986/ (Accessed on: 25/09/11)
Figure 3. Cronenberg, David (1986) Transformation from Brundle to 'Brundlefly'. At http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BrundleStages.JPG (Accessed on: 25/09/11)
Film4 (unspecified reviewer/date posted) The Fly. At http://www.film4.com/reviews/1986/the-fly (Accessed on: 28/09/11)
BBC Almar Haflidason (2000) The Fly (1986). At http://www.bbc.co.uk/2000/07/21/fly1986_review.shtml (Accessed on: 28/09/11)
New York Times Review James Caryn (1986) Film: The Fly (1986) Film: 'Thw Fly,' With Jeff Goldblum. At http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=A0DE0D71438F936A2575BC0A960948260 (Accessed on: 28/09/11)
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Monday, 26 September 2011
Sunday, 25 September 2011
Name: Henry (the hyena)
Age: 10 years
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
Age: 18 years
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
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
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.
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.