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FAO CGAA Year 1: Cinematic Spaces Online Greenlight Review 09/10/2013

Wednesday, 9th October is your Cinematic Spaces Online Greenlight Review (OGR)

Your OGR is to be presented as a single Scribd presentation on your blog, beginning with your name, date, and project title. If you are still yet to get to grips with Scribd go here for some easy-to-follow instructions. I suggest you save your documents as PDFs before uploading to Scribd, as this should mitigate against formating glitches. When pasting Scribd embed code into your blog, you must first select the HTML mode tab, then switch back to 'Compose' to view the embedded presentation.

Your OGR presentations should be uploaded to your blogs by 8pm on Wednesday 9th October. Written feedback will follow as a comments on your OGR post and will take between 1 and 3 days.

Cinematic Spaces OGR: What do you need to present?

1) A short illustrated synopsis of your book(s) to include plot, author biography, social and cultural context (i.e. when the book was written and what was happening at the time of its writing that might have influenced its content), and chronological summary of any existing adaptations (film, theatre, television etc.) key illustrations, associated artists etc.

2) A breakdown of your excerpts identifying clearly your choice of three scenes.

3) A short statement identifying and justifying your 'visual concept' in relation to your scenes (i.e. what are the underlying principles driving your design ideas and from what and where are they derived - and why? This might include your ideas in regard to colour palette, architectural elements, exaggeration, expressionism, symbolism, lighting, point-of-view, time period, stylisation, intended audience... Put simply, I want you to be able to identify and articulate your visual strategies for the design and staging of your three environments.  Remember - you are not just painting pictures digitally, but rather 'designing worlds' for an animated film - so I want to understand your internal logic, your influences and your decision-making.

4) A single 'Visual Concept' influence map that illustrates and unifies your production design principles as outlined above.

5) Specific Influence Maps for each of your 3 scenes.

6) Key Thumbnails for each of your 3 scenes (i.e. those thumbnails on which you think you'll be basing your final paintings or have most inspired them).

7) Your creative partnership archived (so far).

8) In addition, your OGR should evidence that you are up-to-date with your film reviews and ongoing CG Artist's Toolkit project work (Maya tutorials etc). Your OGR might include links to the corresponding posts and/or images. Historically, students who use their OGR to manage their weekly tasks in this way manage their workloads more successfully.

Please note: your OGR should be professionally presented, spell-checked, with an emphasis on graphic design, layout and project branding. For some useful examples of previous OGRs, go here and here

Please use your network of creative partners to ensure everyone takes a look at the OGR requirements.  Many thanks.


  1. with anything listed above that we have done NOW should we upload them into numerous Scribd documents now OR keep blogging them as posts and by the deadline have them all included in ONE Scribd document?
    I have been just posting them then Ill do the Scribd document for presentation would that be okay??

  2. Hi Rosalyn,

    Yes - the OGR is a summary + anthology of the work you've been producing so far; so, for example, any influence maps you've already created and blogged *might* be content in the OGR *if* they're still valid in light of where your creative development has got to by this middle point of the project. Some of the OGR content will be written especially for it - for example, the short statement identifying for me what your overall approach is to the design of your world. The point about the OGR is that it is CURATED - i.e. that it is not simply a collection of what you've done, but rather an attempt by you to crystallise your project in terms of intention, visual strategy and composition, so that the second half of the project is about refinement of a 'greenlit' idea. I only want ONE OGR document that meets the criteria above - so for example, your OGR need only contain URLs corresponding to your film reviews - the document doesn't need to contain or repeat that content. Put more simply still, I should be able to browse your OGR document and know precisely what you're planning on doing - and why! It's a document I want students to really think about - you're using it to control, shape and inform my view of your creative development so far.


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