3. U C what I C
STAGE 0 – IDEA GENERATION:
For this particular assignment, I did not really do any mind map to think of what I want to do. I thought of the storyline when I’m on shuttle bus, walking, trying to find sources of ideas and inspirations here and there.
I was thinking of the twist that was optional…
Hmmm, what kinda twist should it be? Romance? Comedy? What it showed out to be but actually not? I was afraid the twist may come out similar to what others have, and at that moment, I was on the A2 bus entering the business faculty carpark…
The beauty of the patch of greenery below The Deck got me!
Viola, an idea adapted from one of the many Enid Blyton books appeared in my mind. That story was called, the Garden Gnome or something like that I think, from the Story book called The Tower in the Ho-Ho Woods. It says that in every wall, there will be a garden gnome who took care of the patches of moss on the wall.
So I decided to come up with a story of a fairy taking care of the flowers under the Deck.
Once, in popular, a bright pink story book caught my eye, and it is a story book about a fairy taking care of the park. It kinda coincides with mine, and our assignment is restricted to only 8 pictures, thus I decided to make a story that involves human too!
STAGE 1 – PRELIMINARY SKETCHES:
- Sketches of Photo story
So this story hopes to say that, in every ‘garden’ there is a fairy taking care of the flowers. One day a girl passes by and found the flowers pretty. The fairy was shocked when the girl plucks the flower from the garden. In anger, the garden fairy uses her wand and punished the girl. She used her powers to connect the flowers back when the girl wals away. Now the fairy is happy.
STAGE 2 – PHOTO STORY PROTOTYPE 1:
- Photo 1 and 2
- Photo 3 and 4
- Photo 5 and 6
- Photo 7 and 8
So, this is my photo story… I couldn’t get my female model in time, thus I decided to use myself…
It was raining when I took the photos, haha, if you notice the water droplets on the flower…
There was quite a lot of photo manipulations to be done, but I’m quite happy with it. other than Photo 7, as I don’t know if I shout use a real hand on drawing hand to get my idea across that that’s the fairy hand.
The class gave feedback that the story is unique! woohoo~
And they can tell what this story is about.
But somethings I need to change is the hand in Photo 7 (I knew it) as it’s not clear whose hand is it.
And the female model needs to change to someone else. The 1st, 3rd and 4th photo has quite a lot of greens, so a suggestion to change the 1st picture to something far…
Thus, after getting back to take a few more photos…
And some manipulations….
- Testing out with photoshop to create a magical feeling
I got out 2 pictures with a more magical feel, but I like the second one better, so do many of my friends..
STAGE 3 – PROTOTYPE 2:
- 2. Photo 1 and 2
- 2. Photo 3 and 4
- 2. Photo 5 and 6
- 2. Photo 7 and 8
And I got my boyfriend to be the model instead, as I’m to pai-sey to call others. So the story line kinda change when the man saw the pretty flowers, he thought that that will please his girlfriend (whom I got my sis to act without telling her what’s that for!), thus he decided to get it and got hurt in the end…
After some time…
I think I kinda got obsessed with the assignment. Everywhere I go, I see flowers and I start thinking if I should use that for my assignment.
One day, when I took Bus 189 and saw a the terrace on the first bus stop after getting out from Kent Ridge Terminal, I saw the bright yellow flowers and decided that I should use that patch of flowers for better colour contrast.
So I pulled my bf out, after a day of presentations, and get him to re-pose for the story…
But the thing is, the tutorial I used for my pretty photo 1 cannot be found anymore, cuz that was done exactly a month ago! And my history saves only for 3 weeks… Oh shucks…
STAGE 4 – FINAL WORK:
I gave this story a chinese name instead of the usual english one, and for those who understands Chinese, will know that this is also a title of a song too.
- 1. In every garden, there will be a fairy taking care of the flowers. 2 The fairy will water, polish and dust the flowers to make them clean and bright.
- 3. One day, a young man passed by and was entrance by the beauty of the flowers. 4. He had an idea! To pick the flowers and give it to his girlfriend who loves flowers. She will definitely be very happy.
- 5. He decided to pick the flowers. 6. The fairy is fuming when she saw what he did.
- 7. The fairy decided to punish the young man by making him prick his hand. 8. The young man finally left and the fairy is happy again