19th October

Discussion within group

  • Transcript made by Alexandra and looked into what it was about with an apothecary old vs new and straying from his religion. 
  • Not everyone’s just good and just bad. letting people die to prove a point very malicious and Beth doesn’t agree with that. 
  • Boy drawing in the film ink and straw technique. art style in the film very similar to the designs on the book pages. Beth questioned which was designed first? 
  • Harry Potter ink bit telling the tales relates to the tales in this film. animated Disney kind of look. 
  • I didn’t agree with how the film was represented in the first text. The text gave us a lot of detail and made it atmospheric with how the monster approached us with it only appearing when he was at the boy’s window. But the movie did it, so visually that it had lost all fear factor when the monster approached.
  • This characterreminded me of Te Ka from ‘Moana’
  • The 12A rating affected the presentation of the film, questioning target audience.
  • Very dark and a mishmash of child drawings but in very dark colours which would be too dark for a child’s story book. 
  • Different mediums used to create the drawings on the pages and in the film. 
  • Not child appropriate to make it more approachable we thought about using different colours and approaching it as a cuddly toy for example ‘in bed with yew’ with an alarm clock set at 12.07.
  • Is it meant to be comforting? 
  • Childhood fears were discussed of monsters in the closet 
  • Related to the Killer Clown. 
  • Foster home for imaginary friends- where they go when a child outgrows them so there no longer a child but not a teenager. shows how strong your imagination is as a child and everything is more believable.



Within our seminar we discussed the artist of the book Jim Kay and the art techniques he used on the page to create the textures. (Image 1). We chose this as our subject matter because it was a common focal point that my entire group had picked up on and could see this as a potential idea. We then spoke about how different mediums create different types of art and different atmospheres. (Image 2). Such as by using ink and charcoal, that have very different qualities each would create a different effect in the book. Using these two different mediums would create different types of Yew Tree images. We discussed which medium represented the Yew Trees qualities more accurately. As an idea is only presented well when the subject matter and medium merge well we chose to talk about the types of medium we could use very early on in the process. Dick then showed us a video of the artist Lottie Reiginer who was an original silhouette artist and made moving films out of still paper images. Many people copied and recreated this technique in their own style. (Image 2). He also recommended to us to try the Rorschach Ink Block Tests as a psychological experiment of images you see. (Image 2)

The other groups ideas were also listened to and they focussed on the sound of the trees within the film and different Foley artists as the noises you hear aren't necessarily created the way you expect.

Our tutor then showed us clips from the films Dogville, The Golden Compass and Never-ending Stories this was to get our reaction from this unnatural piece of theatre that we're not used to seeing. He wanted to know how they would make us feel. The Golden Compass was originally from a Phillip Pullman’s series of books entitled ‘His Dark Materials’. Dick wanted us to see if we preferred the book or the film as an original source.

He also suggested to our group to explore colour and how other cultures represent colour differently to us. We realised there was a lot of stereotypes about colour for example blue is associated with boys and pink for girls so trying to study colour within open mind without stereotypes was proving to be a lot harder than anticipated.

From this seminar I found a lot more confident with the ways to explore the theme 'A Monster Calls', not only as a story but as a piece of art. The book can be developed in every artistic way possible so it is up to my group whether we take its literature quality forward or its artistic attribution. As there is no guidelines to what must be the starting point of the task or what must be used as an influence to the piece, I think that my group should use this to our advantage and explore every option possible.

© Lydia Moss, all rights reserved


    Add comment

    Fields marked by '*' are required.
    Comments are moderated. If you choose to make this comment public, it will not be visible to others until it is approved by the owner.