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These photographs I took from my garden to gain first hand research into a collection of plants. More specifically I was able to analyse distinctive features of the plants for when i will model them. I noted textures and the way it grows.Furthermore I examined the colours such as the shading in light and how colours contrasted with other existing environmental shades. I thought that it was useful to also see the arrangements of the pots, which would be placed randomly into my own scene. I have included photographs of overgrown plants which are wild looking and good reference for my scene which will include unkempt plants. I used the photograph research study to consider what things would be placed in the conservatory such as garden equipment and the pots, for instance show how organised chaos can be presented. Lastly I plan to use some of these leaves within my own scene.

Idea One Research

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Any one of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces would have been a good source for research for my project. He often captures the beauty of landscape and nature within his films (as well as other studio Ghibli films). However the particular film that I have chosen as a reference is Kiki’s Delivery Service – When a young witch turns 13 they must leave home for a year and make it on their own and to discover who they are and what they want to do. The whole film is spectacular in capturing the greenery of the landscape – for my conservatory idea I also want to be able to use a good composition and colour scheme that will make my scene as beautiful as the narrative I am trying to portray. Below are images that I thought were very similar to the look that I may want to use within my conservatory. I know I want my environment to be busy and packed with plants like below. I also like the composition of the plants in the foreground – the layered plants which are close to the camera and far away. I hope that I can use my camera to capture something similar to this. I want to make my scene maybe, more wild. The environment is very good to portray a witch living space (especially as its for the mother that makes portions and medicines) her area looks both mystical and botanical and really shows off the person that is living within.

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2

The concept art below is from the animated film; Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2. They have been created for the scene when the machine goes out of control and a jungle is created. I really like these images because the plants really do seem to look like they are out of control and wild – have taken over completely. This is what I really want for my scene. A reason why they look so wild is because of the layering (in the black and white image) the plants are draped over the viewer and it looks larger and intimidating. I really like the shapes of these plants – they are not necessarily life like but they have their own personality – spiky or curved, – it has its own style. I really want to draw personality into my own work like this – and not just have too like like. Furthermore lots of colours are used to breath more life into the wild plants and flowers. Another reason why this is a really good reference for me is because it is created in a 3D environment so I can see how these concepts have been transformed into a 3D.


The film Jumanji also has a very nice scene where the jungle explode from the game into the house. And the house is taken over by the overgrown jungle which wraps itself around the walls. I really like the look of the second image and the vines – also how dark it seems and scary. Although I don’t want my environment to feel scary, I would like to give it atmosphere, maybe of loneliness – love – death. I’m unsure if I can reach all three of these. I want to make the conservatory taken over my plants because of these three things. Instead of colourful I could make my scene eerie and dark like below. Which would really emphasis the death and dessertness of the environment. However I could use glimpses of light to bring out certain areas which expresses the love of these plants the owners used to feel.  The plants and tress below seem very furious and powerful – they have definitely taken over the house.

Return to OZ

This very eerie film is the second installment of the Wizard of OZ book series – it is set when all of OZ is taken over by a dark force and the people living within are turned to stone therefore the area is wild and deserted. I felt that this was a good reference to see a ruin which is beginning to be taken over by plants – below you can see a gardener turned to stone however his garden has gained out of control (similar to my story when the couple die the plants grow out of control.) I also like the look of the ruin – I might make elements of my scene look torn or unkempt.

Beauty and the Beast

The ‘west wing’ in Disney’s Beauty and Beast is a good reference for me – as it shows how a room has aged over the years without much care. The objects in the room are knocked over – the paintings and curtains ripped and plants have grown over the furniture.  The colour tones used within these scenes are dark blues and purples which adds a cold sadness to the scene. I’m not sure how I could give a 3D environment such tones however I would really like to add atmosphere with the use of colour. You can really feel a story from looking at these images – the lack of care and the can feel the anger which has turned cold over the years and quiet. I just want to lastly add that I really like the competition of the last image, the size of room and how inferior belle looks within the hidden room.

Sleeping Beauty

The scene in Sleeping Beauty where the prince must cut through the thick forest of vines, I really like. I felt that this could be a good source of research because the vines look so sinister and evil. They have immense power together and the way that they have been drawn – curved and pointed adds to the chaos of the scene (the lighting and the colours also add to this.) The different sizes of the vines make them looked layered and thicker. I included these images just because I liked the look of the vines and their out of control which makes them look animated and wild.

The Sword and the Stone

Although there are no plants in this scene of Sword and the Stone, I really like the room which Merlin stays in. Its crammed in with all of his things in a space which is too small for him and so this chaotic look is created. And I really like it. I want my own scene to packed in like this with the obsession of collecting plants and the space which is taken over by the plants which grow out of control. I also like the little touches which is included in this film such as the pot which is used to collect the water dripping from the roof. The room breaths the personality and the great knowledge that Merlin knows – and I think this is why it looks so appealing to watch.

The Secret Garden

The film Secret Garden is a story of a girl that moves to her uncles home when are parents both die – she then finds a secret garden which belonged to her aunt (also passed). The garden is overgrown and appears to be dead in winter. Then she is able to revive the plants back.  I have used this in my research because of the images hen the garden is overgrown and left behind and forgotton. I thought that it would be a good reference for my own work – the conservatory will hold overgrown and dead plants which have been left behind also when the owners pass away. Also the images when the garden is brought back to life are also nice to see because it shows the two different atmosphere I may want to look into.

Practical Magic

Practical Magic – like Kiki’s Delivery Service, is about witches. They also use a conservatory to hold their herbs – but also throughout the house, plants sit on the side and are wild. Furthermore I like how the other items have been place among the plants such as the beakers – which give an idea about the use of the plants – it ties it all together. I want to also be able to explore the characters that live within my conservatory and their reasons for keeping the plants. I like the petals and leaves that are places around the room below – for me their will definitely be remains of dead plants.


The last reference I looked at is the small plant in Wall-e that is placed within an old shoe. I know in my last scene that I want to use two small plants coming out of the soil to represent the deaths of the old couple – the significance that is placed onto this small plant below is a nice reference to see. I especially like the small light that is placed over the plant to emphasis the importance of Wall-e’s discovery. Another reason why I have looked into this is because I like that the plant is growing from a shoe – I want to have some of the plants growing from within a draw and from a chair (and below is a nice reference similar to that idea.)


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I found a useful resource of research, was books – with a huge archive of images from the past – books were helpful for scanning and letting me understand about the layout. The book above was particularly good as it explored layout and background in both 2D and 3D – when creating the concept art it showed me more about composition. The image below the book is a scene from 101 Dalmatians (Disney) which I really liked. For this idea I planned to have a very crowded and packed scene like above and so it is a useful source as it shows how organized chaos can still look very pleasing to the eye.

Idea Two Research

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Harry Potter films has offered a world of magic (and such imagination) – Even without looking at a particular scene the whole world explores the idea of magic – which could be a nice way to look at a child’s imagination.  Below I have gathered images from the tent scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire –  when they go to visit the Quditch World cup and they stay in a tent – The outside of the tent looks tiny and within it is transformed into a larger size – its been decorated with drapes of fabric to look like an interior of a tent (as well as the Gryffindor colours – therefore it is personal to that family and tells us more about them).  The Interior also looks very cosy, much like the Weasley home again this environment is really revealing about the people that live within, you can definitely tell that they are English Gryffindor supporters. I’ve included this scene because for my second idea I want to have a child’s fort that is transformed in the inside to reveal their imagination of when they are inside. I feel that this is a really good example – as the inside is large but still inviting and closed in  because of the draping fabric. I want to e able to tell more about the child within the fort and this is a good example. Below I have also included some concept art of the look of the tents which are very stylized and look magical. I want to capture this also.

 The Little Princess

I included the film The little princess because it features many scenes where her imagination and look on the world transforms the scenes. It is set during the first world war. Her father who is British living in India, return to England to fight in the war. The father leaves her in a boarding school that her mother grew up – however when he dies she is made to become the servant to pay for the expenses of letting her stay – she is taken out of her very expensive room and put into a old attic. However as she begins to speak with the other girls about her time in India she can transform the imagination of those around her. Furthermore there is one scene when she creates this imaginary feast with the other servant – when she wakes up all that she has described is created. I want to look at this film because it is a good example of a child’s imagination. And of how her character interacts with the imagination. There are dark times – perhaps in my idea the child is trying to escape to another place because he is mistreated – or has a bad home life in someway. At one point in the film she draws a circle on the ground of her attic and stays within – which she believes she is safe and reflects to an Indian folktale. Throughout the film she uses her imagination to create these escapes. Lastly, the scene where there is an imaginary feast the room is decorated with drapes of fabric and such colour compared to her dreary and ark attic room. Maybe, I could create a very dark world and then within the fort it could be colourful and bright (just like the images below.)



Coraline is an animated film about a girl that finds a small door in her room that she can travel to a ‘parallel’ world – where she finds a ‘new mother’ and everything is better than her grey world at the moment. This films has a lot of visually beautiful scenes such as the tunnel (below) – I really like the structure of the tunnel which is layered and a mixture of colours – I’ve included this because the main structure to my fort is going to be a umbrella – perhaps I could create the interior to be based of the curved and sharp lines of an umbrella (like the tunnel below) to give it this exaggerated view of reality. Another point to Coraline is that the main character is again trying to escape from her own life and decided to go to another world.

A Series of unfortunate events

…the Baudelaires enjoyed their evening in their sanctuary they’ve build together. but in their hearts, they knew that the troubling world lay just outside.

The series of unfortunate events, follows the tale of three orphans who a villain tries to repeatedly kill in order to gain their heritage. What is really like about this scene is that it is very enclosed and the lighting creates a very warm glow within the darkness – we also feel empathy for the children as they are locked away in the attic – by projecting a picture of their dead parents inside their sanctuary makes us feel emotionally connected and sad. I really like the emotion within this scene and hope to also create a piece which will generate a purpose / emotion.




The mood board I created above, shows the huge visual content I studied when exploring my first concept idea. The whole Idea is built around this mysterious conservatory which is why choosing and developing a conservatory to house these amazing plants was important. As well as the conservatories there are plants to further my research into this abundant eden. I think compiling some of these visuals not only gives me some indication to how it could look but possibility of colour, green is obviously a colour which stands out but also the other colours such as the conservatories and how I could blend these colours together. Creating the mood board really helped me to generate ideas as I was doing it so which plants would be used and developing the narrative of why they would choose the conservatory etc. The conservatories are all different so which one would the couple choose and why? All important questions which stood out to me when I was creating this mood board. I hope to use this mood board to develop the idea.



The second idea which I chose to pursue was the secret umbrella den. This would be set outside. For these mood boards I really wanted to compile a sense of atmosphere and feeling. You can see the two different feelings from the exterior (looking at the den) and the interior of the den. The top mood board for this idea shows dull colours that seem washed out and cold to some extent. Colours which I envisioned for this project was green, greys, browns- which is evident in this  mood board. I feel the images you see here are kind of empty or missing something. The second mood board below this is meant to represent the interior of the den. This would be a huge contrast to the dreary day outside. The feeling I wanted to be represented in this mood board is adventure and a freedom of childhood. A representation of youthful imagination and fun. As you can see I have put several images of surrealism and even Alice in Wonderland which has that link to childish playfulness. The colours which be fresh and youthful such as blues, yellows and purples. I want it to seem colourful and a homage to the most special thing about childhood, the marvellous imagination.

Some Inspiration Enviroments

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The Croods

The croods is an animated feature film that follows the story of pre historic time. The reason why i have included it within this section is because of the environment that is created for this some what mysitical and foreign time he creators of this, have used such bold colours and stylishes shapes for the environment. The

Anna Karenina

The 2012 film, Anna Karenina, possesses a very beautiful array of environments within one place. When starting my initial research for this project i really wanted to include some environments that inspired me and let me think of other ways of presenting/ creating my environment that is different from the norm. The concept behind Anna Karenina is very unique as the entire film is located within a theatre. Therefore the environment is forever changing and adapting to the scene that is next. The story behind the film, is around the idea of the Russian society adopting the French style and pretending to act in the same way as the french higher class – therefore throughout the film the concept of the theatre is introduced – the characters are pretending (like actors on the stage) and playing a part in their own reality. The few scenes that feature away from the theatre are to show the characters drawn away from the Russian society and living a more real existence. I really like this concept for two reasons, one being that the smooth transitions between scenes are clever and imaginative – i also like the undertone of the settings. For my final piece, an environment such as this would be a good way of creating a narrative through a metaphor. I also like the idea of the environment moving and adapting within the scene. The environment can be a tool for telling the story.

Three Sectors of Industry

Architecture Pre-Visualization 

Before the creation of architecture the architect may employ a person who would create a pre-visualization of what their plans would look like once build. Those employed would get the blue-prints / plans of the building and talk with the architect until the look of the building is confirmed – then still images like below are created to give the finished building a nicer atmosphere / to make it more dramatic then just a simple building. The collection of images below are very atmospheric they use colour and the time of day to bring out different moods to the buildings. The Pre-viz of the architecture is important as it can sometimes be a tool to gain access to land / or show clients who have order work from the architect. The creator of these works must convey the finished look of the building in a way which will be received well and to show its originality / its presents. Virtual ‘pre-visualization’ are also created as footage of all around the building can be created – giving a better chance to present the final look of the building to those interested in it.

Important to this field is working in a photo-realistic way so that those that are meant to see the pre-visualization can get a very realities view of how the final building will look. The creators of such work will need to have strong software skills in order to model, texture and add lighting to create beautiful and also – if there is an opportunity to, to make create pre-visualizations,

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3D digital environments can be used well in documentaries. One reason why, this that if the footage you need is to expensive to build or impossible to capture such as an event from history – or a murder scene. 3D animation can present this to the audience without to much detail (bloody details) get straight to the facts – simplifying a scene also is another reason for documentaries to include these animated digital environments. In the example below, a video which was created to show employees the correct way / safety and security regulations of that job. The video is able to communicate well because of the minimalist style of the animation – different angles which cannot be accessed with a live footage can be achieved with this method. Another – more creative use of digital environments is to present the audience with a visual guide of a subject being discussed in a documentary – to give the the audience an idea of what things were like to something they cannot fully grasp without visuals – or complicated topics made more interesting and communicated in a way that anyone can understand – such as the creation of the world and to show a scientific view of how the earth looked at creation.

The use of 3D digital environments to explain a complex topic in documentaries is a very popular way of engaging the audience further and taking them in that world. It can also help explain better / or engage there interest such as the Queen’s route through London – The use of 3D and motion graphics to give the animation that vintage look – means that it can be stylish as well as informative like the safety documentaries (images below.) 3D animation / Digital environments can be created to look photo realistic which is perfect for creating spectacular images for documentaries such as Walking with the Dinosaurs which let the audience appreciate / and fully show them what scientists, or archaeologists felt life was like back then.

To get into this industry, you would be working with television, however there are many documentary films which may require the same skills. Other than learning 3D environment software – working in motion graphics / info-graphics can give the animation more personality than a standard digital environment and be more creative in the way they explain the subjects discussed on the documentaries. Although having the ability to create detailed work like that of Walking with the Dinosaurs – animators/ Modellers / VFX artists can use their skills to create something such as this. To get a job in this industry the creator of the documentary will often seek out the artist and share ideas together:  “The traditional model of producing a documentary starts with a broadcaster or a producer with an idea, who then seeks alliances. Typically, the most active broadcasters in this format.” ( Having the connections to meet these people.

Photo: A Darwinopterus flies through a Jurassic forest in an image from the movie Flying Monsters 3D

Musuems – Augmented Reality / Interactive (THE FUTURE?)

Anothre area – similar to documentary, is the future for Digital Enviornments to be used in Museems with innovative technology. Currently, technology is evolving and new jobs are being created / ideas created to use technology in new and exciting ways. One way which I looked into was through Augmented Reality. Augmented reality places animation/ environments over the top of the real wold – which makes viewing 3D environments or animations completely different from before – the audience are no longer just viewing a piece of work but actually apart of it. Furthermore Interactive software and occulus rifts are begin introduced into the picture as the world desire for interactive technology isn’t going unnoticed.

Below are a couple interesting ways that digital environments are being made for museums / art galleries – the video with the room which has been created from the famous painting by Van Gogh, the creator enter this in a competition but expressed that he felt could be used for art galleries – creating a new role for 3D animation and famous art works to send the viewer into another world. The first video, shows how projection on sandbox of a dam, is a way for the audience to interact and push news of learning. The role of the creator of such works would be to in cooperate a museums aim to educate and using 3D software to build new environments (not just photo – realism, or though this could could be used in a museum more as a straight forward diagram.) The creator would need to think of innovative ways that could push digital environments further – letting audience become part of the museum. When working in this field – the creator would need to understand coding / or collaborate with those that understand the new innovative technologies and input other ideas of how Digital environments can progress in the future for Museums and or Art galleries. This technology could also mean in the future people will be able to visit museums and art galleries from their home.