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Grant Brockhurst | Nearly Finished | Cabinet Of Curiosities Project (PROCESS/DEVELOPMENT)

As were nearing the end of this Cabinet of curiosities project Grants life all seems to be slotting together, all of the materials for our presentation are coming together nicely and it should be good fun presenting the finished Grant Brockhurst’s life. Through the past weeks we as a group have worked hard on certain aspects each for the final presentation to make it the best it possibly can be. I have been working on the newspaper articles, tattoo work and possibly a conversation with Grant trough the interaction of the other groups to get them involved with Grant. We have Different members of the group working on different material for the presentation and hopefully they will work well.

The image at the top was by Joe (jeeps) in our group as he is very good at sketching tattoo designs, we used his skills to create a original and authentic tattoo for grant of his daughter lydia. I then took the sketch and applied it to one of my better body shots (joke pulled from google). I photoshopped the tattoo onto the upper arm of Grant, I did this by erasing the white paper from the background getting the size’s right and then played around with layer styles on photoshop to see which one looked more realistic.

This was one of my early attempts at creating a newspaper article for grants horrific crash involving him and his daughter whilst driving under the influence of alcohol, i used one of the group members actual photos of his crashed car overturned in some bushes. After presenting this image it took some criticism from other groups saying that the article doesn’t seem realistic to a newspaper article, so we as a group discussed this and we are currently getting an actual journalism student to write the article for us.

The past couple of weeks with us working as a group has been a good laugh and a lot of fun, getting to know different people in the group, in the best place to get inspiration “THE PUB”  we have had regular meetings to discuss our final presentation and how we are going to do it at it all seems to be going to plan. This past week we have been filming and editing the POV Video of a day in the life of Grant Brockhurst. We have all helped out during the shooting process at certain points but Dale has mainly been looking after the Video, We have also been sorting out the telephone conversation between grant and the phone operator after his horrific crash with lydia trapped in the vehicle.


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Character Bio of The Joker. (RESEARCH)

In our lecture this morning we went through the idea of characterisation and the methods behind creating a good character, after brainstorming and going through a lot of discussion we came to realise that a lot of the prominent characters that we could remember from the media were mostly male. After some thinking on my behalf i decided to make a blog post on The Joker from the Batman films mostly based around Heath Ledgers Representation of the troubled, sadistic villain that was created by Jerry Robison when he first appeared in the DC comics in the 1940’s.

The Joker is the arch enemy of Batman and has been responsible for various tragic times throughout there bitter rivalry, throughout the history of the joker he has been portrayed with various characteristic traits but the most prominent and recent is the sadistic, intelligent and phsycotic mastermind criminal with a diverse sense of humour. The joker in many different publications and debates is usually rank one of the most diverse and perfect villains in a media product, some people state that The Joker is the perfect villain for Batman, as they bring out the best of each other in there battles and verbal slander between each other. There rivalry has been compared the concept of Ying and Yang in the past as relative to the good vs evil battle.

So what do we really know about The Joker, well we know he was created in the 1940’s but that doesn’t mean he is 70 odd, I’m asking what age is he portrayed as throughout the Batman saga, after delving deep into Joker research which was very informal there isn’t a specific age listed for The joker. But i did find that The DC Universe and many other comic book brands have a Method called a floating timeline which means

“The present is always now, and past events are timed out based on how long ago they were in regards to the present. Because of this, comic writers have to occasionally reboot a character or even an entire universe to bring continuity up to date.”

Now on to the Jokers background and traits, as we all know the joker is usually shown with a white face and green hair, perhaps with bright red lips of some form?
There are some disputes about  The Jokers passed and origin so there aren’t any solid facts, one possible route of origin which has been thrown around and portrayed in various styles and scenarios is that The joker got his distinctive looks and completion by falling into a vat of chemicals.

A definitive back story for The Jokers life has not yet been published (Maybe a future film) it seems that The joker is even confused about what happened in the past if we take a look at the Killing Joke Comic the joker states

“Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… if I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice! Ha ha ha!”

This is some proof that even he doesn’t know his true origin or past.

In a lot of the original Batman Feature films Jack Nicholson played the role of the joker, i feel this version of the joker was a lot more toned down, in contrast to the crazy eccentric version the audience is used. Although Jack Nicholson did play the role brilliantly.

Moving on to Heath Ledgers perception of  The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s feature film The Dark Knight i feel this representation of the jokers looks and history are perfect and all seem very believable and real to life which the effect i feel Nolan was going for when he created the movie. We do find out through the movie that The Joker does have at least some family that he can relate back to when talks about his father putting the blade in his mother mouth and saying “WHY SO SERIOUS?”.

We learn later on in the movie that the joker received his serve scars that are on the corners of mouth from his father ripping his skin with a blade as a young boy, in The Dark Knight The Joker has been described as “just an absolute sociopath, a cold-blooded, mass-murdering clown” from actor Heath Ledger who was given pretty mouth a clean slate to create his version of Jerry Robinson’s Joker.

Ledger did this by sitting in a hotel room alone, pretty much solitary confinement for a whole month just trying to perfect his role in the movie, by practicing a certain voice and that infamous laugh we hear throughout the movie.

Even in this clip we see that Joker needs to Batman to thrive on his attempts to thwart The Jokers devious plans, they both need the others existence to live.

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Our character so far………

During the past couple of weeks me and my 160 group have been meeting up and having discussions about our project which is to talk about our cabinet or curiosities and see if there are any similarities or uncommon, strange things and create a realistic character with a real back story.

First off we all sat down and showed everybody in the group what we had in our cabinets from this we had a good idea of what the groups interests and strange hobbies are, from this we then moved on to see if anybody had any ideas for a character they would like to create. After talking and looking at each others cabinets Emily from our group has been to Cape Town in South Africa and she has relatives over there so I put forward the idea of maybe associating that into out character maybe a south african accent?


After that we then moved onto to a back story or stand out moment in his life that would have some sort of shock factor amongst the group, but we don’t want to build him to be a massive sob story with the usual poor life, we all decided that he should be living and breathing in real time. This then meant we needed to create a FaceBook page and other various social networking websites.

This is our characters Facebook page which is kept active as he is a living and breathing character with friends and a social community that populate his page.

Another thing a member of our group had in there cabinet was that they enjoyed surfing, i suggested maybe be a surfer as i felt that taking from each others cabinet was part of the task, and after having his background and hobbies we could maybe build a character around that.

That was our first discussion about our character.