Thursday, 7 October 2010

Essay question..morphis

Ok, i know what subject i want to do for my metamorphasis essayand that is the Thriller video because theres 2 transformations; a werewolf and a zombie. Its something i really like so i can willingly write about it, but im not sure how to phrase a question.
I want to do something on the feelings and thoughts that Michael had while making this video and its subject as he was a devout Jehovas Witness and Thriller didnt exactly tie in with the church's morals and beliefs. I could also do the meaning behind the transformations as theres a fair amount of stuff on those.

Any ideas at all anyone? I'm toying with the question being something like
'What are the morals and feelings behind the Thriller video and how do they relate to the metamophasis of the werewolf and the zombie?'

i dunno, help please! :O


  1. Anatomy: Interim Online Review 05/10/2010

    Hey Kaylie,

    Okay – the interim review stage is really useful because it’s a point in a project where there is still time and ‘wriggle room’ to move a student and their work in different or more investigative directions. It’s also an opportunity for a tutor to be very honest and specific about his expectations of degree level students. This is that moment – the moment when I say to you that I don’t think your thinking hard enough about the creative challenges of this unit. I don’t think you’re working hard enough either. It’s your job, Kaylie, to impress me; to demonstrate to me that you’re switched on, up for it and determined to test yourself, grow and take creative risks. The impression I get from your blog (and the way you write about your work on your blog) is that none of this feels serious for you yet; I’m not talking ‘serious’ in a doom and gloom way, but rather that you’re yet to fully appreciate what lies ahead of you and what you’ve got to achieve personally and creatively in order to make it through the degree programme.

    In comparison with many of your classmates, your creative development is very ‘vanilla’ – yes, you’ve posted some drawings of your feet and, yes, you’ve done some portraits, and yes, you’ve drawing a crab from a Google image – BUT, I get no sense that you’re driving your project, that you’re gunning for the outcome – that you’re curious to see what you can accomplish. I get no sense that you’re involving yourself in wider research or making connections. Be careful too about the tone you use to reflect on your work; throughout you sound flippant and super-casual – as if none of it really matters and nothing has any real consequence. At some point soon, your blog will be the means by which potential employers will ‘meet’ you and first impressions are important.

  2. Don’t misunderstand this feedback; you’ve got some sensitive life-drawing on here; and your first crab/human sketch is not without its charms, but you’re just not engaging adequately. This may be because a) you don’t like the creature you’re spliced with (to which my answer must be ‘tough’, because as a creative individual you’ll often work on briefs that are not especially of interest to you, or b) you think this IS enough work and it WILL be okay. The truth is Kaylie, it ISN’T enough and it WON’T be okay. Fortunately, you’ve got loads of time to produce an extraordinary and impressive body of work before crit day, so I suggest you put this ‘tough love’ feedback down to experience, and do something amazing. After all, that’s why you came here, right?

    To more properly put your current creative output into perspective, I want you to visit 2nd year Leo Tsang’s unit 1 blog from last year for an example of what a great ‘creative development’ blog can look like; the brief was a little different then, but the expectation of what a student can produce in 5 weeks was not. Take the time to work backwards through his posts. This is what a creative project at degree level looks like…

  3. A general reminder that, alongside everything else you need to have ready for crit day, you also need to submit an offline archive of your creative development blog. There is a way of exporting your blog as PDF via Blogger – which would be ideal for this purpose. Incase you missed the original post, Alan gives details here:

    And finally – now is the time to return to the brief; time and again, students fail to submit what they’ve been asked to produce – and how; usually because they haven’t looked properly at the brief, or haven’t done so since week one. Trust me on this; just take a few minutes with a highlighter pen to identify what is required, when, and how. Remember – non-submissions are dumb!

    Kaylie – I genuinely look forward to seeing what you can produce when you put your mind to it. You can be certain that I’ll be watching your blog with interest.

  4. ... I wrote this feedback prior to you posting your essay question; it's not specific enough - zombies are not an example of 'human-to-animal' transformations; see the upcoming post on the group blog for more pointers and some sound advice...