Friday, 15 May 2015

Ball Animation - Circus Seal & Animator Biography and Movie Critique

Circus Seal Animation

Hayao Miyazaki 
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film producer, director, screenwriter, author, animator, and manga artist. Miyazaki was born on January 5th 1941 in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. Miyazaki is well know for his Japanese films Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and many more. Miyazaki jumped around from animation company to animation company. He started out at Toei Animation then moved to the important role of being the chief animator, concept artist, and scene designer. In 1971 Miyazaki quit his job at Toei Animation and took a job at A Pro to co-direct a 14 episodes of the new Lupin III series. Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle was completed in 2004 which won the Golden Osella award for animation technology. Howl's Moving Castle also received an Oscar nomination for best animated feature.
The film that I would like to critique Miyazaki's film Ponyo which was released in 2008:
Plot: Ponyo is the story of a little mermaid that goes on an incredible journey of the world above the water. She transforms out of her fish form and turns into a human. She meets this little boy name Sosuke. Ponyo’s father is powerful sorcerer and demands that she returns home to sea. Ponyo’s father is enraged when she does not return home which in turn made sea levels rise. With the rising sea levels roads are flooded underneath water making it impossible for Sosuke’s mom Lisa to return home from her work. On a journey to find Lisa, Ponyo uses up all of her magical powers and returns into her fish form. Towards the end of the journey once they find Lisa Ponyo encounters Granmamare who offers Ponyo the ability to become a human and lose her magical powers. Ponyo agrees and lives with Sosuke and Lisa.
Critique: A few years ago I found this adorable movie sitting on the movie shelf at my brother’s house. It looked interesting, so I popped it in the DVD player. Sure enough the movie was heartwarming and educational. The Japanese aspect of the film puts a new twist on the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. Both movies are a Disney movie, and both share a similar, if not same, plot line.
The transformation from Ponyo’s fish form to human form was slightly confusing. What would not make sense to most viewers is why Ponyo grew chicken legs before she grew human legs. There was no explanation as to why her mid-transformation included chicken body parts.
The movie was adorable, but it as most movies from other cultures are, it was slightly confusing. Once someone gets the grasp of the plot line the story is easy to follow. Overall this movie was adorable and enjoyable.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Spirited Away Questions

1. Spirited Away incorporates many elements from classical Western literature and folklore: people who magically turn into pigs (the Odyssey); the hero’s quest; the prohibition against eating the food of the Faerie (Irish folkore); a girl who goes to Grandma’s house (“Red Riding Hood”); the need to solve riddles. Do these familiar elements make the story easier to understand, or does their appearance in a Japanese film make them too alien to be helpful?
I personally have watched a few Japanese movies that were created by Hayao Miyazaki (Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Laputa Castle in the Sky and Ponyo); therefore I feel like I have a better understanding of his story style. 
Truthfully at first the movie was a little confusing, especially when the parents were turned into pigs, and spirits were erupting from the ground in the streets. Once we met Haku, and he briefly explained things, it started to make a little more sense to me and I could start to draw parallels between this movie and classical western literature.
What enhanced my understanding of the movie was watching how Chihiro started to develop from each incident or event. As the movie progressed she became less selfish and became more selfless. It showed me that, even though she was mostly bitter and loved to complain, with the right circumstances her inner beauty would shine through and overpower everything else. 
To most I think that their appearance in a Japanese film make them too alien to be helpful, but once people start grasping onto the concept of the plot line, then the characters and their appearances will start to make more sense. An example would be the parents turning into pigs. The parents represent society as a whole. Our society is so greedy and feel the need to consume everything all at once whether it be food, resources, or gossip, whereas Chihiro would represent our resisting side.
This situation makes me think of a lesson I learned in my Families in Canada and Challenge and Change course when we learned about our Id, Ego, and Super Ego. The Id is all about what we want and how we want it now (greedy side), the super ego is all about saying no and how we don’t need it (resisting side), and the ego is about trying to settle between the id and the super ego (thinking side). We are constantly in a mental battle between what we want and what we need. As it was seen in the movie the parents had a stronger sense of their id rather than ego or super ego.
Since the movie was a Japanese film, I think the strangeness of the characters made the movie more interesting and fun.
5. Does it make sense to think of bodies of water as possessing spirit? Have you ever had a relationship with a river, a pond, an ocean, or the rain that prompted you to speak to water? Have you ever been rescued by a body of water? Have you ever cleaned a body of water?

I personally think that it makes sense to think of the bodies of water as possessing spirits. It makes sense because nature is always known as Mother Nature, and Mother Nature is seen as the spirit of nature. It would only make sense to have multiple spirits to cover the different aspects of nature: water, wind, plants, etc.
I’m not sure if you would call this a relationship with a body of water, but when I go canoeing or kayaking in a lake and sit still in the calm water, I just close my eyes…smell the smells, and listen to the sounds of nature. I enjoy the simplicity of how calm everything is on the water.
I can’t say that I’ve ever been rescued by a body of water because I don’t usually spend a lot of time doing anything dangerous near water (I’m usually near water for calming purposes). In the spring and fall when I’m bored sometimes I will walk along the trails in towns and clean up some of the garbage that is on the edge of the rivers (luckily I there hasn’t been too much to clean up). 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Facebook Profile and Coverphoto


- Playing soccer                                            - Watching NASCAR
- Playing with niece and nephews                - Running or hiking
- Drawing                                                      - Biking
- Listening to Music                                       - Traveling
- Camping                                                     - Playing with animals
- Playing piano                                              - Reading quotes

Profile Photo:

I like to take photos, so I thought it would be kind of interesting to do Polaroid pictures hanging on a wall. 

Cover Photo:

Another Polaroid picture, but of my portrait. 

Description: I included my Chinese name Xiao jin in my profile because that name is a part of me. I love canoeing, watching dragon movies, public speaking, watching NASCAR, riding roller coasters, painting my nails, being with my brothers, camping, raising cattle, climbing to heights, going to the beach, playing soccer, traveling, and drawing. If these images don't describe who I am, I don't know what can :).

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Culture Jammer Project Questions

1.  What company does the advertisement represent/subvert?

The company that this add is representing Starbucks Coffee cafe's.

2.  What kind of product(s) is being advertised? 

The product being advertised is the coffee that Starbucks sells, or anything that the cafe sells in general.

3.  What imagery is used in the advertisement to subvert?

The creator used the logo and played with the name to get the message across that they charge too much for their products. 

4.  What message (text, copy) is used in the advertisement? 

The only text visible in this advertisement is the name of the "company".

5.  How are the elements and principles of design used to convey a message?

The elements and principles of design are not necessarily visible in this jam because all the creator did was play change the name on the logo. 

6.  Who is the target audience of the advertisement?

I believe that the target audience is anyone who buys food or drinks at these cafe's. The creator obviously wants people to realize that it is really expensive to continuously consume anything Starbucks makes or sells.

7.  Does the ad jam convey a clear and successful message?

I personally think that the jam conveys a clear and successful message. What the creator is advertising is nothing but true. I have only gone to a Starbucks once, and that was because Tim Horton's was closed in the underground cafeteria at the hotel I was staying at. It is unbelievable how expensive everything is at Starbucks. 

8.  How could the ad jam be improved?

The jam could be improved by possibly playing with the words in their mission statement which is, "To inspire and nurture the human spirit–one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time". To replace the first sentence the creator could write, "Making people brokeone person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time" or something of that nature. 

1.  What company does the advertisement represent/subvert?

The company this advertisement is subverting is McDonald's

2.  What kind of product(s) is being advertised? 

There are no specific products that are being targeted. The company as a whole is being advertised.

3.  What imagery is used in the advertisement to subvert?

The imagery that the creator used to subvert McDonald's is that they flipped the M and turned it into a W and changed the name of the company from McDonald's to Weight.

4.  What message (text, copy) is used in the advertisement? 

The text that is used in the advertisement is, "I'm gaining it" rather than, "I'm loving it" because McDonald's is a very unhealthy meal choice, and people are continuing the eat there despite the health issues that could follow with consistent consumption. 

5.  How are the elements and principles of design used to convey a message?

Again the elements and principles of design are not visible in this advertisement because the creator is still using the actual logo, and is just changing parts of it to change the message.

6.  Who is the target audience of the advertisement?

The audience for this advertisement, again, is those who consume the McDonald food. The creator wants to remind people that eating at McDonald's could lead to health issues down the road.

7.  Does the ad jam convey a clear and successful message?

 Since I personally rarely eat at a McDonald's restaurant, or any fast food restaurant, then the message is clear to me. Much like the Starbucks jam, this advertisement only speaks the truth, and people need to be constantly reminded of it.

8.  How could the ad jam be improved?

Since the creator used a similar slogan to the original, and changed it to coincide with their message, then I don't think that there needs to be any improvements to this ad. This ad was successful in every aspect. 


At first I wanted to bash or tease a fast food restaurant like KFC, but I then decided to aim towards a company that charges too much for their services. I thought it would be fun to bash Cineplex because they charge too much for their food! The food and drinks that they provide are not worth what they are charging! 
Things to include in the jammer:
  • Theater setting
  • Popcorn
  • Cineplex logo
  • Cineplex quote, "It's easy. It's fun. It's Cineplex" and change it to, "It's easy. It's expensive. It's Cineplex."
  • Add people into the empty seats


My culture jammer was not inspired by an existing advertisement, it was more of combined ideas from multiple advertisements or slogans



1.  What aspect of your cultural jam do you find most successful and why?

The aspect of the culture jam that I found the most successful is my interpretation of how expensive food is at Cineplex theaters. By placing money in the popcorn bags, it shows how much money goes into buy this food.

2.  What aspect of your culture jam do you find least successful and why?

The aspect that I find the least successful is the legitimacy of the advertisement. This ad is not realistic in the real world, and would need to have major improvements to be displayed in public, or in the Adbusters magazines. 

3.  If you could do this project again, what changes would you make to improve it?  

To improve this project I would use photos that have high quality rather than the internet images. I would have taken the time to go to a Cineplex theater and take pictures with my own camera because then I would have more freedom with what I can and cannot use. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Anaglyphs (3D Images)

My Car

 Pail of Crayons

Cathedral de Granada, Nicaragaua

Lake Nicaragua

Lord of the Rings

Monday, 6 April 2015

Hope After An Apocalypse - 3D

Lisa-Marie Oberle
Thursday April 2nd 2015

Technical: For this assignment the program that I used was Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. Google was used to search for images that best represent Hope after an Apocalypse. A new technique that I learned while creating this piece of art was how to convert images into brushes. To darken or to enhance certain areas of brushes I dodged the highlights and burned the shadows.
Idea or Concept: In this picture I wanted to emphasize hope. To symbolize the war I included war planes flying over a destroyed city. The paved road was to represent the path leading to a new world...a world with peace, hope, and joy. The road symbolizes optimism because it shows how all of the negative aspects of the past will sooner or later lead to a brighter future. The soldier kneeling down to the new plant is a symbol of new life, and new beginnings. The old man and the dog reaching out to each other was used to represent new friendships and openness.
    As I was working on this assignment my idea remained constant. I knew I wanted to show hope and trust in some sort of aspect. My mind was set on what images I wanted to use and how I was going to use these images to paint a hopeful piece of art.
Influences: No artists influences me with this project. For me what influenced this project was the news. Everything I hear on the news has something to do with a war or terrorism. With all this coverage on how our world is slowly falling apart, I can see this type of “ending” occurring somewhere down the road. Our world could end due to nuclear war, or any type of war in general. The media really influenced this piece of art.
Composition: Since this picture is three-dimensional my eyes have no problem moving around. My eyes want to look at all of the images that are popping out at me. What catches my eye first is the large red plane that is shooting out of the picture. Once that is noticed it kind of touches the green tree which then leads to the old man reaching out to the dog. The yellow tree touches the car shell which is facing the soldier looking down at the new plant. The road makes the eyes move to the damaged city covered in a black smoke which rises to more war planes flying across the sky. My eyes at first move in a straight line down, but then move to the middle, and back at the top.
Motivation: My motivation for this assignment came from the heart. I am one who likes to try and look on the bright side of things as much as I possibly can. I am one that believes that everything happens for reason...whether it be to teach us or change us. When something bad happens in life I always try to think of the good that can come from all the pain and suffering. There is always a chance for new beginnings.

Critical Assessment: I felt like I was successful with the 3D aspect. I had objects that really stood out, and objects that sunk in the very back, as well as objects that were in the middle. In the future if I were to do another 3D assignment, I would paint the brushes on in layers rather than pasting it on the background because it would make changing things around much easier. When making this picture I had to start over quite a few times in order to get certain images to fit properly.

Monday, 30 March 2015



1. Do a Google search of World Flags. How many colours does the average flag have? What are some of characteristics of flags? (Ex. Solid colours, clean edges).

When searching for World Flags on google, I noticed that the average flag typically has either two or three main colours. A good majority of flags have lines going in every which direction (diagonal, vertical, horizontal etc.). The odd flag will have stars or circles. I've noticed that the most common colours for flags seem to be red, yellow, blue, green, and white, and the odd flag will have orange. However, I have never seen a flag with purple, or pink. 

2. Brainstorm five words that make you think of world unity. Beside each word, write the name of the picture that could represent the idea of world unity.

Ethnicity: The world consists of people of all races. Ethnicity can be represented by the unity of hands of different races. By showing all the skin colours joining together it represents the fact that we may be different, but we are all one in the same.

Acceptance: By accepting everyone for who they are, it makes it easier to unite and become one rather than groups or individuals.

Earth: The earth definitely has to be on this flag because earth is our home. Earth is where we all live, and it is what we are trying to unite. On the flag it would be appropriate to try and show parts of all continents if geographically possible.

Peace: Peach is an amazing symbol for world unity, except currently we seem to be having an issue with world peace. There always seems to be some sort of war going on worldwide.

Colours: Certain colours have certain meanings. The colours I'd like to use are red. blue, yellow, green, black, and white. With these colours and their meanings I want to focus on their positive meanings rather than their negative meanings.
  • Red symbolizes passion, energy, ambition , and determination.
  • Blue is said to be the color of trust and peace.
  • Yellow is the colour that represents optimism and cheer.
  • Green emphasizes balance and growth.
  • Black is the colour of secrets and mystery.
  • White is said to represent perfection, purity, and innocence.