Somethings People have mentioned to me.

The Works of Stephen Willat.

Fabricated Space – Systematic

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Isabel suggested this graphic novel artist, that uses a peel-away feel to his illustrations. Similar to my attempts to clean and define shapes in pastels.

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Sara mentioned Stephen Willat’s projects of fabricated spaces created with ambiguous intentions and the lived space perspectives.

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Birgitta finds a counter version of my and Ballard’s critical review of high rises. She mentions Antonioni estate blocks. A filmmaker. She also mentions Cathy Come Home, a BBC documentary that apparently changed laws. It’s about the rural slums that predated the high rises. Created by Jeremy Sandford.

Loly suggests looking into Lived Spaces and Henri Lefebvre’s production of space.


The Early Residents of Council Flats

I appreciate the quote, “you can change the flat, but the flat can change you”.

There seems to be no positive feelings for flats according to these residents. They don’t like the sameness of the architecture, one lady mentioned “down to earth” feeling. Maybe “Down to Earth” could be the title of the film. They complaint about the isolation of these flats. That one lady doesn’t really know people from the 2nd top floor. Perhaps the elevation of flats from the ground has made “stay-home” mums have cabin-fever.

Dark Days

I like how Marc Singer uses the format of documentary as a platform to rise money and awareness for these individuals. He didn’t start off with film or documentary but the issue and film was just the natural progression to his goals.

The Past’s dreams

People sound the same from the slums when the tower blocks are being built to today with the tower blocks and privatised buildings now.


26/10/17 – Stuff To Remember

Revealing the scene, with a dynamic angle. Akin to nauseation.

Joe’s Critique – Too know the original intentions of the artist. Which is laboursome as it requires me watching more time on these individual films and cases, which eats away my procrastinating relaxation time I’m tried to.

Kim Sooja’s A Needle Woman’s is a performance piece where Sooja stands or sits still in different locations in the world. Sooja wants to explore the body’s vulnerability in spaces, the interaction/lack of interaction between the passer-byers. Sooja mentions “wearing [her] body” as we do not focus on her back. She wanted to be a medium.


A great shot film about a paranoid character witnessing the changing social landscape of his local streets. What this short as done is taken the reality of ‘social cleansing’ and placed it in a frame of a ridiculed trope of being a homeless-like insane character. The universality of knowing that gentrification is occurring helps this film place a feeling of outsiderness on the audience. We become the crazy character. At the end, our worst feelings are realised as a metaphorical literalism of turning poor people into coffee beans for the wealthy corporations.

Cinema Therapy


What is Cinema Therapy? Dr Solomon trademarked the term cinematherapy as a model for patients to use a proxy review of one’s own afflictions. The advantage of pausing, rewatching, is furthered with the privacy and safety of one’s own home. Although the process of watching the actions of others provides a distance for the individual or to use empathetic understanding to release much-needed emotional evolution, there is a passivity of watching others go through chance. Cinematherapy provides a starting point or an alternative to therapy or self-development. It can only be partial in its goals.


Here are some good films to watch for childhood review and parental/child relationships. Interestingly the feel-good films label has resolves of characters that bring uplift and warmheartedness to the audience.

Disney’s The Kid (2000) written by Audrey Wells and directed by Jon Turteltaub starring Bruce Willis.

Pixar’s UP (2009) by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson.

Good Will Hunting (1997) directed by Gus Van Sant and written and starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.


What is different from my project. I plan to use elements of filmic tropics found in these cinematherapy films in the process of documentary filmmaking.

Feedback from Tutors and Peers – Idea Presentation – Documentary Animation

“Victoria, George, Edward and Thatcher” by Callum Cooper

There is a similarity oto Callum Cooper’s animation short with Jonathan Hodgson’s RUG. The textures and architecture shifts and changes as Callum moves closer to central districts of London.


Marc Isaac’s Lift – Interview in a lift.

Andrea Zimmerman – Estates a Reverie (2015)

Anna Minton’s discussion of gentrification

Penny Woolcock was discussed by Bunny.


Tower Blocks – South Acton History

Some interesting background to the place I called home. Although this will probably not be my final year animation, it’s good to understand what could be in the background of my film. I really want to be personal and real, I want to provide archetypes of my experience not stereotypes people see on the tv.

Animations I like #2

Funny and simple.

Simplicity and digestibility. A montage of the violent mediacy of America with sex, money and drugs – and winning!