Ideation and Experimentation

  • An example of our initial ideation was creating the sinking scene of the titanic in a 4D experience, so we would use sound so that the audience could experience the chaos and panic of the sinking.
  • We also considered creating an animatic of a secondary character’s narrative, such the character of Spicer Lovejoy. This would show his version of events throughout the film.
  • titanic for blogI have experimented with a small titanic model that I created years ago to see if I could create the illusion or size. I got my mother to hold the light above the ship, and this white light acted as the moonlight hitting one side of the ship to create the scene. Then I brought this into Photoshop where I added lights onto the ship and the reflection into the water where I added a ripple effect.
  • We have looked at the actual icebergs story; where it’s expected trajectory would be. I thought about actually making a character out of it, and turning this into a sort of comic animatic. So we decided to do a time lapse of an iceberg that we recreated and placed into a tank to see its behaviour as it melts, such as how it turns and rotates, so we could use this as a reference in case we were going to stick to using it as an animation artefact.

Helping Conor with Presenting


So in wanting to go a good turn for someone, I decided Conor needed more practice with presenting as he found it very difficult, so I asked him to come in the day before the actual presentation for a few run through with an actual projector in an empty room. With doing this I was able to give him an idea of what it would be like to present without notes. Although he was very nervous, I think that this did help him in learning his lines as best as he could, as I gave him critical feedback on his posture so to seem inviting to an audience etc…


Our Schematic Flowchart- Breakdown

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  • For combining all of these characters’ narratives together we decided to use a schematic flowchart. This helps show where the characters pass by each other, when they are on and off screen. Each character’s off screen narrative is highlighted by a single colour so we can tell them apart.
  • We have also linked them in between where they meet on screen so we could see who is together at all times, and who we had to add a narrative to so their story wouldn’t just stop until the next scene, which ultimately made it easier for us.


Link to the Schematic Flowchart:

Creating the Artefact – Progression

This is the final plaque design that Conor made, which is a recreation to the sign that was on the lifeboats of the Titanic. We decided to go with creating this as it symbolises the  actual ship itself with the aged, rusted metal. This however would be only part of the one Artefact:


We decided that instead of focusing on the ship we should focus on the actual narrative itself. In thinking of the irony of the ship that  was unsinkable we decided to parody the quote “The ship of dreams.” making it into a real ship of nightmares with using symbolism. I asked Tasha Pelan to help me with actually photographing what I wanted. We tried different poses and different perspectives so that we could add dimension with leading lines into the photo but in the end we decided to stick to a very head on angle:

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To speed things along I asked Natalie to take the image of the hands into Pohotshop and do the line art of them so that I would have a clear reference of what I wanted this to look like, as I later took the hand image and combined it with a scene from the opening of the film with a baby dolls head poking out of the sand, which we all found very haunting. We chose this image because wee believed it showed the true horror of the “nightmare” with the illusion that this was an actual child:



We were making the final decisions on the painting as we were unsure to add in the quote or to call it the ship of nightmare’s. In the end however, we decided that adding in the quote would suggest the best irony, and contribute to the symbolism of the painting.


  • Rose is handcuffed to Cal, which symbolises that she is trapped; held to him by her class rank.
  • she reaches out for jack hand but the two hands are separated and do not touch to show how they will never truly be together, and how they are separated by their class division.
  • The baby’s head at the bottom shows the real horror of what actually happened with the Titanic, furthering  the idea of a nightmare instead of a dream.




With the red writing I thought that it contributed to the overall art piece but it still wasimage quite hard to see, so now that I have this piece up on my wall I have added in the title with a simple white background so that it would be very clearly seen, which is something I learnt about in last semesters typography animatic research.


Off Screen Narratives

Titanic Other Narratives

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Molly brown- Similar to Kathy bates’ role in the film misery we have concocted that she has an infatuation with Cal; Rose’s fiancé. She makes sly comments towards Cal as she is jealous of what she thinks the two might have. This is why she has such a drive to help jack so much, such as giving him clothes befriending him and teaching him the ways of the upper class. She is a mentor with ulterior motives; she wishes for she and Cal to be together.


Mr Thomas Andrews’s– Has a deliberate intention to sink this ship as an insurance scam, however towards the end he realises that the amount of life that he is taking for his actions is too much and decided to kill himself also. Hence why he decides to stay on the ship.  The design and build of the ship was down to him and his design and we believed that he would have made the rudder too small for the ships size for a reason. That it was not really the ice berg that brought the titanic down but a series of small explosions.

Bruce Ismay- Is to be the accomplice of Mr Andrews. When speaking with the captain he tries to get him to light the last four boilers so that he can get the ship to speed up. He says his only interests were for the ship to arrive in New York early so that it could make the headlines of the morning papers. However, this can be seen as a simple cover up for his real intentions, as when coinciding with Mr Andrews , they decided that if the ship was going too fast, then it would be harder for it to avoid any ice bergs that may come its way.


Captain Smith- Is dying of tumours in his brain and these tumours have caused him to hallucinate, become paranoid and homicidal. The medication that he is taking for the pain not helping in the slightest as it is clouding his judgement and is causing severe side effects which is what is leading him to homicide. This being his last voyage before he retires he decides finally; not being in his right frame of mind that he must go down with this ship, like all great captains, he does not think of even the existence of the other passengers, only of his duty to himself at that moment, all he is thinking of is the glory, and ending his life as the pain is horrifying at times. He steals the binoculars from the lookouts to ensure they would not be able to see anything in time so that they could turn the ship.

Once he comes out of his own delusion and stops taking his medication due to all the chaos, he finally realises what he has done and is disgusted by himself, yet he goes to die in the ships control room.

Captain Smith 2- Captain Smith has a brain (undiagnosed) tumour which leads to him having severe headaches, nausea and impaired vision, all of which reduces his ability to safely Captain the ship and his judgement too.

Smith is hoping to retire at the end of the voyage, but the fact that the last ship he captained- the Olympic- had several collisions and caused White Star Line to be sued by the Navy is playing on his mind, also, he is reading Wreck of the Titan in his free time and the similarities between the fictional Titan and the very really Titanic is haunting, and there is also the pressure he is facing from Bruce to make it a voyage never to forget. At the end he goes down with the ship, as is the maritime tradition, with the ship and passengers being his responsibility.  890638_1341441445093_500_281

Spicer lovejoy- For Lovejoy’s narrative we decided he is only really trying to protect Cal for his own self gain. During his time off-screen he reflects upon his time as a police officer, and a disturbing homicide case he worked, where the husband killed his unfaithful wife. By removing Jack, he aims to placate Cal and prevent him from snapping, which would reflect poorly on him as he would not have been able to fulfil his duty of protecting the man- even if it was from himself.

Claedon Hockley-  Cal from the beginning comes across as very dominant but in his off screen narrative we see just how dominant he can be. Even though he claims to love Rose, this doesn’t stop him from sleeping with other women on the ship, sexualising his character was inspired by the Christian Grey from the well loved book, now feature length film 50 Shades of Grey, but only in that he likes to be dominant.


Ruth De Witt Bukater-  Is obsessed with escaping being poor, however begins to feel as if she is condemning her own daughter to the same abusive life that she lead with her late husband. She comes to a revelation whenever she is sitting in the lifeboat seeing the ship go under, and decides she will not subject her daughter to such torture in her life, even for her sake.


The film, “Ghost ship” I thought could have an influence over the character’s narratives in the movie. The Captain, Ismay, and Mr Andrews  could be trying to smuggle the ships precious cargo from the ship and onto the lifeboats so that they would become extremely rich as when the ship went down it would have been thought that the “gold” would have went down with it, and so they wouldn’t be questioned, especially if they had help from the crew on the ship that saved them all the “Carpathia.”

Population Statistics

“In the decade before Census Day 2011 (27 March 2011), the resident population of Northern Ireland increased by 7.5 per cent (125,600) to 1.811 million.”

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Research Paper Link:


This documentary gives a good insight into how a household could be made… what could happen to conserve space is that each family could be given a certain amount of space but they would choose how to furnish it all themselves so they would feel that they created their family home, and therefore be more happy to live in it.


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