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Simon Edmondson

MA Moving Image and Sound

My research engages with the formative construction of the image and how it shapes and, informs the audience’s response to narrative storylines. Lighting, colour, lens choice, exposure and composition can affect an audience as effectively as narrative action. The way an image is presented, therefore has an important correlation to what is actually shown.

Further research examined how perception of character and circumstances is formed by the means of representation, combining the hand-drawn with computer rendered images. There is a long tradition of film makers and animators experimenting with different media and techniques for narrative effect. Examples include George Melies, the Fleisher brothers, and the stop-frame/live action work of Willis O’Brian and Ray Harryhausen.

The original Paddington TV series used a hand-drawn/stop-frame approach to highlight differences between Paddington and his environment. I use the graphic means of representation to suggest generational and personality differences between characters living in the same world. My preference is to reference actual lived experience rather than culturally mediated forms of storyline and character as it keeps the project grounded and affords opportunities for a mild, satirical quizzing of our actual world: its political, social and materialist values.

Work by Simon Edmondson

Work by Simon Edmondson

Work by Simon Edmondson

Work by Simon Edmondson

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