Monday, February 28, 2011

Please check out my statement about two movie posters and explanation of changes.....

My two poster choices are very different, similar, ironic and opposite in some ways.  Training Day, starring Denzel Washington was a pretty violent movie, the main character was very cold blooded, heartless, ghetto fabulous and plain old gangster bad cop!  While training a Caucasian rookie cop, he was careless and plain mean.  He was not to be trusted, so the rookie had to come to the realization that he was on his own and the “training” was in no way fair and the expectation was to survive the so called training.  This movie opens in 2001, very relevant to today’s perception of the hood, drug life and/or under the table activities of bad cops.  This guy flick is a thriller with fights, guns, murder, drugs, gang activity and more.   There is a very dark side in the color scheme of this poster and the clothes and jewelry worn are perceived as typical gangster, just like the movie.  The racial tension in this movie was very apparent, but the rookie cop is the minority.
Guess who’s coming to dinner on the other hand, a love story made in 1967, during a time when fighting for racial equality was in every newspaper and every television news report.  Interracial marriage was still illegal in many states of the USA.  It was definitely taboo that a Caucasian girl from a well to do family and African American doctor would fall in love over a 10 day vacation to Hawaii, and then expect both sets of their parents and friends to accept their desire to marry.  This definitely was a chick flick, because of the love story.  But because there was a serious political storyline brewing, the audience size grew.  The entire world was watching this movie for its’ controversial subject matter. 
My changes are to the poster for the movie, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."  I added to this poster a picture of the African American parents (Glenn & Richards) and you can see the expression on the face of Mr. Prentice (Glenn) is surely disapproval.  Both wives had to convince their racist husbands that they should allow the young couple to make their own decisions.  Also, I darkened background, added ghetto-graffiti, and other actor names.  The original color scheme in the poster was light, bright and optimistic, kind of like the two people in love.  The pictures of Tracy & Hepburn were arbitrary portrait shots obviously not family portraits.  I kept these visuals because they work in my poster design.  Included a clip of the cook (Isabelle Sanford) and the betrothed, Joey Drayton (Houghton), it appears these two ladies were arguing.  A small picture of Monsignor Ryan (Cecil Kellaway), priest and friend of old line liberal Matt and Christina Drayton (Tracy & Hepburn).  Monsignor was the voice of tolerance, and is now located on Matt’s shoulder.  The love story is lost in the new poster, even the love birds look a little shady now.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Repost of Midterm Big Idea. Thanks!

Re-post of Midterm Big Idea.  Thanks!

My Artist Statement- Big Idea is Family and Discipline.

Human interaction and relationships pertaining to family and discipline is my Big Idea. I have aspirations to make my mark in a big way in the urban community in reference to “at risk” children.
I believe there are some untapped resources and unused ideas that can be reorganized in order to redirect some groups of people, namely the “A-Team.” Who is the “A-Team”? Parents, grandparents, guardians, caregivers, school administrators and last but not least, K-12 students are on this great team, even though they all have never believed to be on the same team in the past. I have a proposal that lives in evolution at this time and it began last quarter, my first quarter back at OSU after 35 years.
My granddaughter Aviva is six months old and is my inspiration for this Big Idea. She is an “at risk” child as are many in the USA. By the time she is ready to attend school, if not sooner, I plan to implement a series of ideas that will breath new life into how “The A-Team” can work better together to bring new hope to our nation’s education process. The next generation must have hope and be disciplined enough to successfully graduate high school, attend and graduate from college without fail.
This future proposal will create continuous improvement to our countries public school system, utilize the work of artists with no discrimination for age, gender, race, or nationality engaging with the worldwide web, recycling self-empowerment to the “A-Team” for many generations to come. I continue to develop this Big Idea as I go through my student life in order to implement a successful future plan of action as a result of ongoing research.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner


The film tells the story of Joanna "Joey" Drayton, a young White American woman who has had a whirlwind romance with Dr. John Prentice, a young, idealistic African American physician she met while in Hawaii. The plot centers on Joanna’s return to her liberal upper class American home in San Francisco, bringing her new fiancĂ© to dinner to meet her parents, and the reaction of family and friends. The film depicts the discomfort of her parents, and also of John's father (a retired postal carrier, who with his wife, are also at the Drayton's dinner) as they all try to accept the choice of their son and daughter. A senior Catholic priest friend of Mr. Drayton's is also present at dinner and is a voice for tolerance.

Source:  Wikipedia

Training Day


In a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong. Written by Anna <>