“Animation subject research”

Alongside researching the most suitable type of animation to be used in my project, I’ve been looking into what story or subject could I cover. I’ve gone through topics such as food (buying in the market, travelling home, cooking, eating…), fabrics (my favourite are the beautiful african textiles found in the Petticoat Market’s Wentworth Street, but I also looked into the idea of silk creation—from warm to the finished product), and local people’s stories.

Food stop motion would be interesting, but I've already done a project with food.
Food stop motion would be interesting, but I’ve already done a project with food.
I'd love to do a motion picture about fabrics, but the stories of the fabrics merchants in Petticoat Lane Market didn't struck the chord in me enough to choose one of them as my subject.
I’d love to do a motion picture about fabrics, but the stories of the fabrics merchants in Petticoat Lane Market didn’t struck the chord in me enough to choose one of them as my subject.

As my idea was developing, I decided to focus on Brick Lane. Covering the history, immigration, religion, riots, street art, food, and any other important or interesting aspects of this street. I wanted to use stop motion using collage/paper cutouts, objects, and maybe even drawings—and narrate the story myself.

I’ve also played with the idea of walking through the street photographing it in stop motion…

However, while researching Brick Lane in one of the books (Spitalfields Life by The Gentle Author), I came across an event that really took my interest. It was the Battle of Cable Street—an anti-fascist riot that happened in 1936, signifying the power of the local people against racism and inequality. I found it very powerful, and once I saw the original footage online, I knew that this was my subject.

The fascist party’s leader Oswald Mosley—the tall man with moustache.
cable-street
Police trying to suppress the rioters.
The rioters barricaded the streets to stop the fascists from passing through.
The rioters barricaded the streets to stop the fascists from passing through.
Many arrests were made.
Many arrests were made.

Thinking of different ideas to meet the brief, I still thought that I will make it work using stop motion. During the tutorial with Rachel I realised that the power of such event can’t really be expressed using collage or beads, and I finally decided to use the original footage from Youtube, and edit it into something short, organised, and hopefully artistic (if time allows me…).

My hands-on work will be covered in another post.

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