King Richard III Project

We have been asked to get ourselves into groups of around 4 or 5 to create a multimedia product that explores some aspect of the King Richard III story in an innovative way to try to entice visitors to the Centre. Target audience for this project;

Year 5 junior school students

Mature, inquisitive international audience

UK ‘A’-Level History students

Mid teens (14-18 yrs)

I started off by watching The King in the car park and The King laid to rest to generate idea’s and see what captured my attention the most. The history surrounding this is very controversial and a lot of people still argue about it and are very passionate about it 500 years on. King Richard III was killed in battle and it was believed he was then paraded naked on horse back to show that he was dead, where people stabbed and fired arrows at his corpse.

King Richard III was not born to be king, his brother was, but his brother died in battle and the throne was passed down to King Richard’s nephews, whom he was protector of. This is where the proper gander started. It is not clear what happened to the nephews, there is a lot of speculation surrounding it, some say King Richard III was a good fair king, well-regarded and admired for his chivalry, a loyal brother who also doted on his wife and sons, a born solider who commanded in battle by age 25. However, it is also rumoured that the Tudor invented the nasty myth about King Richard killing his nephews, whom had disappeared and became King 3 months after his brother’s death, which benefited Henry who was now on the throne. This then started the ruin of the Yorkshire born’s reputation, which was fuelled 100 years later when Shakespeare wrote about him.

Philliper Langley helps run the King Richard III society and believes he is a good king. She researched his possible burial location and raised over 10k in 2 weeks, by donations, to dig in Leicester’s social services car park for his bones. They started off by looking for church floors or walls but instead they found bones on day 1! right underneath the letter “R” which was painted on the floor in the car park. Philliper had said when she first arrived and saw the “R” that she felt something and that she was convinced they had found where he was buried. However, it was only day 1 and the chances of finding King Richard III so soon was very unlikely. They continued the dig and carefully recovered the bones, with the minor mishap of a pickaxe to the skull. The bones were scanned in 3D, had DNA tests done and were carbon dated. The bones endured 3 months of testing, everyone wanted to be sure. The CT scan was used to get a better look at the bones to see if they were any deformities and to help figure out what weapons were used to kill him in the battle of Bosworth.

The Tudor tampered with King Richard III’s perception to help Henry who was on the throne. They narrowed his eyes in paintings, along with making his fingers look pointy to give them the look of claws and gave him a very visible hunch back. They did this because during that time it was believed to have such look was a strike by god and seen as punishment, ergo making the rumours more believable. This is where the importance of the CT scan’s finding became important in trying to distinguish which rumours where correct or false. Yes he did have a hunch back but not an obvious one as shown in his paintings and that was rumoured. He had a slight higher shoulder and it wouldn’t have been seen when he was clothed or in armour and wouldn’t have effected him in any way. It was also shown in the CT scan that he had a sword slice in his skull from where a sword must have taken his helmet off in battle, dagger wounds to his body all over and that the fatal blow was a massive hole to his skull.

The carbon dating showed the bones to be in the age area that they were hoping for and slowly all the evidence started to point towards the bones actually being them of King Richard III. After 3 months of tests it was confirmed by DNA from a 17th descendant generation. King Richard III who died at the age of 32 in the battle of Bosworth had finally been found and has now been properly laid to rest 500 years on.

During all of these tests the skull was sent away to be reconstructed in both 3D and clay to give King Richard III a true appearance. After all the tampering with his portrait’s it is amazing that modern-day technology can right a wrong. This is what King Richard III looked like.

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YorkMix (2013) Richard III heads for York (well, a model of the king). Available at: http://www.yorkmix.com/things-to-do/whats-on-york-richard-iii-head-yorkshire-museum/ (Accessed: 31 October 2015).

So what grabbed my attention? The nephews!!! what happened?! Philliper Langley is now concentrating her efforts on discovering the truth of the twins in the tower to clear King Richard’s name and I think that is a great place to start for this project. It is an ongoing project for Philliper and one that should be advertised and to keep this very historic investigation fresh.

What is the problem? The lack of interest in the 4 target audiences.

Now I need to figure out what the target audience is, who to work with and what the multi media product is!!!

Featured image reference; Hampton, J. (2015) DNA shows descendants with ties to king Richard III. Available at: http://hamptonroads.com/2015/04/dna-shows-descendants-ties-king-richard-iii (Accessed: 31 October 2015).

Sound Design Project

Design, Develop and Deliver!

We were asked to get into a group of 4 or 5 and create a sound that has 2 characters in a room, 1 has a secret which they slowly reveal to the other. The sound track is to be recorded by us, with at least 3 tracks and a max of 3 mins long. It needs to contain a Foley sound, Music and Voice.

I was lucky to get into a group with people I had so much fun making this with. We laughed none stop throughout the entire project.

As a group we met in the Boots Library, during uni time, chatted via our Facebook group page, Facebook messenger and had a great day in the recording studio booths in the Waverley building.

Below are a few screen shots taken during the recording.

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We started by looking at The Goon Show scripts for idea’s on how to script our show. We then went through various idea’s;

Drugs, Guns, Money, Family, Execution.

But we needed to break our list down so we did that like this;

Couples- too obvious

Terrorist capture- possibly cause upset and offend

Corporate banking scam- not a lot of sound to set the scene.

We decided on a Gangster scene because it played into our aim and we could have fun with it.

What is the secret!!!?!?!?!

Cheating, Betrayal, Stealing, Identity…… How about a bit of all of them 🙂

We made a list of the sounds we needed as we scripted and tested a few Foley sounds (See below a screen shot of a video uploaded on to our Facebook page, it’s a couple of our group members making sounds via their mouths).

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We collected, made and put together over 30 different tracks and used Adobe Addition software. I am very happy with the end result, however, during the playing of it in our presentation we soon became disheartened because we realised we hadn’t normalised it, which made our sound very quiet and hard to hear. I learned a lot doing this project, I haven’t done sound in over a year and it was a great refresher before our assessed projects.

Below is the link to our sound;

https://www.dropbox.com/s/m4egzzfdol4rz1k/Ganstermix.mp3?dl=0

Shaun Belcher

I found Shaun Belcher to be very helpful because he helped me progress my personal portfolio and gave me constructive criticism on my creative CV.

Shaun gave us a number of useful links to read on good design, design rules you should never break, typography with links to font downloads and asked us to look into creating our own brand. We were asked to create a creative CV and info graphic CV. I had already done a creative CV that I wanted feedback on so I found this workshop very helpful. Shaun pointed out ways to change how I presented the text on my CV and explained why using a photo of my children gave the impression that I’m a child photographer when that isn’t an area I want to work in. I am now very happy with my Creative CV and the design stays relative to my own website that I’m due to launch, which will promote what I do along with my portfolio.

Critical Thinking- What is the problem?

20.10.2015

Two different approaches to critical thinking to solve any problem…. I need to remember this for future projects!!!

The thinking hats approach (see below)

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OR, these 6 steps;

STEP 1- What is the problem?

STEP 2- What are the symptoms?

STEP 3- What are the assumptions?

STEP 4- Is the evidence reliable?

STEP 5- Is there missing information?

STEP 6- Is there another reasons?

Conclusion- There is a solution for every problem!

Back up what ever you believe in with evidence.

Behavioural Design

13.10.2015

Today we had a lecture on behavioural design and looked at the Fogg Behaviour Model (FBM).

Motivation- the will do something

Ability- skills to do it

Trigger- cause to make it happen

The behavioural equation is; B=MAT (Behaviour= Motivation, Ability, Trigger)

Without one of these, nothing will succeed.

Think about how to change a perception and the cause and effect.

“Call to Action” Triggers are;

Facilitators- something that helps you to achieve your goal.

Signal- something to inform, advertise.

Spark- something that gives you the idea, motivation.

It’s about breaking down a problem to figure out the weak area and implementing change. To understand the missing link you need to understand the behaviour psychology.

There are 15 triggers (trigger grid is shown below), triggers are what make things happen. Everything needs a trigger, in order to create something, think of it in this order; Trigger- Ability- Motivation

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There are 6 Motivation Factors to consider:

Time, Money, Physical effort, Brain cycles, Social deviance, Non-routine

Behavioural goals- what triggers you to do it, hot triggers give you the need to do it right now and if you put hot triggers in the path of motivated people then anything could happen.

Risk, Experimentation and Innovation

06.10.2015

Today was an interesting Lecture. It focussed on some key area’s which I will need to consider during my projects. I took particular interest in and noted the following area’s;

Time management, Number of experiments, Technical and Conceptional experimentation, Concept needs to be strong, Show and Demonstrate risk from idea’s change.

These area’s I noted because they are what I need to consider during my projects which I may over look, Time management is a big one for me and one that I will need to make sure I pay particular attention to, there are not enough hours in a day!!!.

We watched David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence.

David Kelley, 2012. How to build your creative confidence [online]. YouTube, TED. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16p9YRF0l-g

This video I found very interesting because it explained turning possible fears and anxieties into small steps, making them familiar and less daunting. “Guided Mastery” the process of recovery, getting confident by taking small steps.

The video asked a number of questions to get you thinking, like, “What is your calling?” “What do you want to do?”

“Do not divide the creative and none creative, be free to create.”

David told a story of a guy called Doug Dietz who designs medical equipment, He heard of the fear that over 90% of children felt when they went to have an MRI in one of his machines, and that some children needed sedating. This upset him because he wanted to help people, not make them scared. He went and redesigned the whole experience by turning it into a pirate ship which dramatically reduced the number of scared children and the sedation rate. I liked this story because it showed he cared about what he made, not just to make money, but to help people.

We also watched a video by Richard Feynman. This was about people working in different ways, even if they are all doing the same thing. People can interoperate it visually or verbally because imagery is different for everyone.

We also learned to really think about what we’re doing.

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What is Innovation?

Innovation (generates value) = Invention (idea, technology, path) x Commercialization (make it a value to the world)

What is innovation without implementation?

STOP talking- START doing.

The point of innovation is making money and to turn your idea into a reality.

Cricket Project

First Project!!!!!

During this project I was to find myself a group of around 4 or 5 people, with mixed disciplines, and teach year 4 children, both girls and boys “Visually” about cricket with the aim of explaining what a wicket is. Having children, especially my eldest being in year 4, this proved to be very useful indeed!

We researched the rules of cricket, history, different types of cricket played, for example test cricket, 20/20 and Kwik Cricket for children! Kwik Cricket is where we focussed our project around because it would be a great way to explain what a wicket is because it’s children’s cricket and they’ll be able relate to the game much more than adult focussed cricket, where the rules can be very complicated.

I asked my children and my boyfriend’s children, who are all aged between 6 years and 8 years…

What do you know about Cricket?

Do you know what a Wicket is?

How would you prefer to be taught about Cricket?

Would you prefer a child’s or an adult’s voice on a video?

These questions proved useful and gave us a great basis to start putting together our ideas. The children said they wanted to learn visually, would prefer an adults voice and didn’t know much/next to nothing about cricket or what a wicket is.

We each worked to our strengths and fairly quickly knew what we wanted the video to look like and what we wanted to include. We researched our idea’s individually and posted them along with examples on our group Facebook page where, as a team, we agreed or disagreed on them. We also met up during Uni and outside of Uni to discuss our progress and our project work.

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Above are screen shots from our Facebook group page.

We presented our idea in a Prezi presentation in front of the rest of our year, where we got feedback. We were asked “How are you making it themed for kids” and “Are you building a website?”. Both of these comments we took on board and changed our background to have more colour and be more themed for children along with building a website that showed our video and had the Rules of Cricket information available for anyone to read.

I enjoyed doing this and we all got on and completed the project. I love our video because it’s funny, simple and effective. I showed my children who also loved it and they now know what a wicket is and more than they did know about cricket!!

Below are screen shots taken from the Video we did.

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