More research on Fairies

November 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm (Motion Graphics)

Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland by Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde – Irish fairies (Sidhe) – 4 cities of the fairies – includes information on Irish Fairy Lore & some imagery of fairies. This also includes a list of supernatural beings of Ireland with a description of them & there relationships between them and the other beings. – information on the Tuatha De Dannan & Sidhe of Irish Folklore


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Target Audience – main project

November 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm (Motion Graphics)

Target audience will either be around 13/14-18. Same target audience for shows like Buffy & Angel. Means that it can still be quite dark & Gothic but not quite as graphic as shows like True Blood & the Walking Dead.

Kind of target audience that would read young adult fiction & the moving into other fiction novels like Stephen King, which targets a slightly older audience. The main cast will be around this age, to appeal to the target audience but also to reflect the issues that they are dealing with in their everyday lives – site gives ratings for shows, movies, books, music & games. It includes reasons for the rating & shows parents and young peoples ratings. Very useful when considering my target market as it allows me to compare the ratings for various media & to gauge how stirct the ratings are. For looking at several items the overall rating seem to be quite fair, with parents sometimes having a slightly higher rating on things than the site itself or kids. Generally they are all the same rating though.


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motion idents research

November 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm (motion idents)

kerrang  idents – characters

ident with person & bunny

ident  ragun, person & bunny



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Academic Journal on Transmedia

November 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm (Motion Graphics)

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Introducing different aspects of Irish myth

November 19, 2010 at 10:38 am (Motion Graphics)

A way to bring different tales in Irish myth together is to have a presenter/ character introduce all the tales. This cold work particularly well for an old man in a pub scenario. Buy him a drink and he’ll tell you a tale. Very traditional – maybe a little stereotypical. Other Irish series that have this way of introducing the tales include Pullin’ the Devil by the Tale and Podge and Rodge: A Scare at Bedtime. This was also seen in the HBO series Tales from the Crypt. Works particularly well for horror style shows. The Simpsons introduced their X-Files episode in this way, with a storyteller reading from a book to introduce & conclude the episode. Are You Afraid of the Dark (a kids tv show) had a similar idea only it was a group of kids around a bon-fire & the one kids would then star in each of the stories they told. It would focus on a different child each week.

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November 19, 2010 at 10:12 am (Motion Graphics)

The type used in this website is a more refined, less stereotypical font to represent Ireland. Something like this could be used as the font for the tiles. It’s simple, looks quite modern, yet traditional. It’s easily read and represents Ireland. Colours are quite stereotypical, as my tv is a fasnasy the old parchment look could work, but may be too stereotypical. More of a horror feel to the piece would be necessay – darker earthy brown colours, with a mixture of golden colours, blacks and maybe greens.

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Beautiful Fantasy Title sequence

November 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm (Motion Graphics)

Created for a short independent movie about a unicorn. Very mystical with beautiful animation. Really conveys a sense of the magical world. Earthy colours help in bringing the world to life


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brillant title sequence designers

November 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm (Motion Graphics)

This is an London based design company. They have lots of examples of things for differnt areas, but include lots of motion graphics. They created titles for British fantasy tv shows like Merlin & Hex, which are in the same vein as my Irish fantasy myth show. Another key design in this site is the Dunhill watch short movie/ad which is done like a title sequence. It’s a mixture of James Bond/ Catch Me if You Can stlye. Excellent piece of motion graphics that’s deffinatly worth a look

involved in numerous transmedia projects in the UK and Ireland

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Pan’s Labyrinth

November 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm (Motion Graphics)

Pan’s Labyrinth Wiki page

Facebook page for the films just links to the wiki page – very underused

Link to the section of the website that featured a competition that fans could uplaod their own images

the website has very hanuting music that sets up the mood of the film

it includes a book of notes from the creator – this game me an idea of creating an interactive storybook for the fairy world in which the tv show will be set. Could be a mini story from the world that gets regularly updated – page from the book every week

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Fairy Guide

November 17, 2010 at 12:02 am (Motion Graphics)

This website gives a short explanation of all things to do with Fairies. Like a dictionary for fairies. Some of it is based on Irish fairies

Other useful links

Ring Forts – fairy rings – common in Ireland

Fairy Trees and Bushes 

There are many ‘Fairy Trees’  along the roadsides and especially at the crossing of roads throughout Ireland.  Usually these are gnarled old Hawthorn bushes.  Also considered sacred were the Oak and the Ash.

While many magic wands were made from the Rowan branch.  It is considered a profanation to destroy them or even to remove one of their branches.  Many different types of otherworld creatures are said to dwell in the tree or nearby.

Pookas, Cluricaunes and mysterious white-clad women have all appeared near these trees and bushes.  Superstitious people do not like to pass them by late at night.  In the days when horses were the chief transportation there were many stories of the lone-horseman who is accosted by the lady in white as he rides along and she climbs up behind him on the horse and puts her arms around him, which are deathly cold.  Then she rides along with him for a while and suddenly disappears.

In Ireland if the three fairy trees, Oak, Ash and Thorn grow together it is particularly auspicious and this is venerated even more than the single tree.

Source: O’Hanlon, John – Irish folklore: Traditions and Superstitions of the Country. first published 1870. republished by EP Publishing Ltd., 1973.


A site  explaing what a fairytale is and what folklore is & the difference between the two

A book with short stories involving fairies

The Little Black Book of Stories

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