Faking IT Project Review

Faking IT ended up having the highest mark quality so far in two years of study with an overall 2:1 that very nearly was a 1st. The set had great feedback on the look and the characters, and ended up being requested for display in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay as shown

For the end of year exhibition I intend to have all the characters remodelled and displayed on a peach with a wood stump base to symbolise the look shown in the movie James and the Giant Peach.


Peach in the Millennium Centre

From the 30th of March to the 1st of April myself, Will, Shannen and Adele’s set for James and the Giant Peach was exhibited in the Wales Millennium Centre. The set was part of the display for a charity by the name of Touch Trust for their performance via musical interaction of the film James and the Giant peach.

The performance was amazing and it was really inspiring what the charity does for those who suffer with disabilities and help the families who care for these individuals and to help them with that was really worth the time. Also they have said if I can help out in future performances that would be greatly appreciated and can help me work on my prop and set skills and start of the career ladder journey. Look forward to seeing what can come of this

Fimo Characters

With the exhibition finished at the Marriott I am pleased to have finally finished the work relating to the project. The fact that they remained in tact hopefully through the night has been a big relief to me, I admit that I really would need a lot longer to get a amazing look for them but time is never your friend and a general view of them was positive and hopefully those that attended the event felt the same. I hope to be able to work on my sculpting and modelling skills after the end of this academic year and build up a website showing the skills i have developed and I am still developing ready for graduation and competition on the market game on basically.

I’m not really sure what i want to do in the future, I have ideas of what id like to do but its a case of finding the best ways to do these things that is the long term problem but who knows what the future will bring just as long as i work hard for it that’s all I can do. I do want to work in the props market in the future and i hope that this is a good start as well as experience in actual companies to get yourself on the early steps of the career ladder. but im really enjoying what im doing and any possible opportunities that can come from it

Feedback from Faking IT

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I am really happy with the feedback from Bethan regarding the Faking IT project, makes you want to do it again he says trying not to laugh like a maniac. It was really surprising to me that the project was solely in the good as I think everyone in the group would honestly say they have no idea how it would have worked out. I’ve really enjoyed working in the group and I hope the feeling is mutual, The feedback sheet despite highlighting areas was really positive and in fact the Charity group AGE CYMRU were requesting additional details in preparation for the event in March.

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The areas that myself and Adele must address now as the entire Product Design group will be away for several weeks as of Monday, and the other two members of the group Will and Shannen are both Product Design it means its all on us to do our best but really we shouldn’t be worried. Roughly we have to

  • Manipulate the lighting on the piece as it was seen as not strong enough to the rest of the piece
  • The¬†lighting behind the back piece needs o be adjusted as¬†this will be irritant to the eye line when sitting down at the event
  • The characters don’t work in black so colour like they appear in the film would be more suitable
  • More Experimentation work is needed in sketchbooks for what we all individually did
  • The size of the piece maybe a concern on the night and a stork would need to be added to the top of the peach and made more solid as a shape
  • And more work in general but it is a high quality and has achieved the requirements Well done all.

Faking It Field review

Despite a bit of a unbalanced start i really enjoyed the faking it project. It was a great opportunity to mix with fellow students from different courses art related in the university, which was of great value to be able to bring different experiences and understanding of materials and techniques from different disciplines. I really enjoyed taking part in the research, development and creation of the final piece, but i do feel that i didn’t do as much as everyone else, which might be brought up in feedback but I was involved in the model templates and digital aspects of the project and did the characters so my involvement is just as much but in different departments so to speak.

This project was extremely valuable experience of working in industry which with the work experience placement really bonded well with each other, admittedly i tried to get involved and give a balanced view of everyone’s ideas but if someone is more knowledgable than yourself your not really going to argue with them really, but i found we got on really well and despite having to alter things along the way the process was really enjoyable and we should be really happy with what we have done, plus this is a great start for portfolio work as a lot of our group in general is interested in working in this sector of the arts.

From this project I can take away from this the fact that I have improved on my communication and teamworking skills and managed to work on my hand building skills as well as digital skills which is something that I haven’t really been able to do on my own projects on Maker but I intend to incorporate as much as I can before graduation. Also being able to talk and be taught by individuals that specialize in specific areas of the industry and gain advice on how to approach those already working in the industry for experience and how you can start of and work your way up the industry ladder so to speak was really valuable. Also having done a placement in a props company being able to see what the industry is like not just as a job but on you day to day lifestyle was really different to what I was expecting, not that I would complain about it but I would say that experience like that makes you decide what your specialist pathways can be because although you want to find a job or series of jobs that pay the bills and dont feel like work because its what you enjoy doing you still have to be open to different areas of the market as in the arts industry you need to have both the yin and yang or you wont get really far.

From this point I hope to work on my skills and contact more companies looking for experience and see where it takes me and where I want to go.


Setting up under the stairs (Faking it)

At this point the four of us pulled together what we had done at the time ready to mock setup to work out how things were going to go

Adele – brought the peach and the floor panel with imagery attached

Will – brought the parts of the building that were completed and sanded

Shannen – brought the frame of the backdrop and the lightbox

My contribution was the characters for the set but due to complications they weren’t dry in time but I helped out when I could but was mainly responsible for the model in digital aspect part of the project and making sure the construction overall wasn’t going to come into problems when setting up at the event. At this point ive pretty much panicked that the characters are not the best quality but at least they were done for deadline and once they’ve been assessed they can be redone. My only concern is that there isn’t much physical making on my part but I decided that the physical build needed a sturdy template to be molded to but time constraints made this difficult so a lesser quality or nothing were my options, but im happy to argue my case for these decisions if the feedback highlights this.

All I will say is that the quality was better and I was more confident and is merely a digital way of using skills by hand so it may not seem as much work as everyone else but it is just has to be viewed in another way.

Faking IT the finished piece evidence


How the set looks ready for marking, along with evidence of sketchbook and models made by myself and the other members of the group.