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The Haunting Of Hill House

CONTENTS

1. Plot 2. Author Biography 3. Adaptations 4. Excerts 5. Visual Concept 6. Visual Concept Influence Map 7. Influence Maps 8. Key Thumbnails (The House) 9. Key Thumbnails (The Main Hall) 10. Key Thumbnails (The Blue Room) 11. Creative Partnership 12. Additional Links

PLOT

The Haunting Of Hill House is a book about an eighty year old mansion that was built by a man named Hugh Crain. It involves four characters known as: Dr. John Montague, Eleanor Vance, Theodora and Luke Sanderson. The doctor wants to find evidence to prove if the existence of the supernatural is real or not, which is why the Doctor rented Hill House; the guests can stay at Hill House where they start to experience events which all tend to link to Eleanor.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Shirley Jackson 1916-1965 Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco and started writing poems and short stories when she was a teenager. At the age of seventeen Jackson attended the University of Rochester and then moved onto Syracuse University in 1937-1940. Jackson then moved to New York where she had stories published in ‘The New Republic’ and ‘The New Yorker’ Jackson’s first novel was released in 1948 named The Road Through The Wall. In 1959 is when Jackson’s best selling book was released which was The Haunting Of Hill House.

ADAPTATIONS

There was two adaptations made for The Haunting Of Hill House which both ended up being called The Haunting; the first release was in 1963 which was directed by Robert Wise and the next adaptation was released in 1999, directed by Jan De Bont.

EXCERTS

The House ‘Suggests evil in the face of the house,’ ‘face of Hill House seemed awake, with a watchfulness from the blank windows,’ ‘it was enormous and dark, looking down over.’ ‘veranda,’ the drive turned off on either side, to encircle the house,’ ‘heavy iron knocker that had a Child’s face,’ The Main Hall ‘The hall in which she stood was overfull of dark wood and weighty carving, dim under the heaviness of the staircase, which lay back from the farther end. Above there seemed to be another hallway, going the width of the house; she could see a wide landing and then, across the staircase well, doors closed along the upper hall. On either side of her now were great double doors, carved with fruit and grain and living things.’ The Blue Room ‘There were blue dimity curtains over the two windows, which looked out over the roof of the veranda onto the lawn, and a blue figured rug on the floor, and a blue spread on the bed and a blue quilt at the foot. The walls, dark woodwork to shoulder height, were blue figured paper above, with a design of tiny blue flowers, wreathed and gathered and delicate.’

VISUAL CONCEPT

When reading my extracts I envisioned how dark the environments must be and to do this I had to take into consideration the perspectives of my environments as that is the key, the scenes need a feeling of intimidation and to feel as if they are watching over you, if my images don’t portray this then the concept would just fall through. The extract helped a lot, finding the time period so that I could find a solid design and know what type of architecture and furniture would be required which is Victorian helped to plan out my scenes. The colour palette that I would need for my environments would need to be dull and low toned colours to give it a haunting feel.

VISUAL CONCEPT INFLUENCE MAP

INFLUENCE MAPS

The House

The Main Hall

The Blue Room

KEY THUMBNAILS

The House

KEY THUMBNAILS

The Main Hall

KEY THUMBNAILS

The Blue Room

CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP

Comments I’ve made: GeorgeHind 5 October 2012 16:37 ‘I really like these Lekti the way the Blue reflects off a lot of the images you have found look really effective and I love the brightness of it all, these must give you some really good ideas.’ Lekti replies with: Lekti Rose Jacobs 5 October 2012 20:37 ‘Thanks George, I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do indeed. Its starting to show in the thumbnails I have been doing.(will be uploading them this weekend)’ GeorgeHind 8 October 2012 19:58 ‘Hey Lekti 9 really stands out to me as the perspective seems to give it a spooky kind of feel, it feels like its at the same height as me like I'm walking through it myself it pretty cool. I also really like 16 for the lighting and shading you had done on the rocks.’ GeorgeHind 1 October 2012 18:55 Hey meg I really like these thumbnails especially how you have done birds eye view images to show where things go and the size of the room

CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP

Feedback Lekti has given: ‘I really like no2, the gate has a very dark and scary look to it. And the background and foreground contrast each other nicely. on Project: thumbnails’ – 05/10/12

ADDITIONAL LINKS

Life Drawings – http://georgehind.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/life%20drawing Film Reviews – http://georgehind.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/film%20review

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