Archive for March, 2013

The Type of Dance

For the dance I want strange and uncomfortable, abnormal movements

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Remember this wicked dance video from Slayer. Like the dark and erratic movements, like she’s some creature.

I really like the creepy movements of the nurses in the movie silent hill.

I want something constrained and frustrated.

Abit like these girls


Before I had developed my concept with eara and back story I initially wanted my character to have like a helmet attach to her head, with speakers and wires.



It was starting to look very Sci fi, some looking a bit alien and Ghost in the shell like. At the time I was struggling with the design I didn’t know when it was, past future or now. But after discussing it with my tutor I now have a solid background and time it is set that I can pull influence from, the 1930-40s.

Moodborads 1930-40 speakers, radio and sound equipment.

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So after this re think, the ideas came a lot easier, I had a focus and boundary but lots to play with.

I really liked the shaped on the front of the radios and thought that was very distinct to that era. After a few iterations I went with the design below.

head sopeaker

I really like the idea of a sound meter in the back of the head, monitoring the levels. It was an idea I had previously, before but with a more modern dial. i was thinking an LED one.


I really liked the idea so I have kept it only changed it to an older analog version to fit with the time period.

I had to consider how low down on the neck the speakers would come as I need to think about the movement in the neck and any deformation in the mesh. I also had a thought about two dials for each speaker on the side of her head and tattooing on the numbers.

To get influence for the environment I looked up German architecture and came across this beautiful building, The Reichstag Building. It has a really nice shape and the contours of the room draw your eyes to the center of the room. There is also this feature in the building, like and upside down cone and is a great feature that catches your eye. It has that similar focus i want to get across in my environment, I want the audiences eye to be draw to the figure in the middle of the room. I like the hexagonal spherical feel of the room. It breaks up the walls and adds some nice shadows.

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The light coming into the room with the chairs in the Reichstag building has a similar effect to the Rome Panthenon. the focus of light draws your attention to the center of the room.


The calved squares on the top of the dome look similar to my Test 4 for the walls. I could continue the padding quite high up in the room.

Test 4

Test 4

Sometimes I find it easier to get my ideas across better and quicker in 3D instead of drawing, it also helps me visualize it better. So I took some ideas from my environment moodboards  and mocked up some ideas for the walls.

The idea is that i combine the idea of a padded room with sound proofing. Test 1 gives off to many angles and shadows, done really like it. I like the shallow ridges of test 3, but how will it look over a large area? I also like Test test 5, it would break up the space because of the different lines it makes.

I like the uniformity of test 4, but think it feels to much like a padded room, but I think I am going to play around with that style a bit more.

Test 6 and 7 were to see how the microphones would look in the walls. Straight off, I don’t like it. I don’t think they are obvious enough and with the room being quite big they would get lost. I like the idea of having the microphones spaced closer to her.

When I went to see Dom, he asked how big the environment was going to be so needed to get him a mock up. This also gave me a better idea myself of the size of the walls.

Having looked at the Reichstag Berlin i decided i wanted that hexagonal dome like shape with an opening for natural light to fill the room. So I also did a quick mock up of the size and shape of the room.

I put the shallow ribbed padded walls on and it looks very plane. I will try it with the an iteration of test 4.a

I am not a musician and sound in my animation is going to be a vital part of the concept so it needs to be done well in order to get the impact I hope for.

I remembered an email being sent to use over Christmas from GM Music Media.

It was from a recently graduated music students looking to expand their portfolio and so was offering their services. Having had a listen to their work, I think they have the right style I’m looking for.

So I sent a quick email to see if they are interested and have the time to make something for me. I got a positive reply and am arranging a meet to discuss my ideas and hear what they can come up with. (08 Feb 2013)

(27 Feb 2013) Having corresponded with Dom at GM Music Media we arranged a meet to discuss the project today (27th Feb) and I have come away feeling really confident that he will come up with something great! I put together a folder for him of my concepts and idea so far so he could get a feel for what it is I need. I haven’t really collaborated with anyone outside of my ‘techno’ group so it felt a bit like we were talking a different language to each other sometimes but it wasn’t a problem. I took some samples of music and movie trailers with the kind of sound I wanted to have.

I really like the deep vibration sound and its the kind of sound i can imagine resonating from her inside and expelling through the throat. Its quite a chilling sound too, the kind that you feel in the stomach when you have it turned up loud.

Similarly with this piece by Zack Hemsey, there is that deep vibration that feels almost intimidating.

In the silent hill trailer there are some sounds oh wailing voices or strings that sound like it. I want something similar, like her voice but in her head because she cant speak. So any whiling and moans will be in her head but I want to implement that in the music for a creepy n-nnearving feeling, but also to portray how she is feeling and what she is going through.

After having a good chat with Dom I came away feeling really confident in his capabilities, he also seemed excited and had some ideas of his own for shots. Can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

He also mentioned doing the foley too which is brilliant. He will do a much better job with it than i would.

When I was in school everyone was taught about the second world war and the Holocaust, but I don’t ever remember anything being said about the human experiments or euthanasia in Germany that also were happening parallel to them. I have only recently learned of this and find it very sickening and heart breaking.

Watching the documentary linked above, has given me a huge insight into the experiments. 1939 Hitler wanted this aryen race or master race and the disabled didn’t fit in his idea of a master race. The disabled were seen as ‘ life unworthy of life’ or ‘usless eaters’, using up beds that could be used for wounded soldiers of the war. 70,000 Germans and Austrians were ‘euthanised’ in Germany and Poland. They would either die from starvation while being observed as they died or Euthanised by lethal injection. Most of these disabled people would have lived a long life but the process was seen and the ‘elimination from the chain of heredity’ named action T4. this took place in asylems and hospitals, one mentioned was Grafeneck, a long way from anywhere.

Not only were they murdering these people they were perform experiments on people consigned to death, collected the brains and considered it legitimate for research purposes. They claim they did it to find cures for disease, for the betterment of mankind, to contribute to the war effort. But it was also for selfish reasons, to advance their careers and satisfy their curiosity about the human body, the limits and possibilities. Shrinking heads? is not for the betterment of mankind. These experiments were sadistic crimes and the doctors were held accountable for some of these crimes in 1948.


Four counts:


  1. Conspiracy to commit war crimes against humanity: The ordering, planning, and organization of the war crimes and crimes against humanity charged in counts two and three. Charged against all of the defendants. The tribunal decided not to convict on this charge.
  2. War crimes: Charged against all defendants. 15 guilty, 8 acquitted.
  3. Crimes against humanity: Charged against all defendants. 15 guilty, 8 acquitted.
  4. Membership in a criminal organization:  Membership in the SS. Charged against K. Brandt, Genzken, Gebhardt, R. Brandt, Mrugowsky, Poppendick, Sievers, Brack, Hoven, and Fischer. All found guilty.


Experiments and other “medical” crimes itemized in counts 2 and 3:


  1. High-altitude experiments. March – August 1942. Conducted for the German air force to investigate the effect of high-altitude flying; experiments were conducted at the Dachau camp using a low-pressure chamber. Charged against Becker-Freyseng, K. Brandt, R. Brandt, Gebhardt, Handloser, Mrugowsky, Poppendick, Romberg, Ruff, Schroeder, Sievers, and Weltz. Charges against K. Brandt, Handloser, Mrugowsky, and Poppendick were withdrawn. R. Brandt and Sievers were convicted.
  2. Freezing experiments. August 1942 – May 1943. Conducted primarily for the German air force to investigate treatments for persons who had been severely chilled, using prisoners at the Dachau camp. Charged against Becker-Freyseng, K. Brandt, R. Brandt, Gebhardt, Handloser, Mrugowsky, Poppendick, Schroeder, Sievers, and Weltz. Becker-Freyseng, K. Brandt, Gebhardt, Mrugowsky, Poppendick, and Weltz were acquitted; R. Brandt, Handloser, Schroeder, and Sievers were convicted.
  3. Malaria experiments. February 1942 – April 1945. Conducted to test immunization for and treatment of malaria; experiments were conducted on more than 1000 prisoners at Dachau. Charged against Blome, K. Brandt, R. Brandt, Gebhardt, Handloser, Mrugowsky, Poppendick, Rostock, and Sievers. (Evidence was also presented against Rose, but no judgment was reached.) No judgment was made concerning Mrugowsky. Blome, K. Brandt, R. Brandt, Gebhardt, Handloser, Poppendick, and Rostock were acquitted; Sievers was convicted.
  4. Mustard (“lost”) gas experiments. September 1939 – April 1945. Conducted for the benefit of the German armed forces to investigate treatment of injuries caused by Lost (mustard) gas; experiments were conducted at Sachsenhausen, Natzweiler, and other camps. Charged against Blome, K. Brandt, R. Brandt, Gebhardt, Handloser, Rostock, and Sievers. Blome, Gebhardt, Handloser, and Rostock were acquitted; K. Brandt, R. Brandt, and Sievers were convicted.
  5. Sulfanilamide experiments. July 1942 – September 1943. Conducted for the benefit of the German armed forces to test the effectiveness of sulfanilamide and other drugs as treatments for infected wounds; experiments were conducted at Ravensbrueck. Charged against Becker-Freyseng, Blome, K. Brandt, R. Brandt, Fischer, Gebhardt, Genzken, Handloser, Mrugowsky, Oberheuser, Poppendick, Rostock, and Schroeder. Charges against Becker-Freyseng, Blome, and Schroeder were withdrawn. No judgment was reached concerning R. Brandt. Genzken, Poppendick, and Rostock were acquitted; K. Brandt, Fischer, Gebhardt, Handloser, Mrugowsky, and Oberheuser were convicted.
  6. Bone, muscle, and nerve regeneration, and bone transplant experiments. September 1942 – December 1943. Conducted for benefit of German armed forces, using Polish inmates at the Ravensbrueck camp. Charged against K. Brandt, R. Brandt, Fischer, Gebhardt, Handloser, Oberheuser, and Rostock. Charge against R. Brandt withdrawn. K. Brandt, Handloser, and Rostock were acquitted; Fischer, Gebhardt, and Oberheuser were convicted.
  7. Seawater experiments. July – September 1944. Conducted for the German air force and navy to test methods of making seawater drinkable; experiments were conducted at Dachau. Charged against Becker-Freyseng, Beiglboeck, K. Brandt, R. Brandt, Gebhardt, Handloser, Mrugowsky, Poppendick, Rostock, Schaefer, Schroeder, and Sievers. The charge against Mrugowsky was withdrawn. K. Brandt, R. Brandt, Handloser, Poppendick, Rostock, and Schaefer were acquitted; Becker-Freyseng, Beiglboeck, Gebhardt, Schroeder, and Sievers were convicted.
  8. Epidemic jaundice experiments. June 1943 – January 1945. Conducted for the benefit of the German armed forces to investigate causes of and inoculations against epidemic jaundice; experiments were conducted on Polish prisoners at Sachsenhausen and Natzweiler camps. Charged against Becker-Freyseng, K. Brandt, R. Brandt, Gebhardt, Handloser, Mrugowsky, Poppendick, Rose, Rostock, Schroeder, and Sievers. Charges against Becker-Freyseng, Rose, and Sievers were withdrawn. R. Brandt, Gebhardt, Handloser, Mrugowsky, Poppendick, Rostock, and Schroeder were acquitted; K. Brandt was convicted.
  9. Typhus (“spotted fever”) and other vaccine experiments. December 1941 – February 1945. Conducted for the benefit of the German armed forces to test the effectiveness of vaccines against typhus, smallpox, cholera, and other diseases; experiments were conducted at Buchenwald and Natzweiler. Charged against Becker-Freyseng, K. Brandt, R. Brandt, Gebhardt, Genzken, Handloser, Hoven, Mrugowsky, Poppendick, Rose, Rostock, Schroeder, and Sievers. Becker-Freyseng, K. Brandt, Gebhardt, Poppendick, and Rostock were acquitted; R. Brandt, Genzken, Handloser, Hoven, Mrugowsky, Rose, Schroeder, and Sievers were convicted.
  10. Poison experiments. December 1943 and September – October 1944. Conducted to investigate the effect of various poisons, including poison in food and poisoned bullets; experiments were conducted at Buchenwald (food) and Sachsenhausen (bullets). Charged against Gebhardt, Genzken, Mrugowsky, and Poppendick. Gebhardt, Genzken, and Poppendick were acquitted; Mrugowsky was convicted.
  11. Incendiary bomb experiments. November 1943 – January 1944. Conducted to test pharmaceutical treatments for phosphorus burns; experiments were conducted at Buchenwald, involving the infliction of burns by materials from incendiary bombs. Charged against Gebhardt, Genzken, Mrugowsky, and Poppendick. All were acquitted.
  12. Sterilization experiments. March 1941 – January 1945. Conducted to develop methods of rapid, large scale sterilization in order to ensure the eventual elimination of “enemy” populations while keeping captive workers as a labor force during the war. Experiments were planned and/or conducted at Auschwitz, Ravensbrueck, and elsewhere employing drugs, x-rays, and surgery. Charged against Brack, K. Brandt, R. Brandt, Gebhardt, Mrugowsky, Oberheuser, Pokorny, and Poppendick. The charges against Mrugowsky and Oberheuser were withdrawn. K. Brandt, Pokorny, and Poppendick were acquitted; Brack, R. Brandt, and Gebhardt were convicted.
  13. Skeleton collection. June 1943 – September 1944. Conducted to complete a skeleton collection for an anatomical research project at the Reich University of Strasbourg; one hundred twelve Jews at Auschwitz were killed for the purpose. Charged against R. Brandt and Sievers; both were convicted.
  14. Tubercular Polish nationals. May 1942 – January 1944. Polish nationals alleged to have incurable tuberculosis were imprisoned or killed on the pretext of protecting the health of Germans in Poland. Charged against Blome and R. Brandt; both were acquitted.
  15. Euthanasia. September 1939 – April 1945. Involved the secret killing of the aged, insane, incurably ill, deformed children, and others, beginning at asylums in Germany and later in the camps and occupied territories. Charged against Blome, Brack, K. Brandt, and Hoven. Blome was acquitted; Brack, K. Brandt, and Hoven were convicted.


Other charges:


  1. Phenol (gas oedema) experiments. 1942 – 1944. Conducted to investigate whether levels of phenol in gas oedema serum caused fatalities among wounded soldiers; experiments were conducted on prisoners at Buchenwald. Charged against Handloser, Hoven, and Mrugowsky. Handloser was acquitted; Hoven and Mrugowsky were convicted.
  2. Phlegmon experiments. 1942. Conducted to test treatments for sepsis and related diseases, in coordination with sulfanilamide experiments at Ravensbrueck; experiments were conducted at Dachau and Auschwitz. Charged against Fischer, Oberheuser, and Poppendick; all were acquitted.
  3. Polygal experiments. 1943 – 1944. Conducted to test the effectiveness of polygal, a blood coagulant, for the treatment of wounds. Charged against Blome, Handloser, Poppendick, and Sievers. Blome, Handloser, and Poppendick were acquitted; Sievers was convicted.
  4. Planning, organization, and administration (of 1-15 above)
  5. Conspiracy: Count 1.
  6. Membership: Count 4.


Above information taken from