Friday, September 28, 2012

DFM - Project Proposal: N O S T A L G I A


/nästaljǝ - noun:
1. A sentimental longing for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
2. The evocation of these feelings or tendencies. 


The point of this essential reconnection is to take the viewer back to the places where they've felt most at home. There is a certain feeling that we've all experienced, a certain attachment that we've all developed and a certain place that we return to when we want to remember some of the most significant emotional happenings in our lives. 

For some of us, this is a place.
For some of us, this is a person.
For some of us, this is a pet.
For some of us, this is a character.
For some of us, this is a television show.
For some of us, this is a video game.
For some of us, this is a musician.

But for all of us, it is in the past.
It is the something that we run away and return to, revisit or remember.

It is an important part of life, and it is meant to reoccur. 

This project will showcase many examples of this feeling, and should conjure up the viewers' own connection to the past.

The viewer should leave remembering something that has done this for their life.

And they should leave never forgetting what these things can do in the future.

Revisit, reconnect and repair.



In order to make this emotional connection apparent, I wanted to juxtapose photography (this is a must. One of them must be a photo to create some sense of reality) and any other non-time based medium. This could be illustration, digital illustration, 3-D modeling, paint, graphite, photography, etc. This will be decided based upon who ends up being picked to create these pieces.

The important part is that the two come together seamlessly regardless of how abstract the addition to the photograph is. This is where the editors come in. They will edit the two different pieces together to create this overall connection and maintain its effect through the visual.

The most important part is that these photos will be monumental. It is very important to the concept because it is the intention of the project to immerse and absorb the audience in each of these pieces. If the photos are not incredibly large in physical size, it would not have as great of an effect.

Finally, I'd like the final images to be black and white. I find that it has a more profound effect on the audience than colored images.



Look here to figure out how this project will come together. There will be a section for photographers (under direction of a head photographer), a section for the other pieces of artwork (under direction of a head artist) and a section for the editors that will bring the images together.

Organization Chart
(I have listed the different medium artists as illustrators in the chart for convenience purposes.)

I would specifically like to be the art director of this project, and would really like to see the following people on my team in each respected category:

Colin Wendt as The Director, Director of Photography, Director of Illustration or a Photographer.
Chelsea Tanksley as The Director of Photography or a Photographer.
Jinny Hinkle as The Director of Illustration or an Illustrator.
William Oglesby as a 3-D modeler.
Anthony George as an Illustrator (Digital Painting). 
Beth Wollman as an Illustrator.
Callie Braceras as an Illustrator (Digital Painting).
Chay Ruby as an Illustrator or Painter.

If I've mentioned your name above, it's because I have seen the work that you produce and respect that you'll produce something capable of making this project come to life.

It's also a good idea to keep in mind that I've mentioned you for that specific job, but that doesn't mean that you can't propose to do something in a different medium or have a different job on the team all together. 


Here is a Gantt Chart to help visualize what will be happening, and when.

Gantt Chart


  1. It's a bit vague. Are we all making pieces individually, or in collected groups, is there a general format we all have to follow? It sounds interesting to me though.

    1. I've updated the post so that it's finished. Should be more clear now!

  2. I like the scale of the idea. I think the size will be impressive, although I'd like to maybe see one example of your concept since it is such a broad type of idea. Or perhaps an image that's already out on the internet that's similar?

  3. I'm a little confused... maybe some examples would help. It's mainly the part about seamless editing that's confusing me. How would that be done?

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  5. It took me a bit to understand what you trying to get at, but now that I think about it I really like the concept. It's open ended and can take off in different directions.

  6. Although people seem to think this is vague it didn’t take me long to figure out where you were coming from and the concept of this project is really nice as well as perfectly personal :) I really enjoy the open ended-ness of it, it allows for team discussion and decisions :D