Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Shot Descriptions

 1. Three camera techniques used for creating storyboards are the camera movement, such as zooming in or out and panning across the scene; the distance from the subject, such as a long shot to establish the area or a close-up to show facial expressions; and the camera position, such as being at eye level with the subject or above or below them.

2. A two-shot is when two characters occupy the frame, either face to face or one behind another. This type of shot is used to show a conversation, argument, or discussion between the characters.

3. A canted shot is when the camera is tilted to make a character seen out of balance and on a diagonal, and makes the audience feel unsettled. This types of shots are usually found in horror, crime and psychological drama films.

4. Close-up shots are used to create a close connection between the audience and a character and usually do this by focusing on the subject's face. It can be used to show emotions or to show an important, specific detail because it draws the audience's attention to one spot.

5. To establish to people having an agrument I would start with a long two shot. By using these two techinques, the audience would become familiar with the location of shot since it is far away enough to see around the people, and they would realize it was an agrument because the two people are facing each other.

6. The zolly shot was made famous by Alfed Hitchcock. It is a dolly shot combined with a zoom, so as the camera dollies toward the subject the zoom lens is pulled back to communicate feelings of disorientation.

7. A tilt-up shot, or a low angle shot, would be used when something is visually exciting to the audience. This shot is also used for showing characters in power, because when you look up at them it creates a feeling of dominance. In addition, this power idea works well when their are two characters at different levels to show the difference in power between them.


1.  Visual storytelling is the art of communicating narratives by using visual aids, like painting or pictures, to get the message across the audience.

2. Movie and animations are linear forms of visual storytelling because the audience listens and watches passively. Hoever, games and multimedia applications and interactive with the audience, because they actively view and can manipulate the program.

3. One way to format a story is to make it a "telling story", and another type of story is "showing story",

4. In a "telling story", the storyteller tells about a character but it is up to the audience to imagine what the story looks like. But in a "showing story", there is a visual component and the audience actually views the scene and what is happening.

5. The basic elements of a hero's journey are:
  • the calling: a traumatic event which calls the hero to his quest
  • the threshold: the point where the hero takes action
  • the initiation: when the hero faces challenges and obstacles in his journey
  • the abyss: the point when the hero faces their greatest fears
  • the transformation: when the hero conquers the abyss and a revelation occurs
  • the return: when  the hero returns to ordinary life as a now enlightened person
6. A hook is the beginning of a story, where a dramatic and attention grabbing event occurs that entices the audience and makes them want to find out what happens in the story.

7. Storyboards are a series of sketches used to plan how the action of a story will unfold. They are close to a comic strip in appearance and how the narrative flow is shown, but don't contain the dialogue balloons.

8. Storyboards are used in many industries, such as :
  • advertising - for selling campaigns strategies or presenting ideas in focus groups
  • video games - to plan the game concepts and storyline
  • television - used by the director to outline complex sequences
  • multimedia - to plan out interactive programs and functions of specific parts
  • web design - to understand the structure of a site and how the info will be presented
  • industrial and government videos - to present ideas to clients and solve problems

Friday, December 10, 2010


Boston - Augustana

In the light of the sun, is there anyone?
Oh, it has begun.
Dear you look so lost, eyes are red, tears are shed,
This you world you must've crossed.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

John Lennon

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one; 

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see;

 If you ever change your mind about leaving it all behind, remember, remember, today;

Everybody's talking and no one says a word;

The sun is up, the sky is blue, it's beautiful & so are you.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

La Vie Boheme

La Vie Boheme, Rent (Movie)
 To days of inspiration, playing hooky, making something out of nothing
The need to express, to communicate
To going against the grain, going insane, going mad

To loving tension, no pension, to more than one dimension
To starving for attention hating convention, hating pretension
Not to mention of course hating dear old mom and dad

To riding your bike midday past the three piece suits
To fruits, to no absolutes
To Absolut, to choice, to the Village Voice
To any passing fad

To being an us for once
Instead of a them
La vie boheme
La vie boheme

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Field Trip

Last week, on Thursday, November 18th, my media arts class went on a field trip downtown. In the morning we went to the National Film Board, and then in the afternoon, we visited the Art Gallery of Ontario. At the NFB, the first thing we did was meet with two of the staff there to have a discussion about documentaries. At the beginning, we learned about some features found in most documentaries. I think the most important point was that even though they are based on or follow real life events,they are still biased in some ways because they are edited by a person who usually has their own opinion thrown into the story.

 Next, still at the NFB, we watched a documentary called Rip: A Remix Manifesto. This film was telling the story of Girl Talk, a remix artist, and how remixing is becoming controversial in terms of copyrighting. Some people interviewed in the movie said they thought remixing was illegal because it was just using other people’s work, and it was a form of stealing. However, the creator of this movie disagreed with this and was on a quest to prove that remixing really is an art form. I agree with the filmmaker because by the time a remix is made, the new product is completely different from the original. I think remixing requires just as much creativity and skill as other types of art or even playing an instrument. I enjoyed watching this documentary and learned a lot of new things from it, including my favourite new fact ... Warner/Chappell owns the rights to Happy Birthday and everytime it is used they make a profit!

After lunch we continued our field trip by going to the AGO to see an art exhibit. The artwork in the exhibit was by an artist named Julian Schnabel. The paintings were very interesting and they were a style I have never seen before. They were these delicate drawings, but then the artist drew lines of paint or words all over them to purposely make them looked destroyed (seen in one of his paintings pictured on the left). It was a unique way of doing art, but I didn’t really like it because I kept wondering what the picture would look like without being drawn over by paint! However, it is very creative and I appreciate the fact that he is trying to be different.One painting that was cool was the one which had a surfer on a wave in the background, because it resembled a picture done by the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in the movie we watched in class prior to the field trip. This movie was directed by Julian Schnabel. Overall, this was a great excursion and I got to experience a lot of things that will help my understanding of media arts.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Visions of Light

1. Why were the early non-talkie movies so free with camera movement and location?

The early non-talkies were so free with the movement of the camera and location because they did not have to capture sound while they were taking the shot. They could be in a noisy area or far away from the actors because the sound going on at the time would not be recorded. The shots were about the visual aesthetics, and the most important things were how you saw the actors and the landscape and setting around them.

 2. What were the issues with the very first talkie movies?

The issues when talkie movies were introduced were around how to move the camera. The camera was large and not easily moveable, which made the shots not as creative or different as in non-talkies. Also, the idea of recording the sound that was happening at the time of the shot, like voices, was new, so the sound was not always clear or smooth. The directors and crew of movies spent a lot of time finding ways to improve this new generation of film with innovations such as smaller cameras and equipment with which to move them, as well as better sound technology.


3. Why did 'Citizen Kane' have such a great impact? List some reasons.

-broke away from typical Hollywood cinematography techinques
-combined previos types of filmmaking into one new kind
-used the principle of 'deep focus', where foreground and background were both constantly in sharp focus
-used low-angle shots
-experimentation of lenses and lighting
-story told only in flashbacks
-audio from next scene began before the visual
-sound reverberation
-nominated for nine Academy Awards
-directed by and starring Orson Welles

 4. What is Film Noir?

Film Noir is a genre of film that uses dark and mysterious shots and themes, often found in crime and detective movies during the 1940s. These films use the effects of low, shadowy lighting, depth of field, juxtaposition, and disorienting camera angles. They were usually filmed in areas or sets with little light, such as small dark rooms or hallways, or when they were outside they were located in alleyways, empty streets or abandoned warehouses at night. The films were in black and white and created a mood of fear and desperation, which mirrored people's feeling about the war taking place.

 5. How was colour first introduced to film?

When colour was first introduced, filmmakers would use filters. The filters would go on the camera lens and projector and give the scene a tint of blue, red, or green. Later on, films were hand painted to fill in the colours of the scene. Frame by frame artists would paint on colours, giving a bright and aritifical look. Next, dyes were used to create artificial color. In 1910, film tinting was introduced, where the film base is dyed to create a monochromatic colour thoughour the film. There were specific colours used for certain types of scenes, such a dark blue for night or yellow for early in the day.


6. What effects did the widescreen format have on cinematography?

Widescreen filming affected the cinematography of a movie for lots of reasons. By having a wider field of view, more could be put into a shot and more emphasis was put on composition. Also, by the framing of a movie changing it separated the jobs of director and cinematographer/director of photography because there were more choices about how the camera would be used and someone with experience in photography was needed more often to make decisions about the shots of a movie. In addition, widescreen filming in the 1950s gave viewers more reasons to come to movie theatre since there were not widescreen televisions and the effect of the film would be better perceived in the theatres.

7. Why didn't the director of The Godfather care about drive-in theatres and how dark his film was?

The lighting of the Godfather is a very important part of the movie. Almost all the scenes have dim, low light, which characterizes the people in film. The purpose of this lighting was to emphasis the character's face and focus on the individual and not as much on the set or costumes. This decision was criticized by higher-ups at the movie's production company, but both the director, Coppola, and the director of photography, Willis, stood by their decision. They felt this effect was more important than being able to watch it a drive-in, and they were right, because this technique from the Godfather has often been highly praised. 


8. How did the director of photography use colours in The Last Emperor?

The director of photography used different colours to represent different stages of the main character's life.  His childhood is shown by using warm colours like red, orange and yellow, and the part of the film taking place in Manchuria often uses the colours purple and blue. The scenes when the main character is imprisoned have almost no colour, but the scenes of him after those bad times, as he grows older, have more colours visible. Finally, white represents the end of his journey through life. The different colours represent different moods and feelings the director of photography is trying to evoke. Brighter and warmer colours show times of happiness, and darker or less colours represent sadder times in his life.

9. The track-back/zoom-in shot in Goodfellas signified a psychological change in the relationship between the two protagonists. How did the visuals change with this effect?

This scene that uses a dolly zoom happens during a scene in a diner while two of the main characters are having a conversation. They are sitting in a booth, and even though the booth and the character's aren't moving, the view in the window behind them is continually zooming in. You can watch the scene here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOaV06ruMqg

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyd - Live in New York, 1988

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skys from pain.
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you to trade
Your heros for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.

The best lyrics of all time - absolutely brillant.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Days of Heaven


1. The camera in Days of Heaven is very mobile, and it often moves with the characters through the scene. Some examples of when this happens are as the farmers are walking through long fields or in the opening scene where the Bill is working at the steel mill and the camera follows him from shoveling to the fire. The camera is extremely mobile in the scene where Bill is being chased by the police through the forest, and it moves along with him as he runs through the trees.

2. The camera shoots different characters from different angles. Bill, Abby, and the young narrator are usually shot from higher angles, with the camera looking down on them. However, the farmer is often shot from lower-angle so the camera is looking up at him.

3. These differences in camera angles show the differences in the characters. When the camera looks down to Bill and Abby, the director implies they are of lower class and less importance. By looking up towards the farmer, it shows he is rich and better than the characters whom the camera shoots from low-angles.

4. The camera angles show which characters are from the same class, like Bill and Abby, who are both shot from high angles. In addition, when there are point of view shots from one character looking at another it shows how they view them. When Abby looks up towards the farmer, it shows she feels below him, but the camera looks straight when Abby is looking at Bill so it shows she feels they are equals.

5. As the film progresses, sometimes Bill and the farmer are shot at eye level, showing that even though class and lifestyle may separate them, they have a lot in common and aren't as different as we think they are at the beginning of the movie.

6. Close-ups are used often, and they show a lot more emotions in a scene. They are used in a lot of the romantic scenes, to show the closeness and intimacy of characters. Also, close-ups are used a lot when Bill and the farmer are arguing, to really make the anger and words the focal point of the scene.


1. The film is set in 1916, in Texas. Most of the film takes place in rural areas, often on a farm, in both the fields and farmhouse.

2. The director uses mostly natural for this film. Almost all of the movie is shot during 'magic hour' where the sun is at the perfect brightness for capturing the right colours and the best appearance of the characters. This natural lighting conveys the thought that the movie is very realistic instead of fake and overedited. It gives the mood of peace and honesty, and helps to relate to the characters because you feel you see them how they really are.


1. The music gives cues about what to expect by using certain tempo and volume. Using fast paced music, such as when the locusts attack, gives the feeling of suspense and urgency, which adds the feeling of fear about the locusts. At calmer moments, like romantic exchanges, the music is soft and slow, to create a mood of love, and show us that the upcoming or current scene will focus on quieter and peaceful moments.

2. The music and sound of this movie tells a lot about the plot and characters. When the farmer is in scenes, the music is usually loud and striking, when makes you feel like he is bad or angry. This is especially useful to the audience when he learns about Abby and Bill being together and the music shows his anger. When the narrator is talking, the background music is usually very calm and soft, which shows her innocence as child.


1. The director uses different editing styles at different parts in the film to create certain feelings. When there are romantic or sad moments, and mostly when the young narrator is giving her inspirational take on things, the editing is smooth and flows together which makes you listen closely to the words. In more action-packed scenes, like Bill being chased by the police, the camera cuts quickly from character to character, adding suspense and intrigue.

2. Point of view shots are important in every movie. When a character is seen through a point of view shot, we, as an audience,  feel as though we are that character an we are experiencing the same things they are. I think the best point of view shot in this movie is during the fire, where the camera circles around the ring of fire they are trapped in and the viewer feels as though they are standing in that scene trapped by fire as well.


1.  When we watch a film ,we identify with characters we feel are similar to us. This similarity can be based on emotions, lifestyle, class, experiences, race, and any other factors that make us feel empathy towards a character.  By identifying with a character, we feel for them and often take their side of the story and feel as though we understand where they are coming from and the emotions they are feeling.

2. This identification can have ramifications, because it shows that we judge so much based on appearance. Although identification is sometimes based on emotions, we usually base it on race or gender. By myself identifying usually with white females, it shows a deeper meaning that we are giving in to stereotypes since we believe that to be similar to a person, we must look like them. By not being able to identify with characters of other races, we are in a way perpetrating racism, and saying that people from different races could not be the same.


1. The film does reach a satisfying ending, because most of the lose ends are tied up. The film does not leave us wondering too much, just simply about what will happen to the characters in the future. The ending is thought-provoking but does not leave you wishing that certain points were cleared up.

2. The film does not end the way I wanted it too! For such a beautiful movie, I expected that Abby would end up with one of the men, and they would live happy ever after. It was very unexpected that both Bill and the famer would die, and Abby would go off to war. In the end, I hoped that it would be more obvious that narrator was happy and had a better life, but they left it so that the rest of her life was still ahead of her, not yet known how it would unfold.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Reality Check

One of the most recent films I saw in theatres was the dance movie Step Up 3-D, starring Rick Malambri, Adam Sevani, and Sharni Vinson. This movie is directed by Jon Chu and produced by well-known production companies Summit Entertainment and Touchstone Pictures. Step 3-D was released in over 35 countries, and received praise from critics in terms of its visual appeal and intense choreography. The film cost only $30 million dollars to make, but it's gross product worldwide (as of September 23rd) was over $137 million dollars!

The purpose of Step Up 3-D is entertainment - it is a light, fast-paced movie, watched generally for the 3-D effects and cool dance moves, and not necessary for the storyline or less than average acting. The target audience of the movie is definitely teenagers, both male and female, and some young adults. This product appeals to that particular age group because the characters in the movie are teenagers as well, and therefore the emotions and experiences they go through are very relatable. Also, the movie is about hip hop dancing, which is more of a trend nowadays, and the styles of music and clothing that go along with this "hip hop image" resonate better with younger generations. Teenagers see hip hop as cool and popular, so this movie uses that idea to attract them to watching the film.

Another way of obtaining viewers is the fact that this movie is in 3-D. This technology is the future of the film industry, but since it is new and not yet common, it makes this movie seem more inticing because we want to experience films with another dimension. The scene with dancing in water, as shown in the picture below, really enhanced the 3-D experience, as water drops appear to be flying at your face, and you feel as though you are present at the dance battle. The production techniques of 3-D presentation, colourful lighting and bold, busy sets are used frequently, which make the movie very aesthetically pleasing, an important part of keeping the audience focused on the film.

On the surface, Step Up 3-D is simple and predictable; a cute dance flick, with good looking actors and amazing three dimensional effects. When going to see this movie, people think they know just what they're in for, and even after they leave, some think they got exactly what they were expecting - but I challenge you to think a little deeper. After studying the media, in both English and Media Arts, I have learned to watch movies with a critical eye. Everything contains a deeper message, even the fun and exciting Step Up 3-D. The thing I noticed with Step Up 3-D is that it sent a lot of messages about racial, gender, and socioeconomic stereotypes. In the movie, each of the main characters clearly fits into a "movie stereotype", a specific generalized personality that is found in most television shows and films, and the plot follows a very familiar outline. There is Luke, the leader of the pack, who is strong, shy, and often sensitive - and of course he ends up with the girl, Natalie. She is seductive, stubborn, and, as most lead characters do, has a secret she can't tell Luke, which leads them into a fight. But, as predictable movies go, the two characters work it out and end up together. The other set of main characters are Moose and Camille, best friends who both want to be more, but don't think the other one is interested. They two have a fight because they find themselves in the awkward stage between friendship and dating, but then confess their love for each other and end up happily ever after.

This common plotline is expected in most movies, so it didn't quite surprise me, but the part about the movie that really bothered me was the racial profiling. The dancers were all "from the streets", sending out the message that hip hop is somehow related to being poor or lower class. Also, all of the dancers were tough and used incomprehensible slang, giving an incorrect interpretation that hip hop is for people who are uneducated or have bad attitudes.  Each of the dance crew members were from a different race and all had such stereotypical personalities that movies often use to generalize different cultures. Most of the dancers had form-fitting  or revealing clothes, but the black characters were always in baggy pants and hoodies, trying to give them the "gangster" look. There were Spanish and Asian dancers, both of which had thick accents and bad grammar. In our multicultural society, perfect English isn't expected, but the fact that only the visible minorites had incorrect grammar and that their accents were mocked many times was just not appropriate. It surprised me that a movie all about the language and unity of dance could show such a divide based on unrealistic stereotypes.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Truman Show

In class, we recently finished watching the movie The Truman Show. This film is classified under the genre of satire, because it slightly makse fun of ideas that are found in our everyday life and questions what we commonly believe in. It stars Jim Carrey as the main character Truman, whose whole life is actually a TV show that everyone is in on - except for himself. As he goes through his daily life of walking through studio sets, and developing relationships with actors, he eventually catches on to what is really happening. After 30 years of living in this reality show, he musters up the courage to escape from his so-called life. Though filled with funny scenes and laughable dialogues, this movie is really something deeper than it appears on the surface. In short, this film plays with your mind! As the plot unraveled and the I slowly learned the truth about what was going on, I began to question my own life. Truman is a very relatable character, with his easygoing nature and friendly demeanour, and it seems crazy that he didn't realize earlier that nothing around him was real. But maybe I'm just like Truman, too naive to realize the truth, and too nervous to even think about questioning it, simply out of the fear of change. This made me feel as though I should think more about what goes on around me. Everyday, I just accept people or ideas as they are, and make the assumption (through trust or laziness or cowardice, I don't know) that everything is what it seems. This film is very thought-provoking with its themes about deciding for ourselves what is real and what is fake, and I would definitely recommend it to others.

The article "The Truman Show" discusses the idea that in the past there has been no criticism of media, but movies like The Truman Show are moving us in the direction of exposing the truth and giving the population a voice, in turn, granting us freedom. The author Ken Sanes talks about the "media machine", Hollywood, and how so much of what they throw at us is not real. When referencing the The Truman Show, it compares Truman's fake life to our "media landscape...made up of theatrical illusions." The media surrounds our generation everywhere we go, and this article really shows the ways in which some of us are making progress to stand up to its unrealistic expectations. It explains two attitudes that people have towards media; one is that we are absorbed by it and subconsciously let ourselves accept it, and the other is that we distance ourselves from it and use our brains to question what we are being told. Most people switch between the two possible ideas, like Truman, who first loves his life and does not really look into things that seem strange. But later on in the movie as these unusual happenings become more frequent, he resolves to find out the truth. We are all Truman, trying to discover what we can really believe.

I really agree with Ken Sanes' article about the Truman Show and the media in general. I think the point he makes about the two attitudes we have towards media is very true. When watching a TV show, for the first while I always feel so emotionally connected to the characters, and imagine myself going through what they are experiencing. But once something occurs that seems unrealistic, I feel that connection break instantly. For the rest of the episode, I often laugh at the plot or the dialogue, and wonder how at one point I actually went along with it. I think this thought process is good though, because it means we can differentiate between reality and illusions, and even though we suspend our beliefs for a while, we ultimately know where to draw the line. However, although I agree with most of what Sanes says, there is one line I disagree with; where he states that "the movie uses the manipulations of media in order to manipulate us into seeing through the manipulations of media." Yes, this film is a form of media, but I think there is such thing as good media, and we can't just assume that all media is there to purposely manipulate us. The Truman Show does use certain techniques to draw us in or to connect us to the story, but it is for a positive purpose, not about tricks or illusions. I think this movie is an example of media that we should believe in, because it pushes the boundaries of what is typically acceptable in film.

This movie acts as a metaphor to our own lives, because we are constantly being told things by the media that we may know are unreal, but we accept them anyways because that is ofter the easiest option. In this film, Truman represents consumer, and the director of the show represents the media. The director controls and manipulates everything Truman sees and does, much like advertisements, shows and movies tell us what is acceptable in society. The director can change the actors, the plot, and even the weather, but Truman doesn't seem to notice anything strange because this is how things have been for his whole life. In our world, the media is always surrounding us, so we too have become used to it, to the feeling that we should do as we're told and we should believe what we are given. However, as Truman gets older, he becomes more aware of his surroundings and finds the courage to question the reality of what is happening, even with the knowledge that the answers could change his whole life. A similar process happens as people grow up too. We start seeing the holes in the media, the mistakes that reveal the illusions, and we reject the things that we used to allow as the truth without thought. In the end, it becomes up to us; we can leave things as they are and always wonder if they're true, or we can be like Truman, brave and wise, by fighting against what the media tells us, and instead forging our own path into the world ahead of us.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

What is Media Art?

Media Art/New Media: a type of art that combines traditional principles of art and design with new and innovative technology; showcased through various forms of digital art that are often interactive.

My media artist project is on Robert Lazzarini, a new media sculptor.
Robert Lazzarini, Payphone, 2002 www.robertlazzarini.com


What is the name of the artist who created the artwork?
Robert Lazzarini

What kind of artwork is it?
It is a sculpture of a telephone booth found in an exhibit of Robert Lazzarini's work.

What is the subject matter of the art?
The subject matter is a telephone booth made up of materials of a real telephone booth, such as plexiglass, aluminum, and stainless steel to give it a realistic look.

What images do you see in the artwork?
There is a telephone booth standing up, but it is slanted and distorted, tricking the viewer's eye by showing a common object from a new perspective.


How are the elements of art and principles of design used in this artwork?
The most used principle in Robert Lazzarini's work is perspective. He creates his sculptures so that they appear both 3D and 2D while looking at them. Because of the interesting angles, the sculpture confuses the eye about how the figure is really possible. The colour and texture are really important because they seem very realistic. By using the materials found in a real telephone booth it is easily recognizable what this is a sculpture of. The shape is one of the most distinct features because it is very unique and unusual. Robert Lazzarini takes everyday objects and reshapes them through translations to create new perspectives from which to view them.

What grabs your attention in the artwork?
The first thing that I notice about the payphone sculpture is the distortion. When you see the artwork, it disorients your eye because the original object seems twisted and morphed. The realistic look of all of Robert Lazzarini's work draws in attention because it doesn't just seem like artwork, but as if  it is the real object that the sculpture is based on.

What mood or feeling do you have when you look at this artwork?
At a first glance, the thing I feel immediately when I see this art is confusion. It seems mind-boggling that a telephone booth could be stretched to these strange angles but still look so much like the original. After studying the work for a while, I feel excited and a bit in awe about how cool this sculpture is! It is really amazing to see something so different and it creates a mood of deep thinking and questioning about art. Also, in Robert Lazzarini's exhibits, the walls and floors are slanted and painted all white, which adds to the feeling of entering another world.


What is the theme or subject of the art?
The particular work relates to illusions and can even be thought of as showing the artist's inner insanity. Not many people look at a payphone and see something as deranged and deformed as Robert Lazzarini's creation. Also, a lot of the artist's work involves darker objects, such as knives, guns, and skulls, showing a side of evil and madness, and often opinions and interpretations on violence.

What is the artwork about? What do you think it means?
I think this artwork is about not just seeing things how everyone else sees them. We can all interpret things in our own way, and Robert Lazzarini's visions of objects show us this. We look at a payphone as something simple and obvious, but not many people notice how it could become a beautiful and deep work of art. Art is all around us, everywhere we go, and we just need to look with a creative eye to find it.

Why do you think the artist created this work?
I think this artwork was created to illustrate the theme, about how art is all around us and that simple objects can be turned into something dark, intense and creative. By creating a twisted payphone, Robert Lazzarini shows just one example of how unique his style is and that he truly is an artist by making art out of something so common.


Do you like or dislike this artwork?
I love this piece of artwork. I think it is so different and creative and really shows a futuristic movement in art. It is so cool to imagine things from a new perspective and Robert Lazzarini really creates a new type of media art that is wonderful to view.

Do you think this is good art?
Yes, I think this is great art because it is so innovative. Robert Lazzarini has his own style and you cannot find art like this anywhere else. It is fun to look at and shows the principles and elements of art and design in full force. As I said before, it is so different and disorients the mind, leading us to think about our surroundings.

Do you think this is important art?
Yes, I think this is important art because this is the type of art that makes us think. It challenges us to view things from new perspectives and use our own thinking skills to interpret its message. It lets our creative side come alive, which is very important to keep art creative and interesting.