Author Archives: Maridia Kafetzopoulou

Table of Contents Update

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Drawing and Layout

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Tha past 2 days I am working at the same time on 2 things, the layout of the book and a new drawing which I thought it is necessary in order to explain my recon model..this morning I worked also on the 3D model, because I had to work more on it in order to make the new drawing.

This drawing will have different layers of information:

1)circulation,2) materials, 3)door typologies,4) production line..

I will post again later the final version of the drawing and 5 pages of the book..




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Drawing in process…… explaining my Recon Model

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White Book…

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Holla!…today and tomorrow I am working on  the layout for the white book, from the beginning until the Recon!


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Literal door vs. Ontological door

Couple of questions and thoughts…….

What is an Ontological door? I was looking at the term Ontology..

what is Ontology?The word ontology comes from the two Greek words:

”Onto”= existence, or being real

”Logia”= science or study

The word is used in two setting. The word ontology is used both in a philosophical and non-philosophical context.In philosophy, ontology is the study of what exist, in general.

Ontological questions:

What are the fundamental parts of the world and how they are related to each other?

Are physical parts more real than immaterial concepts?

Are physical objects such as shoes more real than the concept of walking?

In terms of what exist, what is the relationship between shoes and walking?

Philosophers use the concept of ontology to discuss challenging questions to build theories and model, and to better understand the ontological status of the world.Over time, two major branches of philosophical ontology has developed:

Ontological materialism:From a philosophical perspective, ontological materialism is the belief that material things, such as particle, chemical processes and energy, are more real, for example than the human mind.The belief is that reality exists regardless of human observers.

Ontological idealism:Idealism is the belied that immaterial phenomenon such as the human mind and consciousness, are more real for example than, material things. The belief is that reality is constructed in the mind of the observer.

Ontology in a non-philosophical context:Outside philosophy, ontology is used in a different more narrow meaning.

Here an ontology is a description of what exist specifically within a determined field. For example every part that exist in a specific information system,This includes the relationship and hierarchy between these parts. Unlike the philosopher, these researchers are not primarily interested in discussing if these things are the true essence, core of the system.Nor are they discussing if the parts within the system are more real compared to the processes that take place within the system.Rather they are focused on naming parts and processes and grouping similar ones together into categories.








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Surrealism inspiration….

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……which door should I open next?


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  • My project examines the process of the making of a motion picture.
  • Instead of focusing on the story of a specific film or the sets in which the story of the film will take place, I am interested in the various narratives that exist during the process of making the narrative of a film.
  • These sub-narratives are the ones, which navigate, form and bring the story of any film to life. Taking as a raw material (input of the factory) the Script, this factory takes us from the first form to its final form (output), which is the screen.
  • This factory examines the transformation, the evolution and the conversion from one form to another, throughout the different stages of the production line.
  • I am examining the scalability and the formal conversion of the raw material and the performance spaces, which are central to this evolution throughout the production process.
  • The 2dimentional form of the script unfolds into a series of 3dimentional performance spaces and then it flattens back again into a 2dimenional screen.
  • I try to focus attention on the spatial inflation and deflation during the formal conversion of the input.
  • My means, which I chose to use in order to show you the production line of a film, is that of a series of doors.
  • Why doors?
  • On a literal level, a door usually leads to the inside of something. Within the factory itself doors serve as both an entrance and exit to the performance spaces. Doors also symbolize the short transition and passageway from one stage of the production to the other.
  • Since filmmaking is the most collaborative art form, all the performance spaces are directly placed next to each other, operating as a sequence and thus can only be used in a linear way during the production process.
  • To be more specific: you cannot move to the production phase or postproduction phase without passing through preproduction. You can not start shooting on set without casting the roles….you can not start scouting and secure locations around the world without first securing financing, creating a budget and obtaining insurance for the production.
  • However, on a metaphorical level, the doors symbolize the entrance to another world.
  • So, at the same time, some of the spaces, such as recording studios, music composition, the production design and other various art departments can stand as a totally isolated world from the production line.
  • Having as a reference Pinewood film studios, in Buchinghamshire, some words about pinewood …….
  • Moreover, I am using the door to symbolize the space itself. The design of the door and its materials give some short of information about the identity of the space.
  • The doors also act as a threshold, as a boundary for the formal conversion. And it’s the point where the two-performance places meet. It is where two worlds come together and provide a point of passage. Reaching or crossing the threshold is associated with leaving the past behind, moving on to the next production stage.
  • Open doors also represent So most of the doors on the model are open because as you move through the doors you find your self one more step closer to the final stage.
  • Drawing

Narrative: A my film about the making of a film.

  • On this drawing I am using an old motion picture projector. On the film that is running through the projector you cans see the doors of the different performance spaces. So, according to the time of the film, you are in a different production stage. You realize in which production stage you are according to which door you see.
  • However, the projection will not literally be the door that is shown on the film, but the formal conversion in each stage of the production.
  • The scale varies. i.e on the first door we have the scale of the book and then the book evolves into a script, then into a storyboard, then takes the form of a music sheet , then a drawing of the production designer, etc.
  • The form can change and the scale can be extremely big. i.e when the production is shooting in different locations around the world the form can take the shape of a map.


(extra notes not included….)

Stage 1

Development stage

The script is the blueprint for the story.

Every good movie is produced around a well-written script regardless of how big the budget, how talented the actors, how dazzling the visual effects; If the story does not move the narrative forward and engage the audience it fails to have an emotional impact. Many big budget films with high production values have been known to flop because the script was poorly written. Among other things, bad scripts fail to take the audience along on the hero’s journey and neglect to provide the audience with emotional catharsis in the third act. Rarely has a bad script been made into a good movie. Not only is writing a script the most important aspect of making a film, it is, comparative to the the other production costs, most likely the least expensive line-item, because it requires the talents of one or two writers.

Stage 2


Once a script is finished and receives a “green light,” which means the studio has agreed to finance the cost of its production, the project moves into the phase called preproduction. Preproduction takes the longest time, it can last many months and in some cases, even years. Preproduction involves each and every element of the movie; from casting the actors and hiring the crew to securing the locations, creating props and wardrobe and even engaging the craft services that will feed the production during filming. During this time everything that will appear on screen is set into motion. Everything contained in every shot must be carefully thought through and planned out so that the filmmakers can use their time on the set focusing on performances and not on the logistics.

A key stage in preproduction involves the process of breaking down the finished script scene-by-scene and location by location by the director, producers and department heads. This is done because scenes are filmed out of the order they appear in the script. Scenes are grouped and thus filmed by location, to minimize light and camera set-up time and the moving cast, gear and crew.

One of the most important tasks of preproduction is casting the actors for the film, which is almost always based on the size of the film’s budget. Major stars who can carry a film, like Tom Cruise will cost the studio an enormous amount of money because they are perceived as having a built-in international fan base ready to buy tickets and thus profit for the studio. If the film has a modest budget, hiring talented lesser known actors is most likely the best way to achieve success.

Stage 3


  • Once all the preproduction has been completed, its time to begin the process of physically making the movie, this is called production. Production begins once the cameras roll on set, either in the studio or on location,

Stage 4.


  • Typically, the post-production phase of creating a film takes longer than the actual shooting of the film, and can take several months to complete because it includes the editing the film, color correction of each scene , the addition of special effects, sound editing, music and titles. The process of editing a movie is also seen as the second phase of directing because through the post production it is possible to change the intention and focus of the film. It is a term for all stages of production occurring after the actual end of shooting and recording the completed work.

Stage 5


  • Film distribution is the process of making a movie available for viewing by an audience. This is normally the task of the studio’s film distribution unit, or in the case of an independent film, by the hiring of a professional film distributor, who would determine the marketing strategy for the film.


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Formal conversion……..unfinished …..

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Work in progress !

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Work in Progress! draw- laser cut- model-draw-laser cut model……….!

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Film Location – Doors around the world

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Work in Progress !

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3D modeling details!

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see you tmr


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Model making……………..

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Making a movie about the making of a movie!

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 17.20.26Hi Guys!… I am working on a model that will show all the different stages of production line for a movie. The model itself works like a storyboard from Pre-production until the distribution of the movie.Using as a reference one of my first drawings,I spend some time drawing different type of doors which identify different types of rooms which are used during the production….

at the same time I am working on a series of sketches/collages that will depict characteristics for each stage of production. ( I think this will give me some hints on how to develop my model…)


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Decomposition of my Script


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If it ain’t on the page, it aint on the stage


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Movies-Cultural evolution

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Pinewood Studios Facilities

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Production Line

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Type of films vs Time

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Pinewood studios

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Taschen information graphics bookGreat book for inspiration!how to transform informations into drawings-diagrams-collages-maps etc..check it out! :)

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