Schematic Restyling

We wanted our schematic to be stylised, we discussed styles emphasising the the idea of a ladder which we believed could represent Jacobs journey to heaven or his decent into madness with his ever intensifying hallucinations. We thought we could possibly create some Jacob illustrations to place at different sections going down the ladder however this idea was too time consuming so we did not take it further.

Rose opted to restyle the schematic as the previous version was technical and was for the purpose of laying out clearly where all the new designs would go.

Rose was inspired by artist Emily Carroll for redesigning the schematic. Here’s a couple pf designs. Rose shares more on her blog



Here is the final redesigned schematic, I think rose did a really nice job with the textures, style and typograpgy;


I took the redesigned schematic and created a quick pan from top to bottom. It lasts 20 seconds which is possibly too quick but was for the purpose of the PechaKucha style of our presentation.




Make it Digital

The plan was to make our schematic digital. Once each team member had their scene notes completed we decided that myself and Jack would take their handwritten versions and make them digital, he would take holly’s and I would take Rose’s. I began to create a digital version of my scenes but Jack was much faster and had his ready. Jack sent me his layout which allowed me to enter my researched information into his clear layout. The intent of making it digital was so that we could could have a relatively plain basis which we could later stylise.

My failed attempts:


Here’s the more organised version Jack created with the information I input from my scenes.


Myself and Jack review the schematic in the morning and talked over any confusion or adjustments we could make, I was still entering information into my scene and Jack offered to enter the information from Rose’s hard copies as he know the photoshop layers well and could easily organise them and edit the information.


Here’s the final technical schematic which we are giving to Rose. Rose is going to restyle the schematic in a style inspired by artist EMILY CARROL, ‘a Canadian illustrator who works in the genres of mystery and horror.’



Here’s a key I created which will be updated by rose with the restyled designs.




Drawing up Schematic

I got to working on creating some kind of schematic in a Joseph Campbell, Godfather game style. My team agreed we wanted a style which we could be able to incorporate a ladder to which we could pan down it to show Jacob’s deteriorating mental state. We decided to have Jacob in the middle to highlight his importance, it is also relevant as he is in every scene. Here is a rough concept of what we could do for our schematic.


I created a small key to identify what which each line or box means.


Schematic Planning

I decided to make brief notes about what characters were doing in each scene of the movie, this came in handy for the next day when my team met up to start creating a physical schematic.

My team met up, myself and Jack planned each scene on the board and added a dot for each character that was involved in the scene whilst the girls did some contextual research for the artefact, there was a lot of scenes so we decided to split them up to about 10 each. The plan is to re-watch the scenes and write a brief action of the character in the scene so that we can apply it to a schematic.


Copy of my scenes for analysis.


Schematic Research

Google defines Schematic as (of a diagram or other representation) symbolic and simplified.

This is a schematic created by the second years last year which I quite liked.


When I was searching for schematic inspiration I came across Leanna’s blog where she shared some great examples which I hope she doesn’t mind me borrowing to illustrate the potential of a great schematic.




Jacob’s Ladder Thoughts

My team’s assigned movie for the schematic and artefact project was ‘Jacob’s Ladder.’

Initial release: 2 November 1990 (USA)

Director: Adrian Lyne

Screenplay: Bruce Joel Rubin

Budget: 25 million USD

Music composed by: Maurice Jarr

I have to say I found this movie very interesting. The movie follows Jacob Singer a Vietnam war veteran who is tormented by by what appear to be demons. Singer struggles to decipher reality from hallucinations and flashbacks of war he is plagued with. It is discovered that other members of his Military unit experience the same episodes.

The movie has a very tense tone, there is few occasions of light in the darkness for singer, however, one light would appear to be his chiropractor, Louis who Singer says looks ‘like an angel.’ This lead to them religious theme in the movie. Singer would appear to be religious naming his children christian names, his partner, Jezzie on the other hand is not and was quoted as being a ‘heathen’ by Singer in a joking tone. Singer’s old war friend Paul also believed himself to be going to hell as a result of the hallucinations.

Singer also struggles with the death of his son, Gabe in the movie who he had with his ex-wife. Singer also experiences episodes where he is back with his wife and his child is still alive. His son dies before he leaves for Vietnam.

I feel like there is a lot of symbolism in the movie from a skinned sheep’s head in the fridge to a flirtatious palm reader. I enjoyed the way the film was not transparent and constantly had me questioning what everything meant.

I can’t say for sure that I totally understand the movie as of yet. What events shown in the movie really happened? Was Singer’s military unit really tested on? Why did the receptionist not know his doctor if he had just died two months ago??? I’m not sure yet but I will try and come to my own deductions.

A couple of reviews I read

Schematic and Artefact Project


Jacobs ladder

what we have to do, will be presenting

have to create a totem, Phil campbell style mapping in a schematic the narrative arcs and narrative structures, of the primary, secondary and tertiary characters, understanding the main plot points and what is happening with those characters while they are not on screen.

imagine film is narrative and you want to explain the film from each characters perspective as they were the main.

To be presented, Petchakucha 6m 20s



Create an Artefact, create one on

original piece of work, not movie poster, that can be displayed

Artefact an object made by a human being, typically one of cultural or historical interest.
“gold and silver artefacts”

Due date: 28th February