I decided I couldn’t see a strong idea within the realms of “Star Wars/Disney” so came back to the “Hitler/Murdoch” idea. The reason I left the idea in the first place was because there wasn’t any obvious way I could make it clear that the Hitler-Murdoch relation was about censorship. I couldn’t find the right imagery to explain this. However, it has come to my attention that I can use more than two artefacts! This is going to make it far easier to create the image in an effective way. I looked into getting as many images as I could to create a Star Wars style. Not in concept, but in the way there is a lot going on around a central point. Below are the images I downloaded to use.
- I have an idea of using the News Corp logo on the Nazi flag. We’ll see how that turns out.
- Also as I was looking into the idea of posters, I thought about WW2 and their propaganda posters.
And this is how I see my final looking.
My Final Development
I made a few “on route” changes and deviations.
- The crowd image I had selected was unclear and just just became an eye-sore in the image. I chose a closer crowd image. It has a much stronger effect in retrospect, you can really feel the roar of the crowd.
- I knew I would be using words to reinforce the idea but I didn’t know what I would say. I decided to search “Freedom of Speech” in a Quote website. I found this one by Dwight D Eisenhower: “Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book…” and decided to censor it by striking through some of it to give it a new meaning. The way I did this is also really effective, I think. I thought about maybe using a highlighter to make still visible but the paint effect works really well with the ‘propaganda’ theme.
- The flag with the News Corp logo replacing the swastika didn’t work as well as I’d hoped. The flag worked as a concept but the massive red block of colour on a black and white composite really drew attention away from Murdoch’s face. I liked the idea so replaced the swastika on the armband with the logo.
In Conclusion I am really happy with the way it looks and really glad I stuck with the idea that I did find instantly attractive. I am please I found a way to make it clearer but without it being so obvious that it’s boring. I am also pleased I chose this idea, as now I am looking forward to writing an exciting essay on censorship next module!