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Name: Liam Findlay
School: Thomas Hardye School
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: My name is Liam R. Findlay and I value art as an important feature of my life, with it being more than a hobby but a mind-set. I came to realise this around the dawn of my teenage years, after the illustrator Brett Helquist had served as a foundational influence for my style through the novels of Lemony Snicket. Last year, I won a competition held by Laga Handbags to design a bag, which has been made for me, while another is to be sent to Lady GaGa herself, GaGa having highlighted to me that art can be more than making pictures. The creative process is important to me and I find it exciting to gain input from others during this, myself having interviewed or requested contributions from a number of well-established artists in the past for projects; the best feature of doing this is learning from the variety of people in their different professions, the most recent contributors being voice actors. My favourite form of art, among others, is traditional but stylised portraiture, and I zealously enjoy developing fictional characters.
Title: Inter-imaginational Communication Technology
Description: When we are young, an imaginary friend may act as an embodiment of one’s own conscience; somebody that they can use for company, guidance and to communicate with to overcome personal issues. Inter-imaginational Technology is a concept which explores the nature of imaginary friends and encourages this communication and celebration of fictional characters. Their potential is great if only you convince yourself of their ability. To describe this idea, I have used film in the format of a television programme which premiers the technology, inspired by the televising of the Turner Prize. It is treated as if it is possible that fictional characters really are real, highlighting my value of their importance and potential. This is treated with satire and humour, reflecting my own imagination; my imagination being the basis of the entire film, as is implied at the end.
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Keywords: imagination, childhood, satire, companion, fiction, character