My name is Jocelyn Goggins. I specialised in Character Makeup Design on the BA in Design for Stage and Screen. I've always had a fascination with the practical effects I saw used in Films, films such as Labyrinth (1986) and The NeverEnding Story (1984) influenced my choice of future career. I have a passion for sculpting and bringing fantasy to life. I have worked on numerous Film projects over the past four years, collaborating on both student projects and external productions. I am now eager to begin my professional career, to further develop my skillset as work as a MakeUp Artist to create effects in the Film Industry.
Project Description- The Vampire's Assistant- Cirque Du Freak
Darren is just like any other teenager, until the day he encounters the Cirque du Freak and a vampire named Larten Crepsley. After Crepsley turns him into one of the undead, Darren joins the traveling sideshow and its parade of weird and monstrous creatures. As he learns to use his newfound powers, Darren unwittingly becomes a pawn in the struggle between vampire factions.
I focused my project on the freakshow, as it had the most scope for character design and character transformation. I have a love for monsters and creatures, I wanted to chose a text that could explore this and show off my technical skills that I have learned during this course.
For this project, my concept was taking 19th century freakshow influence for the base of my characters while pushing it further to give it an element of fantasy.
Authentic freakshow from the 19th century were shows that exploited people with disorders, diseases and disabilities. I used this research to create the looks that I have displayed here.
Jennifer’s Body: A story of a Victim or Villain?
Jennifer’s Body is a film starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried- made in 2009 and directed by Karyrn Kusuma and written by Diablo Cody.
The film centers around ‘popular hottie’ Jennifer (Megan Fox) who becomes possessed by a demon hell bent on eating the flesh of the high school boys. As she satisfies her appetite her ‘nerdy’ best friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) figures out what’s happening and vows to stop her and save the town.
This film was deemed a flop and tanked at the box office. Years went by and it redeemed itself and became a cult classic – a massive hit in female audiences. But it posed the question to the modern fans. “Why is it only getting recognition now?” Or “Why didn’t I see this film when it came out?”
I was among these fans also pondering this. When it came to writing my thesis, I had an interest in horror films as well as feminism- to put those two together I began to look at how women were represented in horror films. This topic being too broad, I brought it back to one film in particular. That being Jennifer’s Body.
Through looking at the female vs male gaze, female sexuality in films, how female sexuality is punished in film, mis-marketing and just general misogyny – I broke down as to why Jennifer’s Body both fell to the depths before rising to grace. It has influenced many things as well as many women and I believe it is now getting the recognition it deserves.