Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Idea Synopsis

Not a synopsis in the strictest sense, however its rather necessary for the understanding of the illustration. The idea which drives this project put simply, is the idea that children are scared of the dark, and a further development of the synopsis - is the imagination of children in addition to fear.

In a few articles found on the National Sleep Foundation, and the Baby Centre, an understanding of why such fears are present have begun to develop.
Bedtime fears — of the dark, monsters under the bed, and sleeping alone — are common at this age. These are the years when your child's powers of imagination are exploding, which means that now he can imagine new and scary things to be afraid of. A good portion of his day is spent immersed in fantasy play, in the company of dragons and dinosaurs and bad guys. At bedtime it can be hard for him to shut off his imagination and go to sleep. Even familiar things that have never been scary before, like his darkened bedroom, suddenly seem frightening against the backdrop of what he's been conjuring up all day. And since your child is still learning to distinguish fantasy from reality, the possibility of an invisible creature under his bed seems quite real to him. (Trisha Thompson)
Nighttime fears and nightmares are extremely common in children, especially during the preschool years, but they can definitely occur in older children and adolescents as well. They are part of normal development, as children’s imaginations develop and children begin to understand that there are things that exist that can hurt them. There are times that fears and nightmares are the result of a frightening experience, from being scared by a large dog to being in a car accident to watching the news, but other times they seem to come out of the blue. Family conflict and parental anxiety can also play a role. Anything that makes a child more emotionally aroused is going to make his fears worse and make him feel more anxious. Children also typically have different fears at different developmental stages. Young children are often afraid of monsters and other imaginary creatures, whereas older children are more likely to fear being hurt by more realistic dangers, such as burglars or a natural disaster. (Jodi Mindell)
Children are scared of the dark around the pre-school age as there awareness of the world begins to develop , whilst the ability to determine what is reality and fantasy remains non-existent. This is an interesting idea to develop on, as a child's imagination is endless - allowing for a fantasy concept to take place. The addition of reality adds to the appeal of the concept as it relates to a very real problem facing many children in the modern world

As a child's mind develops, their ability to relate to the world does as well. Which in turn develops their understanding of various different situations that may occur to them. As the character of the little girl in my project is in a situation that would be deemed unbelievable and unrealistic in real life. The idea must therefore be seen through the eyes of a child around the pre-school age - allowing for some sense to come out of a rather wacky concept.

So in a nut shell, the idea for this project is based on that of a pre-school child's worst imagination of what may occur to them whilst daring to go the the toilet at night. A further post will display the link between the chosen environment, the character, the idea, and its minor horror implications. 

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