Friday, 26 March 2010
Don't Panic - TV
I’d been mulling over if I should take part in the brief for a couple of weeks because I don’t think the subject matter is that inspiring. I finally decided I would take it on as a one day brief to challenge myself for a quick turnaround in between larger briefs. On the Don’t Panic site you can view the current entries and I have to say that the majority are absolute dross. People seem unable to get past the first things that pop in your head when you think of TV, ideas that should be dismissed as too obvious are in abundance. I decided that I would take a slightly different approach; I wanted an image that personified both the best and the worst of the subject without literally sticking a TV on there. This led me to working with pictures of Tony Hancock… in the 60s he became a megastar through his television and radio work transforming him into a household name. Unfortunately off screen he was constantly battling personal demons and his decline in mental and physical state can be measured in the decline of his television programs. His last commission was for a series for local Australian television, after completing only three episodes he was found dead having suffered an overdose of prescription painkillers and alcohol. I’ve tried to hint at the piece looking like an obituary, the newspaper paper and the bold headline text also bearing similarities to a gravestone. Television made him but ultimately destroyed him too. Please go on the Don't Panic site and vote for me I'd really appreciate it.