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Visual Narrative


It’s the start of a new semester and we all knew that we were going to have to collaborate with fashion design students but today we were also informed about our theme. Honestly, I want to drown myself after knowing the theme However, its “NAUTICAL” we are supposed to make a jumpsuit for ladies.

We, graphic designers, will be working mostly with pattern making and helping them with color theory, print etc.

How I usually start my research is, I come up with the vocabulary terms related to the topic.


I have been looking at different patterns especially in our culture Pakistan there are very unique and beautiful patterns seen in apparels and even in architectural buildings.

I found this beautiful and playful website which has beautiful patterns.

and a tutorial for patterns in photoshop


We have finally decided on our patterns and for me, I realized I have mostly vector designs rather than restored images but my vectors are pretty dope too. I basically took some elements from Qatar buildings and Palestinian patterns and nautical themes
As for raster images I scan ropes in different ways.


so far I have made these patterns

These are my finals patterns as spot, repeat and engineered.


Movie #1

Movie: Fight Club
Year of Release: 1999
Genre: Drama/ Action
Director: David Fincher
Producer: Cean Chaffin, Art Linson & Ross Grayson Bell.
Studio: Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment.
Main Characters: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton & Meat Load
Plot / Main Action: A depressed man (Edward Norton) suffering from insomnia meets a strange soap salesman named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and soon finds himself living in his squalid house after his perfect apartment is destroyed. The two bored men form an underground club with strict rules and fight other men who are fed up with their mundane lives. Their perfect partnership frays when Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), a fellow support group crasher, attracts Tyler’s attention.
Pragmatic – Poetic – Persuasive

Movie #2

Movie: Inception
Year of Release: 2010
Genre: Science Fiction/ Thriller
Director: Christopher Nolan
Producer: Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas
Studio: Warner Bros
Main Characters: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Plot / Main Action: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: Plant an idea in someone’s mind. If he succeeds, it will be a perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb’s every move.
Pragmatic – Poetic – Persuasive

Movie: Bol
Year of Release: 2011
Genre: Drama/ Thriller
Director: Shoaib Mansoor
Producer: Shoaib Mansoor
Studio: Shoman Productions
Main Characters: Manzar Sehbai, Atif Aslam, Iman Ali, Mahira Khan, Humaima Malik.
Plot / Main Action: Zainub Khan has been found guilty by Pakistan’s Courts and is to be hanged. Her last wish is to tell her story before the media, and after approval, she relates how her family was compelled to leave Delhi during 1948 and relocate to Lahore. This is where her father, Hakim Sayed Hashmutallah Khan, married Suraiya, and hoping to sire a son, instead ended up with 7 daughters. The 8th child turned out to be a hermaphrodite and Rahmatullah wanted it dead but Suraiya insisted that she will not let anyone know so as not to shame her husband. They named the child Saifullah and hired a tutor to teach him at home. After a failed marriage, Zainub returns home, notices that the tutor was molesting her brother and asks him to leave. With dwindling income from his father, unable to attend school, his mother giving birth to still-born babies, his siblings uneducated, Saifullah is then himself compelled to seek employment. It is here he will be sexually molested and subsequently killed by his father, who bribes the police by embezzling Rs.2 Lakhs from the Masjid where he presides as a Khajanchi. In order to return the money to the Masjid, he starts to tutor children of prostitutes with the help of Saqa Kanjar. When their neighbor’s son, Mustafa, proposes marriage for his daughter, Ayesha, he refuses, as they are Shiah, and plans to marry her to a much older male. Things will change rapidly when Saqa will make a proposition that will change everyone’s lives forever.

Movie: Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
Year of Release: 2018
Genre: Drama/Fantasy
Director:  Mari Okada
Producer: Naoko Endo, Tomomi Kyotani, Nobuhiro Takenaka, Takahiro Kikuchi
Studio: P.A. Works
Main Characters: Manaka Iwami, Miyu Irino
Plot / Main Action: An immortal girl and a normal boy form a bond which lasts for many years.
Pragmatic – Poetic – Persuasive

Movie: Insidious
Year of Release: 2010
Genre: Drama/Mystery
Director:  James Wan
Producer: Jason Blum, Oren Peli, Steven Schneider
Studio: Blumhouse Productions
Main Characters: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne & Barbara Hershey
Plot / Main Action: Parents (Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne) take drastic measures when it seems their new home is haunted and their comatose son (Ty Simpkins) is possessed by a malevolent entity.
Pragmatic – PoeticPersuasive



This project sounds super exciting because I am a movie nerd, but when they included the 3 modes of design. I got so confused and totally forgot about them. I had to search the modes and understand them again. I still don’t know how I will apply it to the movies I choose.

These literary devices are pretty self-explanatory but I still have my doubts and I feel like I don’t understand them.

found this dude explaining the term.


I choose the movie Insidious. It actually just slipped from my mouth 😛 before I could not decide which one to choose because there are so many options, However, I think this movie was good and I remember watching it alone by myself in my room.

I had to rewatch the movies again to get some elements from them to use for the poster because without them I could not decide what to use for the poster.

I took a couple of images and scanned some stuff to use because I think the poster looks empty without the photos and I don’t want it to be just a vector.


I started with the type placement but it is so hard to find a good type for the title. The polish posters helped me figure out a good placement for the type but it’s hard to find a good typeface. I don’t want to give it all away that its scary and the typeface needs to be gothic.

My illustrator drop eye tool is not working so my vector is super bad. It’s always something with the illustrator.


thinking to make my own but I need a lot of time for this.

Even better Leland gave me tapes to make the title and it looks so much better. I learned that I was playing with so many types. I choose the best ones to go with the poster.



I am super excited about this project. I always wanted to try bit or basics of film-making. In the class we were shown title sequences and I have some of my favorite title sequences I think I could take inspiration from for this project.

Orphan- End Credits

I love the use of neon colors to show little bit of the movie, Since its end credits they did not bother revealing the technique of hidden neon colors (which play an important part) used in the movie.

Unfortunately, I cant use this as it is not from the same movie 😦 </3

Insidious title sequence 1

The only interesting thing I found from Insidious title is that they start showing the frame from 360 angle and smoothly shows the interior of the house. The titles are also kindaf interesting because they vanish into a smoke but thats about it.

Insidious – title sequence 2


We were said to make story board for our film.

okay my sketching sucks a** …. 😳but I am good with what I want to show. I will show a kids room and while shifting I will show the ghost in either reflection or as a shadow as I don’t want to give much of it.


I fixed my story boards as Leland said me to give more details.


I think my story board is strong and I have all of my props.