OGR 08/11/2011Hey Ami,Okay - yes, I agree with you: the chasm thumbnail has potential - but moving that composition into the 16:9 aspect gives you more possibilities; you should consider an asymmetrical approach - moving the upright of the chasm over to the left or right of the composition - I think it might feel more impactful then, and it also means you can carve some statuary into the chasm walls - more of which will be visible now because of the perspectival shift away from the centre.I like the 'ramped up' perspective on the Shunned House, but again you need to exploit the 16:9 ratio - what is happening on either side of that door - whatever it is, it should be an opportunity for you to give us more information about the house - even if you need to take a lot of artistic licence and sprinkle it liberally. Don't be afraid of enriching your scene with details that maybe come from a different part of the house - I don't know, like rotted wallpaper or sticks of furniture - you certainly need more in this composition to feed the eye and the mind.Okay - so the exterior of the shunned house could be great, but I'd avoid the 'wolf smoke' detail - just because I think it steal focus from everything else. Also, I see you're swerving the Poe story? This isn't necessarily an issue, but I'm left wondering why... The Masque of the Red Death is a hugely theatrical, colour-specific piece, and I just think you shouldn't kick it to the kerb just yet. I'd like to see some thumbnails please! Go on - have another eureka moment!In regards to your essay - yes, Avatar is a good choice because of its emphasis on the production design of Pandora - not so sure about the compare/contrast structure and the idea of using 'stock photos' of earth is a definite no-no. Your essay should include within it a definition of both 'production design' and 'visual concept' generally before you deal with Avatar - you need to demonstrate your understanding of these terms and their importance by the way you use them to 'unpack' why Avatar looks the way it does. I think your structure is as simple as that - but therein lies the challenge - define terms, apply them.