Author Archives: Frances Tiffin

A Third Preview

In case you aren’t excited enough about this project, here is yet another preview for the upcoming CEILINGWARDS!

Final Pitch Storyboard

Below is my storyboard for the “Ceilingwards” trailer pitch.


I decided to leave it as is to give some insight on the way my brain likes to create.

Style Sheet

This is the background image for the site.
I fluctuated between wanting to stamp “circus” on the site by using bolder colors like ~*red & gold*~, and keeping it crisp and contemporary. To me, they were both blatant ideas, so I instead decided to ride my inspiration in blues and greens right now. Sizing the image correctly for the WordPress theme was an ordeal.

+ the header
Is the blue too blue? I can’t tell whether I want it to look more like the background. I had difficulty finding the right layout for this; spent a lot of time deliberating. When I figured out the design (when I saw 1st layer texture image), I ended up having a blast making this.

For both, I want to blend the ink elements with the silhouettes that I’ve been using a lot to show half-poses emerging from the ink textures. That will take some more time though, and I’d rather have something up than nothing.


Here is the voiceover pitch. The song used is “Dancing Behind My Eyelids” by Múm.

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+ the script

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Hours are trickling by as I sift through Spire photos.

Photo Essay #2

This is the second compilation of photos taken on Sunday, December 8th, of Marieke and Sarah training at Kinetic Arts Center. Both spent their time focusing on act creation for the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour live auditions, which will soon be fast upon them. They leave for a weekend to the white winter of Burlington, VT in early January.
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Photo Essay #1

This is my first compilation of photos taken at Kinetic Arts Center of Sarah and Marieke training disciplines such as straps and tight wire.
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In performance, tricks are met with applause when warranted by the style of the act. Applause is an excellent gift to a performer, but the typical audience member will not understand the complexity and hard work that is required to master tricks in the wide variety of circus disciplines. This infographic is meant to show just how much it takes to successfully execute a straight one-arm handstand.



Below is my typography lab assignment, created in Photoshop CS6. I decided on the green palette for its ethereal qualities, which combines well in my mind with the elegance of aerial disciplines. Shown here is a silhouetted Alana Moggridge, taken from the video extract of her graduating Straps number, which can be watched here. Marieke’s quote helps to succinctly illustrate the artistic capacity of circus by revealing her relationship with performance.



Circus is an art form that is rarely well-understood by the layman in the US, regardless of its stature as a cultural icon. Circus extends from grand spectacles like Cirque du Soleil or Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, to small-cast contemporary productions like C!RCA, to festival competitions like the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival, to corporate events, to recreation. Circus extends proudly through many forms of performance art as well, often coalescing beautifully with theatre.

Suffice it to say, any one post will hardly be able to encompass a full understanding of the vast permeation of the circus world, but I hope that the below videos will help to create an overview that is sufficient to an introductory understanding.

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