My final takes the form of a scroll-through story that uses simple illustrations, imagery, and layout to support the narrative. This story is loosely based on a real occurrence. It is a reminder never to lose hope and to trust your intuition.
The most basic stories can gather our attention or participation with something as simple as music these days. In the first video, a “boring” story is about a man waking up in a very abnormally quiet place. It is portrayed to be suspenseful. Nowadays, that combined with flickering lights and a little dramatic music, you have yourself a horror film.
These things become more and more accessible with new technology, along with a growing imagination. That is what I find so interesting about this topic. Not only has the technology evolved, but the minds of directors to understand the advancements in tech to allow themselves to theory craft new films and ideas that can or can not be produced. Very adapting career, it seems.
I can improve my storytelling by grounding myself with the roots of storytelling. The first video made things clear. There are two building blocks. An anecdote and meaningful reflection, it asks questions for the viewer to then receive an answer for in the future.
My weakness has been story development, so building blocks help me a lot. Another thing is to make sure there is not a repetitive nature unless there is meaningful reflection. If I ask questions and keep the viewer intrigued, the same action can happen over and over again.
I personally can benefit from making more compelling/interested character storylines. I, however, do find enjoyment in stories that follow a storyline. Still, each viewer could see things differently because perception is key often for a viewer to follow exactly who is or is not the main character, and what exactly is the storyline, vs sub story.
The TED Talk gave me my first reflection on the storyline of Jaws. I always saw Jaws as a shark movie, as simple as explained. Until he pointed out it wasn’t. The suspense of the actions made me skim over the facts of the estranged family with troubling issues in their marriage.
All in all, I’m focusing on being more connected with my story. I want to allow it to tell itself with a better understanding of the two building blocks in which to approach a story and detail on character development.
For my blog post I have chosen to analyze Inanimate Alice, by Kate Pullinger.
This short story film was fascinating to me. I like how it used the symbol of photos/objects to help contrast the words written to give a feeling of the setting the author was intending.
The work was very interactive, as if I was Alice, the 8 year old who is telling the story. By using interactive push-to-play features it felt as if I was sending a message to my lost father. Like I was taking the photos of the flowers on the way. Representing a classical feeling of being a child and having fun in the midst of your family worrying about the event at hand. The innocent cluelessness.
I really enjoyed the film’s side comments such as having a dog, where she lived, the fact of being in north chine, where nothing is. Then relating that to being 500 kilometers from a restaurant.
The index was very curious to my because I felt as if the index was inserted many times. The little girl was very intuitive and gave her perspective in the story while also entertaining me in the main storyline of finding her father. The moments where her mother asks her to be quiet or turn off her phone. There are all times where the daughter’s behavior acted as an index for me to focus my attention back to the story at hand.
These uses of symbol, index, and icon in this short film were very thought out. The way this interactive story played out was actually really fun and advanced for its time in 2005.
The system of signs used in this story were easy to follow, like I’ve mentioned before, very interactive which excited me as the reader. It also was an appropriate and well-balanced taste of plot, twists, character development and letting us into their world. Her father is in the middle of nowhere looking for oil sites in northern china. That helps me to understand the mystery box of what could be wrong with him. Breaking down with no signal was my first thought behind a car crash.
The story intended these thought, they gave information in a great way before giving answers to allow me to be very interested and start assuming before having a meaningful reflection as the viewer to come bc k into the storyline.
I will attempt to not only have myself grounded in the building blocks of a good story, anecdote and meaningful reflections, I will also learn from this drawing the value of having interactive, side developments and character development to help give a story what we all find so enjoyable.
After watching “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” and reading the short story which it is based off, I will have to say like most books to films, they leave out a lot of the character development. It is much more challenging to tell a story about who a character is with frames and clips rather than words.
I prefer books to this nature because there is so much more to learn about the characters, intentions, perceptions, and imaginations. It’s much more insightful.
For example, little details like how his hair was done for the film was different than what the story suggested. The soldiers were not perched on stumps, they were standing on the ground across the bank from the bridge. The story also spends more time showing his movements trying to escape than the book’s emphasis on the imagination and how at ease he was.
The biggest detail for me, between the book and the movie, is the story has a way of showing the great calmness he was feeling in moments of his imagination. Such as taking in the sounds, climate, and wildlife before him despite his evident future coming to an end. The book does such a fantastic job of captivating the perspective of the imagination surrounding the situation despite the outcome.
The film was displayed in a much more straightforward way. They kept with the idea of his watch, which distracted him from his calm thoughts, rather in the ebook, his watch was not taken away from him.
The film left out the large part where Farquhar and his wife were approached by a soldier who was a federal scout. The significance of this is important because it shows a great misguided intent to hang this innocent man.
Techniques like editing and shot composition were used very well in this film to help convey to the viewer that this man was using his imagination in an attempt to put himself into a better, more peaceful, joyful place than the current situation he was facing – being hung to death.
They used pacing and storytelling in a very successful way to help see the imagination, thoughts, actions, and reality all be their own emotions.
Here is a link to the rough draft of my final project.
Device 6 intrigues me because at E3 they touched on this game as it was awarded by IGN.
Device 6 uses side scrolling and chapter base as its game interaction unlike other MMORPG or quest driven analog games.
Device 6 uses what “gamers” would refer to as RPG, where you have choices and each decision can change the overall outcome of the story. Rather a linear game style like GTA.
These are non-linear interactions which sure a deeper purpose and allow the user to interact with the game based off the framework. This add to the Level of literary ideas but i would not call it an excuse. Many games have different audiences and each storyline can be good in its own right but if the user is looking for something more decision/action/reaction based, they will look for something like this rather something very linear like a FPS.
These works can very much grab anyone’s attention and imagination, like Minecraft. Which is a sandbox RPG and has a wide education literal baseline and a low level to sophisticated creativity gap.
Design 6 had my attention because it has a storyline which is very unorthodox like the last of us, and uses it’s hooks to educate in its own ways while also playing like a short film of suspense and thriller.
In the comic I have chosen to do, you can see Emmy the Golden is thrilled to be gifted a ball. After playing with the ball for some time, Emmy loses her ball off the balcony. Emmy shows great sadness from the loss of her ball and had to go all the way around the house to get her ball. Emmy had to go into the bushes to get her ball and as you can see in the last photo, she retrieved her ball and was very happy again. This is an example of McCloud’s subject to subject transitions.
After reviewing the message of “Sequential Arts” “Gutters” and “Time Frames” in reference to digital storytelling, I personally resonate with this education a lot. I see Instagram as a large-scale comic book. This site has Gutters, it works in Time Frames and it exceeds the definition of ‘Sequential Visual Arts’.
I enjoy Instagram and the stories a messenger can display with messages, similar to these readings. Rather it be through an image of photography, with the agenda to place the reader into a particular mindset, complimented with text definitions to support that feeling. Or the messenger uses their Instagram ‘feed’ to portray a specific feeling or mood through slides of photos. These are both very common uses for individuals, companies, brands, movements and agendas.
For my next project, I will look to adapt visual aids and techniques (arrows, colors, flow and borders) from my creative perception of what is being explained here. For examples, when explaining ‘Sequential Visual Arts’ McCloud uses the description “Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer” to describe his perception of the definition.
I will seek to have my pictorial/illustrated drawings match similar to message and aesthetic of my assignment. I will incorporate an illustrated, mindful, education like comic, with the storyline of natural, mindful, heartfelt message typography with the agenda to leave the reader feeling my visuals and message similarly.
A few ideas I have moving into my next assignment are using fonts that resemble expansive, southing, guided education while using colors to compliment my agenda with tones of the ocean. A color pallet consisting of calming, collected, peacefulness. I will attempt to be the messenger for the reader to experience an environment where one can connect deeper with their environment to find fulfilling breathwork.
After reviewing the stories Diagrammatic Writing and Great Rock n’ Roll Pauses I have a few initial perspectives of the readings that have sparked ideas for me in my own typographical story.
I am not sure if this was a formatting issue, but I do see in the Diagrammatic Writing by Johanna Drucker, that the words quickly bend and alter with the story. With the assumption this was deliberate, it’s very interesting to me after reading this type of writing for the first time, how the structure, image and placement of the words can simply impact my emotional response to the writing.
I will say personally, I was very bored with the Diagrammatic Writing, it was overly descriptive of itself and felt as if it was attempting to make something excruciatingly boring, interesting. Which its techniques worked in the favor of the writing and that is something that has intrigued me and will be fun to adopt into my own writings.
As for the second reading, Great Rock n’ Roll, I was much more interested with this because of the technical, presentational differences between the two. The flow of this was much like a chart, similar to a Power Point, it was easy to follow, simple to understand the literature and informative to its needs promptly. I enjoy to read, if my desire is to put myself into an emotion, environment, story or setting, for example, The Martian, with Matt Damon, was originally a book that I personally think does a wonderful job of allowing the reader to feel the journey of the astronaut. When I am reading informative or educational information, I prefer this to be similar to Great Rock n’ Rolls presentational techniques. Things like arrows, images, colors and flowcharts are some of my favorite ways to display information for a reader. This has inspired me personally to keep trying new ways to get my point and information across.
The above points I have made relate to how one can create structure, sequence, emphasis, pacing and rhythm with type alone. I think things like Instagram, twitter and blogs have changed the way new generations learn and gear themselves to communicate in writing. In today’s world, it is much easier to communicate your thoughts and feelings with a photo of a diagram of those feelings posted to your Instagram account rather traditional ways expressing yourself use to be done.
These stories are very monotone in the sense that there is never a defining moment where conflict breaks out. There are moments of asserted control, like the older boys in Holy Cow yelling and chasing cattle, or the young girls in the film roughhousing until one becomes annoyed with the other. Again, in Joke I see a situation that is rather sad and mellow; there is less of an emotional reaction than one would think you would see in a twisted joke like that.
All of these stories work well together because between each one I see similarities of how the storylines stay consistent with the emotions I feel.
The characters’ worlds in these stories evoke specific characteristics between characters. For example, the young child, in Holy Cow reminds me of a Temple Grandin; she presents herself as in introvert, with a liking for nature and motherhood like persona for wildlife. At the beginning, she is enjoying herself with her sister throwing pebbles into the river, quickly after, the film displays boy throwing rocks at cattle, ending with one cattle dying from what appears to be wounds from being hit with rocks. This pattern continued throughout the film She & Her Cat. The cat has a very happy perception of the owner, which ultimately ends with the cat not finding a mate and being alone when the order has to leave. The cat is so in love with its owner it does not have room for the love of another cat.
All of the short films have a narrative pattern of love, mixed with unique twists of sorrow. The first film, which had the sad ending of the cow being killed, we presume by the kids who were chasing the cattle and throwing rocks at them. The second short film is very heartfelt, leading to sadness when the young girl finds the older lady in a chair with a needle in her arm. We are lead to believe she has over dosed, instantly everyone begins shouting at the young girl and pushing her out of the house, to find that the lady who was supposedly dead is laughing and mocking her. Last but not least, the final film was also very romantically strange in the beauty of a strong woman having a baby, but on the same note, very sad because she too has a tragic love life with a partner who has no interest in being a father for his son.
I would like to note that in each of these films, the individual who handles the tragic situation is very well tempered and handles the situation with love and tenderness. Rather it be the last film and the mother of Jim texting the vacant father “you have a son and he’s beautiful. Both of us are doing well. Victoria” right after she gives birth to their son and the father is away hiking. In today’s films, and Aristotelian plot structure, we would see a situation where conflict is confronted with additional conflicts rather these very subtle reactions to tragedies.
The 1996 film, Fargo rotates its story through comedy, suspense, and violence. The filmmakers took enormous risks and made an original movie that’s universally relatable. Fargo is an Aristotelian tragedy, “Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in the language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation-catharsis of these and similar emotions.” (Poetics, P.10)
Tragedy’s aim is to shake up in the soul the impulses of pity and fear, to achieve what Aristotle calls Catharsis. The emotions of pity and fear find a free outlet in tragedy. Their excess is purged, and we are lifted out of ourselves and emerge with a refreshed outlook. The Plot is the most important part of tragedy. The Characters are the men and women who act. Thought is what the characters think or feel throughout their screen time in the development of the plot. Diction is the medium of language or expression through which the characters reveal their thoughts and feelings. The diction should be ‘embellished with each kind of artistic element’. The Song is one of these embellishments. Lastly, The Spectacle is the theatrical effect presented on the stage.
Fargo’s plot begins with Jerry making arrangements to have his wife kidnapped. His intent is to shake his father-in-law of $80,000 to then split the cash with the hired kidnappers. The plot quickly takes a turn, or a reversal, when the hired kidnappers get pulled over and three people end up dead. Due to this reversal, Fargo’s plot is complex, meaning the opposite of what is desired seeks to manifest. Jerry desires to make just enough cash to land him a deal and financial stability at the sacrifice of “pretending” to kidnap his wife and his fathers-in-law’s wallet. However, destiny plays out and Jerry loses his wife, his father-in-law, and his freedom.
We can easily fall short of understanding Fargo’s true message by feeling too much pity for the hardworking car salesman who only seeks to bring financial freedom to himself and the daughter of a wealthy man who he feels pressure from and ends up losing it all. The more meaningful protagonist to discuss is Marge Gunderson. Marge is a highly relatable protagonist whose strength comes from her unwavering loyalty to those she loves. She appears 33 minutes into the movie, but she represents the thesis – innocence can withstand corruption. She immediately deduces the first crime scene, and then never falls far behind in piecing together the criminal’s traces. The Thought, Diction, Song, and The Spectacle of this character are spot on. She is on the hunt for murderous culprits, all the while pregnant, an artistic husband whom she seems to support financially, with a sense of humor that stems from her honest sincerity.
“So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’tcha know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day. Well. I just don’t understand it.” Even though she can’t relate to the motives of the corrupt, she proves that innocence can withstand evil.