Transmedia storytelling is a topic that within the last couple of years reached surface, originally taught and presented by Henry Jenkins.
Essentially, it stands to describe how a comic, book, film, video game, the story therein can be converged with multiple mediums, engaging a broader audience to piece together one, large, multi-platform method of storytelling. Keep On Reading
This year I had the opportunity to create my very first 2D Animation Micro Short Film, Chef-O-Saurus. The micro short film is available both on my Portfolio and via YouTube. The story follows a Tyrannosaurus Rex, accomplishing his dream of being a chef. And I must admit I had a lot of fun creating this. I’ve always thought the T-Rex to be my favourite dinosaur, and the lovable T-Rex sure had a background in our culture. With Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, and those inflatable costumes that someone took to ninja warrior (no joke, here’s the link). So I thought: “why not?”.
Crowdfunding is something of a new era of business, where the production will talk directly to the consumer, in meets then standards that the buyer deems fit for them. Through achieving criteria’s set by us, it allows us to get exactly what we want. The ideal product.
New methods of storytelling are being discovered, used, tried and tested. Animation as we’ve discussed in previous posts is filled with all kinds of stories that can take those watching to another world, beyond the realism of ours, yet be so compelling. But it is limited to what one can see on the screen or in the shot, and the director will draw our attention based on shot choices.
This week, I had the opportunity to watch Moana, another masterpiece by Disney Studios, depicting an adventure of Moana, a girl constrained both to stay in her island, as well as her inner-calling to be a voyager. It’s a beautiful story I’d strongly advise you to go see. As you know with my blog, I discuss spoilers. You’ve been warned.
There is no doubt Studio Ghibli gains popularity from the beautiful artwork which there is in every film they release. However, another asset Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki incorporate in their films is the feminine character. Often times the protagonist, and others the antagonist. But there is a clear creative decision for the lack of male protagonists, that is often seen with the likes of DreamWorks or Disney Pixar, or the majority of Hollywood films.
In a lot of people’s lives, not all, but many, there’s been a point where we wanted to fit in. Whether to a group of people, or a specific activity we considered admirable, even though we kept getting a slap in the face, or, we’re glitch-y (in someone else’s eyes). Wreck It Ralph is an important film. You do not need to play video games to enjoy this film and its crucial message. Go watch it. Spoilers ahead.