What’s the Big idea?

According to the video “What is interactive fiction?”, interactive fiction is “a type of story with which the reader can interact that is typically non-linear and is told mainly through text”. Two examples of IF from the late 80s are presented in the Tom Hanks film Big (1988). In the opening scene, we see theContinue reading “What’s the Big idea?”

Editing the present into the past

“When I was a student, I remember taking an introductory editing class in which the teacher gave seven students exactly the same batch of found footage […] Using the outtakes, each student created a film.” – Mick Hurbis-Cherrier, Voice and Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Filmmaking.  The situation evoked in the above quote byContinue reading “Editing the present into the past”

Psycho killer

In chapter 5 of Voice and Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Filmmaking, Mick Hurbis-Cherrier talks about the variety of possibilities explored in storyboards: “Some people create storyboards with detailed and intricate renderings of costumes, sets, facial expressions, and lighting, to establish the style of the film.” With this in mind, let’s take a look atContinue reading “Psycho killer”

Rolling Merrily Along

One camera motion technique explained in chapter 11 of Voice and Vision: a Creative Approach to Narrative Filmmaking is rotation. As Mick Hurbis-Cherrier explains, “camera rotation spins the image around, causing a disorienting effect.” An example of rotation can be found in the first dream sequence in Ethan and Joel Coen’s film The Big Lebowski.Continue reading “Rolling Merrily Along”

A Tale of Future Past

In chapter 3 of The Classical Hollywood Cinema, David Bordwell remarks that “A film may play on the character/noncharacter distinction by making the source of a narrating voice uncertain.” This is the case of Chris Marker’s short film La Jetée. In La Jetée, an unknown narrator relates the story of an unnamed protagonist. In fact,Continue reading “A Tale of Future Past”

Bill Wurtz is something else

After reading the introduction to Joe Sabia’s 136 Internet Videos that Blew My Mind, I proceded to watch all 11 of the videos in part 1: “Videos that felt like new forms”. While all of these videos illustrated distinct ways of using or editing internet video, what they had in common was that they exploredContinue reading “Bill Wurtz is something else”

Always read the fine print

In his radio manifesto for transom.org, Ira Glass explains what makes a good radio story. For Glass, a big part of this is the story’s universality: There’s the action of the story and there are the conclusions. And both have to be pretty interesting. A person can walk through lava, cure disease, find true love,Continue reading “Always read the fine print”

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