DEVELOPMENT

Linear to Multi Narrative Design

Linear Narrative

 

 

Multiple Overlapping narrative Design.

 

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So imagine the user is greeted by a strange selection of images. They begin clicking on them and pop ups start happing. People don’t like pop ups… they make them feel uneasy and annoyed. This is how an emotive response will be gained.

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So as the view beginning to click and interact, opening and closing the pop ups, they begin to recognise things a little more and begin to make the tie between everything and find the connecting similarity.

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They may decide to close and open them one by one, or open them all at the same time, or leave some playing. The build up of noise and page traffic and general mash up of images that all represent something unique to do with social media not only tell a story in their own right but tell the story as a whole with the bizarre and unnatural layout on the page.

 

 

 

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Initial 3D layering narrative design ideas. The element of confusion is a good thing – its representative of the complicated lives led online and off. The noise and sounds, and recognisable things will make the user either want to interact to make it stop or interact to make it carry on and to see more. By using the interactive function as well, with the webcam plugin and the speech plugin I think the overall concept will get across and will “be the story”.

Filming Real Life: 2

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Instagram has totally sky rocketed over the past few years and is getting bigger than ever. Being the home of the ultimate hashtagging behaviour Instagram plays the main part in development my collage of real life and online life overlapping. Here are the drawings that I created for the after effects graphic included in the video. These graphics were used for the end of the Instagram in real life video to reveal the purpose of the video and how it shows the process of taking a picture in real life and uploading it to the online world. The study of Instagram pictures and The hash tag culture that has developed is interesting because for an app which is meant to be all about the image has now become all about the words, which is why the video ends with all the hashtags and the overlapping of voices and blacks out. From my “indirect observations” (Wilson 2002), I was able to see that people were using the word “hashtag” in day to day conversation. This is actually one of the social media addiction signs . It seems so bizarre that people have different views about everything and feel the need to share it but realistically everyone has one view and that is that they want to be viewed by others….

Filming Real Life

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In order to create my body of content, I needed to get my filming hat on! Here is my trusty camera assistant Jessica Scott. I used my Go Pro camera to film recognisable parts of Bournemouth that I was later going to layer with images of the same place taken from social media channels. The reasons for using the GoPro was because of ease of use… I had the handy head cam attachment, and also the top drawer HD quality. The camera itself is a sports camera, meaning it is used for capturing jerky and fast moving objects. It has an inbuilt steadier which takes out the shakiness I would have got with a handheld camera. Additionally from the very first vid (the news feature) I was not impressed with the handheld camera quality at all. So apart from a view funny looks, our afternoon of filming as successful! The merky weather and grey sky was perfect for really emphasising comparisons between online and offline life and how images now on SM are edited to look so much better.

Life through the eyes of your Mobile Internet device…

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Are we truly enjoying the moment if our main concern is getting a picture for our Instagram, checking in on Facebook or Tweeting about how much we are having a great time?   

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This image is great at reflecting how social media and real life are overlapping… We are watching events that meant to be felt as well as listening to and seen, however if were too engrossed in our internet devices then are we actually living real life to its full potential? Are Camera Phones Making Memories Or Ruining Gigs? The article Should mobile phones be banned from gigs? sums up how they are effecting human interaction for the negative and whether it would be better to put a stop to it. When looking at these images – I don’t know about you but I just want to scream “PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN AND JUST ENJOY IT!”. Plus theres nothing worse when someone in front of you has their phone out and blocks your view!!

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Breaking News #ConversationCrisis

My main focus is to get whoever interacts with this project to reflect upon their own usage, their own dependance and there own behaviour online. This is the first video I have created for the project and it aims to win the audiences attention straight away, and be believable.  I feel this little video in itself done this because it shows how our smart phones are glued to our hands, even when they really shouldn’t be – for example in the middle of a sports game?! This video aims to poke fun at the fact that were all more engaged with what is going on online than we are with each other and the space around us.

The video itself gave me the perfect opportunity to develop my personal skills in scriptwriting, storyboarding, videoing and editing, something I was a little out of practice with.

 

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I recruited the help of BA Multimedia Journalism final year student and good friend of mine, Jessica Long, to help out with the news feature. Playing the role of stern and serious news reader, Jess did a great job and was a great help in terms of bringing her journalism experience to the table, which enabled us to strengthen the script and ensure the feature was edited appropriately to fit the new feature format. Alongside my collaboration with Dom White from Computing, Jess is my second cross course collaborative partner. Again I feel this has really helped my personal development and extended my skills because instead of getting somebody else to do the work for me, I am learning from them and working with them and broadening my own skills. This is so important for someone who lacks solid direction in terms of a career path so I feel this was a good decision.

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Overall, I am happy with the final product of this mini vid. However, the quality didn’t export quite as good as I expected which is something I need to look at for future video pieces. The sound as well wasn’t as clear as it could have been – ideally I would have redone this however time constraints just wouldn’t allow for it at this time. By doing this shorter video, I was able to overcome aspects of the problem I had faced with the previous idea which had been creating a narrative that was strong and engaging.

The editing software I used was After Effects and then Premiere Pro. Both programmes I have had totally minimal experience with however I feel I got the hang of them both quite quickly. The exporting process of videos however I need to look into, particular with regards to what channel I use to upload them to a web site portfolio page because an large embedded file will be difficult and slow to load and YouTube has its own readjusting thing it does to videos? ….

 

 

Production Analysis: Idea

The #Life is an Interactive Visual Design project, displaying the conseptualisation of social media in real life. Drawing upon common themes and opinions surrounding social media, it invites you to open your eyes wide and take a step back from something you are already seeing everywhere you look and to confront the idea that physical reality and a life lived online are beginning to blur. With a majority of the real world now logging in online, whether you are actively a part of it or not… you have heard of it, you are talking about it and it is undeniable that you can get away from it

The development of the idea has grown from the initial idea of the transmedia story initially pitched. This development of the project has grown from time, and commitment constraints faced by producing enough content and enough user engagement for the original story and more importantly the struggle to record the process for hand in due to it being live. I found it difficult to create a story strong enough to get across the issues and points I was trying to raise, and so by doing it this way instead the points become the piece themselves. Using already available online stories to create one overall “story” overcomes issues previously stated and allows the audience to essentially  ”be the story” because of the reflective response it aims to acheive. Although less interactive, I still feel this way will stand as a conceptual artefact within its own right and encourage the viewer/user to really reflect on their own personal use of social media and their own engagement with it and how they allow for themselves to be viewed as well as how they view others, as well as questioning the future of communication.

 

Life behind the social media posts.

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This quotation of the meaning of the word “sonder” summed up quite nicely what this project aims to represent. The life behind what we initially see. Taking Instagram pictures, Facebook posts, Tweets, and looking at how they combine to create an overview of the lives we lead raises the question of how the media is allowing for us to glamourise our own lives… what we see online is far from what we see in real life. This portfolio collection will show the contrast.

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