Almost a year ago, I introduced my disdain for overused narrative framing devices with this post on the Documentary Narrative.
I find myself inspired once again, this time by the ugly duckling of this Fall season’s lineup: Revolution. What is it about Revolution that has caused such resoundingly mixed feelings? I wanted to go inside and crack the case, and what I found is this year’s Narrative Framing Device Hall of Fame winner: the “Things Will Never Be The Same Again” Event Pilot.
You know what I mean - when the pilot of a series centers on the drama and intensity of The Mythology Event. The power goes out in Revolution. The plane crashes in LOST.(1) The advantage to starting your mythology series with this Event Pilot is that your pilot crackles like how a trailer only shows the best parts. They come out looking like miniature movies with ad breaks, and your entire premise is explained, which means you have your best shot at getting commitment from any curious audience, back to see if E2 is as good as the pilot.Read more
My housemates are homebrewers and we had just finished watching the entirety of the Avatar: The Last Airbender. I’m not a graphic designer by trade, so these beer labels were a bit of a learning pet project.
Room Key Card collection + Pick Punch = INFINITE PICKS (Taken with Instagram)
After The Legend of Korra ended its first season back in June, I asked a few of my Twitter friends and fellow Avatar/Korra fans to participate in a roundtable discussion about the first season. I knew that opinions about the finale were mixed, and I wanted to explore how different people reacted…
Like Korra? Like Avatar (the animated series)? Then read this discussion on them that I participated in! (For the record, I have since completed the original series)
At risk of turning my personal blog into a curation of cool things made by friends of mine, you should check this comic out. To call it a “strip” would be inadequate, as it incorporates interactive elements with unconventional presentation to create an elevated storytelling experience. I love this direction and can’t wait to see more graphic storytelling in this style.
This is QUEST, my first completely computer-made comic. It’s Photoshop, HTML, CSS and a little jQuery. I was really excited to work on an art thing using my HTML skillz since I’ve never really done it in a visual way like this. It’s mostly a tech demo/proof of concept, I hope to tighten up some of the art in the next couple of weeks.
Working on this convinced me to have an HTML component in my senior project, but I don’t really know what that means yet.
Despite having kept one for nearly four years, I’m still not sure for whom a journal is written. It can’t be written for other people, for that invites self-censorship (and furthermore, at that point, really, just do some editing and show people a short story if you want attention). At the same…
I do not normally reblog others, but I just had to share this incredible work by my prolific friend Luca. That’s all I’ll say…anything else I could write in this forward would be a disservice (and make my writing look bad in comparison!)
In the past decade, there’s been a lazy trend creeping into television. Scripted comedies are so saturated with this jarring practice, we’re hardly distracted by it anymore. And yet, my dislike for the technique is overpowered by a surprising side-effect.
We can easily point to the success of The Office (UK) as the instigator of the documentary narrative trend. Ricky Gervais and company first effectively utilized the private interview as part of its narrative, and ten years later, The Office (US) is in its eighth season, Parks and Recreation shows no signs of stopping, and Modern Family is coming off a virtual sweep of the comedy Emmys. What is it about documentary framing that makes it so successful?Read more