Henry Jenkins website offers many insights into the distribution of content for my digital artifact, particularly with ‘Transmedia Storytelling 101”. The page within Jenkins’ website is an indispensable tool in the convergence of media to my blog www.asseenbysean.wordpress.com
In his article, Jenkins explains that Transmedia storytelling “… represents a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified entertainment experience.” Although the article provides invaluable concepts to build the foundation of my storytelling through convergence, it is not detailed in relation to the online delivery of Transmedia through blogs.
Due to the fact that my digital artefact will comprise of mini mockumentary episodes, it is important that I take every precaution I can get. This web page highlights tips –which I am taking into high consideration – for filming wildlife, discussing details from ‘use a tripod’ to ‘ethics’. The content has proved to be crucial since it wasn’t an intention to film more, rather than less, since it is difficult to capture the perfect shot since some moments are impossible to predict. The website has become a central guidebook in my journey to creating content for my digital artefact. In terms of editing however, the article proved to be quite impractical.
#3 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32heS6TMLnk
The YouTube tutorial video, ‘How to Color Grade GoPro Footage Super Fast! – Premiere CC Tutorial’ has been a useful learning tool for the color grading of my footage which is being shot with a GoPro 4+ Silver Edition. I have been looking for techniques to give my footage a certain ‘cinematic’ look, but was limited to the use of iMovie. Since watching this video, I found Adobe Premiere CC 2015 to be the most invaluable discovery over the course of the digital artifact. The video is great, and introduced me to the concept of LUTs (Look-up tables), which are presets to give any footage the cinema makeover.
In the creation of a character for my digital artifact I was definitely drawn on the likes of Jacques Cousteau, whose documentation of wildlife and works around oceanography led to a public awareness of science. In particular, Wes Anderson’s depiction of Cousteau in A Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was a major influence in the aesthetics of the As seen by Sean blog series. Cousteau’s work has provided a stylistic reference of nature storytelling for my digital artifact, with an emphasis on a narrative in terms of storytelling. The idea of the journey to a ‘bigger picture narrative’ towards social benefit is the underlying theme within my digital artifact.
#5 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxJisP8x3Ok
In his television series, The Undersea World Of Jacques Cousteau an episode in particular is available online, Search In The Deep of the Oceans, Cousteau’s narrative structure offers insights into the creation of ‘As seen by Sean’ content. A science lesson, whereby the viewer is addressed to be completely passive, expected to yield to every detail. Although in Cousteau’s case the information being shown is completely scientific, however, the aim of my digital artifact is to challenge this idea, and portray fictional information to an audience with the same techniques.
#6 Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrenees
In the character development stage of Sean Morquantino, it was always an intention to make the character from a place that was foreign to the western world. The reason for this was the fact that Sean sees the world in an extremely strange and animated manner. His outlooks are assuming, and his conclusions are often incorrect, however, his demeanour is proper, and seemingly well educated. I have no intention of drawing on stereotypes that are not true however, and Sean is a mere manifestation of a character that can – in my opinion – interpret the information in an unexpected and eccentric way. The article however, failed to inform me as to what towns and ‘civilisation’ is up in the region, with no clear culture as such being discussed.
#7 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_HWqlmvX1k
When considering how to possibly bring about subtle discussions of environment or social issues, National Geographic’s documentary called Strange Days on Planet Earth. Although not related to my digital artefacts discussion topics, the article constantly draws clear parallels between multiple, seemingly unrelated issues. The use of cutting and editing transforms meaningless shots to a story rich in detail, with the viewer engaging in cognitive viewing as they draw mental pathways to connect these different shots/angles. The video documentary is however directed at an intended passive audience, whereas the reason for a blog on the Internet is to utilise the symmetrical 2-way of communicating between the creator (myself) and viewers.
As detailed by DIANNA COSTELLO in her online article Adventures in storytelling, the trend towards emotion-based, character-driven wildlife documentation has brought about the term anthropomorphism. Examples of this can be seen in such wildlife films as March of the Penguins’ and Grizzly Man. The article also provided important insights into my target audience; the younger audience, “an audience that’s been brought up on reality TV, which creates a more personal, closer-to-the-action experience”.
An interesting point made by David Elisco, Strange Days documentary producer; “The trick for us is to not get intoxicated by the technology but to keep thinking about what we want to accomplish, what are the goals, then matching that technology with the message.”
With post-production being a major element in the creation of my digital artifact, the article WRITING EFFECTIVE NARRATION has provided a structure for my project to adhere to in terms of narration. As I have never endeavored to create a mockumentary I am extremely clueless as to what I should be focusing on throughout the process and this article explains which items on the agenda should be prioritized. The clear portrayal of a story through not only the footage but also the audio is crucial to the audience’s ability to understand the narrative of the video, as well as the overarching theme in the video itself.
10 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLgh9h2ePYw
The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary is an environmental campaign clip narrated by Jeremy Irons. In terms of its relevance to my digital artefact, the clip is the best glimpse into what I hope to achieve, which is to deliver a satirical, fictional story with a strong narrative structure in the hopes of conveying a much larger picture. The delivery of the video is extremely entertaining and thought-provoking. Its simplicity allows the viewer to focus attention on the matter at hand, the roaming plastic bag. However, it did utilise non-colour-corrected footage that in my opinion, is not what I have in mind for the visual nature of my artefact.