It’s Like a Jungle Sometimes 

This short piece (1:44) was produced by third years as their PP1 project. Before I watched the short story, I read the blurb on the side and it immediately intrigued me and inspired me. I immediately played the video and was greeted with three different types of animals being micd, a monkey, bear and an elephant.

The monkey is a cheeky character who is a twenty three year old male that lives with roommates. You automatically get the impression that he is a typical guy demonstrating his dominance through such phrases like “the girls love me” and “don’t talk shit about my mum.” He is the most robust, out-there character in the short story and definitely out shines the other two.

The bear is a twenty-one year old male who is six foot three and like the colour blue. He also enjoys fishing and has an awesome fishing rod, which sparks great excitement in him. Other then this one time he is a dull and sad bear who doesn’t seem to be interested in the conversation at all. The bear lives by himself  since he moved out of home.

The elephant is a nineteen year old girl who is a student and likes photography. Straight away the audience is given the impression that she is shy character that needs a lot of guidance, this is shown through the host prompting her to expand on her answers. The only little bit of excitement we see in her is when she discusses her love for photography.

This digital story is interesting in the development of storytelling. I believe that it did tell a story about people and who we are in society, as when asked the question “do you spend a lot of time by yourself?” They all agreed that they did, however they didn’t know why. It’s interesting to note that it’s the only thing they seem to have in common as they are all completely different animals, living completely different lives. Providing your audience with this amount of information is okay to do if there is enough visually happening (I believe the monkey helps with this). But this story allows your mind to be creative and connect with these animals, through digital story telling.

Strengths

  • The mise-en-scene suits each character and their personalities for example  the monkey has everything messy and unorganised, the bear is only accompanied by a couch, pillows and a photograph, and finally the elephants mise-en-scene represented her well as it displayed a camera and even a statue of an elephant.
  • Allowing enough information for the audience to let their creativity take over.
  • Animal costumes thus hiding identity as in todays society what you look like plays a huge role in how people treat you.
  • No camera movement provides perfect framing and an easy story line to follow.

Weaknesses

  • If you’re not creative then this story would probably confuse you.

GOLDILOCKS

Shot entirely on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch this short digital story goes for around 3:14. This piece of work is amazing, as it has a semi clear story line and amazing camera techniques. The story of course has a lot of unanswered questions like who is the man on the motor bike? Who are the guys in the house and why did they get shot? Who is the girl jogging and why did she get captured? All of these questions run through your mind as the story unfolds to a certain degree, and like a good thriller you are left with a cliff hanger. I believe it is important to note that they accomplished so much with so little technology and equipment. I especially enjoyed the camera angles and am curious to know how they accomplished such amazing footage. This show story is highly important to the development of digital stories, as it proves you don’t need fancy equipment to make an engaging and breathtaking story.

               

Strengths

  • Amazing camera angles.
  • Great story line, fully engaging.
  • Fantastic use of music.
  • Acting was amazing
  • Proof that you don’t need highly expensive technology to achieve a great story.
  • Risky shots, you truly felt connected with the piece.

Weaknesses

  • Was blurry sometimes.
  • Structure of the story could have been a little more clear.

UP!

This short digital story is a love story in nine minutes extracted from the film Up. The video begins with two children, a little girl and a little boy. The little girl is full of excitement and makes him cross his heart that he will never reveal to anyone what she is about to show him. The little boy says nothing accept he crosses his heart and looks at her with wide eyes and anticipation. The little girl then proceeds to pull out a book that she has created for her adventures, in the first page it shows a picture of the falls in South America. This is her dream and she eagerly discusses it with the boy, who sits there and says nothing. The girls skips out the window and onto a tree where she says “you don’t talk much, I like you,” and vanishes. The boy then goes to the window and leans on a balloon which pops and the shot is cut to a scene of the, now a young woman and man, getting married. We see their lives and their  struggles but most importantly we see their love and dedication to their dream of South America. Years pass and she get’s rather ill, and then passes away, leaving the old man by himself. This is an important story to the advancement of the developing digital story world, as it displays high levels of emotion in such a short time. To be able to connect to the characters in nine minutes in such a way, is a technique that short stories must adopt.

Strengths

  • Highly emotional.
  • Beautifully animated.
  • Fantastic use of time.
  • Not confusing.
  • Obtain a deep connection with characters.
  • Character development is presented strongly.

Weaknesses 

  • Highly emotional.
  • You will go through a lot of tissues.

 

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