Amen. “Mimic what you like!” I loved reading this in the intro to the chapter. The prefeace involves talking about formal education to creating digital media, but then brings to light one point – “what if you’re not formally educated in digital storytelling?” MIMIC WHAT YOU LIKE. This rings so many bells with me because I come from an education sector pretty far out from writing, digital storytelling, etc. I’m a Criminal Justice major that fell into the private side of the business and got into training; which is now a passion.
“Thinking like a Designer” This chapter presents the following quote from Paul Rand, “…Design is so simple, that’s why it is complicated.” I appreciated Lambert’s discussion on how our jobs as “designers” is to think past the obvious. When I look back at my work this semester, I consider all of the times that I did go with the obvious and now feel sort of like I played it easy. While at the time it seemed like a great accomplishment to complete the assignment, now I look back on it and think, man, that was the easy way out. This will be a principle that I try and incorporate moving forward on assignments; not only for the rest of this semester, but for future work in this program.
Rob’s story about the Camaro photograph was awesome. Lambert really shed light on how one photograph could be the focal point of a lot of information that all came back to the same place. It’s not about having something to support each point, but having one form of media that can umbrella over an entire part of the story. Brilliant – and now I have ideas.
Visual Pacing is not a concept that I think a lot about, but the way it is referenced in this chapter makes it seem like the best of ideas. After using the narrative to build up and let down emotion, using simple fade techniques or emphasis on certain aspects can create emotion with the viewer. Side note – I can’t imagine the storyboard and planning that went into creating this digital story.
“Perhaps this way of looking at digital storytelling is a bit too Zen, but it corresponds with our experience”. I agree with this sentiment because I think it all comes down to focus and how important the story is to the storyteller. I can easily think of a few stories that I would love to create, and I have pieced together this ideas on how I would want to frame certain aspects to make the viewing feel the emotion that I want them too.
This chapter was a perfect compliment to Lambert’s chapter 5, “7 steps of digital storytelling“.
This blog post was created while listening to Kurt Vile’s new LP. If you have not checked it, I encourage you to.