This project ended up taking 16 hours, 300 sticky notes, and a whole lot of scanning to complete. Every GIF was hand-drawn, no panels were reused, and the overall development of the project took a lot more effort than I had initially assumed. I documented my progress in a couple of previous posts, but I hadn’t written anything since the start of the drawing process and the project’s completion.
I wrote out the story in four hours.
I drew the GIFs in seven hours.
I scanned and edited the GIFs in four hours.
I added the GIFs to the story and did a final proofread in one hour.
Sixteen hours later, I’m finally done. There are 19 possible endings, each with a corresponding GIF. See if you can find them all!
If I make a GIF for every ending (and one GIF for the introduction), then I will have to make a total of 20 GIFs for this project. On the bright side, it took one hour to draw out three of the GIFs, which means all GIFs will be done in roughly 7 hours’ worth of work. I already spent 4 hours writing the story and one hour revising it, so with this projected time, everything from writing to drawing will be complete in 12 hours. That gives me plenty of time to scan, upload, and review the project without going over the 15 hour minimum.
In case this work goes under 15 hours, I might implement some sort of promotional GIF story to place alongside the link. It’ll be something more elaborate than simple movements and stick figures so it takes up more time in the long run. I had planned on doing something like this for my pitch, but I ended up just starting on the story instead; I figured a promotional GIF would be a little over the top, but maybe it’s just what I need to wrap up the project. We’ll see where it goes!
Chris Milk works with many kinds of digital media, from interactive installations to virtual reality experiences. He makes apps for VR, movies and music videos, and more direct works of art. His focus on the interactive is what makes his works stand out; people who see his installations can actually manipulate what they see. People using his apps can experience worlds or people in a way that is unlike any other.
Milk’s works were really cool to work with, and I’ve actually seen quite a bit of it out in the wild, as well. I’m a big fan of interactive storytelling and art, so it was interesting to look through his works. I had to try not getting sucked in too deep half the time. I’d love to see more works like his floating around.
Two Against One, 2012 (dir. Chris Milk and Anthony Francisco Schepperd)
Marco Brambilla’s work mainly consists of video art, complete with hundreds of video clips and a slow, swirling, constant movement throughout each piece. Its soundtracks have just as slow and drawing a movement as the videos. His videos consist of series intended for elevators and large-scale displays like Times Square.
These works were mesmerizing and even a little confusing at times, but throughout watching them, I found myself already wanting to rewatch them, or pause them, just to understand what is happening throughout the constant, fluid motions. So many things are going on at once in any given moment throughout the movies, it’s hard to watch it on a flat little screen. This is one of the kinds of work I’d like to see in its entirety, just so I have more time and space to absorb what is coming out of it.
Writing the story out completely took roughly 4 hours. Now, I’m going to do some quick revision work and start drawing up the GIFs. Since the story ended up with 19 endings, I’m not sure every single one will have a GIF on it. Perhaps I’ll focus the GIFs on the “good” endings, or the ones that take the most effort to reach. I’ll work on building my GIF sets from the bottom of the narrative up. I’ll stop either when I’ve made all my GIFs or until I’ve hit 15 hours.
The website will have pages leading into each option available in the Choose Your Own Adventure story, but for writing purposes, it is being written in Inklewriter. Each important event throughout the story will have a corresponding GIF of 20-30 frames. The story will be written out underneath each GIF, and then the following options will be in the form of links.
As the story stands, two hours have been devoted to writing it. I will have to cut out much of what happens within the written version in order to condense it for the sake of time, but both versions will be available for people to enjoy.
Exciting update! I can embed GIFs into Inklewriter, so I don’t have to build pages, which will save a lot of time. I will have to rethink how I use the GIFs, though, if the story remains as broad as it is.
Evan Roth works almost entirely digitally, pulling information from the internet and making it into its own world. From Wikipedia to video, Roth’s works show the internet in a more tangible and entertaining way. His works are also primarily online, which makes it much easier to view and understand (and his website is pleasantly comprehensive).
Internet Landscapes: Sydney, 2016
Roth’s works were ones where I had to deviate from his website and do some research to understand what I was looking at. I found more interesting pieces that way, such as his driverless Google car video and his Internet Landscapes series. Some of his works, like the car video, are much more entertaining than artistic, while others, like the landscapes series, are more beautiful and interesting. His works overall manage to capture the internet’s character fairly well in terms of humor, aesthetic, and intrigue. Roth shows what kinds of things can come out of fostering the internet world.