For this task, I will create an interactive animation based on the graphic narrative I created for Unit 55: Graphic Narrative. Based on the way my graphic narrative was presented, I think the best course of action would be to layout the animation sequence in a comic book style, with each frame of the comic dedicated to each part of the narrative as it was before. This will be a time efficient way to create a web animation with existing assets, which can also be improved for the sake of the animation if necessary.
Here is a mind map of some of my ideas, the blog post will go into greater detail from the ideas presented here: https://app.mindmup.com/map/_free/2017/04/c45558c02c2111e7b4b43d6c03da1254
There are a few options for presenting my graphic narrative, here are a few options that I have thought about:
- Have a web page dedicated to each type of element, water, earth, air, fire
- Have 1 web page layed out in a comic strip, with each framed dedicated to each element
- Have a powerpoint-styled sequence where the user can click a button to change the element displayed on screen
- Have all 4 elements on one long horizontal strip that the user can scroll through to view each one
Having explored these options, I personally think that the best option is to have a single page with a vertical comic strip that can be scrolled down so the user can view each element in the narrative.
Animating the Graphic Narrative
To go about animating the existing assets for my web page, I think it would be best to look at each scene and how I could animate each one in order to bring it to life.
Firstly, the volcanoes in the background could be made to erupt or simply emit smoke, while also having lava trickle down, I think the background of this image could also use a bit more detail in order to include more animation to make the scene more lively. I would like to attempt to make the fiery elemental creature surge onto the screen, or have the environment scroll across, revealing the creature. I would also like to give the creature some sort of idle animation while he is visibly, so he is not completely static. Either his arms could move, his body could flicker like a flame, or the two flames in either of his hands could be created by him by having some sort of ignite or explosion effect to make them appear.
I would like the water world to have more activity running through it, like some fish or bubbles moving through the background, For the creature, I would like to find some kind of way to make his body bubble or ripple, something to make it more supernatural and less static. I would also like to make the creature’s armor move in some way, perhaps by pulsating.
This frame will be the most static and peaceful out of each one, but I would still like to animate the creature in the frame to some degree, either by having him jump, walk, or roll into the scene.
I will probably revise the background for this scene, since I am not entirely happy with it, making it the only existing asset I will not be using. To animate the creature, I think it would be a good idea to have it materialise by several pieces coming together to create it. I would then have a windy, chaotic background to match.
Hopefully, all of these ideas will be easily feasible through vector animation on a software such as Adobe After Effects. The goal is to make sure that each animation reflects the personality of each element. Fire should be chaotic and intense, while earth should be more calm and sluggish.
The animation will need to have some sort of interactive quality to it, my goal is to create a unique way to interact with each frame, for example, the fire scene might have a volcano that will erupt if you click on it, or the water scene could have fish that react to your mouse cursor. Hopefully this should allow for a more engaging and dense website with some explorable depth for the viewers to interact with.
Legal and ethical
Briefly, I do not think there are any immediate legal or ethical concerns that require attention. All of the assets here have been created by me, and it is difficult to identify a way in which these fictional environments and creatures could possibly offend anybody, since there are not any human characters, and no historical events in human history that some people may find offensive. The kind of fictional universe I have created only contains cartoon violence, none of the themes here should cause any controversy.
If all goes to plan, then this website should be an animated, interactive, narrative using the original assets from unit 55 that can be tweaked to add more detail and look more aesthetically pleasing, with a vibrant and varied colour palette, and decent looking cartoonish graphics.