I was intrigued by Steven and Farina’s story pitch during the Story Market session. I am a fan of puzzle games, especially brain teasing games so I was leaning towards that pitch compared to the rest. Hence, I, along with two other members, was chosen to join Steven and Farina’s group.
The narrative of our transmedia storytelling is that aliens invaded Earth and five humans volunteered to sign the ‘peace treaty’ to the public. Away from the public’s eyes, the volunteers were used as the aliens’ subject experiment for research in exchange for sparing their race. The first thing on our agenda was to solidify the story while we each tackled on the following tasks:
- alien design
- audio log script (to be used as the pitch trailer)
- the resistance poster
- develop the characters
- research on past successful campaigns
After a week, we regrouped to share the results of our research / designs. I took on researching the most famous transmedia campaigns that came out a huge success – Dark Knight, Tron: Flynn Lives, Coke Zero: Drinkable Ad, etc. I also tried designing the alien logo but it was put on hold (even I was not happy with the result !).
During the second meeting, our thoughts on our project started changing after the talk with Ben McKenzie and after some consultation, we decided to create the puzzles which we would then create the narrative around the puzzles. Our original plan was to have the audience work with the resistance but to make it more interesting, we decided to create four characters with four roles – i.e. The Brain, The Doctor, The Spec Ops and The Hacker. To sum it up, we scrapped our original plot and designated a character to each member to think of a list of puzzles that could relate to their roles. During our meeting in class, we have finalised our characters and their names and completing our audio log script. We had written four scripts for the audio log and we chose Steven’s script because it was less dramatic and very mysterious. We did not want to give too much information.
Getting down to the workflow, we created a checklist so that we won’t miss any aspect. We left a member in charge of finalising the task (to supervise) to keep track of the group’s progress. From past experiences, it is essential for a well organised, smooth sailing project. Aside from that, the work is still done as a group effort, brainstorming and giving suggestions collectively. The checklist below is for the first task, the presentation pitch for Week 8. My role is to to organise our work for the presentation and on the side, helping out with the designs for the alien. It is still on drafting stage and it was not our main focus right now.
The Checklist #1
My role is to to organise our work for the presentation and on the side, helping out with the designs for the alien. It is still on drafting stage and it was not our main focus right now. I just love organising work to set the best and efficient way of working. Also, Farina did a great job on the resistance’s poster after taking into consideration the suggestions of the other group members. We communicate mostly through our Facebook Group. This is the result:
Stefan did an amazing job recording his voice and distorting it to create the eerie and mysterious atmosphere for the trailer. Here’s the draft !