Giant Stories, Tiny Screens midterm

// March 25th, 2010 // Giant Stories Tiny Screens

the figure 8

I have put together a first iteration of a project I’m working on called The Figure 8. As this is a project I will be continuing to work on, I will break down where I am so far and what I still plan to do with it. To start, here a few different descriptions of the project:

Short Description
The Figure 8 is a database film that explores the connections between stories and the people that tell them.

Long Description
The Figure 8 is a database film that explores the connections between stories and the people that tell them. Created using the software Korsakow, the film presents a collection of personal stories that allow for viewers to navigate the database while exploring the connections that create the paths between them. The structure of the database draws upon the idea that there are only eight stories in the world and all others are a derivative of those eight. The people in the film were asked to share any story they would like to tell, with the only constraints being time and that they tell a personal story of their own. These stories are then tagged with which of the eight plots they relate to and connections are then made with other stories in the database that share those same tags. Through these connections viewers are able to construct a narrative path more suited to their interests.

The eight basic plots:

  • Sacrifice
  • Rise and fall
  • Transformation
  • Revenge
  • Chase
  • Quest
  • Romance
  • Competition


  • A personal story
  • No other narrative constraints or suggestions
  • Told by by someone else
  • 30 seconds to 3 minutes each
  • One shot
  • No cuts
  • Source audio only

Problems encountered in this version:
The filming of this was all done using equipment I don’t have much experience with. As a result I had some audio issues to work through. I have since worked through all of these issues and will have to reshoot some of the material. I also encountered some hurdles with Korsakow. Mainly some compression issues that caused a few problems but I was able to work through. The one thing I couldn’t figure out though was how to create a lead in and have that move on to a starting clip. Ideally what I would like is for a title sequence to play (without the thumbnails at the side) and then randomly pull a clip with an associated start tag to follow. Not sure if this is possible yet.

Things to do:

  • Film more stories
  • Create promotional material to give to storytellers
  • Reshoot the stories with bad audio
  • Look into using conditionals and try to work text/tags into preview thumbnails
  • Create new preview thumbnails with rollovers
  • Create a new title sequence that includes a more in depth explanation of the project
  • Create other pages for the site (about, manifesto, credits)
  • Integrate links to other pages in the interface
  • Integrate title in the interface

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One Response to “Giant Stories, Tiny Screens midterm”

  1. [...] first iteration of this project.  You can view what is there so far or read more about it on my blog. Posted: March 26th, 2010 | Author: Jeff | Filed under: midterm | No Comments [...]

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