This week we learned how to use time to create our stories. Times are always flexible. We can create by slowing down time, speeding up time, freezing time, or looping.
This week I created a very short story and created an illustrated storyboard for it. In my stories, I use strong contrast. Fat people have slower time, thin people time flies faster. Also, people who walk fast have faster time, and people who walk slowly have slower time. I wanted to create an unexpected ending to the story by speeding up time versus slowing it down.
This is my story:
In a world where time is related to weight and how fast they walk, fat people are always trying to walk fast, and thin people are trying to walk as slowly as possible. A pair of old friends met in the crowd who had not seen each other for many years. They are a thin man and a fat woman. At this intersection, everyone is commuting as usual. The friends recalled many memories of the past. Suddenly, there was a car out of control, charging wildly at pedestrians. People started running. After an uproar, the car crashed into a telephone pole. No one was hit, but the ground was covered with old and emaciated bodies. These are skinny people who died of old age. Including the man.
I was inspired by an animation I watched in class, BATHS (https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2016/03/15/baths-laznia/). The time of the story, which alternates between the past and the present, is a very clear contrast between the slowness of the athlete's old age and the rapidity of their youth. The bright colors of the picture give people a strong visual impact. This slow versus fast time contrast makes the rhythm of the story tighter, as if making fast things faster and slow things slower. The ending is also more imaginative. Who is the protagonist competing with?
This week I tried a storyboard format that I've been dying to try. Use color and scenes to tell my story. But in fact I encountered a lot of difficulties. I'm not very good at shots, and I always don't know how to make the picture more impactful. I've made a few minor tweaks to the storyboard, but I'm not very happy with it so far. I think I need more practice with shots.