In today’s studio session, Pil and Galia were absent again, so we did a bit of a group crit together. I was very impressed with everyone’s insight and it was great to hear lots of different ideas! I was so inspired by one idea that was a tangent suggestion from my project that I seriously considered changing it but I think that it was perhaps not so relevant to my work so far, or my concept, so I may keep it for my practice next year. My practice in general is developing and solidifying and I am excited for next year. (I am thinking about participation, and other people’s perspectives of the life experience).
My plan was difficult to convey which is an issue, but I got reactions from the films that I have taken so far. For instance I think they found the fact that different actors are used for each film a bit confusing. They suggested that I show all of the people at once, or perhaps use the same person for each film. To get around the idea of only representing one demographic, they suggested a morph suit, which I have briefly considered. I have since been thinking of other ways that I could make each character more unified, for example exaggerating the blue sweater, as some didn’t notice this technique for unification that I was using. I would enhance the colours of the sweater or something in editing. I also considered covering the faces, but I do like the idea of them all being different people, so instead labelling each of them ‘Player 1’ somehow would be best. I am thinking of having the symbol float above them, like in The Sims. I have added this symbol, and exaggerated the sweater in the example below.
I like that they are all different actors, because I like the idea of seeing life from lots of different demographic perspectives; basically that they are all the same. I like that the protagonist (player 1/you/the viewer/the centre of your own universe) could have been born in any country, in any time, to any lifestyle or religion. So I will continue to use different people, and use the label as above.
Another piece of feedback that I got was that I could show multiple outcomes or screens at the same time. This would be difficult, as you shouldn’t be able to interact with different choices at the same time.
*thinking outloud * Or perhaps it would be good as more options appear and disappear from the screen, becoming a bit of a sensory overload.
I do like the idea of showing the other possible outcomes which could have happened, depending on your choices or chance. Or perhaps the other possible outcomes disappearing as you go along. I could show a still from the 5 final outcomes (family, famous, homeless, rich, arrested) at the bottom, and then they would disappear when they become impossible? This is something to think about; I’m not sure how I would format this just yet. I was previously thinking that I would flash the two possible outcomes on the screen when chance is involved before it takes you to the chosen film.
The coding of this website will be a big job.