ANALYSE A DIGITAL NARRATIVE

Choose a digital narrative to examine; this could be a game, an app, a website, an interactive video clip or any other narrative that employs the representational power of the computer. There are some suggestions in the Week 2 folder, in the Module 2: Digital narrative genres.

You might like to copy and paste the template text (below) and use it to write your analysis. Does the digital narrative exhibit any of the listed features and characteristics? If so, briefly describe them. 

Or you might prefer to write an analysis free of a prescribed template. Either way, you don’t have to cover all of those elements, but they may prove useful as a guide as you analyse the work.

Post this task on your personal blog. Word count: approximately 300 words (See ‘Word count: can I exceed it?’ on the Study FAQs page).

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In this task, I have chose a series interactive video “DELIVER ME TO HELL”  as my analysis of digital narrative. This article will divide into 4 parts on story elements, narrative elements, traditional narrative features and digital narrative features to examine.

DELIVER ME TO HELL”  is a promotion video by a pizza shop Hell Pizza in NZ that describes a delivery Steve has to across the city to deliver his pizza without being killed by the zombies. Audiences have to click a choice when the characters meet some missions to overcome, each mission only gets one chance to click, otherwise the characters would die and game over.

Story elements

The film is started from a lady that she successfully escapes by zombies, hides on a cargo truck and waits her ordering pizza. Then the protagonist Steve receives the order that he prepares the pizza and weapon to deliver.  The event is chronologically related, the characters are met each other by cause and effect which depends on player to make a decision. This story is described in present format and the location is between the destination cargo truck and the pizza shop of New Zealand. Basically, the player could through the scenario to know the environment is around a small town and the scene is transformed along with different mission.

Narrative elements

As above description, the story is focused on the procedure of Steve’s delivery, the characters and events are happened in chronological arrangement. Also, we know the town is surrounded by zombies that means the background is set in virtual world and most of scenes are used in third person view to express the events. Within the plot of tension, audiences can see the dialogues between protagonist and others are the key point to develop further events, which is to say the video is no outside narrator telling story.
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Traditional narrative features

Compare to traditional film, DELIVER ME TO HELL is a linearity just as usual films we see, so the entertainment is concentrated on the interaction and the result of decision. While the climax has raised with the correct decision ( if choose wrong can replay to correct one), the difficulty and the conflict are turn into a adventure that lead audiences as Steve to overcome them and achieve the goal. In other words, the film is not only telling a story, but also like the game that player is protagonist to experience the journey.

Digital narrative features

Modularity could be most interesting and independent element in interactive video. As long as the selections are existed and can be chose, the filmmaker has to produce associated video to meet the result, no matter the character is dead or safe. That is to say that the variability is also flexible with player’s decision to view. Eventually, it is obvious that this interactive video contains integrity and recreation during the journey of delivery, which means the element of participatory aspects is being engaged completely through audience’s choice.

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Investigate digital tools on MakeBeliefsComix

Research one or more of the digital tools you could use to create your digital narrative.

Option 1. Describe any software that look promising and explain how you could use the tool in your project. Post this task on your personal blog. Word count: approximately 500 words (See ‘Word count: can I exceed it?’ on the Study FAQs page)

The finding of digital tool
While I still consider the format to present my digital narrative, I realized that maybe to find out practical tools to create my story is the basis. Thus, I started to search “digital narrative tool” online and access each function. There is a website “MakeBeliefsComix” has been recommended for education using from the first searching database and I think it is also easy for fundamental storytellers to structure their story. I will share my opinion of using and explain why it could be helpful for my narrative project.

The function of MakeBeliefsComix
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Firstly, MakeBeliefsComix is a platform that users can create personal comic strip to say your word. For me, as a beginner, it is simple and fun that I could use a lot of images replacing the word to describe my story. At MakeBeliefsComix , I can choose characters, backgrounds and emotion to each panel, then add talk or thought balloons or other elements I want to start my characters communicating.

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The process of using
I selected four panels strip as my experiment. I had no idea what content should I insert in the beginning, so I chose the cast from list and randomly put in colors, backgrounds…etc. The left side is a function bar to adjust the element I inserted to complete an abundant comic. Every operation button is demonstrated by image click so that user can familiar the system and keep interest on it. Once I completed my comic strip, I can choose print it, save the image or email it to my friends. The tool is clear and simple operating, no wonder it could be recommended software for students and teachers.

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Personal opinion
To be honest, I think MakeBeliefsComix still in fundamental stage. There are not many option of component can be designed, for instance, the characters can only be flipped right or left direction but no features removed or increased. Colour and background field are less item can be selected.

However, on the other hand, it is enjoyable that I notice when I randomly created fewer components for my panels, those characters could inspire me more to structure the further script. Follow the sequence to build, I have produced my first comic strip without any draft. In other words, MakeBeliefsComix not only entertains creators, but also it provides a platform to produce personalized narrative. As long as it could improve the circumstance of immature techniques.

As a storytelling learner, it would be one of my tools to plan my storyboard and further stages on narrative.