Rigging is more difficult than I thought. And creepy…
“Tell your life story.
Self knowledge is key.
Life and deep reflection on our own experiences.”
-Robert Mckee – Story
I’ve watched a few films during the free times that I get between studying. These are related towards the digital narrative side of this semester.
I recently watched “A Fish called Wanda”, which was also referenced in Robert McKee’s ‘Story’. This film was referenced multiple times in his book, and elsewhere, for watchers to gain an understanding of plot structure and timing.
I have also watched “The Accidental Spy”, for its mini-plot structure. Additionally, “Adaptation”, the film adaptation of McKee’s ‘Story’, which also has the book as and McKee used to assist the struggling screenwriter. “Men in Black” is a typical Archplot story, with a set protagonist, antagonist, person of interest for both parties, and the eventual ‘good guy saves the day’ at the end. “Bad Timing” is an Antiplot story, where the traditional plot is reversed.
Slowly, memory takes you back to the day your mother, for reasons you’ll never understand, locked you in a closet, left the house, and didn’t come back until the next day. Bring back those long, fright-filled hours when the dark smothered you. Could your character feel the same? If so, vividly describe your day and night in the closet. You may think you know, but you don’t know that you know until you can write it down.
Research is not daydreaming. Explore your past, relive it, then write it down. In your head it’s only memory, but written down it becomes working knowledge. Now with the bile and fear in your belly, write an honest, one-of-a-kind scene.
-Robert McKee – Story – Page 74
Yesterday (Saturday), I wanted to get some more experience with Unity, and after learning the Perspective Crop tool in Photoshop, taking images of things and turning them into relatively decent textures, I went around town to find a suitable building to take a few images of. Eventually I found a suitable building, which is a 5 apartment house near the outskirts of town. Built in 2001, it’s modern enough to make for a good texture. The lighting conditions aren’t the best, but due to location of the structure, there wasn’t much I could do about that.