My remit today is to seek out at least three different examples of multimedia work that incorporate nonfictional prose. They might be in printed book form, recorded form (film and/or audio), web-based, or something else entirely. I’m to write a 500-word reflection on how the different media are brought together (what techniques are used?) and how they do or do not complement each other well. Here we go:
First up is Olivier Kugler, whose graphics can be found all over the internet, but in greater profusion on his own Twitter account (https://twitter.com/olivierkugler?lang=en). He is German and he writes about real things, but instead of just using prose, he inserts his stories and comments into his own graphics.
OG’s work is obviously based on real people and scenes; in fact, I have the sneaking suspicion that he takes photos and then runs them through some kind of software that edges the boundaries between things, recolours them and makes them look like drawings. Or he could be tracing them. Or he’s a brilliant drawrer. Anyhoo, the result is that the drawings match the text perfectly and the result is a multimedia sensation.
He has a penchant for African (sub-Saharan and what is probably the middle-East) scenes. Not sure why; but if it works for him then it works for me. Good stuff.
Next up is a blogger who goes by the name of robertcday, although I have a sneaking suspicion that this means Robert C. Day (https://robertcday.wordpress.com/). RCD has an eclectic taste in stuff. He draws, writes poetry, takes photographs (mainly of the sky and/or trees), tells stories (flash-fiction in the main) and writes articles on a whole manner of subjects.
He sometimes combines his writing and his voice to produce multimedia experiences and one of these is called Comedy (https://robertcday.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/comedy)
The prose matches the prose in that the author is reading his work, so no problem there. The only mismatch for me is the way that the prose seems to be written by a much younger and more energetic voice than the one in the recording. It’s things like this that produce a kind of dissonance in my mind. Perhaps RCD could learn to breathe better; fill his lungs fuller; put a little more energy into his voice. Still, that’s his business. Next!
Last up is a page on a photosharing site that shows pictures taken on the streets of Japan. Most of them are in black and white and some have a grainy feel that seems to indicate extreme zoom, which speaks to me of intrusion into private life.
You can see the photos by clicking here https://www.pikbee.one/tag/japan_street_lens.
What is shown here is not a conventional story by one author in words, but it is no less xx. When you see a face you can, if you know anything at all about people, extrapolate into a life. Thoughts become visible from expressions. Lives become visible from lines on a face. Love becomes visible if you look deeply enough into the motivations of those who take and post these photographs.
We are one family, despite minor differences in shade and temperament, and the story in these photographs demonstrates this strongly. How easy it is to see ourselves in these black and white shots. How easy to see our cares, loves and private woes.
So there you have it – three stories, all nonfiction, and all told using multimedia techniques. Hope you enjoyed.