As part of my role, I will create the soundtrack for Charlottes animations. While I had jokingly suggested we hire an orchestra to perform in the winter garden while we record. We actually have a full orchestra available to us on a computer with a dance mat like keyboard. Ain’t technology grand?
Richie has provided us with Kontact and a keyboard that can create and overlap sounds to create a authentic soundtrack. I will work with Richie to understand this technology and develop sounds to give emphasis to the animations.
Under the advisement of Marcos, I contacted Peter Morris to obtain an interactive pen.
The group gave Marcos a €30 deposits and now we have the pen to use in our free time to plan the interactivity.
Myself and Jordan went to a lab to calibrate the whiteboard and test the program.
Thats me testing our Interactive Pen.
The SWF file Jordan has created works perfectly with the pen and we will now brainstorm ways to optimise its use.
Recently Jordan came to me to discuss his roles in the group. It became apparent that the workload in audio and programming would be too much for one person. We decided it would be best if I took some of the responsibilities in the audio department.
I will work with Jordan and Richie to create the soundtrack for Charlotte.
We contacted Marcos to inform him of this.
After a meeting with our supervisor, we began planning what would be needed for the WIP presentation next week.
An Overview of the project with an idea of whats to come.
My part of the presentation will be to introduce the project, to tell the story of Charlotte. To introduce the group members and to answer questions by the lecturers.
The group has been meeting and will continue to meet before the WIP to practice how we will deliver the content.
After the brainstorming session with the group, I set off to write the script for Charlotte.
The scenes take place in the following order
- The Day of the Tiles
- The Meeting of the Estate Generals
- The Fall of Bastilles
- The March on Versailles
- The Fall of King Louis
We wanted to give depth to Charlottes character, to create a well rounded character. However we didn’t want Charlotte to take away from the over arching historical narrative. I gave hints to her character throughout the narrative.
Charlottes narration of the first scene is almost hesitant. She doesn’t have an anger or a desire for change. Its a classic case of ‘wrong place wrong time’. She accidentally spearheads a violent rebellion. This is not done intentionally, she was simply observing.
This continues in scene two. However, scene two is where her narration changes. Now she actively engages with the french people. When she sees how passionately the third estate fights for the voice to be heard, Charlotte seems to be finding her own voice.
Bastilles is a pivotal turning point for Charlotte. This is when she actively pursues an attack and participates. At first she observes, but soon she seems to want to get into the action. The end of this scene is key, as we see Charlotte pick up a sword. A symbol of her desire to fight.
Versailles is where Charlotte is one of the angry mob. It appears that she is 100% part of the revolution. However I didn’t want her character to simply change her ideals in a split second. So there is a point where Charlotte looks at Maire Antoinette and notices her beauty. This hesitance shows that perhaps Charlotte doesn’t want to fight, maybe she just wants a better life, like the woman before her. This leads to her realisation that she has to fight in order to better herself.
The final scene is a collection of historical facts and Charlottes own past. We learn more about her character, and her relationship with her father. This is in contrast to the execution of King Louis, the father of France. A bitter sweet scene that wraps up Charlottes story yet still leaves you thinking that she continues to fight.
The full script can be read here: Script Charlotte
While working on the major script, it became apparent that the story script was needed for the project. I wrote the opening scene of Charlotte to be animated by Patrick and Niall.
Now that we are back in college, its time to get back to group work.
Our major script is due in three weeks, so we have began planning our individual parts.
As the script has to be written in one voice, I have asked my team to each send me their contributions and I will edit the major document together so it reads as one author.
Patrick will put together graphic such as character concepts and storyboards. As well as his role in the animation of Charlotte.
Niall will be working on our exhibition plans and props to be used in the installation. As well as this he will sketching ideas for our user interface.
Jordan will prepare our audio script as well as our programming walk through.
Together we hope to make a comprehensive script that can be easily read.
Our project proposal is due next week.
As project manager I have coordinated my team members to give me various aspects of the proposal. I have to edit and structure the proposal in such a way that it will be clear and concise.
It is important that the proposal is clear and easy to read. Anyone outside of the project should be able to fully understand our vision and goals for the project.
My contribution to the document is as follows;
My role in the project – Project Manager
On Friday the 27th November we had our final pitch. A panel of lecturers watched as we sold our idea for Charlotte.
We were prepared. We had spent the week constructing a stronger pitch and felt our idea was clearly communicated. We also sat in project rooms and threw questions at each other. Tough questions and then helped construct answers to these questions.
It was helpful to have everyone on their toes and thinking about the project. It meant that everyone knew every aspect of the project and would be able to answer any questions the lectures may have.
The day of the pitch we had problems with our videos in the powerpoint. Unfortunately despite our best efforts, this problem could not be fixed and we had to make do. We played the videos regardless but the presentation didn’t run as smoothly as I would have liked.
Everyone spoke well. We had all practiced what points we wanted to make and gave wiggle room for they delivery of these points. This was to ensure that the pitch didn’t seem so rigid.
At the end, the lecturers gave constructive criticism. They had concerns about the interactivity of the project and gave suggestions as to where would could improve (I.e. having the user control the story of Charlotte) After the pitch we had a meeting and discussed possible ideas of an interactive narrative. We will further develop these ideas before the Christmas break.
A week after our first presentation we had a second practice run.
I felt more confident walking into this pitch. It was a bit more intense as it was just Emma. But I saw that as a positive thing, it prepared us for the panel of lectures having only one lecturer as the audience.
Things we improved on from the first week;
We had a video at the beginning to give an overall sense of the project before we broke down the project.
Our Mood Board was on the side so not to take up a full slide. It was more of a reference point during the pitch.
We also talk more about our exhibition plans, and plans for the futures.
I felt the addition of these points communicated our project clearly. Emma seemed happy and gave us a few notes about talking more about content and technology. We took this feedback and began constructing our final pitch.