My final year of University allows me to create a major artefact that has come solely from my ideas and inspirations. Today, I had to pitch my personal idea to the course and its lecturers. I knew that I wanted my project to involve new technology, possibly exploring multi platform, or using different types of software. Narrative wise, I delved in and out of different story lines, from activist campaigns to advertising campaigns.
I finally decided on one that I presented today, with a working title of ‘One in a Million’. It is essentially a celebration of how extraordinary people are; it will explore how difficult circumstances give people strength and bring them close together. The narrative focuses on a 23-year-old girl, Emma. She was diagnosed with Vasculitis at the age of 19, a disease the affects 1 in a million people, hence the title. Vasculitias literally translates as ‘inflammation of the blood vessels’, her blood vessels become inflamed due to the immune system attacking them. This results in reduced blood flow to the organs, or even blockages, which without treatment, is fatal.
Emma has battled with death three times, leaving her friends, family and husband feeling upset, angry and hopeless. The project will discover how Vasculitis has affected these individuals in their own way. The stories connected together, represented through video, image and artifacts will conclude how the disease has given her, and everyone around her, extremely tough life lessons. In turn, this makes the individuals strong enough to turn something bad into a positive. The idea is for the user to feel empathy towards Emma, and as the user comes to the end of the story, emotional that Emma has come through the other side, promoting the moral to live life to the full.
The narrative will take the form as an interactive, online documentary. Such examples of this include the ‘Pine Point’ website (http://pinepoint.nfb.ca/#/pinepoint), and National Geographic’s, ‘Killing Kennedy’ website (http://www.kennedyandoswald.com/#!/premiere-screen). The website will contain multiple pieces of content to create emotions and sympathy towards Emma and those around her. This includes: video, images, artifacts, written word, music and voice recordings. The content will be collected together in a chronological order, like a timeline of Emma’s life. Leading from when she was a little girl, climaxing to her near-death experiences, to the resolutions that her and those around her found, right through to the peace and harmony, concluding with her wedding.
My presentation can be seen below, which also includes my inspirations.
(Text taken from my treatment)