Project brief: The Washington Apple Commission has approached us as a class because they heard we were studying apples, and they're interested in finding new ways to drum up public interest in apples.
Our first assignment is to develop an exploratory 12-panel story about apples. The idea is to create a series of 12 consistent images that work together as a story. The story, the images, and story format will be up to you. The first step is to decide on the format, and research it.
The story format is also up to you. We've talked about story pacing techniques in children's books, comic books and film. Decide what type of story format you'd like to work on and learn more about. Right now, don't worry about what the actual story will be, or what your actual images will be just yet. We're concentrating on what the format will be first! Whatever you decide to do, research the heck out of that particular type of format!
Find an expert on that type of format and glean as much info. as you can from that person [online research of thesis projects relating to your format, books, the employees at powells or local museums come to mind]. If you can't find someone who's an expert, you'll have to become one yourself. Find as many examples as you can, and document the commonalities amongst all of them. What is the psychology of this particular format? The pacing? The imagery? Can you draw a definitive diagram that shows us all how the mechanics of this type of format works?
Some format ideas:
a comic book page/poster incorporating all 12 images
12 spreads for a kid's book
12 spread for a magazine article
12 postcards set
storyboard of 12 images for a tv commercial
Create a Flickr set in your personal account called "225.06 format research" and dump all your research in there for reference. Be prepared to give a presentation on what you learned about your particular format in class on Thursday.
What to bring to class on Thursday: your laptops, any additional research you want to show in person.
You'll all give a 5 minute presentation as an expert on your particular format imparting your knowledge on the rest of us on Thursday.