Taught by Kayt Lackie
Web Series and Podcasts
This week, we will look at serialized web video content and the differences between web series and television. We will study different examples of successful series and their life cycles. The class will focus on the writing process but also touch on financing, production and distribution.
If we have time, we will extend our investigation into podcasts.
Work Discussed: Dr. Horrible, The Guild, Red vs Blue, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, LonelyGirl15, Epic Rap Battles of History, Sourcefed, Zoella, and many more. Also, Welcome to Nightvale, Zombies, Run!, The New Yorker Fiction, etc.
Tools Discussed: Final Draft, iMovie, GarageBand, Adobe Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker, Audacity, iTunes, Soundcloud, youtube, more.
Exercise 1: Students are reminded to sign-up for a web series. Details are posted on Minerva in the announcements box. This announcement was also emailed to students on 25 November.
Exercise 2: TBA!
Visual Novels & Interactive Fiction
In the second half of the class, students will be introduced to the Visual Novel format and the (free) creation engine Renpy. They will learn a few rudimentary elements of programming language Python and learn how to combine assets on the screen. Students will have the opportunity to explore the engine and the interactive tutorials.
Work Discussed: Slouching Towards Bedlam, 80 Days, 999, Steins;Gate, Depression Quest, HerStory, Coming Out Simulator 2014, etc.
Tools Discussed: Renpy, Twine, Undum, Adobe Photoshop, Garageband/Audacity, Video editing software.
Exercise: Explore the Renpy tutorials.
In the last half hour of the class we will undergo some preparatory exercises in anticipation of the December 7th class. Students are reminded to join the Shared World WIKI and to read the Game Brief.