Week 8: Scripted! Webseries (continued), Web Comics and Podcasts

For the first part of the class, we will continue working on the web tv series we began last week. Note that we will premiere these episodes at the beginning of the final class.

The second half of the class will focus on writing for sequential art: comics, graphic novels and web comics. We will discuss the characteristics and qualities of graphic storytelling, the genres, and the scriptwriting approaches. Additionally, we will look at how web comics may differ from analogue comics. If we have time, we will also discuss podcasts and audiodramas.

B.O.R.S. Web Series Continued: We will be creating a web series as a class, with small groups writing and filming the episodes.
Comic Exercise 1 Reverse engineer a comic script from an existing page.
Comic Exercise 2 Write a short comic script and use free comic-making software online to develop the script as a comic.

Work Discussed: Web Comics – Some People, Hyperbole and a Half, Dinosaur Comics, Romantically Apocalyptic, Spera, xkcd, Hark! A Vagrant, Hobo Lobo of Hamelin.

Online Comic-creation Software: http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/ , https://www.pixton.com/

Required Reading: Some People Link: http://lukepearson.com/Comics/Some-People

Additional Reading: Alan Moore’s Writing for Comics, Scott McCloud series (Making, Understanding and Reinventing Comics), Comics and Sequential Art & Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative (Will Eisner).

Note: I will include a link to the full Prezi in Minerva, as well as some examples of comic book scripts/blue prints in Minerva “resources”.

Links from Lucy English’s presentation on Video Poetry:

The Man with a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z97Pa0ICpn8
An article about the above in The Guardian  https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jul/30/man-with-a-movie-camera-review

The Night Mail by W.H. Auden and John Greirson  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmciuKsBOi0
More about The Night Mail  http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/530415/

The Book of Hours by Lucy English  http://thebookofhours.org/
More on The Book of Hours on Movingpoems.com  http://discussion.movingpoems.com/2016/10/update-on-the-book-of-hours-project-more-collaborators-sought/