I have never been someone who has enjoyed comics, my brother collected Beanos even though I like to look over his shoulder I didn’t have the desire to read or discover more. When I think about Storytelling and Narrative I think of it in a different way. I like to paint portraits which can be full of sub images which tell the story or the narrative of the person. Sometimes it is through colour, texture, expression or filling the image with other aspects. So this way of telling a story was completely different to me.
However it was very natural, it came very easily, it was like reading a book but being more visual and break the words, the story the language into a visual means.
Even though we were given names for the different transitions, I knew them anyway however just not under the names, the titles.
Moment to Moment Transition
Each panel describes what happens in one moment to the next. It also depends on the panels on each side, everything plays a part. It is about the situation of the panel in the story.
Repetition seems an important part and each some maybe one thing, could be more changes, we are used to moving image, and this helps. Like using a camera, film, zooming in.
This also helps with drama by using repetition.
Action to Action Transition
Action to Action is about it’s name, but is similar to moment to moment, however there is more action, more dynamism in between the frames. We could see the before and after and not the actual action. We connect the dots, in our minds we will tell the story. The gaps between the frames is called the gutter. We stitch together the details.
What is the difference between Moment to Moment and Action to Action? Is there. Can a moment be an action and vice versa and movement is important to Action to Action? Is the transition important?
Subject to Subject
Is again what the name says, changing the subject, maybe changing the viewpoint.It can make the story more dramatic.Dialogue can string the story. Style and consistency strings it together. The content inside the images tell the story. Linking the two frames together, the have a connecting factor. Maybe because things are linked in our heads but of our cultural knowledge.
Scene to Scene
It’s where you change the scene, maybe the time or just the place. Ques, Text, Captions are important, they work together giving information about the change. Stereotypes can also play a part. Dialogue. You can gather a lot of information from a small sequence of images.
Non – Sequitur Transition
No logical link between the panels, random. Surreal, weird.
We did two exercises. The first where we each drew an image to start then continue the story, we then studied the transitions we subconsciously knew, and it was interesting when I seemed to find a lot of the images turned dark and violent. Sometimes I felt people before me were unsuccessful and sometimes there seemed no link, however then if we had more time someone could have gone back and changed the environment to change and image which didn’t seem to fit.
Then we went into our separate groups, and we were given 20 minutes to plan and create a story line in groups of 5, each creating an image, but working in a group together to decided on the story, and the transitions between the images. I think our simple idea was effective because we had a short amount of time and it made everything sympathise and empathise with the main character because we have all been in that situation. The hectic layout which was a happy accident led to the feeling the character was in, and it gave the story atmosphere.