Producer Adam Westbrook recently built an essay called The Web Video Problem about how cinematic video content is wrong for the web, and that we can and ought to recreate the visual storytelling experience on the web entirely. Toward that end, he’s working on web publishing house (Hot Pursuit).
In visual storytelling on the web we are still talking about images in deliberate sequence. We are juxtaposing these images, either over time (in a linear audio/visual way) or in space (like a web comic might).
If we accept this definition of visual storytelling (in the purest sense) then it doesn’t matter if it’s video, a web comic or even an animated GIF - or a combination of all these and more.
Combine this with the growing capabilities of the web browser, and the connectedness of the internet, and potentially we have the ability to tell dynamic, visual stories in a way that hasn’t been done before.
This excites me very much.
The essay is nicely built and designed with bold, scrolling visuals (using the curtain jquery plug-in, which yes, is very popular these days and can be downloaded here for your own building pleasure) so that you can choose to read the whole thing or just get the highlights. It’s worth checking out.
Bonus: He provides some great resources on visual storytelling:
The first video from my Real Time web series. Follow each character ‘s Twitter and watch their video diaries.
In case you missed it- Travis is working on a web series where the characters tweet in real time according to what’s happening in their real fake lives. In his words:
It’s called Hyperion High and it follows the video diaries of 7 characters from the same High School, who also all post to Twitter in real time. If a party happens on Thursday, we will see them all talk about that party in real time and then discuss it later in their video diaries.
I’ve been lucky to have D’Arcy Carden, Nicole Shabtai, Alison Rich, Andrew Law, Haley Hepworth, and Ellis Bahl all agree to help me out as actors.
Am I crazy, or does this sound awesome? I’m pretty sure I’m not crazy, and I’m pretty sure this sounds awesome. I’m really excited to see this unfold. Great people! New things! Exclamation points!
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