Task 5 – Collective Storytelling

This week, as prestigious media production students at the established Coventry University. We had the monstrous task of creating Vines. Not just any Vine, but a Vine to tell the best story in the world.

“Two people have the terrible misfortune to meet, and end up having the time of their lives”.

The stimulus given were that two ping pong balls (Ping and Pong) meet and fall in love and by great misfortune are separated. And our class collectively tell the story (ignoring the logic of time, space and the universe) of their adventure to reunite.

So I present to you, the master class Vine, Ping Rescues Pong:

Our group took inspiration from the examples of Vines we have watched in our spare time. There were countless vines that used forms of animation and stop motion which intrigued us very much. Here are a few examples of the Vines that inspired us:

Before we made the Ping Pong Vine we practiced using the Vine app first. We came up with a Vine that was quite thought out in terms of narrative and social context as we combined comedy with politics. We decided to make a political statement about our opinion on the political party known as UKIP. And this is what we thought of UKIP:

The dilemma we faced creating Vines were how do we even begin to tell the complex relationship of time, space causality in a minuscule 7 seconds? We looked at all the narrative theories we knew such as Todorov’s Equilibrium theory (Todorov 1977) and Propp’s character types (Propp 1975) and thought these theories still apply to Vines. The elements of narrative such as structure and character still have to be presented but as simply as you can to fit in 7 seconds. Without these elements audiences will not be able to link the time, space causality together. In our Ping Pong Vine, you see Ping and Pong finally together but then a space ship abducts her causing Ping to chase after the Aliens holding Pong prisoner. Audiences can see the cause/effect relationship that makes Ping chase after Pong therefore this enables them to read the narrative even within its measly 7 second length.

Bibliography:

Propp, Vladamir (1975) The Morphology of the Folk Tale, Austin: University Texas Press.

Todorov, Tzvetan (1977) The Poetics of Prose, Oxford: Blackwell.

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