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A Wistful Dragon

June 20th, 2007

This week, I’ve been spending entirely too much time working on a Power Point presentation for WILL’s “Show Me a Story” initiative. It’s a six-week program in which we take a group of kids from a local boys & girls club through various aspects of storytelling, culminating in the videotaping and possible broadcast of their finished performance.

Anyhow, next week I’m giving a presentation about movie and TV production techniques, with specific emphases on green screen technology (which we’ll be using in lieu of constructed sets) and nonlinear storytelling (in other words, shooting scenes out of chronological order). That may sound dry, but the actual Power Point is pretty fun, with behind-the-scenes video clips, animated graphics (including a whooshing Flash Gordon rocketship) and a silly joke involving what happens when you put Shrek in front of a green screen.

I was particularly happy with the series of graphics I cobbled together to illustrate how a story is shot out of order. It’s your typical boy-meets-girl, dragon-kidnaps-girl, boy-defeats-dragon tale, told entirely through clip art cribbed from Power Point. And this one, in which the Dragon pines for the Princess, amused me so much I wanted to share it.

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