Digital Storytelling

Creative Storytelling Analysis

Storytelling is a simple yet complex thing. As shown by Kurt Vonnegut, stories are easy to chart as curves in terms of events. Most stories are predictable, yet people will continuously read them and create new ones following the same formulas. This got me thinking about fanfiction, because it has been such a huge influence in my life. There’s all kinds of fan-made works, even artwork and comics. After looking over the assigned reading and videos, I decided to focus on not one story in particular, but rather the approach I’ve seen a certain group on YouTube use.

There is a channel on YouTube called TheBourneFreedom that creates videos featuring fan-made web comics with voice-over lines, sound effects, and music. A lot of the comics featured are Good Omens themed, which is how I discovered their channel in the first place. There is a particular comic I have in mind called “The Prince of Omens” by Whitely Foster that demonstrates the intersection of many different types of digital storytelling. The comic is a Good Omens and Prince of Egypt crossover that’s told mostly from the perspectives of the Good Omens characters Aziraphale and Crowley. The comic is mostly digital artwork, and tends to do a lot of storytelling between the lines through the artwork itself. Knowing the Good Omens story also helps, but the creator of the comic does such a good job of setting up the characters and context that you can almost read the comic for what it is: a tragic love story between an angel and a demon who are each conflicted with their own sides.

As the story progresses you get to witness the artist evolve in the way they draw the characters and their interactions, but also how their emotions are portrayed. Not only that, you also hear the voice actors become more and more confident in their roles, because these are fans who wanted to do this story instead of paid actors. Music is added to many scenes, creating a peaceful atmosphere in the tender more heartfelt scenes, and a more anxious and distraught atmosphere in scenes of conflict and battle. Moreover, the video makers tastefully zoom in on areas of the comic as the story is told, make it almost look like a still-motion animated show.

I never would have thought storytelling could be so creative and emotional at the same time, yet this channel pulls it off. They have just over nine thousand subscribers at the moment, and everyone in the comments is really supportive of their creative works, especially the authors of the comics they choose to bring to life. Since discovering their channel, I’ve noticed more and more channels like them and find myself enjoying the creative means people use to tell stories.

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