Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Inanimate Alice

Inanimate Alice

Inanimate Alice is a digital novel about a young girl named Alice and her adventures with her mother and father. The digital novel's text is accompanied by noise, animations and instructions for readers to move through the episode. The episode we watched was about Alice and her mother trying to find her father in the wilderness. We discussed the different elements of the digital story and how these elements conveyed meaning. The text throughout the story changes in length of sentences which creates pace, reflecting the action in the story. Also, the font it is written in is informal and resembles that of handwriting. The colours in the story change from light purples and whites when the mood is nostalgic and happy, to dark black and shady when the mood is dangerous and tense. This links to the animations itself, where the pictures are often displayed in split screen and as clips. This shows the different things that Alice is talking and thinking about at the time e.g. flowers from the wilderness as well as a picture of her friend. The noise at the start of the episode sounded like mobile phone interference and radios which set the scene for Alice and her mother using devices to find her father. This then turned into uplifting music when the mood was happy. However, the white noise came back towards the end, showing that the mood of the scene was changing to a negative feel. At the very end of episode, when there was resolution, the sounds changed back to the uplifting music again. 

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