All posts tagged: innovative storytelling

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The New York Times – In Flight

Opinion pieces in news media can reveal a different side of the story – not influenced by the editorial team. They are more raw, more open and possibly have the power to connect to the readers better. Topped with moving illustrations it can moreover strengthen the desired core message. The essay ‘In Flight’ in the New York Times Opinion column, written by a senior first officer for the British Airways, takes full advantage of the NY Times’ passion for great storytelling combined with the impressive technological possibilities. The story is presented in a very subtle format: the text on the white background appears slightly blurred out from beneath, and brightens up as you scroll down. The background changes to night mode and the slow floating clouds embellish the text even more. We can’t help but recall the NY Times’ much-celebrated scrollytelling triumph Snow Fall, which back in 2012 received more than 3.5 million views just in its first week. Although, “In Flight” is not dominated by the outstanding interactivity that “Snow Fall” has so widely …

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The Boat

‘The Boat’ is an interactive online graphic novel about escape after the Vietnam War. Written as a short story by Nam Le, the storyline centres around a teenage refugee Mai who is sent on the boat by her parents after the fall of Saigon. New York-based Australian artist Matt Huynh (whose parents fled Vietnam to Australia) created the illustrations using traditional Vietnamese bamboo calligraphy brush, paper and Sumi ink. These were then transformed by Matt Smith to impressively convey the depth of the story’s message on a screen. To top it off, Sam Petty engineered the incredibly realistic and even haunting sound effects, creating a true exploration of history using superb innovative storytelling. The entire project was produced by Australian broadcasting company SBS in commemoration of Vietnamese forty years resettlement in Australia. The story is divided into six chapters, embedded with either manual or auto-scrolling function. The plot is immersed with four-side stories and archival content, celebrating captivating narration topped with important historical context. While ‘The Boat’ slightly reminds us of ‘The Vanishing Game’ by …