This story is about how a father and teenage son communicate (or fail to communicate). It is important because it will illustrate how music and lyrics can both separate the generations but can also bring generations together. It will also show how music and lyrics can help speak for us, can help us channel our emotions and can help us express our true feelings.
The two main characters in the story will be the father and son. Both will appear as either sketch drawings or as guitars (appropriate for the type of music they represent). I’m thinking hard rock/metal for the boy and more of a 50’s R&B or blues for the father) An image of the two of them can be the home page.
There will be multiple settings. The first will be a living room/domestic setting (perhaps a dinner table) that will position the two main characters as adversaries.
The second will be a concert hall – the ultimate destination for the teen and the cause of the argument/conflict between him and his father.
The third will be back in the domestic setting where the two will find common ground through a shared love of a certain type of music, serving to heal their rift.
There will be non-linear aspects of this – each based around music, giving the person exploring the story more insight into the two characters. They can be stills (with audio? with text?) showing how music fits into their lives. For example, still photos of man and wife at a concert – telling story of how they met with a song playing…. For the son, a picture from behind the wheel, a story of learning to drive and the song that was on the radio….
They can be accessed through various icons distributed through the story
The scene at the concert hall will include more audio – possibly guitar solo’s
It will include text indicating that the son is feeling guilty/frustrated about arguing with his father
I believe this story is best told through still photos, audio, text and possibly GIF’s.
Direct interactions between father and son will be represented by clips of music videos/live performances – isolating lyrics that are meaningful to the interaction
Additional information will be accessed through icons around the screen – they will be still photos with text and possible audio (perhaps just music, no lyrics). Some can be GIF’s of scenes from a video or a concert if they accurately convey a situation/interaction or an emotion
The concert scene can include clips of video (and audio) or GIF’s.
No need for a map with this story.
It is essentially linear storytelling in that there will be the home scene that advances to the concert scene and then advances to the home scene again for resolution, but within those scenes, the viewer will have free rein as to how they proceed through the icons. Although I wish I could, I do not anticipate being able to arrange the sound clips from the two main characters in a way that one can trigger a response from the other. The goal will be that they are in two randomly generated sets – one set accessed by clicking the father’s icon and the other set accessed by clicking the son’s icon.
Another option is to use the following icons as cursors to represent the father or the son and they elicit different responses from the items depending on which one you use