IRBurnett

IRBurnett

Reader, writer, student and film enthusiast.

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    Keeping it snappy: The power of the animated short

    Examine the medium of the animated short film and the effect on audience – from major animation pioneers such as Disney and Pixar to independent animators working on YouTube, shorts have been around for a while, and hold a surprising amount of power. Humour, visual flair, emotional depth – the range that can be explored in five minutes of animation is something truly fascinating.

    • The best ones to speak of are the recent successes like Paper Man. The Volcano short from Inside Out deserves mention too. – SpectreWriter 2 years ago
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    • The CGBros is a Youtube channel that likes to showcase shorts made by students or independent animators. This can also be a great source for examples. – YsabelGo 2 years ago
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    • The person who wants to write this could check out that Disney animation short film on Netflix that showcases a lot of the popular ones. – Jaye Freeland 2 years ago
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    Pilots and Perseverance: The First Episode

    In anime, first episodes are usually very short and the length of any other in the series (20-30 minutes), and therefore demonstrate a different use of pace to that of western programmes (some of which even include pilots of extended lengths). Because of this, it could be argued that some audiences are put off by opening episodes in anime that seem rushed or simply do not contain enough content to be immediately appealing. Explore reception to anime pilots and the importance of continuing watching a series even if not entirely convinced by an opening episode. It may also be interesting to look at anime that breaks convention by featuring longer pilot episodes (e.g comedy series Great Teacher Onizuka).

    • Another long anime pilot is the one from Fate/Zero. The first episode is twice as long. I actually found it very off putting, because I didn't realize when I started it that it was so long. For me, it felt too long. – OddballGentleman 2 years ago
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    IRBurnett

    My thoughts exactly. There are few things better than good poetry and stellar animation with a healthy dose of beautiful darkness.

    Animated Poetry: A Starting Point
    IRBurnett

    An oversight indeed – I’m surprised I’d never heard of MUDS until now. I intend to do some research/become involved, and hopefully add a section on the category to this article. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    The Text Adventure: Relic of Gaming History, or Timeless Medium?
    IRBurnett

    Interesting. You’ll have to forgive me for failing to include these – this is actually the first time I’ve heard of them. I’ll be sure to catch up on what I’ve missed as soon as possible! Thanks for letting me know.

    The Text Adventure: Relic of Gaming History, or Timeless Medium?
    IRBurnett

    Thank you!

    Yeah, I was a little unsure of myself when describing it as simply a genre of video game, because, of course, it’s so much more. It’s a strange little category that lies kind of between game and prose, and I love it. Interactive fiction is probably the most accurate description, and like you say, the emphasis on story is often really charming.

    The Text Adventure: Relic of Gaming History, or Timeless Medium?
    IRBurnett

    Thanks for your comment!

    Absolutely agree. ‘Simple yet effective’ really does apply in this case, I think. Good point about the vividness of the imagination – there certainly is that feeling of freedom and adventure that comes when playing a text adventure, and I really feel imagination is a huge part of that.

    The Text Adventure: Relic of Gaming History, or Timeless Medium?
    IRBurnett

    Haha, awesome. Yeah, Nintendo could be missing a trick. There’s certainly a lot more I feel could be done with it.

    Thanks for the read and the comment!

    The Text Adventure: Relic of Gaming History, or Timeless Medium?
    IRBurnett

    Yeah, it’s amazing how immersive it can actually be, just through stimulating the imagination. It may be worth trying The Hobbit in a different browser – the site can be a little weird, sorry about that. Glad you found something else to enjoy! I haven’t yet played Zork; I’ll have to look into it sometime.

    Thanks for reading and commenting, really glad you found it entertaining!

    The Text Adventure: Relic of Gaming History, or Timeless Medium?
    IRBurnett

    Yeah, definitely. The details that can be conjured up with imagination are pretty much limitless, which certainly makes it a whole lot of fun.

    Thanks for the read and the comment!

    The Text Adventure: Relic of Gaming History, or Timeless Medium?