Here's an idea: it may not be a good one, but I feel it's worth a shot. What if I took a simple story and told it through three different media, and this way each medium would lend a different perspective to the story? This project would probably be pretty labor-intensive, so I am afraid I would need some people on board with me. I have a possible story to tell, but I would definitely be open to other suggestions for stories that would be more conducive to being told through different media.
This is a (very nearly entirely) true story:
One night in Paris, my friends and I went to Ladies' night at Le Queen, a notorious night club on the Champs-Elysée. We all consolidated our bags when we got in to save on the 5 euro bag-check fee, and then we got to dancing. Fast forward to two in the morning, and a few of our friends are ready to leave. My best friend, let's call him Trevor, is a party animal, and insisted that we weren't finished dancing yet. But our friends who were leaving had already unchecked all of our bags, including his and mine. He didn't want to have to pay again to recheck our bags, so our friend Anne offered to take his bag home with her and return it to him in class the next morning. He agreed, and we resumed getting "jiggy" with it. Finally, at three thirty, we decided to call it a night, seeing as we were both soaked in champagne and sweat. He hailed a cab for me and I returned to my homestay. Meanwhile, as my cab was driving off, Trevor realized that his wallet and keys were in the backpack that he had entrusted to Anne, and the only item he had on his person was his cell phone, which was running out of minutes. His host family happened to be out of town that week, so there was nobody to let him back into his house. He started walking towards the most recognizable landmark he saw, which was the Arc de Triomph. He realized that his only option really was to just head to Notre Dame de Paris cathedral and wait for our 9 AM class to arrive, at which point Anne could return his backpack. He decided to call his brother in California and have him look up how he could get to Notre Dame. His brother consulted Google maps, which informed him that he had been walking in the opposite direction of Notre Dame. When Trevor finally arrived at the cathedral around 5:30, he was exhausted and attempted to sleep on the benches in the square in front of the cathedral. He was interrupted by a bum who kept asking him questions, to which Trevor responded "j'ai mal à la fucking tête, okay?" or, "I have a fucking headache." In the morning, some passersby spotted Trevor sleeping on the bench and threw him some change, which he used to buy a coffee across the street. My class finally arrived at 9, and we all learned about Gothic architecture.
The end. I could tell this story through the following media:
1. (very short) Graphic novel: I think that this story would actually lend itself pretty well to a graphic novel, and I have to say that I would love to make one. I was just so impressed by ABC, it really inspired me. Comedic timing would be easily established by page turns! It would have to be pretty short though, if we wanted to make three different projects.
2. Video Game! there is a program called "RPG maker" that requires no programming/coding knowledge whatsoever but allows you to basically design your own game: you make a plot, a dialogue, design characters and setting, etc. You can watch a video that explains the program a little bit here. We could have Trevor be the player, and he has to navigate through Paris and find Notre Dame, stay clear of bums, get enough change for a coffee...or whatever. We could even make some other stuff up.
3. Series of Text Messages: This may sound silly at first, but in Paris we basically communicated entirely through text message since minutes were so expensive and text messages were cheap. We therefore had to communicate lots of info through short messages, using abbreviations and stuff like that. I could look back on some of my old texts for inspiration. It would be less labor-intensive than the other two, but still totally legit and so new media!