A 32 year old finds himself a widower with a 14th month old. Taking time off from work, he and his young son travel in Great Britain. Shortly after crossing into Scotland, they get into a terrible car wreck. He wakes in a hospital alone. He son is placed in the care of distant relatives who live in the area. Rejecting their offers of sanctuary, he and his son travel the rails of Scotland in search of something. They are accompanied by his third cousin, a young metal-head who hopes that the protagonist can teach him how to pick up American women. Their adventures… well, I’m not there yet.
1) Graphic novel- A well done photo shoot, some mining of photo archives online and my own limited abilities as a cartoonist make this a promising option. I especially like the idea of narrating it to go along with the text. I want to hear the protagonist’s voice. I want to see his reflection in the train’s windows too… hmm. Depicting certain things would be easier than others, but this is by far the most exciting idea of the three. Writing speech bubbles to go along with the visuals would be amazing.
2) Movie trailer- This would probably require the most cleverness of the three. A two minute trailer that would require some acting, some mashing up of other movies, and someone who likes doing voiceovers. It would allow me to incorporate a soft soundtrack and hopefully some clever one liners as well. Comedy and atmosphere would need to be stressed.
3) Hypertext- While my abilities manipulating the internet are pretty limited, I think this could be a cool thing. Maybe set up some flash animation to see his path on the trains, click hear to hear his thoughts on this, here’s a picture of his son… lots of text too, I think. If I decide on having the story be very expansive on longwinded, this media provides the most flexibility.