Make your Life Story more than the sum of the parts
Once you start digging into it, your live can seem like an archaeological expedition. There are just so many things that you can start to bring to surface to help remind you of your life story. Just some of them are:
- Journals & diaries.
- Films & videos.
- Audio recordings.
- Bric-a-brac and souvenirs.
Dragging out all these things as reminders and prompts of your Life Story are fine but what is there amongst these things that you can use as part of your story, in ways that maybe you’ve never considered. In amongst all the ‘things’, in you life there are the components that make them up, that can be used for various other applications.
Nowadays you have the ability to break apart, then mash back together, in different forms, all the components of these things in your life. To make something different, more engaging and entertaining in ways to tell the stories that wasn’t possible even just a few years ago.
From the list above look at each of the different things that you have then break them into all their components of:
- Still images.
- Moving images.
Now look at the ways things could be converted or deconstructed into the components that they are made of.
In the case of film and video there is the possibility to break it into:
- Moving images.
- Freeze frame static images.
- Text on scenery or signage.
- Strip out the audio.
Documents can be broken down to:
- Actual text.
- Images on the document.
- Images of the written text.
- Graphics from within the document
Even the text itself can be seen not only as text to refer to but as an image of that text.
All of these component pieces can then be thought of as separate parts, of what can be combine to form something entirely different to it’s original form.
In the case of film or video, you could strip out the audio and use it as a component within the audio Life Story or turn the audio into text and scroll it across the video to present a reinforcement to the audio of the dialogue.
You could take a document and while showing it as an image, narrate the text in relation to where in the story you are.
Within a story there could be mention of a time and by including an image of a journal entry you can show the relevance to the whole story as an historical event.
Really there are an infinite number of ways to go about deconstructing and recomposing the information that you have. It’s possibly the most creative thing that you can do and one that, with some thought, you could discover a whole new world of possibilities to explore.
You have five senses that potentially could be creatively used. What are the images of the items from you life?
Where is there sound or where can sound be recreated using the information from a piece of content?
What written text is there and how can it be used as it is or by converting it into different media?
- Collect together everything that you have that tells of this Life Story.
- Look at each piece and see what are the components that make it up.
- Consider each of the components or each piece.
- Where can each of these components be recombined with other components to make something different.
- Look past the obvious.
What bright idea do you now have to use something in a different way? Let us know in the comments below.
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