In the 2020 version of Networked Narratives, we have examined why the narrative forms of “Screening Surveillance” and “Black Mirror” are so compelling. They often build upon our existing anxieties about technology and push them just a step farther.
In this class’s “Net Mirror”, we take a final turn to create speculative fiction(s) to help synthesize our concerns/wisdom/fears regarding our relationship with technology. We will think through the possible consequences of new technology by creating a collection of stories that push are imagination one step further.
The Story Concepts
The Final Project for the Net Mirror is development of “story treatment” (a single screen Netflix like episode summary from the Net Mirror Writers’ Room exercise) and a “story concept” for the final Net Mirror story collection. These are not final productions, but concept papers as maybe a pitche for speculative fiction stories that just might make for good film.
Elements for the Story Treatment include:
- Description and images of scenes and settings
- Overview of characters, traits, motivations, relationships
- A plot map, e.g. a sketch, storyboard, or diagram of the plot path
- As much narrative/dialogue as you have developed to describe the story
- Story treatment (from the “Net Mirror Writers’ Room Episodes” template)
- An overall metaphorical image to serve as a cover image for your concept
- A screenshot / exported image of your NetMirror Writers’ Room plot summary
- Five+ images of settings/scenes
- At least two tweets (they can be your own) that may be used as plot points in your story (these can be embedded into your published concept).
- At least one original created animated gif representing the surveillance technology in your story.
- At least four original (self-created) meme images playing out a dialogue scene in your story, plus one to leave as a teaser for what happens next.