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A “Perfect” Ten?

Next week marks the long-awaited start of the last full month of Digital Storytelling classes, but before my fellow students and I can make our way down the “home stretch,” it’s only fitting, since today also marks the end of Daylight Saving Time, to look back at what we did upon making it to “double-digits.” In my case, the last seven days saw Bigfoot raid a local Food Lion…


WWE 2K16 come out at my local GameStop


…the highest-grossing film of all time receive a 21-gun salute

…the creation of my very own haunted house

"Little Shop of Horrorgami"

…a letter being written to my sixteen-year-old self

…the abridgement of a scary story that’s far more than fit for the campfire

…the rare American Psycho at work

…and the DS106 world receive a different kind of S.O.S.

I also listened in on the opinions of the late Roger Ebert and the like, when I wasn’t delivering some of my own to a few classmates of mine.

When it comes to playing favorites, the one task that stood out for me – in terms of visual aesthetics, at least – was the haunted house, as it was a pretty tough trick to make such a visual treat out of paper, especially when it had to be made in one afternoon, and the shoot had to take place in the dead of night, hours before the 11:59 deadline, if I wanted to have the best possible effect. To be fair, however, the “hidden ghost” in the photo still cracks me up.

The main lesson about storytelling that I picked up this week revolves around how the “show, don’t tell” argument can actually work both ways. Believe it or not, you can still tell a story from time to time, but by doing it in a way that no one expects you to, odds are, the end result can be something that more people will want to experience for themselves, and enjoy it, than if you were to take the advice of High School Musical, and just stick to the status quo. You can take something as common as a wanted poster, or an over-dramatic break-up, and somehow make comedic gold out of it. A simple letter, to your teenage self, can feel like an optimistic montage of things to come once the right song starts playing in the background. As my favorite assignment this week points out, something that should be as easy to pick up as “scissors cut paper” can result in a macabre masterpiece, given the right lighting, design, and amount of enticing details, that leave the audience mesmerized at what they see.

This is why digital storytellers do what they do – to take something that should be common knowledge, and spin the thread in a way that hasn’t been seen before, or at least in quite some time. I couldn’t be any prouder of having taken this class than when I look at what I’ve done this past week alone, for I know that when someone shares what they love the most, with who they love the most, then they truly have nothing to fear, even on a day like All Hallow’s Eve.

All in all, the events of this week serve as a creative high point for me, as nothing could’ve gone wrong for me, at all, especially when Halloween rolled around; at that point, I must have felt unstoppable with the quality of work I produced. Needless to say, no advice was necessary, as I have complete and total satisfaction in the projects presented before you. Keeping all of this in mind, I request your presence in seven days’ time, as the road to the grand finale is about to begin.

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