On Friday everyone was given feedback on the project and this was a chance to share our ideas with our lecturers and for them to approve our decisions, but also provide input as to what they would like to see us focus more on with this project. At this stage, the team decided and we are going with Irish mythology as our idea.

Lecturer Notes:

Irish Mythology is alike with Japanese Animation. Traditional feelings with futuristic parts.


It is easy to tell that time has passed with dialogue, but, how will you portray the concept of time passing in your short without dialogue?

  • Think of the Stylisation. Make the story clear (Who, What, Where, When, Why?)
  • Think about the Animation. How is time perceived? Past > Fast Forward > Present.
  • Pace of your story, timing the events that take place and execution will be important.

Remember: WhoWhat? Where? When? and Why?

IMPORTANT DECISION: Duration? How long will this story last? 2mins or less is manageable – 3 mins is a bit ambitious (due to your time for this module). Yes, you can be ambitious, but, you only need to be in order to create a piece that is beautiful and sincere.

 Your beginning of the story is the important part. Captivate the audience within the first 10-15 seconds.
Roald Dahl, “In the first paragraph, of the story, you should have the reader hooked.” (paraphrasing, as I do not remember the original source exactly)

I remember reading in a book somewhere that Roald Dahl said this quote (above), but I have never been able to find where I read this again?

Look to: Japanese animation ‘Urashima Tarö….. Urashima Tarō (浦島 太郎?) is the protagonist of a Japanese legend about a fisherman who rescues a turtle and is rewarded for this with a visit to Ryūgū-jō, the palace of Ryūjin, the Dragon God, under the sea. He stays there for three days and, upon his return to his village, finds himself 300 years in the future……

 The dramatic arc of the story should strike an emotional cord with empathy and be relatable to the audience.
Video of Urashima Tarō (link above)

Reading list:

Adriss. (2014) Traditional Japanese Folk Stories: Urashima. Available from: [Accessed on: 15 October 2016]



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