The overall focus of the project is the symbolism and mythology of Ravens, and we’ll be presenting it as a voiceover narration with pictures – and maybe even gifs if it can be managed with the layar app.
The point of the presentation, of using Ravens as a topic, is because they have a strong role in mythology – not just in Alaska but all around the world. They present many opportunities for study and analysis in their past and present portrayals throughout oral storytelling, literature, and art. There is the added benefit of there being several raven-based pieces in the museum – tying the presentation with the rest of the building.
Everyone has about an equal part in researching the different aspects. My main part of the project will be helping write the scripts for the narration, and doing the narration itself.
The tone we’re shooting for is to be informative AND engaging; to convey information in a storytelling way. While certain stories may be a little dark, they will still be family-friendly. By showing the evolution of raven symbolism and how ravens are portrayed in literature, we hope to spark an interest in the mythology and stories as a whole and as a comparison of stories between cultures.
By using pictures rather than making a movie, the audience has more control over what they see – what scenes or slides they want to examine further, and potentially find artwork and artists for further enjoyment. Using voiceover rather than text or live-acting will allow faster and more efficient communication. There won’t be as much risk of the audience becoming bored and leaving before finishing the presentation.
The downside of this is going to be finding relevant and engaging visuals without being overly repetitive. Also, by doing a voiceover we won’t really be able to have any other kind of audio without conflict. This removes the possibility of engaging music or soundtrack, and audience members who are not as familiar with listening to English will be at a disadvantage.
The benefits can be maximized by thorough research into artwork and other resources. Since Ravens are characters in stories throughout the globe, there is the opportunity for a wide range of cultural art styles to be showcased. As for the voice-overs, they can be best utilized by doing quality speaking – by adding emphasis on clear enunciation and tone variation, audience members can practice their English-listening if they choose. Many people like to learn new languages by listening, but are embarrassed to do so with a native speaker. Listening to a recording lets them listen without fear of judgement, and with the opportunity to rewind if desired.
This outcome of this project is rather subjective to the audience. Not everyone is interested in storytelling or artwork. What I’d would LIKE for the outcome to be, is that the listeners would talk and compare the stories shared in the presentation with stories from their own culture, or to find an interest in learning more of the stories and portrayals.