Een onderzoek naar narratieve formulering in een geanimeerd stripverhaal   -  13 augustus 2007


Bijlage 2                                                                                 13-08-2007





A Journey through Time and Space

Where comics end and where animation begins.


A research to formulating a narrative to an animated graphic novel.


By Melanie E.A. Frings


The graphic novel has always been a great inspiration to animation. The age old capacity of the comic to tell stories with images has brought animation a great amount of reverence material.

Animation in it's turn gave to the comic new ways of telling stories with images.

But their relationship was never more then exchanging ideas. Until now.


The new generation of technological improvements on the internet gave excess to a great deal of new possibilities for the multimedia platform, bringing many kinds of media together that had never met before.


Two such media are animation and comics.

They both share the ability to tell stories with images, which in my opinion can lead to a constructive co-operation.


I assembled the properties that give animation and comics their definition, and analysed these properties to see where animation and comic can fill each other in when focused on telling the story right.


Both animation and the graphic novel have there own strongholds and weaknesses when you compare them to each other in their ways to tell stories.

Mostly these strongholds and weaknesses are defined on the bases that a comic has to be read and an animation has to be watched to immerse you in the story that they tell. 


I researched continuity editing of moving images in multiple panels, the purpose of still images, constructs of composition and the power of surprise and insight.

And I researched what defines the relationship of image to text and sound.

All this I did keeping in mind the importance of immersion. 


An animated comic will prove itself right when the story pulls you in.


On my website can be found a demo of the animated-comic.



Melanie E.A. Frings

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