Term Paper: Park

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[. . .] His writing is simple and yet so beautiful, almost poetic.

The story line of la Jette was very inspiring to me as well. It's a haunting tale about a man obsessed with memories and weaves in the interesting element of time travel. I particularly liked the way that the opening and ending scenes took place in the airport. In addition, the beginning of the film is visually identical to the end, with a twist. At the beginning, the man is a boy at the airport witnessing the death of another man, but at the end the boy has become the man he saw die at the airport in the beginning and as a result dies.

In my story The Park, although there is no role reversal, like Marker's work, it begins and ends a park bench with the inclusion of a character transformation. In The Park, the girl now behaves differently and her outlook on life has changed. The man has taken her on a journey, opened up her mind and allowed her to share in his reality, allowing her to feel emotions that she has never felt before.

Through further exploration of popular genres, it became clear to me that it is rare to find an equal balance between text and image in a written work. From my research, I found that there is either plenty of good text and few illustrations or too many good images and not enough good text. Furthermore, the various forms of fictional illustrated literature seem to adhere to their specific set rules of what kind of art and illustrations they contain. It is important to note that there are exceptions. One superb example is Neil Gaiman's The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. Although it's a children's story, it does an excellent job of combining different types of art and text.

Comic books and graphic novels have also provided structural inspiration to me. I am fascinated with the artwork many of them display, much more so than the text that accompanying them, which generally lends little in quantity and quality. For my own piece, I had so many ideas that I was not sure which direction I wanted to take. In addition, I was not sure how much I wanted to experiment. I was concerned that if I experimented too much, I might end up with something completely ridiculous that did not fulfil my initial goals. The word consistency kept popping up in my mind.

Through my interview with the assistant at Forbidden Planet comic book store, I found out that most people interested in works that incorporate both text and illustration were looking for consistency in the artwork. This led to the natural question, "Is that truly the case? Have people been given other option and if so have they turned them down in favour of traditional comics? Or is the case that no one has experimented with this genre?

The significance that Comic books make to the literary community has also suffered in recent years, and often unjustifiably. It important to note that Nobel Prize-winner Bishop Desmond Tutu, who once recounted, "One of the things I am very grateful to [my father] for is that, contrary to conventional educational principles, he allowed me to read comics. I think that is how I developed a love for English and for reading." One example of the talent that the comic book genre has to offer is from Alan Moore's work. Moore, well-known throughout Britain and the United States, earned the British Eagle Awards for Best Comics Writer in 1982 and 1983. Other writers who have made significant contributions to the genre include Brian Michael Bendis and Neil Gaiman.

Perhaps the most significant source of structural/genre inspiration to me came after viewing Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill. This film made a significant impression on me because of Tarantino's use of different genres. The film incorporates not only creative direction and use of interesting camera angels, but also effectively executes an entire animation scene. He also uses black and white shots to illustrate flashbacks.

This film motivated me to use a variety of images in my story, not just photographs as a significant compliment to my text. In Kill Bill, Tarantino created an innovative creative film that thinks out side of the box and is quite experimental. This representation of creativity opened a door for me and freed me to pursue a creative work that may not conform entirely to specific genre. Tarantino proved that creating a work, not conforming to the rules of the genre could be done and done well.

One of the largest sources of thematic inspiration to me is the television series Quantum Leap. The fairly tale element peaked my interest and has thus been a source of inspiration to me. In the series, Sam the main character travels back through history in order to change history as a way of helping people. Similarly, in The Park, the man character "appears from nowhere," and when his job is done he vanishes, at least he is no longer visible to the reader but the text suggests that a representation of him is still with the female character.

Park Bench, a short story by Judy Budnitz, also inspired the simplistic plot of my story. This story, as with La Jette, begins and ends in the same place, but instead of an airport, Park Bench takes place in a park. In the story, two people, Jack and Denise, meet and fall in love on a bench. There are similarities between Denise and Jack in Park Bench and the girl and man in The Park. For example, in Park Bench, Denise is reading a book, and Jack having no idea why he wanted to be with her states, "I can't explain how I knew. Call it intuition, call it fate." In my story the girl also does not know why she is so interested in the stranger and thinks, "perhaps she is a believer in fate, or destiny..."

Park Bench is a story that mixes realistic prose with completely bizarre reality. It takes place in a realistic setting, in a very believable way, "This is the park bench where I fell in love with Denise." Then soon after we read "we set up home there, on the park bench." The basic plot revolves around the relationship between the two characters Jack and Denise who begin and end their relationship on park bench.

Research process

My primary research tool was extensive use of the Internet, although a great deal of research came from examining comic books, and novels. Although I was never able to locate an idea that was similar to my own, countless searches led me to interesting websites that served in inspiring me further to create my own work. I did however find fragments of this visualised "creation" in a variety of literature, but never together with text and never in the way I had imagined them. In addition to the Internet and print sources, I conducted several interviews with experts in the comic book industry and contacted Tritan Book and Marvel, two of the genre's main publishers.

Writing process

As I set out to write, the first thing I wanted to do was visit a location that would serve as the inspiration for the story's setting. I familiarised myself with the park and decided on the locations where my story would take place. As I sat in the spot where my story would begin and end, I tried to visualise the girl in the story and worked very hard to make use of the five senses in order to effectively describe the setting in the text. The entire writing process included several drafts and a great deal of editing to nail the story I wanted to tell, but eventually the words came together to create the work I set out to create.

For the visual aspect of the project, I used Quark Xpress. The entire picture project was trimmed from 77 images to 25 pages not including cover the cover. On each page I combined some of the story's text with either a drawing or a photograph, which includes both black and white and colour. In some instances, I included a photo-illustration or a drawing merged with a photo.

The pictures on each page are different sizes, some of which take up the entire page while others utilize only a corner of the page. The purpose of this page layout design is to incorporate variety and contrast in the project. For example on one page there is a manga drawing of a girl and on the next page the girl in represented in a photograph. In order to create variety with the text, I decided to position the text of the story both around and directly on the pictures.

A large part of my writing process was spent learning and increasing my knowledge of Photoshop and… [END OF PREVIEW]

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