Mary Stewart Educator: Digital Foundations Syllabus: Assignment 3: Linear Narrative

Use of digital variations to explore story-telling.

Example A: Pivot Points: The Extracted Narrative

Problem: Starting with Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart, Bierce’s Occurrence at Old Creek Bridge, Severed, Theseus and the Minotaur, or other highly dramatic short story, song, or play create a stop-motion animation between one and three minutes long, responding to the emotions evoked as well as the action depicted. Final result may be descriptive, metaphorical, or highly abstracted. Projects will be done by teams of 3 to 4 participants. 


  • Introduce the basics of narrative structure
  • Identify pivot points. What are the absolute essentials, both for plot and for emotional impact?
  • Explore storyboarding as a means of idea development
  • Practice effective team-work.

Reading: Chapters 14 and 13, Launching the Imagination

Timetable: 3 weeks

Lectures: The Classic Narrative

Demos: IStopMotion, Quicktime, IMovie

Example B: Conflict Resolution

: Create a dialog or some form of conflict between two opposing forces. What sets the conflict in motion? How is it resolved?


  • To explore dialectical thinking
  • To expand definition of “forces”--could be between two characters; between two colors, two shapes, etc; between words and music, between light and dark, between artist and audience, etc.
  • To expand discussion of temporal construction

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Sample Assignments for Digital Foundations

Assignment 1:The Parts and The Puzzle
Assignment 2: Color and Communication
Assignment 3: Linear Narrative
Assignment 4: Juxtaposition and Association

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