Un-scene stories

Our tutor on DS106 has prompted us to suggest assignments related to Digital Storytelling that everyone can undertake. Wow, I didn’t expect to be writing the assignments as well as completing them, but hey at least you get to learn what you want!

My suggestion, posted under the Fan Fiction theme, is as follows:

Each scene in a movie can be considered the middle point of a bigger story. Each character in a scene has been doing something prior to the scene, and will do something after the scene has finished. Pick a minor character from a scene in a movie or TV show and write a short account of what they were doing before they entered the scene or after the scene ended. Watch the scene and see if you can identify clues as to what the character was doing or what they are about to do. For example, in the famous cantina scene in Star Wars a character named Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) picks a fight with Luke Skywalker, and Obi Wan Kenobi slices off his arm with a lightsaber. What made Ponda Baba so angry that day that he picked a fight in a bar? How did he deal with his wounds afterwards?

Here’s my suggested response:

Ponda Baba downed his drink and ordered another round from the surly barman. His friends were trying hard to console him after he’d been laid off from his job at the spaceport. He’d been trying so hard not to breach the terms of his parole and figured that he’d be able to live a quiet life of anonymity in this backwater spaceport of Mos Eisley, but that hadn’t happened. Ponda had been helping himself to some of the goods passing through the spaceport, the odd food package here, the odd item of clothing there. Nothing that anyone would really miss, except maybe one of the Hutt’s most trusted men. After Bib Fortuna had discovered Ponda helping himself to a crate of Correllian beer justice had been swift and Ponda was out on his ear. Jobless, nearly penniless and now probably unemployable in the most untrustworthy town in the galaxy, Ponda did what any ex-con would do and decided to drown his sorrows.
After the shift change at the spaceport many of Ponda’s former colleagues met him in the bar. They’d heard about his unfortunate circumstances. They were eager to commiserate, but less eager to offer assistance. They didn’t want to get on the wrong side of Bib Fortuna either. Things were looking bleak, and all that Ponda wanted to do was drink himself into tomorrow or smash someone’s face in…


About colinmaxwell

Creative Industries lecturer. Photographer, designer, game developer, film maker. Scotland.
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One Response to Un-scene stories

  1. Martha says:

    I love the idea of examining the narrative of the minor character. It reminds me of Miranda July’s work here: http://www.viceland.com/int/v16n9/htdocs/photos-miranda-july-136.php?page=2. There’s something so poignant about giving those background players a moment (and story) of their own. . .

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