Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2013 by Uri Halevi
The Carp and the Seagull is a user driven narrative that tells a single story through the prism of two connected spaces. One space is the natural world and the other is the spirit or nether world. The film’s protagonist is Masato, a simple fisherman, spending his days fishing the waters near his village eking out a quiet, structured life. The story revolves around the fall of a common man, who comes into contact with a Japanese spirit disguised as a seagull. The story is told in a stripped down polygonal style that reflects the emotional, spiritual states of the characters. High density, smooth polygon vertices indicate oneness with the world while distorted, non-uniform shapes show unease within the characters.
The Carp and the Seagull is optimized for viewing on Chrome, directed by Evan Boehm at Nexus Interactive Arts, the film is a narrative experiment using WebGL and HTML5 technology, that immerses users in an online storytelling space and lets them investigate an authored environment to reveal hidden surprises. Within the diorama, users can click on objects and areas to interact and shift between two worlds—the spirit world and the normal world—adding a richer dimension to the experience. Give this awesome short film a try and see how technology can reshape modern storytelling.