So far in my ZIP project, I have been focusing on getting a grasp of how different forms of media have differing effects on the way they play with people’s emotions and feelings. For example this silent animation(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FIEZXMUM2I) that shows how through simple visuals, personalities can be assigned to non-sentient beings. This similar effect will be much larger if personalities get assigned to people.
However, a question has arised from learning of these different ways of portraying personalities: what is the most effective medium to portray a character’s personality? Now this is a massive question that I cannot hope to answer, as it could basically be the basis of someone’s entire ZIP, but I have gotten a few insights as to the answer. The biggest thing I have learned when investigating this sub-question is that it depends on the purpose and what you are trying to accomplish. For example’s movies are great for showing what a character is doing, their goals and motivations, but cannot fully cover in-depth the personality or personal thoughts as there is often no narrator and they have to stick to time limits. That is why we are seeing a lot of superhero movies do so well; a superhero often has simple motives (or complex one’s that can be shown naturally) that can be understood by the audience. I plan to cover this question briefly in my final presentation, however I will need to take this into my consideration as to how to show my characters in my final product; I will need to know the general answer, but won’t be explicitly answering it.
Another question that has arised from studying how people tend to assign personalities based on simple actions of others, is when do we have a right to assume someone’s personality based on a few actions. For example when driving, people often think of the drivers of cars a certain personality based on how they drive(cutting you off, not merging properly etc.). Do we have a right to assume what type of person someone is based on one or a few indirect interactions? This is a question that I will not even try to answer, because I have a better question that I will need to answer for my project: how do people infer personalities based on small actions of others? I will need to answer this in order to figure out the best way to make my final product the most effective.
As I continue to learn more about my ZIP and what I need to do to make an effective digital story, more questions will arise over this topic. I will need to sort through these question and answer them according to how much they will help me learn the most and make my final product the most compelling.