Over the weekend Simon and I had our first mentoring meeting with Avril Furness.
For me, it was really great to have a conversation with someone who is intimate with writing and storytelling in 360 degrees. It was a crucial chance to be able to air some of my concerns and struggles with finding a compelling narrative that would work with our broad theme of repeating patterns in history, linking this diaspora of voices and the abstract Fractal imagery and technology that Simon is working on.
What are you trying to say?
One thing became clear quite quickly – that Avril wasn’t just a brilliant 360 Director, but had extensive experience with being a creative director. She was quick to triage where I was coming unstuck – that our theme was just WAY too large and ambitious, and that we needed to simplify things down and focus on one simple idea to pursue.
We bounced some possibilities around over the conversation, but her advice was for us to step back from the fractals and fractal theme, and just do some concept work and blue sky thinking, and just see what stories we wanted to tell.
She also suggested we take some time out to look around at many different kinds of art and look for inspiration to see what really got us excited – which is something I’ve heard before, and I’ve used in the past, but frankly you do need a reminder when your eyeballs deep in your own project.
What are others doing with Fractals?
Avril also suggested we explore how others have used Fractals to illustrate a point or tell stories, and found some great examples.
What is already possible/being done with fractals in VR and 3D?
The top video “Like in a dream” was a huge inspiration for Simon from the start with our project and pursuing this Fractal imagery. But it was great to see where others had been forging ahead in the VR and 3D world with fractals:
How and why are fractals important?
So, I added this as it’s something that I’ve sort of been digging into on the side anyway as part of this project. It probably deserves it’s only post at some point, so for now I’ll just pop this video Avril shared, here which is a nice summary for those curious about the story of fractals: