Adaption Exercise – The Robe of Feathers

The story I’ve decided to take a look at and play around with is the Japanese folktale of “The Robe of Feathers”.

The Robe of Feathers is a story of a Fisherman who had ended up in the presence of a moon Fae, after attempting to take her Feathered robe. The story ends with the Fae, having her robe given back, dancing to the Fisherman’s request and vanishing; leaving him with a single doves feather and a beautiful sight to stay in his memory for life.

The Fisherman seems very much to be a self serving character, though not completely cold-hearted. One could debate he is cruel, to which I would agree- what with the reaction to the Fae’s begging for her Feathers and making her dance for them.

The Moon Fae seems careless, perhaps even air headed, in this story as she had set her eyes away from something so important and had to beg for them back. Had the Fisherman been any other way- she could’ve been trapped.

Looking at how I could use the story for an adaption- it’d be interesting had the Fae needed to work harder to regain her robe, lest she be trapped quite like an Irish Selkie without their seal skin.

A story of something precious being stolen and only given back when a deed is done and deemed acceptable- a power imbalance of sorts.

Now me, being me, I would likely use the content of the story to make something very surreal or perhaps futuristic.

In regards to something surreal, I could keep very close to the story and maybe have the Fisherman and her meet once again- have her repeatedly coming back and “leaving” the robe and forming a friendship.

In regards to something futuristic, I could take a very different stance. The robe being new technology to do with flight- equally as magnificent in grace, beauty and power. The Fae could be someone foolish- yet someone who treasures it; be it her creation or a gift and the fisherman may have taken it and instead having given it back- sold it for money or used it for his own gain. Making it much more of a quest story, something of growth of singular character than the last setting where it would’ve been growth of friendship.

It would be interesting to explore both of these narrative ideas more and I hope to do as such in the future.

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A monologue in 10 minutes

” I’ve always loved blue. That’s why I went to sea, all that’s there is blue. It’s vast, mysterious, intelligent … beautiful.
That’s how we met; it was a simple greeting, a grunt, a nod as I watched him walk down the hull- he was dropping everything, the klutz.
The second time we met, was a mutiny.
The one I lead, specifically.
He looked at me like I was a rat, then turned his gun on the Captain.
I’d never seen a blue that cold before.
We lived together, lead together, I’m not sure when I stopped being scared of him or when he stopped being scared of me- and little by little, that blue … That deep, intelligent blue became the most comforting sight.
It became home.
And then it disappeared into a scorching orange. I’ve yet to find a blue with that beauty again. ”

So I was planning on doing a little more for this, but my file sizes weren’t co-operating- so instead, you get just the image file to go with it!

[Homework Task] 36 Dramatic Situations and Media that fit the description

On “Animando” (1983) by Marco Magalhães

On the 2nd of October (2017) we had our first animation lecture introducing us to character and story telling. In said lecture, we were shown 5 different animated videos- all utilizing their own techniques; telling either very clear stories with definitive narratives and some that were far more abstract.

My favourite out of these 5 videos would have to have been Marco Magalhães’ “ Animando “ (1983).

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The storyline is fairly simple- the animator in the video has created a character and is using many different ways to animate the little thing. The main idea behind the video seemed to come from the idea of someone showing off many techniques of animation and their strengths; how they are all beautiful and unique in their own ways.

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This is why it was truly my favourite out of the five videos- its very core was animation and the idea of how it felt to live as a character in an animation; it was fascinating to see how different things could get due to these animation styles but how the character remained recognizable throughout. I also loved how the animated character almost seemed self-aware of the fact that they were fictional and animated; as shown in the first portion of the video when they throw the newly painted colours from themself to become a simple line drawn animation (2:53), or during the paper cut out animation where they started interacting with the environment and background such as taking the sun in the background and using it as a basket ball but becoming scared when they see it knocking the environment they are currently in away (4:17).

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The strange thing about Marco Magalhães is that he was impossibly hard to find any information on- he has no immediate social media accounts from what I’ve seen and was last working as a professor at a university. Surprisingly there wasn’t anything other than that. He has made other films in the past such as “ Meow“(1981), “ Com Licenca, Eu Vou a Luta”(1986)  and “ More”(1998).