Fort Vancouver Mobile - A video overview

Courtesy of: Research Assistant Aaron May of Washington State University Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture program. Produced in 2011.

Video highlights from the apps (36-minute version)

This montage provides a sampling of some of the video media in the Fort Vancouver Mobile apps. This app is much more than just a video distribution system, but these videos show the variety of content, from expositional segments to new journalism to those intended to prompt the development of interactive narratives.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

First draft of Kane animation

As we talked as a group last month about the details and imagery of the Fort Vancouver Mobile module we wanted to produce on Paul Kane and his "wanderings" through the fort area, research assistant Brady Berkenmeier started to brainstorm how the story might look as an animation. That really caught the interest of everyone in the room, and Berkenmeier went to work. Here is his draft (sound is rough, and just for placement purposes):


What do you think of this as a production direction (we're not so much interested, at this point, in an artistic critique of the rough cut)?


  1. Given that everybody will be in the actual landscape as they view the clip, the animation approach is compelling: A way to see it as Kane did?

  2. Matt,

    You raise an excellent idea, that we should -- as we push for narrative in the story form -- also push for first-person perspective. With animation, that certainly seems possible. I'll talk with Brady and the rest of the group about it, and will post updates.

    Thanks for the suggestion!

    - Brett

  3. With a series of these animations, I'd like to bring to life stories from Kane's book which Kane himself will then narrate. So far the passages I have in mind to include are Casanov's story of shooting a thief, the narrative about how the Chinook babies are given their flat head look, and a small bit about the Columbia River freezing over during Kane's stay.
    I would also like to work a bit more on this opening animation and add a section where Kane introduces himself and explains his mission. My hope is to bring this artist's paintings and stories to life via digital animation.