Author: Ramona Pringle

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    Avatar Secrets Profiled on Space’s InnerSpace

    Apr 16, 2014 3:10pm | by Ramona Pringle

    Amidst the excitement of previews, sneak-peeks and installations at i-docs, MIPDOC, Hot Docs Film Festival and TFI Interactive, Avatar Secrets was recently featured on the Space Channel’s flagship show, InnerSpace. I spoke to Morgan Hoffman about our hybrid documentary, interactive media, and what an exciting time it is to be working in storytelling! The video […]

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    How Storyboards Inspired The Creative Style of Avatar Secrets

    Mar 17, 2014 1:20pm | by Ramona Pringle

    During the pre-production phase of Avatar Secrets, our first creative challenge was to create a virtual world, and Ramona’s avatar character, Tristanova. While inspired by the fantasy worlds of online games, we decided to create something fresh — a world that referenced the scope and terrain of sprawling video games, and spoke to the blurred […]

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    Shattering Glass Sequence

    Mar 17, 2014 1:15pm | by Ramona Pringle

    If you’ve seen the trailer for Avatar Secrets, you might just remember the sequence where the illustrated version of Ramona reaches out to touch her reflection and the glass shatters. This follows a transition from footage to illustration and provides an introduction to the idea of parallel realities and identities. Ramona’s life from before shatters. […]

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    From Storyboard To Animation: Developing A Hybrid Style

    Mar 17, 2014 1:10pm | by Ramona Pringle

    Once we decided that the line between what was illustrated and what was photorealistic would be blurred, the next step was executing it in a way that was subtle enough to trick the eye. That way when the viewer noticed it, it would give them a sense of awe — the same sensory experience that […]

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    From Storyboard To Finished Product: Rotoscoping Effect

    Mar 17, 2014 1:05pm | by Ramona Pringle

    While many of the real world scenes in Avatar Secrets are illustrated, others are photographic. To transition between the two styles, we incorporated a rotoscoping effect, where the footage is “traced over, ” creating an illustration that matches the frame for a smooth transition between media. Some scenes were drawn to match existing documentary footage […]

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    The Town Square And The Fountain: A Gathering Point For Community

    Jan 29, 2014 11:01am | by Ramona Pringle

    This scene isn’t the first scene in Avatar Secrets. It’s not even the first chapter. It’s Chapter three, Scene two. But it was what I chose to build out when we started creating a prototype of how this project would look and feel. This scene was pivotal for a few reasons. First, it marks the […]

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    Divided No More: The Great Technology Paradox

    Jan 24, 2014 4:38pm | by Ramona Pringle

    Have we become isolated from each other, splintered from our communities? Is technology – and the siren song of email pings and new message alerts – to blame? The New York Times recently addressed what might be one of the greatest sociology debates of the last decade — and one of the key questions we’re […]

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    Serendipity And The Virtual World

    Jan 23, 2014 4:10pm | by Ramona Pringle

    Sometimes in life, things happen that can only be explained as being magic. Or, at least that’s how it feels. Call it fate, destiny, a happy accident or a fortunate surprise, it’s serendipitous: the perfect thing you didn’t know you needed. Serendipity is the magic sparkle dust that twinkles over our lives, every once in […]

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    Why We Do Things That Are Difficult

    Nov 28, 2013 10:00am | by Ramona Pringle

    “At the end of the day, I feel like I have accomplished something.” I remember the line as if it were yesterday, though in fact it was over four years ago. I was fascinated and conflicted when I heard it then, and even though I have tossed the sentence around in my head for all […]

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    Cross-Media Forum Recap: Journeys Far and Wide

    Oct 23, 2013 3:28pm | by Ramona Pringle

    Last week, two of us from the Avatar Secrets team — creative director Michaele Jordana and myself — flew to London, UK to participate in Power to the Pixel’s Cross-Media Forum, presenting with the Canadian delegation during the Pixel Pitch and participating in the Pixel Market.