in Storytelling

Goldilocks goes Digital

For one of our Digital Humanities modules, we were required to make a group presentation and “create an open access digital artefact that remediates, recontextualises, retells, or invents a traditional story.” (Alexander, 2015) I was grouped with Laoise Byrne-Ring and Eoin O’ Connor, and after discussing our options, we decided to transform a traditional story into a piece of digital artwork. We chose Goldilocks and the Three Bears as our story as it is a universally known and simple fairy tale that everyone recognises. We would also be able to put our animation skills into practise, newly-acquired from our Multimedia module, which is taught by Professor James Bowen.

We met up as a group a few times leading up to our presentation deadline in order to brainstorm ideas and piece our work together. However, we also communicated frequently online through Facebook Chat and uploaded our materials onto Google Docs so that we could all easily access one another’s work. Google Docs is something that I had never used prior to this course. Utilising this resource was definitely a beneficial experience as it improved my understanding of online collaboration and how it works.

We planned to cut out, edit and bring together many images from various sources, combining them together and animating at the end to create a final digital artwork piece. Initially, we decided to only create one animation of the scene in which Goldilocks wakes up and sees the three bears. Then Eoin had the idea to create an animation scene apiece so that we could have a sequence of animations. This seemed a good idea as it enabled us to work more efficiently on our separate animations, and it also added more depth to the digitalised story. We then all worked together in writing and designing the Powerpoint.

We spent two afternoons in the Computer Science labs in the Western Gateway Building, working with Photoplus and Google Docs on various images of Golidlocks, the three bears, backgrounds, etc. Eoin animated the scene in which the three bears return to their cottage after their walk, I worked on the scene in which they enter the bedroom and Laoise undertook the animation of the scene in which Goldilocks wakes up. Here are each of our animations in chronological order:

Unfortunately, Laoise experienced a technical error when uploading her animation and we were unable to find the root of the problem. As a result, her animation plays when it feels like it and at other times it doesn’t. You should see Baby Bear shaking his head from side to side with tears rolling down his face, while Goldilocks’ peaceful sleeping-face is replaced by an image of her screaming.

Our presentation took place on 20th November during our Concepts and Collaboration module. It was live-tweeted by our classmates, who gave us feedback on what they thought of our digital artwork idea. I have included Cathal Deasy’s live-tweet as an example below:


Alexander, D. (2015), DH1001 Group Presentation.

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