Research Question: How can I use graphic design and graphic moving image to effectively communicate what social anxiety is and how socially anxious people behave.
Audience: 16-35 year olds
Outcome: 1 minute film acting as ‘a 5 step guide to having social anxiety disorder’
1-I wanted to look further into my audience and try and create a criteria for my film based on my audiences needs. Here is a picture of pages in my sketchbook showing this work.
2-I want my script to be humorous, but the 5 ‘steps’ must be informative and communicate the symptoms of SAD and how people with SAD behave. To inspire my script, I looked at people’s personal experiences of social anxiety by looking on forums, reading self-help books, asking people who I know have SAD and I also looked at the symptoms and behavioural patterns of people with SAD by looking at more medical websites. Here is a picture of one of the books that have helped me come up with my script:
3-My way of creating the script was doodling down possible ‘steps’ individually. When I was stuck for inspiration on making the steps humorous, I looked at existing comics to see how they made their scripts funny. This picture is an example of one of the ‘steps’:
4-Get feedback from my script ideas:
Some helpful comments:
- Don’t try be too funny as it looks like you’re making fun of people who have social anxiety d
- The ones that are the funniest are the ones that are like mini conversations i.e. bed time? no! time to… or the ones with examples after them.
- Don’t have too many long ones. Have a mixture of the short snappy ones and then maybe two longer ones.
- Some of them don’t really tell me what social anxiety disorder is? is that the aim of your film? Because I am learning how I can act socially anxious, is that the aim?
Below is a picture of the most liked ‘step’.
5-Created three mood boards of the styles that could work a ‘guide on how to have social anxiety disorder.
Current state of development: I am currently experimenting with testing out one of my ‘steps’ in the three different styles (shown above in the mood boards). I am doing this so I can see how they look, how complicated or easy they are to create and which style looks the most aesthetically pleasing.
- Finish experimenting with the three design styles
- Decide on the style I am going to move forward with
- Create a detailed story board factoring in the chosen design/style and how I will transition between each step.