Three topics deserve three updates!
This worksheet asked us to brainstorm various types of starting points from which to devise. Of course, we had already accomplished this to a large degree, so many of the ones we recorded as a group were from our initial brainstorming phase. However, it also served as a moment to reflect on some of the further starting points and themes we had developed in our first few weeks of physical exploration, and I was able to add in a few additional starting points. Revisiting this step actually was able to clarify what we had done so far a bit.
This worksheet asked us to brainstorm several activities to stimulate development of our starting point ideas. I would say this is the phase we are in right now, so it's not nearly as much a retrospective reflection as Handout 6. While I recorded several that we have tried, the one I really want to focus on is something we tried briefly on Tuesday of this week. Based on what I've read about Frantic Assembly, I tried out the role of script writer as our group discussed personal moments inspired by our starting points. This yielded two short scripted interactions that we can then try out physically and derive further. I think this exercise will be extremely helpful, not just for the writer, but also for design team members.
In addition to the aforementioned exercise, we have also started to zero in on a plot structured around a single character who has experienced amnesia. We have several experimental characters, like a doctor, a patient and a nurse, but we are also playing with how all these characters could ultimately be revealed to be the same character. Therefore, we've been playing with how to warp time in our production a bit, and the exercise we did a couple weeks ago imitating each other is coming in handy. More to come!