Photofilms are becoming widely used to tell a story, the advantage of photo film is the image and visual are never physically linked so you aren’t in the mind set of having to have linked images and music, unlike video.
Here are very different examples of Photofilms from around the internet, and a brief analysis of each ones strengths and weaknesses in terms of narrative and storytelling.
This visually stunning romantic journey through Japan uses images so well, mini stop motion films all put together, it doesn’t need a voice over because the story being told is pretty straight forward, depicting facts rather than emotions.
This second video by allkiviad
is a more humourous approach, using music and soundscape to tell the story of a couples day, a distracted woman and her boyfriend who is desperately trying to reach her. I think this video overused the “Ken and Burns” effect, zooming all over the place, the photos from this video actually look really beautiful but we hardly ever see one in it’s entirety, we see bits. Even with stills there seems a need for them to be moving, it might be a personal choice but I prefer this to happen more subtly.
This last video by Uchujin
is probably the most relevant to my project, a look into the life of a person who belongs to a minority. The use of text to narrative rather a voice over is important, I’ve noticed it a lot in photovideos, if an external voice it used it seems to snap the audience out of their immersion within the story.
1 in 13 million – The only native Japanese Imam in Tokyo from Uchujin on Vimeo.