Vincent Morisset’s studio AATOAA hope to re-imagine ‘once upon a time’ for the digital age. As part of their new adventures in storytelling they’ve released BLA BLA, a charming interactive film for the National Film Board of Canada…
According to the board’s own charter, one of its ongoing concerns is to “support innovative and experimental projects in new and interactive media.”
BLA BLA, at blabla.nfb.ca, is one such venture. It is, its website explains, an interactive tale that explores the fundamental principles of human communication. The viewer makes the story possible: without him or her, the characters remain inert, waiting for he next interaction. Each of the website’s six chapters apparently reflect a different aspect of ‘communication’.
“BLA BLA uses xerography, drawing on paper, ActionScript-generated animations, puppet stop-motion combined with real-time 3D mapping, etc.,” Morisset explains. “I am inspired by projects that feel free aesthetically. I wanted BLA BLA to feel hand-made, imperfect, fragile, so we forget about the technology.” – Morisset