PPM Assessment Feedback

I’ve went through the PPM Assessment Feedback recently and here are some of my responses and things to do with the time I have left.

In the assessment document, there were certain questions and concerns regarding my project. So I thought I’d respond here;

1. Technical Objective: While it is perfectly to explore a multiplayer experience for a music video, what are the strong reasoning behind the implementation? Apart that existing media does not use this method? Shouldn’t it be that music enjoyment are an “individual” activity? With multiplayer input, what do you plan to achieve?

As stated in my prospectus document, the goal of this project is to allow users to witness the different outcomes of a story-line when they are collaborated with another player. Apart from that, a multiplayer function would allow both players to experience the music video together and create a unique journey of their own. Because the scenario changes depending on each player’s decisions, this project encourages two individuals to bond through the interactivity of a multiplayer music video.

2. Mock-up: It is hard to for stakeholders that you present to make any decision if there is lack of vision on how your project would look like. At least a key visual would help to set the tone and manner for the project.

I do agree on this particular feedback because I realized I had all the ideas in my head but I did not clearly visualize it and draw out a detailed plan for the project. This is something I would definitely take note of and include in my refined prospectus document.

3. Story/Narrative/Storyboard: While most content of the prospectus highlights on the inspiration and technical details, there is little mention on how you would want the story-line to pan out, and if it suits the shortlisted song.

This is another flaw I had in my presentation, which I’m glad it was pointed out. During the time, I was not sure yet of my chosen soundtrack, which is why I couldn’t plan out the story-line of the music video. This is something that I will include soon in the following blog posts. I will not be including it in my refined prospectus as it is quite possible that the story might change from time to time.

4. Flowchart: Together with the storyline, user interaction (scenario) flowchart are required for you to plan ahead if there are open ended scenarios that you need to cover. Since there are input from different users, how many endings/permutations that you plan to have?

I understand that flowcharts are an integral part of the project planning process. I may have missed it out during the initial planning stages, but I will definitely include a flowchart according to my new plan. Similar to the narrative, I will be updating the flowchart in the upcoming blog posts.

5. Post interaction: There is a brief mention that the User-Generated-Content (UGC) can be shared, will there be a gallery? How do you plan to store the information for retrieval?

This part of the project is still under consideration because I’m not sure if its feasible to create a shared user-generated content category for the website. I will definitely try my best to include a “share to social media” option but the gallery page might not make the cut as it’s quite unnecessary and it’ll be difficult to control when many users submit their work in.

6. Promotional Strategy: What are your strategy in promoting your project? And how many submissions that you expect from the public? What do you plan to do with the submissions post campaign?

Since the project has been scaled down to just focusing on one music video, the promotional strategy would be to showcase my interactive music video to the local music scene or local recording / production companies in order to express my creativity in uniquely combining music, art and technology.

Refinement

Since the semester break started, I’ve been experimenting with different music styles and genres. Discovering new ways to produce the soundtrack also led to refining the project itself. Instead of creating a community which encourages other artists to collaborate in a music video platform (which is rather difficult to control because it involves public contribution), I’ve decided to switch the focus of the website to just ONE soundtrack and put all the attention on that instead.

Since the soundtrack will be an originally-written piece, alongside with the animated music video created from scratch – this project will showcase my works as a designer and a musician. Besides that, users will still be able to experience the project as a multiplayer interactive music video as it encourages the unique journey that two individuals can create together.

With this new direction, the project would be scaled down and thus making it more feasible. Because of this change, I would have to refine certain things in the prospectus document in order to keep the project on track and provide a clearer direction.

Things to do:

  • Go through PPM Assessment feedback and respond to the questions and concerns.
  • Refine the prospectus document