In Spring 2020, MCOM 221: Creative Digital Media Storytelling undertook a project in generative character, narrative, and story world development. The generated texts are compiled on the blog “International Rejects.”
Students selected 75 faces from AI Generated Face collections available online, to use as profile pictures. Names were generated from syllabic breakdowns of class-member first and last names.
Additional biographical details – job, hometown, hobbies; favorite food, movies, books – were collected through an online form, broken down, and incorporated into variable arrays for the character generator.
Each class member selected a generated character they would portray on the International Rejects blog.
Assignments included posting memes related to the attributes of the selected character; posting recipes based on the character’s generated favorite food; cross-linked posts between group members relating a road trip or travel adventure.
Using the Periodic Table of Storytelling as a reference, the class produced Digital cards – variations on Magic cards customized and processed using the online Cardsmith MTG Card Generator – representing character attributes and narrative plot points.
Students then used the generator to develop Flash Fiction; going on to produce longer narrative forms, sequenced over a number of interlinked blog posts.
The longer narratives include: