I’ve been asked to make a shorter version of my piece Wrecked to be able to show on an online platform. The instructions were simply to shorten the film, specifically make longer shots shorter to align with online viewing behaviours. It’s left me to consider, though, how I might differently tell the story, rethink the structure and content, at least a little, to incorporate some of the information that I’ve used other media in the gallery to communicate, notably the printed and redacted coastguard notes and photo Zine.
My first thought is to use the remaining text, i.e. that which wasn’t redacted, to create a card to introduce the ship – either placed at the beginning so viewers can immediately understand the context, or somehow include later on – or perhaps two cards. The first would introduce the ship and the latter, placed at the end, acting as a reveal: the ship poses no threat to life on the island, despite the opinion of those living there.
I also thought about other ways of communicating this information, perhaps a voiceover, though there’s he worry that might interfere with the tone of the first section.