The project explores the portrayal of narrative through a visual medium, and how design can help distil a story to its essence.
For this project, I chose to narrate the plot of Anne of Green Gable through a series of looped phenakistoscope animation. The series portrayed Anne Shirley’s life story, from her younger days of being sent from one orphanage to another, to Anne as a loving schoolteacher who continued to inspire generations of readers all around the world. The project portrays the events using a method that was invented closely to her actual time period, with colourful illustrations that resonated with Anne’s lifestyle and philosophies. The looping mechanism of phenakistoscope is used to reinforce my interpretation of Anne Shirley as a zealous and inspiring girl who have lots to give. Regardless of how far she goes, how old she is or how many names and personalities she adapted, she remained the lovable girl that was mistakenly (and humorously) adopted since day one.