What is Medlay? Hybrid Media Form
It is hybrid because it combines the strenght3 of two popular media forms, the cinema and comic ones. In particular, it fuses the one-image-at-a-time temporal narration peculiar to cinema with the multi-images spatial narration peculiar to comics.
Two proof of concept prototypes have been created to demostrate the possibilities of use of Medlay: The Last Dispatch and Ubik Chap. 6. They both narrate a short story.
Viewers of a Medlay artefact can explore actively and freely4 the time and space of a multimedia narration.
The watching time of a Medlay artefact is not dictated by the roll of moving images as it happens for a movie, so viewers are completely free to interact with the narrative sequence at an order and pace of their own choosing.
Medlay = medley + lay. ↩
A media form is to a media artefact as comics is to a particular comic book or as cinema is to a particular movie: the latter is a specific application of the former. ↩
Such as, for example, the moving image or the variably sized and shaped panel. ↩
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