The wife and I have been FaceTiming with our five-year-old niece over the last couple of weeks. As you can imagine with the lockdown we’re experiencing, she can be a bit bored. She has a great imagination and loves dinosaurs, horses, Chris Pratt and princesses. So we asked her to tell us a story based on a little version of my LEGO city, Fredbricksburg. We FaceTimed the little setup and a bunch of LEGO minifigures so she could see what we had to play with.
Her mom sent back a note with the idea list. So away we went on this Six-Image Narrative adventure: The Quest for the Golden Dino.
Based on the above, I put a list together of six frames and then began pulling the cast together.
- Olaf is retelling the “Quest for the Golden Dino” story.
- Owen and Claire begin the search.
- Rex steals the statue.
- Emmet chases Rex through town.
- Princesses roadblock Rex with help from friendly dinos.
- Owen and Claire get the Golden Dino.
Let the quest begin!
When I was done shooting, we called her again and “read” the story back to her via FaceTime. The whole experience was super fun and memorable, and a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Camera and image info
I dug my Lensbaby kit out of the closet and got reacquainted with it. Only one of the images has any Photoshop work—that was to insert a right-side-up view of the Golden Dino head in the magnifying glass (shot 2). All six images were shot on a Canon 5D Mk III and the behind-the-scenes (BTS) shots below were done with a Canon G7X, a handy little point-and-shoot camera.
Shooting in a smallish space has its challenges. The town is normally stored in a cabinet. For this six-image narrative, each piece was moved from table to cabinet to desk to shelf and back many times. No broken buildings—YAY!