Phallaina

by Marietta Ren, producted by Small Bang
2016
Peabody Awrad 2016

Phallaina is the first scrolling graphic novel. A hybrid narrative device by Marietta Ren, composed of a digital graphic novel for tablets and phablets, as well as a physical fresco with an interactive audio system.

Phallaina tells the story of Audrey, a young girl who suffers from hallucinatory fits during which she sees whales. When she undergoes certain tests, a research scientist and neurologist discovers she has a physeter, an anomalous structure which enables its carriers to remain underwater for prolonged amounts of time.

Update : 13/01/2022
Price
Peabody Awrad Best interactive mobile app (United States) - 2016
Programming
Festival de BD d'Angouleme Angouleme (France), 2016
Online experience
In-situ experience
Smartphone, Tablet
Suitable for all audiences
from 75 to 90 minute(s)
French, English
Contact for distribution

References

Price
Peabody Awrad Best interactive mobile app (United States) - 2016
Programming
Festival de BD d'Angouleme Angouleme (France), 2016

Technical conditions

Online experience
In-situ experience
Experience
Terms
Solo
Interactivity
Interactive - Linear
Duration
From 75 to 90 minute(s)
Audience
Categories
Suitable for all audiences
Price
Free/fee
Free (for private broadcasting only)
This creation is part the exhibition Machines à Bulles initiated by Institut français
Languages
Original language
French, English
Dubbing
Subtitles
Team
Material
Equipment
Smartphone (Android, Nintendo Switch) ; Tablet (Android, iOS)
Internet connection
Not required to broadcast the artwork

Availability on platforms depending on country

Distribution through these platforms is reserved for private use. For public use, please contact the production.

A workshop may accompagny this artwork.

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“The format is inspired by the first forms of graphic narration such as Mathilde Bayeux’s tapestry, ancient Chinese scrolls or mural frescoes from classical antiquity. This long drawing, akin to a continuous lateral tracking shot, is comprised of a succession of drawings of different scales, which blend into one another through the use of graphic transformations and compositional tricks. The scrolling graphic novel does not require the repetition of a drawing to give the user the feeling of movement as with animation films. It is the movement of the viewer’s eyes and the sliding of his hand on the tablet which create motion. This format enables a narrative hybrid somewhere between cinema, comic book and illustration, which can adapt to different reading habits and mediums.“

Marietta Ren, director

 

The Phallaina scrolling application is accompanied by a physical fresco installation 120 meters long by 1.10 meters high, which travels to meet the public and readers in parks, gardens, and towns. The fresco completes the scrolling application by allowing the reader to discover the entire myth of the Phallainas.

Phallaina's teaser

Credits

Direction
M R
Direction
Marietta Ren
C J
Composition and sound design
Côme Jalibert
C D
Technical direction
Christophe Da Silva
L B
Screenwriting
Laurent Bramardi
M B
Other
Martin Bessin
Production-distribution
Production
Small Bang
 
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