Gabriele Grazulyte

Game Changers

This film is about four the most successful Kingston University students. The goal is to inspire students, that are passive or not taking enough actions due to the lack of confidence, budget, time etc. – which keep them away from hitting their goals. The strategy is to focus on students’ stories of how they became successful. One of the most important aspects of the storyboard is to build a relationship between a story teller and a viewer, in this case the film is more engaging and realistic. The relationship is built by the interviewees as they take themselves back to the moments when they were passive, negative and confused. In this case, the viewers are able to familiarise themselves with the story tellers, which take them through the whole story of how they became successful.  Followed this, the viewer more likely going to believe the story of success, because it is shown that it starts from nowhere, from failures and it can be delivered by anyone to the most successful and magical moments.

Natalia Santos-Correia

The Emotional World of Social Media

Discussing the world of social media through the metaphorical. This paper will look at the emotional world of social media, and how the users become lost within this new world of ‘virtuality’ that Van Doogh(2011) expresses. This paper will take note of characters who lose themselves within the real world, and how emotions that are prevalent coexists with emotions produced through the world of social media. It will, at the same time, shed light on how this new world of social media produces a world of raw authenticity. A new haven for ‘weirdos’ as Eddie Huang (2013) speaks about. This paper will look to see whether, in conclusion, the emotional impact of the world of social media is so powerful that it hinders our beings and, changes us into what Marx & Engels(1848) suggests: ‘lifeless human robots’; stripped from all organic consciousness.

Jonathan Nino

A major export coming out of Japan for the last couple decades has been in the form of comic books. These are commonly known as manga and their animated form is called anime. Manga which was born in Japan can now be widely found across the world in local book stores to our local libraries and has grown a huge following over in the west. I wanted to investigate the origins behind the creation of manga and anime, also the influences it had when it was being formed. I also wanted to discover how manga had impacted on the west and why it has become the major export coming out of Japan. I found several examples of how both western comic books and manga had taken influence from each other as well as anime had impacts on western cartoons. Manga and anime had even made it into western cinema and gained praise over in the west. The reason for making the dissertation was to make people more aware of what manga really is and how it has impacted on Japan and the rest of the world.