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Beren Attoe Portfolio FINAL

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Beren Attoe Portfolio FINAL 

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Week 11 – Final Evaluation

This blog post contains the extensive evaluation of my Final Major Project. I evaluate based on planning, research, pre-production and production.

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Week 10 – Post Analysis (4/4)

For my final week of the project, I was beginning to run out of time. I’d only just come off the high of writing introductions. I was burning out. To that end, I stopped writing. I felt as if I had done enough, and that the academic side of my work had to be finished first. After all, my personal side of the project would continue on past college. It could go on for months, or even years.

Below is further insight into that, as well as how the rest of the prologue chapter will play out.

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Week 9 – Post Analysis (3/4)

During this week, I was full steam ahead on my story. I found myself writing a good 4000+ words worth of introductions before scrapping the whole lot, rewriting them and ending up with over 8000 words. Purely for introductions!

Here we go.

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Week 8 – Post Analysis (2/4)

After a talk with Zoran, the media section’s manager, I was enlightened to the topic of quantum physics. I’d remembered similar topics, but the fact that all of these philosopical matters were connected was only made aware through this conversation. In fact, it helped a lot, as you’ll see below.

…It gets somewhat complicated below, fair warning.

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Week 7 – Post Analysis (1/4)


There will be 4 post analysis’, focusing on examining and evaluating my current work. This is to expand upon and show how I have used particular writing skills for my benefit. Each analysis will be 500 words long, and focus on only one post, one character or one story decision, with differing topics each time.

The first will look into the story’s opening!

This is the Tumblr blog on which the story is hosted! Click ‘start reading here’ on the right to read from the beginning!

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Week 4, 5 & 6 – Evolution & Beta Product


With the research and my skills analysed, I set about the creation process for my work. This spawned a few ‘beta’ designs and changes to my schedule, the setting and my expectations. By the end of Week 6, I had finished my presentation and knew how far I wanted to take this project, as well as the key elements of my fictional story.

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FMP Research Compilation


The center of my research for this project has always been visual novels. Danganronpa is the franchise in which my story is set in, but I also looked at other visual novels that I’ve read in order to learn from them. Each product will have a summary, proof of research and what I have taken from it. Tropes, themes, particular styles of writing, etc. The only exception to this will be the first topic – Danganronpa – as that warrants more in-depth analysis.

For the record, I have researched…

  • Two video game / novel franchises.
  • One movie, which serves as an influence for Danganronpa.
  • One song, though there are several covers of it by different artists.
  • Three different fields of study, ranging from hobbies to sciences. One is primary research. Two are secondary.
  • Five members of the Danganronpa community (the ‘fandom’).

Were this a spectrum, I would admit that it leans towards more secondary than primary research. Despite that, the results were bountiful. I do not feel as if I have lost anything because of the secondary-focused research, and I have actually learned more than I would have if this were primary-focused.

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FMP Week 1, 2 & 3 – Planning, Proposal, Pre-Production


As a foreword, all blog posts for the FMP will be no more than 1000 words. This is to conserve space.

During the first three weeks of my FMP, the idea had already been set in stone. Through this project, I was finally able to do something that I’ve wanted to do for three years. The story I wished to create was an exploration into a type of creating writing, on top of an analysis of the human psyche and how it reacts to a life-or-death situation.

This type of writing is commonly called ‘fanfiction’. A story set in an established universe from an already existing product. For this particular piece, it was an alternate timeline in the world of Danganronpa, a visual novel / murder mystery franchise with elements of psychological horror.

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