Ever since I heard my first myth as a child I have been fascinated by fables and lore. They have an ability to speak to us on a very basic level, because when it boils down to it, the raw elements that myths contain are present in all of us. The feeling of venturing forth from what is comfortable and known into what challenges and scares us is a feeling we can all relate to. We all battle our own demons and monsters, whether they be real or figurative, and we all feel the glow of triumph when we overcome them. "Whiteboard Legend," follows these archetypes, key elements of the traditional tragic hero mythology, and I believe obtains the relatable human qualities this mythology possesses, even if by mere resemblance.
For this project, I wanted to create a fable on an old whiteboard I had lying around. I had never worked with a whiteboard as a medium for storytelling before, so it was a unique and interesting experience, and I feel the end product took on a life of its own that I was not expecting it to. Speeding up the footage, you can still see my hand entering the frame, but it cuts out so quickly, that the figures often take on a life of their own. If I hadn't used the whiteboard, I would never have been able to achieve this effect, as it relied on erasing bits and pieces, placing them immediately elsewhere, insinuating motion. Any other physical medium would have left traces of old images, destroying the illusion. The whiteboard allowed for a fluid feel to the motion, leaving no lines when erased. I feel I have discovered something unique here, something I would like to further explore in the future, and I hope any and all who view this piece enjoy what they see.