Brandon Generator: Episode 1

21 May

We have been working on a class literacy project on The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator : an interactive online story and animated film that is driven by readers. The story is about Brandon Generator, a writer and comic book artist suffering from writer’s block who falls asleep and wakes up to find all his work has been done for him (a bit like the shoe-makers elves). The reader can help Brandon shape his story by leaving writing, drawings and voice messages in his virtual writer’s study.

In class we have created our own contributions to Brandon’s story by creating drawings, stories and podcasts. We have also had discussions on the process of writing, writer’s block, characterisation, setting and plot and made predictions on what we think will happen next.

An insight into some of our discussions…

How do you think the text got on Brandon’s computer?

“I think that a mysterious being from another world heard about Brandon’s writer’s block and came to help him.” Lewis M

“When he fell asleep he typed out the writing with his head.” Emily W

“A ghost of a coffee monster might have done it.” Mirren M

“Maybe his mum did it for him.” Lewis S “..or a friend.” Ryan P “..OR A GHOST!” Cameron McG

“I think he wrote it while he was sleeping.” Niamh P

On how to overcome writer’s block. Our top tips…

“Look for inspiration everywhere you go. Find things that interest you and use them.” Lewis M

“Ask people what they think makes and interesting story. Go for a drive. Doodle with reckless abandon, see what you come up with.” Yasmin M

“Have a nap (try to dream). Look out of a window.”

“1.Take a long walk, 2.listen to music, 3. read a book for ideas, 4. watch TV.” Niamh P

“Talk to people.” Mirren M

“Look at things around you. Think about your own life.” Kaitlyn B

“Don’t worry! Ask someone to help.” Emily W

“Pick some random words and try to put them in a sentence.” Aimee S

What do you think the creatures on Brandon’s notepad look like?

What do you think of Brandon as a character?

“I think Brandon is a very creative and deep person.” Yasmin McG

“I think he is looking a little ill, he has too much coffee.” Kaitlyn B

“He seems like a troubled person.” Justine L

“I think he’s a little bit crazy.” Cameron McG

What do you think of the Brandon Generator Project?

“I think it is good as you get to use your imagination.” Robert M

“I think it’s amazing.” Ross L “I like the interactive storyline.” Chloe O

“I like the story and the animation.” Niamh P “I think it’s a smart idea.” Emily W


Tune in next week to hear our voicemail and dictaphone podcasts 


19 Responses to “Brandon Generator: Episode 1”

  1. Niamh and Jay May 22, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    All the drawings look great! We wonder who left the voicemail…

  2. christopher May 22, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    The Brandon Generator epsisodes are really good you should watch them!

  3. Yasmin May 22, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    This topic is fun, I enjoyed going around all the different tables. c:

  4. Robert May 22, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    All the pics are great the voice mail is mysterious!

  5. ryan May 22, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    All the pics are great

  6. megan May 22, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I think the monsters look really good, everyone has hidden talent for drawing.

  7. skye May 22, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    all those pics are great well done to everyone xoxoxoxo

  8. Ruairidh & johnathan May 22, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    We think it is a very fun project.

  9. Lewis N,Cameron McC May 22, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    We like the Brandon Generator topic it is cool.

  10. cameron May 22, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    I really like the quadbloging it is so fun!

  11. Mirren May 22, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    I am really enjoying this project and I love all the drawings !! 😀

  12. Chloe May 22, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    I liked drawing the monsters plus they all look great. 🙂

  13. justine May 22, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Awesome! I am waiting in suspense.

  14. Emily May 22, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    I liked writing ideas of what was on the computer and the voice mails.

  15. Luke May 22, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Cool pics

  16. Hannah May 22, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I think the Brandon Generator project is really cool, I can’t wait to see the next episode!

  17. Mrs Fulton May 26, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Fantastic work Primary 7. Well done! 🙂

  18. Bob June 15, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Great work!

  19. Henry June 15, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    This is brilliant. I love the amount of writing. You must have spent ages on this but it was worth it. You are a brilliant writer. Keep it up.

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