This is wonderful to think about for any artist and any medium. In all of entertainment and I dare say art is included in that realm, there are six layers,
The king of all the layers of entertainment being Content.
This blog post explains what those layers are and gives great food for thought for how to push one’s work over the edge and into the hearts of those who view it. All layers are important. Honing one’s skills and craft is just the beginning, making art that is meaningful and interesting for its viewers is another thing. Yet, the meaningfulness will fail to impact if the other layers are lacking as well. Content needs to be the focus yet only when the other layers have been properly developed or at least developed enough so that the content can shine. There is a reason why art is a discipline.
Scott McCloud is awesome! Now you may be asking yourself “Hey, who is this Scott McCloud guy?” Well for one, he’s awesome! Why? He gave us all of the tools to understand entertainment. That’s why.
You have probably never heard of Scott McCloud, but he wrote a graphic novel called Understanding Comics. Buried inside of that graphic novel is the beautiful, beautiful Chapter 7, which gives us all of the tools to understand entertainment. (He refers to it as “art”, but his definition of art is very broad, so I’m going to refer to it as entertainment.) Here’s what he says.
All entertainment has 6 layers. They are:
*He calls this Idea/Purpose, but this is my blog, so I’m going to use the word I want: Content.
These six layers are present in every medium. The most…
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