May 15, 2011 View Comments
Photo courtesy of Clay Walker
“In the lands of the North, where the Black Rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the Men of the Northlands sit by their great log fires and they tell a tale…”
So began each episode of stop-motion animated Nordic King, Noggin the Nog‘s beloved children’s television show. Noggin is an early (abeit fictional) example of a monologuist, the subject for this first in a series of audio visual storytelling primers from Overlap. I’m considering a monologue to be a dramatic first person speech that tells a story from the speaker, but over the course of the half a dozen examples we’ll look at in this primer it’ll become apparent that most, if not all, of these characteristics are flexible, if not disposable.