Flawed is conveyed through a series of unique, colourful, static compositions of ink and watercolour storyboards combined with a lyrically narrated voiceover track in order to engage viewers on the journey that Dorfman had experienced. By combining both time-lapse animation and the hand-painted images, done through positioning a camera above her workstation and shooting frame-by-frame, we are able to view the documentary for what it is; a story tracing the narrator’s journey through familiar issues of relationships, happiness, body politics, self-worth and acceptance.
The factual documentary itself is quite linear as it is based on the narrator’s life but becomes quite immersive as the nature of the storytelling progresses. I felt that the content was executed perfectly considering the subject matter as I believe the intended audience would have been aimed at the age group of pre-teens to young adults and by using the childish watercolour visuals in order to engage the audience within the story allows for complete concentration and focus without too many distractions.
What I found to be incredibly engaging within the story was some of the key incidents where the issues of body politics, self-worth and acceptance were made out to be incredibly relatable. In one of the incidents, Dorfman recounts,
“It made me wonder if plastic surgeons who do cosmetic surgery look at people differently. Do they see people as broken? And flawed? And with cosmetic surgery they’ll be fixed?”
This really resonated with me in that the illustrations along with the narrator’s voiceover really invokes meaningful reflections and provokes thoughts within the user and audience, which I thought was done really well in terms of the narrative storyline.
By having the director narrate the story, it felt immensely appropriate and incredibly personal to listen and watch. I, as the viewer, felt a sense of connection and intimacy with the story and therefore identified with every aspect of the story.
Similarly, the ‘Interactive tool’ in which the main site refers to, showcases the different flaws that Dorfman herself has faced. This interactive element is great as it demonstrates and highlights specifically what flaws and insecurities she has. Viewers are able to click on specific parts of the illustration and listen to sound bites and therefore understand how those insecurities had come about.
Having taken a look at some of the other mediums that this content was distributed on, I thought that it was wise to note that the actual broadcast and film in its entirety was longer (12 min) than that of the content made available on the project homepage. The story on the project homepage is far shorter in terms of duration (6 min) and lots of content has been cutout of the storyline, which I can understand may have been done so that streaming bandwidth would have been reduced to half the size, however I feel like the audience could potentially be missing out in terms of detail within the story.