Zoom meetings, both personal and professional, have become a prominent part of most people’s lives over the last year.
One of my favourite zoom meetings is a weekly writing group that I attend with some of my improv friends in Liverpool.
Improvisers are great people to write with as they are amazing at taking a base idea and expanding it into a myriad of different possibilities. This creative ‘hive mind’ is one of the things I love the most about improv as it tends to result in the creation of characters and scenarios that I never would have conceived of on my own.
A great example of this happened a couple of weeks ago when I came to the meeting with an idea for a cartoon that I wanted to run past the group. I wanted to take the character of Medusa out of ancient mythology and into modern day lockdown life by having her turn to stone after checking out her own face on zoom.
My friends assured me that the joke worked and we then went on to have a full on idea splurge about how various monsters and mythological would conduct themselves on zoom.
I’ve included some of the results from this session below. Turns out humans aren’t the only ones struggling with communicating through online video conferencing software…
Unlike Medusa, Dracula is completely unable to check out his own face.
“Alexa, who is the fairest of them all?”
Troll doing what he does best.
Werewolf hasn’t shaved in months.
Frankenstein’s monster just wants people to hear him out.
Hades’ dog is causing mayhem in the background.
Dead man zooming.
Signal starts getting a bit dodgy once you’re past the upper atmosphere.
Mermaids have finally been accepted as part of our world.