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TimelineDB: IRL

Are actors, just characters…IRL?

In the current ERD, we track actors differently then we do characters in movies, or in a story. So for example if we were tracking The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne would be a character in the movie played by the actor Christian Bale.

As I was working on the associative entity table ideas tonight, I got to thinking…

Should actors portraying a character be treated any different than a character? In other words, are actors just characters…in real life?

Should we “break the fourth wall” with this? Is the Christian Bale Batman a single timeline? or is it two?

Are there benefits to treating characters in stories as unique things, and then treat actors portraying those characters separately? In the Dark Knight, the Trump building in Chicago was used in a few scenes. So The Batman ergo Bruce Wayne ergo Christian Bale were AT the Trump building in…Chicago on a certain date.

Do we cross the 4th wall? Can we now connect “the” Donald Trump to Bruce Wayne? Maybe? but only across those timelines. The Michael Keaton Batman has no (none proven yet) connection to Trump’s building in Goth…Chicago. Only the Christian Bale Batman timeline has a connection to the Trump building in Chica…in Gotham. In this respect, we can and probably should include Donald Trump as a character in the IRL timeline and be able to draw correlations between story timelines, and IRL timelines.

I think, after I ponder this further…I’ll realize this is not as big of a deal probably…because if we design the DB properly, we can just treat IRL like another story/timeline as if it were a written story. As I write this wrap-up, I think I have my answer, don’t I?

Our “story” table is really our timeline table. Duh.

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