The documentary filmmakers and media producers who are venturing out into the world of transmedia or interactive storytelling have advanced storytelling, but have spent much time, elbow grease, and sweat on their projects....
3. Consider the Immersive Story
Sean Flynn, a documentary filmmaker who is attending MIT's Open Docs Lab starting this fall, says the best projects in the space have "an elasticity in terms of types of experiences: You can do the deep dive and get really immersed in it, but if you're causally checking it out, you can have a fulfilling experience in 5 minutes," he says.
"Welcome to Pine Point."
Many transmedia watchers point to the NFB's "Welcome to Pinepoint" as particularly successful at merging the cinematic with the new platforms. "I think from a lot of people coming from traditional film, it's one of the projects that speaks to us," says Flynn. "Using a music score, sound design, and elegant transitions, elevated it above some flash-based multimedia project, and it had a nice narrative structure and a reveal. That's exciting to me."