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Writing The Next Chapter Of TV/Internet Content With “House of Cards”

Writing The Next Chapter Of TV/Internet Content With “House of Cards” | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Beau Willimon arrives in Fast Company’s office and, before long, he’s painting a picture of the decidedly unglamorous Maryland community where he’s spent much of the last six months filming his next project, the political thriller House of Cards.
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Folk music gets a transmedia reboot (Wired UK)

Folk music gets a transmedia reboot (Wired UK) | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

When songstress Alison Sudol wanted to expand her album Pines beyond the usual format, she turned her ode to nature into an animated ebook and a short film...

 

Like many of its forebears, Sudol's crisis bred invention. Her eyes alighted on a group of tiny birds sitting protected in the pine trees, and around the image she began constructing stories about nature's struggle. These were to form the basis of a new folk record, Pines. "But eventually they turned into this huge sprawling tale, and if it had all been included in the songs it would have been, like, 16 CDs long!" So, instead, she drafted in other mediums, too -- a 12-minute short film; an ebook with animated illustrations and embedded track snippets -- each one a different window on an implied Pines universe. It's the album as transmedia epic, and folk music's long-absent silicon upgrade.

Indeed, the strong narrative component in folk, Sudol says, rewards the storytelling potential of tablet devices. "There are a lot of people -- for lack of a better word, 'nature people', or 'tree huggers' -- who are against technology and the pace of modern life. But I feel that we should find ways to marry the very human desire to experience nature with the innovations that are becoming available to us, more and more every day...."

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The Dogs of NYC: An Interactive Watercolor Map of the City’s Canine Caucus

The Dogs of NYC: An Interactive Watercolor Map of the City’s Canine Caucus | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Visualizing the geography of common breeds and names. New York City has a special relationship with its dogs -- just look at the treasure (So great!
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Spirited Away animators breathe new life into Japanese RPG (Wired UK)

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a remarkably well-made new RPG that perfectly recaptures the magic of a long-dead style of gaming...

 

The PlayStation 3 game, available in the UK from 1 February, is the result of a collaboration between two key creative studios at the top of their respective games: Studio Ghibli, the animation house responsible for legendary features like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, and Level-5, the game creator responsible for the huge-selling Professor Layton and Dragon Quest IX games. The game itself looks like a Ghibli film come to life, with vibrant in-game graphics. Sprinkled throughout the adventure are 2D animated scenes crafted by Ghibli, looking every bit like the visuals in its popular films. And it's all set to an upbeat orchestrated soundtrack composed by Joe Hisaishi, who creates the music for Ghibli's films, and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic...."

 
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Is Your TV Connected? Canadian Stats

Is  Your  TV  Connected?   patrick  hopf  -­‐  sourceknowledge  
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very interesting stats on Canadian, US & International connected TV usage & projections

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The i-Docs Lab

The i-Docs Lab | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
i-Docs is proud to announce the i-Docs Lab! As more people were approaching us to disseminate our knowledge about the growing i-docs world, we decided to create a modular Lab format to be offered t...
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a bit of the description - looks fantastic!:

 

"Our very first lab will be held in Bristol this coming 30th of January, during the BBC Digital Bristol Week and will be devided in two parts:

 

1. i-Docs Lab Part One: key concepts for understanding i-docs

 

Interactive documentary experts Mandy Rose, Judith Aston and Sandra Gaudenzi will unpack the mysteries of interactive documentaries: what are they, what is exciting about them and how do they relate to the documentary tradition?


Through analysis of a range of interactive projects, all of which place new logics of authorship and storytelling at their core, the session will provide participants with a set of conceptual tools to assist in the development of their own work.

 

2. i-Docs Lab Part Two: meet the producers of two success stories...

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Mining Company Will Use 3D Printer To Turn Raw Asteroids Into Valuable Metal Parts

Mining Company Will Use 3D Printer To Turn Raw Asteroids Into Valuable Metal Parts | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Deep Space Industries announced plans today to launch the world's first fleet of asteroid-hunting spacecraft to search for space rocks that can be harvested.
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& so it begins... on the way to discovering Aliens....

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Trion and Syfy redefine licensing with Defiance

Trion and Syfy redefine licensing with Defiance | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Trion SVP Nick Beliaeff on how this game and TV show developed together...

 

Events in the TV show affect the game, and vice-versa, but just how synchronized are the events between the TV show and the game? "They're synchronized within an inch of their life," Beliaeff laughs. "That's the whole goal. That's some of the secret sauce that we think we have, just making sure that whenever an episode of the show is on air there's a big beat happening in the game. Our real goal is whether it's from game to show or show to game, that those big beats are happening whenever there's an episode on."

The scope of the project makes synchronization difficult. "Defiance is a worldwide project, we're releasing the game simultaneously in North America and Europe, in English, French, and German," Beliaeff said. "The show is launching the same week in North America and Europe. In some countries it might not be the same day but it is the same week, so we took a horseshoes and hand grenades approach to it, where close counts. It's not like 'Hey the premiere of the show is at 9 o'clock and it ends at 10, so at 10:01 in the game, boom! Trigger the switch.' It's that week."...

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Very Very Cool: Wish for the Future: Open Design Challenge, Lance Weiler & Jörgen van der Sloot

Igniting theImaginationof Many
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done this at StoryWorld...and my wish was... 

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Digital Humanitarian Response: Moving from Crowdsourcing to Microtasking

Digital Humanitarian Response: Moving from Crowdsourcing to Microtasking | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

A central component of digital humanitarian response is the real-time monitor-ing, tagging and geo-location of relevant reports published on mainstream and social media. This has typically been a highly manual and time-consuming process, which explains why dozens if not hundreds of digital volunteers are often needed to power digital humanitarian response efforts. To coordinate these efforts, volunteers typically work off Google Spreadsheets which, needless to say, is hardly the most efficient, scalable or enjoyable interface to work on for digital humanitarian response...."

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Evaluating the New Independent Film Distributors in 2012 | Bryan Glick, Film Collaborative

Evaluating the New Independent Film Distributors in 2012 | Bryan Glick, Film Collaborative | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
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very useful profile:

 

"...Indomina Releasing came out big at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival acquiring four films. They are the only company to have two documentaries from this past year’s fest gross over $250k (The Imposter and Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap). Something from Nothing was a combined deal with BET handling the TV premiere. The total acquisition cost was over $1,000,000, and though it is unknown how the cost was split, it is reasonable to assume that the TV deal was at least half of the paid price. They launched Something from Nothing on 157 screens in the opening weekend and the film grossed $288k. While it is far from their most successful film, by opening as wide as they did and having a partnership with BET, they reduced their liability and at worst it was a modest loss and most likely profitable after digital platforms....."

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Very cool: Escape From Tomorrow: First Clip From The Film Shot Inside Disney World Without Approval - Bleeding Cool

Very cool: Escape From Tomorrow: First Clip From The Film Shot Inside Disney World Without Approval - Bleeding Cool | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an unemployed father's sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls.
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Looks Fantastic! POV Hackathon: Nonfiction storytelling & technology NY April 13-24

Looks Fantastic! POV Hackathon: Nonfiction storytelling & technology NY April 13-24 | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Very cool

 

Nonfiction storytelling and technology intersect once again in New York City. POV Hackathon 3 will take place April 13-24, 2013.

 

"Eight teams of filmmakers and developers will be challenged to create web documentary prototypes - be they mobile sites, web apps, widgets, games or something we've never seen before - over two days of intense collaboration. Here's a little more about the selected projects:

 

Cpm-703 A Fukushima-born artist journeys into Japan's nuclear winter, revealing the warmth and strength of survivors coping with the effects of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Meet the team »
View the prototype »

 

Data Docs Aims to spread data literacy by telling short stories about the most important datasets in the world. Each is a meld of linear storytelling and animation with live, evergreen data and choice interactive elements.
Meet the team »
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Canadian Film Financier J Joly Out to 'Moneyball' Hollywood With Social Media

Canadian Film Financier J Joly Out to 'Moneyball' Hollywood With Social Media | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
TORONTO - J Joly is doing more than offering Canadian filmmakers as much as $1 million to finance their next movie.

 

His Vancouver-based competition-style accelerator, CineCoup, aims to make social media, rather than government money, the driving force behind Canadian film.

 

“I’m trying to moneyball Hollywood,” Joly said, putting himself in the mindset of Billy Beane, the Oakland A's general manager who defied the system to find World Series success in theMichael Lewis book and the 2011 Brad Pitt-starring movieMoneyball it inspired.

 

Here’s how: young indie filmmakers are competing with a two-minute trailer for a proposed movie and a $150 entry price to get online audiences to buzz about their concept on Twitter and Facebook accounts linked to a CineCoup app...."

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listening to J Joly right now at CBC InnovatvTO right now - fascinating

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Top 10 Failed Social Media Sites & What We Can Learn [Infographic]

Top 10 Failed Social Media Sites & What We Can Learn [Infographic] | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
There is a lot we can learn from this top 10 failed social media sites list. This list also shows the potential reasons why each one of these sites failed.
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BBC iPlayer Report Points Unmistakably At TV's Future

BBC iPlayer Report Points Unmistakably At TV's Future | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
The BBC has reported its 2012 usage figures for its groundbreaking web-TV iPlayer system, and they're rather startling: 2.32 billion TV and radio program streaming requests went through the online portal in 2012 (equating to 37 for every person in...
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Are we ready? Starlight - The Canadian Movie Channel - CRTC Application underway

Are we ready? Starlight - The Canadian Movie Channel - CRTC Application underway | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Startlight - The Canadian Movie Channel

Starlight is a new specialty television channel that will be entirely devoted to Canadian movies, particularly feature films intended for theatrical release. The program schedule for the channel will be 100% Canadian, consisting of Canadian feature films, Canadian feature documentaries, Canadian made-for-TV movies, and programs with or about Canadian filmmakers. All feature films intended for theatrical distribution will be presented without commercial interruption.

 

© 2013 Starlight - The Canadian Movie Channel. All rights reserved.

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Canadian Gaming Incubator Execution Labs Announces Inaugural Cohort - Techvibes.com

Canadian Gaming Incubator Execution Labs Announces Inaugural Cohort - Techvibes.com | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Today, Montreal-based Execution Labs, a new gaming incubator and go-to market accelerator, revealed its first cohort of independent game teams.
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Very Cool App: Giving Voice to Novel eBook Experience, The Silent History

The silent epidemic began in the year 2011. Children around the world were born without the ability to learn language. They didn't babble as babies. They didn’t speak as they grew older. They couldn’t understand what their parents were saying. They seemed to show no interest in using language at all. Parents became frustrated, trying every obscure teaching method and advertised miracle cure. Scientists were baffled. There was no virus, no environmental toxin they could pinpoint as the cause of the disorder. As years went by, hope for a cure dwindled, but it became obvious that there was something more to the silents, something everyone had failed to notice.

 

This is the premise of a new, serialized digital novel, The Silent History, by Kevin Moffett, Matthew Derby, Russell Quinn and Eli Horowitz. Fans of puzzle hunt books might recognize Horowitz as one of the authors of The Clock Without a Face, a children’s book filled with hidden clues that led to real-world buried treasures.

 

While The Silent History doesn’t have cryptic clues or buried jewels, it does encourage readers to explore the story in several new and exciting ways. The creators, who designed and released The Silent History as an iOS app, are calling it “a new kind of novel”. Initially, the app offers video and text that introduce the reader to the story world. There are then two different experiences a reader can choose to explore: the time-released Testimonials, or the location-based Field Reports.

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BII REPORT: The Mobile Advertising Ecosystem Explained

BII REPORT: The Mobile Advertising Ecosystem Explained | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Complexities, fractures, and opportunities galore....

 

Here's the dynamics surrounding the mobile advertising ecosystem:

Mobile advertising is relatively tiny: U.S. mobile ad revenue was $1.2 billion last year, a tiny fraction of overall U.S. ad spend. And most "mobile ads" were simply search and display ads viewed on mobile.  According to BI Intelligence estimates, mobile advertising is on track to hit $3.2 billion this year. Why? Mobile CPMS are low, and ads are oftentimes intrusive. Ad spending has therefore not caught up with time spent on mobile. These will remain significant challenges to mobile ads.Also, the mobile ad ecosystem is very complex: The mobile ad ecosystem is not as strictly delineated as the desktop ecosystem. In mobile advertising, the rules of the road change with different combinations of device, wireless operator, and operating system....


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/bii-report-the-mobile-advertising-ecosystem-explained-2012-12#ixzz2Inf0kJjY;

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A More Decentralized Workplace Is Becoming Inevitable

A More Decentralized Workplace Is Becoming Inevitable | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
We're moving full-force into a knowledge economy.

 

One of the ways they're doing that is by engaging with digital technology, freelancers, and startups to do work remotely that used to require contract workers. According to an Elance survey, 42 percent of employers say they expect to hire more freelancers in 2013 than in 2012, and a majority of freelancers expect their incomes to rise. 

 

And it doesn't mean companies are getting lower-quality work; it's just in shorter bursts, and in a different way. As the demand rises, companies are coming up with innovative ways to supply it. Anders Jones, the COO of virtual assistant company Zirtual explains.

 

"We’re looking at this as collaborative consumption for human capital," says Jones. "We split the revenue 50/50 between the assistant and Zirtual. If you look at the makeup of our specific demographic, many assistants have just graduated and aren't interested in a 9-to-5 job. ZAs have the ability to move to a different city every month. The service is just transactional. It’s high-touch." ...



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-future-of-the-workplace-2013-1#ixzz2IncIZOqn;

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Smart: HP's Autonomy Gave Away Augmented Reality Tech to Brands | Digital - AdAge

Smart: HP's Autonomy Gave Away Augmented Reality Tech to Brands | Digital - AdAge | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
autonomy will start charging for use of the once-free aurasma platform, and no longer needs its creative production staff who have assisted advertisers along the way.
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"HP gave thousands of large and small brands its augmented reality technology for free for over a year, and only now is planning to monetize the platform.

 

HP bought Autonomy in 2011 as part of its move into marketing software and services. Though allowing beta access to technology platforms at no cost is not a new concept, Autonomy's decision to give away Aurasma for free for so long isn't the norm. In November, HP announced it was writing off 80% of the $10.3 billion it paid for Autonomy, citing problems with Autonomy accounting.

 

For the past year-and-a-half, Aurasma has partnered with entertainment, packaged goods and other consumer brands in what was essentially an extensive beta-period barter. The firm used in-house creative production staff to help brands, including Universal, develop campaigns that turned print and outdoor ads into 3-D mobile-video experiences at no cost to the advertisers and publishers in exchange for assisting in promotion of the technology....

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Rhianna Pratchett at TEDx Transmedia 2012 - 'The Future of the Videogames Writer'

Scriptwriter, story designer and 'narrative paramedic,' Rhianna Pratchett, is most well-known for being a 14-year veteran of the videogames industry. She wen...
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What We Learned at CES and What Brands Have to Know - Day 1 Recap

The 2013 International CES topped 150,000 attendees, covered 1.92 million square feet of exhibit space, unveiled 20,000 new products and showcased hundreds of s
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LOVE this! Sundance 2013: How did a newbie make an unapproved film in Disney parks - LA Times

LOVE this! Sundance 2013: How did a newbie make an unapproved film in Disney parks - LA Times | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

BY STEVEN ZEITCHIK

January 19, 2013, 3:07 a.m.

 

PARK CITY, Utah -- About three years ago, Randy Moore, a struggling screenwriter living in Burbank, had an out-there idea: What if he took a tiny camera and, without asking permission, began shooting a narrative movie at Disney theme parks?

Moore had been visiting Disney World in Orlando, Fla., with his now-estranged father since he was a child, and he’d also begun taking his two children, then 1 and 3, to Disneyland. He thought that juxtaposing the all-American iconography of Mickey Mouse with a dark scripted tale would be cinematic gold, or at least deeply weird.

So with the help of an extremely small Canon camera and some very game actors and crew, the director began shooting a movie guerrilla-style....

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