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Has Cable TV Taken the Place of the Mid-Budget Indie?

Has Cable TV Taken the Place of the Mid-Budget Indie? | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

In May, it was announced that one of the most buzzed-about new filmmakers, Sean Durkin, would be shopping a TV series based on "The Exorcist" as his next project. Durkin’s debut feature "Martha Marcy May Marlene" was the indie to see in 2011, but the news that he was following it up with a move to the small screen didn't come as much of a surprise.

 

Plenty of artistically gifted filmmakers who would in the past have focused on making mid-range arty indies have been shifting instead to the more domestic medium. Last year there was Todd Haynes’ "Mildred Pierce" miniseries; Lena Dunham’s comedy "Girls" and Noah Baumbach’s attempted "The Corrections" series followed not long after. More recently, Cary Fukunaga (of "Sin Nombre") signed on to direct a detective show with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. (Of course, these are all HBO projects -- more about the other networks momentarily.)

 

Why the turn to TV? Primarily, it's because these talents are looking for stability rather than uncertainty -- the budgets they require to make ambitious work while retaining enough creative control. Indie filmmaking in the realm of $2-$15 million pictures has become a bit of a ghost town, for all the reasons of that you, dear reader, are surely aware -- fewer mini-major distributors, a declining market share for movies in general, digital piracy on the rise, and so ont...

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WATCH: Harry Potter Fans Parody Lady Gaga In 'Sorted This Way'

WATCH: Harry Potter Fans Parody Lady Gaga In 'Sorted This Way' | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

From the minds of Not Literally -- a Harry Potter-themed comedy group -- comes an interesting parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." Hufflepuff Pride!...

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QR code campaign from Volkswagen causes stir in Latin America - QR Code Press

QR code campaign from Volkswagen causes stir in Latin America - QR Code Press | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
QR code campaign aimed at promoting its commercial vans.

 

QR code campaign spikes brand awareness by 224%

 

The automaker has produced a short video that shows off a large QR code made out of boxes. The QR code campaign was launched earlier this month with a marketing stunt held in Central de Abastos in Mexico City. According to Volkswagen, the QR code campaign successfully increased Crafter brand awareness by 224% amongst regulars of Central de Abastos, the largest commercial trading space in Latin America....

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Sony Buys Gaikai For $380 Million - Are Consoles Headed To The Cloud? - Forbes

Sony Buys Gaikai For $380 Million - Are Consoles Headed To The Cloud? - Forbes | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Sony's acquisition of cloud-gaming provider Gaikai may mean a shift in the evolution of the gaming console.
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The Dark Knight Rises Viral Campaign (Part III) ...

The Dark Knight Rises Viral Campaign (Part III) ... | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
The Dark Knight Rises Viral Campaign (Part III) The viral campaign for the last episode of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has released a performance review from the Gotham Police Department for...
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David Cage on grief, life, death, game design & Beyond: Two Souls

David Cage on grief, life, death, game design & Beyond: Two Souls | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Keith Stuart: The writer and director of the Quantic Dreams game Heavy Rain tells us about his new title, Beyond: Two Souls, and why games have much to tell us about life and death...

 

Video games have a strange relationship with death. It happens all the time, of course – a thousand times a second in one of the big online shooters. Death is part of the language, the very fibre of game design.

 

But yet, games rarely question it, rarely confront it. While movies and literature have pored over its implications, its finality (or otherwise), games have been content to use it as a penalty, or a dramatic plot device in a cinematic sequence.

 

Some titles, such as the Soul Reaver series have attempted to explore the duality of the physical and spiritual worlds, while ethereal adventures like Shadow of the Colossus and Limbo have dealt with notions of post-mortal guilt and purgatory. But mostly, death is just a glyph in the gaming grammar, a means of progressing from one game state to another.

 

Beyond: Two Souls could be very different. The latest adventure from Quantic Dreams, the developer of last year's controversial thriller Heavy Rain, follows Jodie Holmes, a young girl with psychic abilities and a close, symbiotic relationship with a spectral being named Aidan...

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How Breaking Bad Resurrects Its Antihero Again and Again

How Breaking Bad Resurrects Its Antihero Again and Again | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

This month begins the first half of the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad. In the 46 episodes that have aired thus far, (nominal) protagonist Walter White, a former chemistry teacher turned meth lord, has dissolved three human bodies in hydrofluoric acid and strangled a man with a bicycle lock. He has witnessed a legless would-be assassin drag his bloody stumps across a hospital floor. He has seen two planes collide above his house and watched as flaming debris plummeted into his swimming pool. Twice he has been so convinced that he was about to die that he recorded farewell messages for his family....

 

[our fave character is Jesse... then El Pollo (sniff...)... then Walt]

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Ssshhhh.....something's starting...Enchanting & Obsoletus A Blog by Rexford Higgs

Ssshhhh.....something's starting...Enchanting & Obsoletus A Blog by Rexford Higgs | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

From the site:

 

New Intel Coming In:

 

Rex wanted me to let you all know that he got access to the security camera where the Time Switch is located. So now we have access to that live feed. You can find the link to that at the top left corner menu, under ‘Miracle Mile Live Feed.’ Thanks to Dario we were able to access the camera remotely, and tilt slightly so that we can watch the door. We encourage everyone to keep an eye on the feed and ping me in the event of any suspicious activity.

 

So far I know that Dario, Nick and Santana are going to be out of town and unavailable to retrieve Jane’s message. Xia might be able to make it, but I’m still waiting to get confirmation from her. I think she doesn’t want to go alone, which is completely understandable. Any other volunteers?...

 

.....stay vigilant.

 

-Appoline

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The Girl Gamer Examined: An Interview with Andrea Phillips

The Girl Gamer Examined: An Interview with Andrea Phillips | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Award-winning author Andrea Phillips has worked as a game designer and writer on titles such as Perplex City, Floating City, and America 2049.

 

OMGN: Over the past few years, gaming has become more cinematic and emphasized character development, such as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series and Isaac Clarke from the Dead Space series. Do you think that female characters have also been getting more detailed characterization?


Phillips: It's definitely been happening, though it is true that usually the characters getting that kind of detail aren't women. That's a side effect of the fact that not many games use women as their headliners, though, and in a game where you're playing as a specific character (like Nathan Drake or Lara Croft), usually that main character is the one you learn the most about. (Portal being a very notable exception -- but that's not exactly a cinematic game, either.)
But these richer narrative games sometimes also shine that light on a wider cast, even if the headliner is a male character -- think about Bioware, which makes almost ensemble games, for example...

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User-Generated Storytelling | Open Documentary Lab at MIT

User-Generated Storytelling | Open Documentary Lab at MIT | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

User-generated content. Some say it’s the future, others a fad. At the very least, it’s a buzz word. But underneath the buzz, what’s actually going on?

 

New technologies have made it easier for people to create media. Today’s audiences document almost on instinct, sharing their images on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Flickr. Content makers are experimenting with ways of incorporating viewer submissions into existing properties. It’s now routine to see viewer-generated footage in “breaking news” segments, and major companies, such as Apple and Google, have created advertising campaigns celebrating their customers’ content creation....

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First Look at Tom Hanks' Dystopian Future in Electric City

First Look at Tom Hanks' Dystopian Future in Electric City | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
The first footage is out from Tom Hanks' animated web series, Electric City — set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, where only the rich can afford communication.
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Television and remembering what TV really is & Upcoming WebTV Seminar. mikejones.tv

Television and remembering what TV really is & Upcoming WebTV Seminar. mikejones.tv | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
TeleVision is a simple idea - A Vision from Afar. Just as a TeleScope allows us to See from a Afar...

 

"...In the rush of excitement over SocialTV, Interactive TV and Transmedia TV its worth remembering the ‘TV’ bit and in doing so remind ourselves to engage with the core essence of what makes ‘television’ so damn compelling. Ultimately Television - meaning a Vision broadcast from Afar - has nothing to do with technology and everything to do with episodic storytelling. Things such as TV schedules and time-slot viewing will disappear, broadcast towers will be replaced by streaming data as the infrastructure of transmission, but Episodic Narrative will remain.

 

It’s on this topic that i’ll be speaking at the mercury theatre in Adelaide as part of the Media Resource Centre WebTV Seminar on the 7th of July. The 1-day program brings together some very interesting experts and practitioners in the space and serves as the foundation for a develop fund for Adelaide WebTV makers to apply for to bring their ideas to fruition...."

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Alt-Minds: Making "Transmedia” a Reality - IGN

Alt-Minds: Making "Transmedia” a Reality - IGN | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Lexis Numeriques’ Alt-Minds offers an augmented reality game that operates on the PC, tablets, mobiles and Facebook, and we’ve seen it in action. 

 

Even in this fast-moving world, in which more or less anything with a silicon chip in it is a gaming platform, you don’t often come across a game with its own neologism. So that instantly makes Alt-Minds, a collaboration between French developer Lexis Numerique and Orange, stand out. For it describes itself as a transmedia game. Admittedly, transmedia is a word that has already established itself in the lexicon – it means “To tell a single story across multiple platforms”. Which, judging by a recent demo, describes Alt-Minds perfectly.

 

Lexis Numerique may not be the best known developer around, but it does have a track record of making innovative adventure games – its highest-profile such effort being 2003’s In Memoriam, published by Ubisoft, and the recent PSN game Red Johnson’s Chronicles. Both games are essentially jazzed-up point-and-click adventures, and that, deep down, is what Alt-Minds is, too. It’s a popular genre among French developers, as Heavy Rain reiterated, and seems to suit the French love for the off-beat and cerebral.

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Chris Hecker wants to save video games from a comic book fate (Wired UK)

Chris Hecker wants to save video games from a comic book fate (Wired UK) | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Are video games synonymous with violence, and does it matter if they are?...

 

...I wrote previously about how the violence in SpyParty felt different to other games. Hecker underlined this for me, talking about how "as soon as the violence happens the game is over, it's the threat of violence that makes the game tense". Still, his daughter found the moment of decision, when the sniper pulls the trigger too intense. This led Hecker to consider putting in an arrest (rather than execute) mode.

 

But why would you want a child to play this sort of game in the first place? Well for me Hecker hit the nail on the head as he explained the underlying ethic of SpyParty. "One of the aesthetic goals of the game is for the sniper to make consequential decisions on partial information." I love the way this kind of thinking relates to a whole range of different aspects of life and is certainly something I'd like my kids to grapple with. So often they want to know all the information before committing -- overly concerned with making the right choice...

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Why Louis CK and Amanda Palmer are the future of content

Why Louis CK and Amanda Palmer are the future of content | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Comedian Louis CK, who made $1 million selling downloads of a show through his website, has sold $4.5-million in tickets to a new tour in 48 hours.
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Multi-screen viewing drives TV ad engagement | News | Marketing Week

Multi-screen viewing drives TV ad engagement | News | Marketing Week | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Using a second screen while watching TV gives viewers more exposure to - and the opportunity to respond to - TV ads, according to new study.
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Edge Interactive iPad Edition Launches Today | SFX

Edge Interactive iPad Edition Launches Today | SFX | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
SFX’s sister mag plays its part in the digital revolution, with a special introductory offer...
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BBC launches live interactive video player - Advanced Television | Advanced Television

Following a period of beta testing, the BBC has launched its live, interactive video player in advance of the London 2012 Olympics. The player combines HD video with relevant data designed to enhance the viewing experience.


Writing in a BBC Internet blog, Alex Perry Product Manager, Interactive Video Player, BBC News & Knowledge, explained that one of the main impetuses behind the project was the video rights package that the BBC holds for London 2012. The BBC is the sole rights holder for the Olympics in the UK and is able to offer users live video from every venue on every day of the Games, which means up to 24 different streams of live sporting action at any one time.


“So we wanted to take this opportunity to build a video player that would offer the best possible desktop video viewing experience to do justice to that incredible breadth of live content and would also provide a lasting legacy to BBC Online and our audiences in the years to come,” he said. “That means making the video available in high definition and then enhancing it with some extra functionality that in terms of added choice, rivals anything you would have experienced before while watching sport on your TV.”....

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1.5 million sign up to test the beta! The Secret World Launches to Glowing Reviews | Pervasive Entertainment Times

1.5 million sign up to test the beta! The Secret World Launches to Glowing Reviews | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
'The Secret World' presents players with a modern-day alternate reality where all the myths, legends and conspiracies of our world are true, and where hellish monsters threaten real-world locations such as Transylvania, Egypt and New England.
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The Top 10 Masters of Campus Social Media - Education - GOOD

The Top 10 Masters of Campus Social Media - Education - GOOD | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
These 10 schools have taken their social media presence to the next level.

 

1. Johns Hopkins University

 

Hopkins Interactive, the university’s comprehensive social media hub, provides the usual links to the school's Twitter and Facebook streams, but what sets the university apart are the forums, blogs and interactive student profiles on the site. Prospective students can access "candid, uncensored information about student life on campus," including a behind-the-scenes look at the admissions office and live blogging on the day the school sends 18,000 admissions decision letters. Current students can also connect with each other and with a variety of campus activities and organizations online.

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CrossMediaTO - Case Study #1 - Transmedia - Dr. Siobhan O'Flynn

I still like this talk. 

 

Case Study #1: Transmedia -- Dr. Siobhan O'Flynn -- Transmedia Consultant -- Narrative Now. We all know how Napster & iTunes changed the music industry. Righ...

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Video Rising: Remarks on Video, Activism and the Web | Frames Cinema Journal

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Michael Chanan


I joined the ranks of the video bloggers with a series posted on the New Statesman website in the early months of 2011. (1) The videos can also be seen at my blog Putney Debater. Following a few earlier experiments in short videos for the web in video diary style, I had a clear instinct when I started going out to film the upsurge in student protests in the UK in December 2010 about what to do and how to do it. I remembered Glauber Rocha’s formula for Cinema Novo in Brazil—to go and make films with a camera in the hand and an idea in the head. The selection of events was serendipitous. My plans were minimalist and responsive to the events (the movement expanded until half a million people demonstrated in London on March 26, 2011, the last episode of the series). I filmed things that I could get to easily by public transport (except one day in South London when a colleague from the University came along, and drove us around in his car). On more than one occasion other colleagues or students did additional filming. For several months I didn’t think about the theory of the thing but got on with the job....

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Analysis of Film Colors in a Digital Humanities Perspective | Frames Cinema Journal

Important! ‘Analysis of Film Colors in a Digital Humanities Perspective’ by Barbara Flueckiger. Donate to crowdfunding!
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Fish Play with Cameras, Paint and Pixels & Light Become Sculpture

Fish Play with Cameras, Paint and Pixels & Light Become Sculpture | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Beats Bits Atoms:

 

Call it post-digital, call it tangible. But whatever you call it, there’s new work that skirts boundaries between the sculptural and the virtual, integrating physical media in ways that surprise and delight. In the latest projects of Polish-based collective panGenerator, shown recently in a solo show in a renowned Warsaw gallery, techniques are interwoven in projects that take on quirky, whimsical personality.


Oh yeah – and fish finally get to play with camera tracking, too, not just humans.


panGenerator member Jakub Kozniewski shares with CDM, and describes the projects thusly:


kinetic mapping or “augmented rattle”


fish that produces 3d printed sculptures


painting that paints itself analyzing dynamics of the street


hybrid between old cell phone and even older slide projector

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