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A look at transmedia, interactive, augmented reality, design, UX, UI, ARG, video games and social platforms in the new age of storytelling
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Text During a Movie! Here's the First Trailer for 'APP,' a Film That Wants You to Keep Your Phone ON

Text During a Movie! Here's the First Trailer for 'APP,' a Film That Wants You to Keep Your Phone ON | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it

Usually moviegoers are instructed to turn off their smartphones while watching a film, but with "App," the new Dutch thriller directed by Bobby Boermans, viewers are encouraged to keep their phones on in order to experience the second-screen content. As the first film made with the intentional inclusion of content on a second, mobile screen, "App" relies on an app, IRIS, which is equipped with sonic technology that triggers additional content during the movie. Though it's not required for viewing the movie, using the second screen adds layers to the big-screen narrative.


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Harold Thwaites's curator insight, February 25, 2014 10:50 PM

Turn on your phone in the movies. A first but maybe not the last?

ELorenzut's curator insight, February 27, 2014 8:59 PM

Esto ya lo ví, pero me parece que se impone.

jose antonio gabelas's curator insight, January 4, 1:30 PM

añada su visión ...

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Are Interactive Films Transforming Modern Storytelling? Sundance's New Frontier Has the Answer

Are Interactive Films Transforming Modern Storytelling? Sundance's New Frontier Has the Answer | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it

 

Sean Flynn:  "Will any of these experiments in storytelling become the dominant forms of tomorrow? Or are they merely timely novelties whose relevance is tied up with the technologies that enable them?"


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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, January 29, 2014 6:44 AM

A festival still steeped in the established art of cinema, the question inevitably arises: Will any of these experiments in storytelling transcend the category of “first word art” and become the dominant forms of tomorrow? Or are they merely timely novelties whose relevance is tied up with the technologies that enable them?


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Sean Flynn:  "Will any of these experiments in storytelling become the dominant forms of tomorrow? Or are they merely timely novelties whose relevance is tied up with the technologies that enable them?"

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The Transmedia Secret of Secret Cinema

The Transmedia Secret of Secret Cinema | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it
This past November, I made the trip for the second year in a row to the Mozilla Festival in London, a three day technology binge fest that brings together some of the world's top thinkers to consider and shape the future of the web.
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The transmedia secret behind it all:

 

"At its core, it is surprisingly simple -- completely immerse your audience into the world of the movie, beginning days before they even step near the theater, as a means to get them to connect with the story in a deeper way."

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Spreading a story

Spreading a story | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it

TL;DR – A brief scribble about reaching the audience, prompted by a talk from last week. The other day I watched the talk that Starlight Runner’s Caitlin Burns held at Emerge 2013 in Arizona last week. Speaking from experience, Caitlin talks about several important issues; the power of stories, the evolvement of storytelling etc. One thing that stuck in my mind was the part about getting a story to spread.

Justin Nalepa's insight:

Some thoughts and insight from Simon Staffans about spreading a story after Caitlin Burns' presentation at Emerge 2013.

 

Key point:

 

Her ”secret sauce” consist of four points – ”Be Interesting”, ”Describe it in a way that provokes the imagination”, ”Give people something to talk about” and ”Find ways to keep the conversation going”, and it’s hard not to agree with these, so I won’t try.

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Five transmedia projects - February 2013

Five transmedia projects - February 2013 | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it

These are exciting times. New transmedia projects are cropping up left and right and the debate over ”what the definition of transmedia is?” seems to have taken a bit of a step back. All in all it feels like we’re slowly – or perhaps rapidly; these are things that can better be assessed in hindsight – moving towards a media and content world where there is no need to talk about transmedia, as every project is as transmedia as it needs to be to fulfil any potential that project might have.

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Understanding Transmedia - How Story World's are Changing the Art of Communication

I recorded a keynote presentation I did on Transmedia. This piece gives a high level and fast paced overview of Transmedia and gives some advice on how to scale…

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Versu Offers Interactive Reading Experience With Choose-Your-Own Adventure App - AppNewser

Versu Offers Interactive Reading Experience With Choose-Your-Own Adventure App - AppNewser | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it

Tired of your favorite stories always ending the same way? That’s what the makers of Versu believe. Their hyper-interactive app is a tech twist on the typical choose-your-own adventure story complete with a monetizing scheme for wannabe storytellers.

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From the creators of Second Life comes an interactive storytelling platform.

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Expedia Encourages You to Find Your Story with New App

Expedia Encourages You to Find Your Story with New App | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it
Travel and soul searching are inextricable partners. Some of the world’s greatest literary stories are hinged on enlightened journeys.
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I love to travel and love this idea. A simple design and great concept.
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Transmedia, a human-centered approach – Interview with Jen Gilomen from BAVC | Transmedia SF

Transmedia, a human-centered approach – Interview with Jen Gilomen from BAVC | Transmedia SF | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it
Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
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Love Jen's idea of approaching documentary storytelling through transmedia:

 

"I think documentary storytellers in particular serve their projects best when they consider those networks of human beings formerly known as “audiences” before choosing not just what story to tell next, but how best to tell it. By pulling from many traditions– film, user experience and product design, journalism, entrepreneurship, education, grassroots advocacy campaigns, gaming, exhibition, and the old-fashioned building of human networks and social capital – we open ourselves up to true innovation in the form of documentary, and increase the possibility of having the stories that we put our hearts and souls into producing enable real and measurable impact in the world around us." 

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Out with the Old, in with the New (Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013)

Out with the Old, in with the New (Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013) | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it

Let’s face it, 2012 was a rough year, from fires to floods, to hurricanes, mass shootings, tense elections, economic uncertainty and “Call me Maybe” playing on every radio station,  across the U.S. I think I can officially say it was a pretty sucky year on many levels. And Canada, I’m going to demand an official apology for Carly Rae Jepsen, you have one year to meet my terms and conditions.

 

But aside from bad music, national disasters and a horrible job market. this year did give hope to many of us in the transmedia community, we had a few stumbles here and there, but the overall feeling is one of hope, and dammit, hope is all we need to get 2013 started. So here it is, my (un) official list of some awesome transmedia stuff that happened this year.

 

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A year in review of transmedia storytelling, productions and conferences.

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Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it
Fresh powder beckoned 16 expert skiers and snowboarders into the backcountry. Then the snow gave way.
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A great story coupled with amazing visuals and dynamic design. The future of web publishing design? I hope so. 

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Transmedia 101′s 2012 Year End Special | Transmedia 101

Transmedia 101′s 2012 Year End Special | Transmedia 101 | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it

Here at Transmedia 101 we have decided to jump on the End of Year Top Ten bandwagon by announcing our Top Ten Events of 2012.

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Futures of Entertainment: C3 White Papers and Research Memos

Futures of Entertainment: C3 White Papers and Research Memos | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it
Origins of FoE: The Convergence Culture Consortium

The Futures of Entertainment community was launched from the Convergence Culture Consortium project through the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT, a five-year initiative that produced original research and provided high-level consulting on the changing dynamics of the media industries/brands and their audiences.

This project was built around the launch of principal investigator Henry Jenkins' 2006 book Convergence Culture. It worked in conjunction with corporate partners Turner Broadcasting, MTV Networks, GSD&M Idea City, Petrobras, iG, Fidelity Investments, Yahoo!, NagraVision, and The Alchemists to explore the nature of fan communities, piracy, alternative forms of television distribution, media consumption patterns, gaming, branding, advertising, the nature of social connectivity and sharing online and various other issues.

The project produced a wide range of white papers, research memos, and other publications, aimed at examining these changes in the media industries, as well as a blog which has provided news, analysis, and thinking from Consortium researchers. This research is archived and remains publicly available through the FoE site.

The C3 project also invested its energy in coining the terms "transmedia storytelling" and "spreadable media" and deepening the discussion surrounding these issues. In the process of that five-year project, the Consortium launched the Futures of Entertainment event and built a network of consulting academics, interested practitioners and alumni around this core work who today act as FoE fellows.
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A great collection of C3 White Papers and Research Memos available in downloadable PDFs

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Writers-Rooms, Storyworlds and Museum Narratives

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What place has a writers-room in the development of a museum exhibition? How do you write a spatial, immersive narrative for a museum audience? What is the role of Genre and Dramatic Storytelling to a Museum collection?


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I'm really intrigued by this thought process:

 

"This idea of research positioned as a Secondary rather than a Primary phase of exhibition development, may seem an anathema to traditional museum process but it is fundamental to an audience-centric rather than curator-centric result. By framing the storyworld at a high level first, the process of researching has parameters built from the intended experience of the audience, rather than the subjective or personal inclinations of curators or an pre-determined idea of ‘knowledge that should be imparted’. "

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Mike Jones:  "What place has a writers-room in the development of a museum exhibition? How do you write a spatial, immersive narrative for a museum audience? What is the role of Genre and Dramatic Storytelling to a Museum collection?"

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Games Are a Whole New Form of Storytelling

Games Are a Whole New Form of Storytelling | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it

I have been fascinated by stories in games ever since I fell more and more into the universe of gaming. When I started making games I was convinced stories were the most important thing in games. I read books on game design which stated that games couldn't tell decent stories and probably never will. They told me the important thing about games was the mechanics, story was just a lick of paint. That was several years ago and ever since reading this I have been determined to make stories a part of games that people didn't think of as a lick of paint.


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Maxine Horn's curator insight, November 29, 2013 8:06 AM

Learning by doing or through play has always been a successful method - today it's the same but in digital format and far more engaging - will it have better results than non digital story telling / teaching methods?

Mariale Peñalosa Arguijo's curator insight, November 29, 2013 10:01 AM

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Katie Chase's curator insight, December 5, 2013 5:28 AM

Storytelling for games seems difficult because the original author has to come up with so many alternative endings. Whoever is playing the game hears and sees a story that is uniquely theirs. This type of interaction really does set gaming apart from other types of media, such as television and film. I believe this is what attracts people to games. –Aellise Czupryna

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Hanging out with Transmedia Players | Pride Collaborative

Hanging out with Transmedia Players | Pride Collaborative | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it

Last week PC’s resource and education initiative, StoriesLead, tuned in to the first InterActs Live Hangout event by way of Google+ Hangouts. The engaging conversation brought together transmedia players across disciplines to discuss how they utilize various platforms to engage audiences.

 

Check out our Storify recap.

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Video Storytelling Made Easy with the New Google Story Builder

Video Storytelling Made Easy with the New Google Story Builder | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it
Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.

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Lino's curator insight, July 12, 2013 4:13 AM

Es una aplicación potente y muy fácil de usar que nos permite crear clips de vídeo reproduciendo una historia  con frases de texto que hayamos ideado entre dos o más personajes.

 

El video final se puede compartir directamente en Google+ o como un enlace para cualquier sitio que deseemos (por desgracia, no se muestra una vista previa o miniatura cuando se trata de compartir vídeo creado con StoryBuilder en Facebook).

 

Una gran herramienta.

 

De uso libre. (No tenemos que registrarte o iniciar sesión para acceder a ella).

 

Pruébalo: http://docsstorybuilder.appspot.com/

Richard Evans's curator insight, July 17, 2013 5:20 AM

Stories are a power communication strategy. 

N Kaspar's curator insight, August 11, 2013 6:08 AM

A tool to use for digital story telling.

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Pinterest premieres transmedia storytelling experiment | Daily Dot

Pinterest premieres transmedia storytelling experiment | Daily Dot | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it

Pinterest has already changed the way marketers think about commerce.  But it may also be ushering in a new form of storytelling.  Transmedia company BeActive is using Pinterest to share one work of fiction through a combination of episodic videos, audio snippets, and visual pins.

 

Beat Girl is part graphic novel, part TV show, and all on Pinterest.  It tells the story of fictional DJ Heather Jennings in a method that’s not quite TV show, not quite in-person character sketch, and not quite graphic novel. With 160 pins and counting, viewers can catch new glimpses of Jennings’ life added daily. The interactive drama is presented as a prequel to an upcoming multi-platform video series.

 

While the finished product may be a genre of entertainment never seen before, BeActive CEO Nuno Bernardo says it’s rooted in a much older art form.  “We wanted to bring back the popular Photonovels of the ‘60s to the new digital generation,” he said in a statement. “The tools and functionalities introduced by Pinterest allowed us to release the content the way we envisioned. As a world’s first we expect that in the future more and more stories will be told on this network using photos and still images”.

 

Bernardo told the Daily Dot that although Beat Girl is based on a novel, he found it to be a story uniquely suited for multiple platforms.


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Karen B Wehner's curator insight, February 26, 2013 9:14 AM

Wherein two of my favorite things collide: Transmedia storytelling and pinterest! 

Anne-Claire Goyet's comment, February 27, 2013 7:00 AM
Encore un autre usage de Pinterest, cette fois intégré à un dispositif transmédia.
Yvonne Bustamante, MS's comment, March 7, 2013 12:55 PM
Ohhh, I can't wait to watch this progress!
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Love this! TFI Sandbox: Adventures in Storytelling, Technology and Social Change.

Love this! TFI Sandbox: Adventures in Storytelling, Technology and Social Change. | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it
TFI Sandbox is an initiative of the Tribeca Film Institute's New Media Fund. Bringing storytelling, technology and design together to innovate in the field, inspire audiences and create impact.

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A great retrospective of interactive storytelling over the past couple of years with thoughts and inspiration from some of the leading professionals in the industry.

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ozziegontang's comment, February 24, 2013 11:10 AM
As always, much appreciated with all you share along with your insights.
Karen Dietz's comment, February 24, 2013 3:04 PM
Thank you Ozzie! I really enjoy your scoop.it.
Moya Sayer-Jones's curator insight, March 6, 2013 6:31 AM

Just wishing I lived in New York! Lots of great viewing here.

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Digital Gap: Why Aren't Moviemakers Learning Narrative From Videogames and the Web?

Digital Gap: Why Aren't Moviemakers Learning Narrative From Videogames and the Web? | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it
Analysis: In the decade since "The Matrix," film narratives have become more conventional and directors are more interested in mimicking classical cinema than charting film's future
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I agree that moviemakers aren't pushing the narrative form as much anymore. Even in video games I find the same kind of lull in storytelling has been around until recently. One great example in experimental storytelling is the mobile game from Super Brother's "Sword & Sworcery" EP http://www.swordandsworcery.com/

 

I'm much more hopeful with interactive films and convergent media, as there have been some very inspiring projects within the last few years including this past year's FWA site of year, Bear 71: http://bear71.nfb.ca/#/bear71

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How do you get into transmedia?

How do you get into transmedia? | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it

We’re just at the beginning of transmedia as an industry.  The term itself is controversial and problematic (that’s a whole other post.)  So what there means is that there aren’t a whole of vacant jobs out there looking for somebody who does or is interested in transmedia.  You sort of have to make them yourself, and then find other like-minded people and keep working together.

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Some words of wisdom from Jay Bushman on getting involved in the emerging world of transmedia.

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Once Upon a Soda - Forbes

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Consulting firm Starlight Runner helps movie directors like James Cameron--and big brands from Coca-Cola to Mattel to Pepperidge Farm--keep their stories straight.
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A look at Jeff Gomez's career at Starlight Runner and his impact on transmedia storytelling.

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Publishing Perspectives :
Alice Born Digital: How Transmedia Storytelling Becomes a Billion Dollar Business

Publishing Perspectives :<br/> Alice Born Digital: How Transmedia Storytelling Becomes a Billion Dollar Business | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it
Ian Harper explains the Inanimate Alice project and what makes this transmedia experience a success in this emerging field of storytelling.
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Five tips for transmedia storytelling | IJNet

Five tips for transmedia storytelling | IJNet | Transmedia Landscapes | Scoop.it

With readers juggling their tablets, mobile phones, laptops and more as they consume the news, journalists have an opportunity to create a new kind of story.

 

Transmedia storytelling means dividing chunks of a story across multiple platforms to form one cohesive narrative. Transmedia stories often have audience engagement as a key goal.

 

Creating an online component to your documentary film, hosting a live event to complement a recent profile on a needy cause and pairing an interactive website with your book release are ways of building audience engagement across platforms.

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A succinct article with some great examples.

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Peter Espersen at TEDx Transmedia 2012 - 'The New Campfires of Community'

Peter Espersen is the Head of Online Communities for The LEGO Group focusing on the 13+ age group. He spearheads online community and social media to engage teen and adult fans of LEGO, and works closely with a wide range of business units across the company.

At TEDx Transmedia, Peter talked about how brands and businesses must adapt to new technologies and forms of communication to continue to engage fans and customers.
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