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adventures in immersive storytelling technique with a NW twist
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The Age of Bite-Size Entertainment

The Age of Bite-Size Entertainment | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
As the world goes mobile, get ready for more movies, books and music that can be snacked on in a single sitting.
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Everyone is talking about the binge-viewing craze, but as people increasingly consume TV, movies, books and music on mobile devices, briefer is better.


Shorter formats "are in-betweeners, the cream in the middle of the Oreo," says Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of DreamWorks Animation... For some reason, ewwww...

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Short Films, Big Ambitions

Short Films, Big Ambitions | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
Long on the margins of the movie business, shorts are booming as they find a new outlet on mobile devices.
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PES, the self-named filmmaker who created the movie, a stop-motion feat in which dice, light bulbs and a hand grenade turn into fixings for a batch of guacamole, said modern audiences are particularly sensitive to a film's running time. "I feel like I want to kill myself if a film is four minutes long when it should be two minutes long," he said...

 

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Transmedia How-To « TMCResourceKit

Transmedia How-To « TMCResourceKit | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
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The resources aggregated here provide a rich and informative suite of documents for Canadian and Australian content producers moving into the digital space.


Each illuminates specific areas of practice and taken together can answer many of the questions we have encountered in working and consulting on transmedia, multiplatform and convergent projects.

 

Great resources all, collected...

 

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Five Different Routes to a Web Series | Filmmaker Magazine

Five Different Routes to a Web Series | Filmmaker Magazine | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
The web series can take many shapes, from a no-budget serial made in high-school media classes to Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog to
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from comments:  I agree...

 

Content that is created specifically for internet distribution, aimed at BEING a web series will always be more powerful and engaging. It's not enough to just turn a feature into a series. Some may have limited success with this, but is it really enough? It is REALLY a webseries at this point? Take a look at shows like Casters, Out with Dad, Clutch and my own show, Out of Time... all specifically written for web distribution and you'll see a vast difference.

 

and what about web series created specificallt to be transmedic?

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Popcorn Maker

Popcorn Maker | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
Video beyond the box. Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video.
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Have you taken it for a spin yet?

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John Cleese on the 5 Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

John Cleese on the 5 Factors to Make Your Life More Creative | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
"Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating."

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what
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Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate thediscomfort of pondering time and indecision.)Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)
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“Why’s this so good?” No. 64: David Grann and Sherlock Holmes

“Why’s this so good?” No. 64: David Grann and Sherlock Holmes | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
There is a good reason tales of true crime make for great magazine writing. Or good procedural TV shows and movies. It's because the best stories of unsolved mu
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Reminder that Breaking Great is good...

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Hurricane Sandy: story forms

Hurricane Sandy: story forms | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
The Hurricane Sandy storylines are still unfolding, but one thing became clear on Monday as winds and water overtook New York City and New Jersey in historic p
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Case Study: Story forms for Hurricane Sandy

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Other Common Story Forms - Handbook of Journalism

Other Common Story Forms - Handbook of Journalism | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
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30 story forms defined in Reuters...

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Crossmedia

Crossmedia | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
Degree › Duration › Language › BA/MA 3 years/2 years English The 3-year BA programme combines the areas of IT, management and audiovisual media production, offering both theoretical grounds and exc...
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What is Crossmedia?

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DW2100 Mega List of Web Series and Transmedia

DW2100 Mega List of Web Series and Transmedia | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
For Transmedia/Derivative series, I am developing a TRANSMEDIA NECESSITY RATING - this is a small...
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Excellent web series source!

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Storytelling in Web Design: 10 Great Examples

Storytelling in Web Design: 10 Great Examples | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it

In “Storytelling in Web Design,” I explained the three most basic aspects of storytelling — character, setting, and action — and offered ways to begin including storytelling in web design using basic design elements..."


Via Gregg Morris, Karen Dietz, Robin Good
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Excellent. 

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, March 25, 2013 9:39 PM

Shouldn't our library websites tell our stories?

Ruth Bass's curator insight, March 29, 2013 4:39 PM

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Content Curation: A Short Introduction [Slideshow]

Content Curation: A Short Introduction [Slideshow] | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
Content curation has been part of my life for several years.

Via Robin Good
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Must become more versed in this. 

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Bibliotecno's comment, March 25, 2013 4:20 PM
muy interesante!
Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's comment, March 25, 2013 4:44 PM
Thanks! Gracias!
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 26, 2013 7:33 AM

Great scoop Robin!  The timing could not have been better!!!

 

Thanks!

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The Return of the Serial Novel

The Return of the Serial Novel | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
First popularized by Charles Dickens in the 19th century, serialized fiction is being revived by digital publishers aiming to hook readers.
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"The Charles Dickens model actually fits better now than ever because people want bite-sized content," says writer Sean Platt, who has co-authored six digital serial novels.

The serial model could be a boon for publishers and booksellers. Breaking up a longer work enables them to charge readers slightly more for it.

 

Authors and publishers can also use a gradual digital release to test new series and characters in a relatively low-risk way, and build buzz for upcoming print titles. But digital serials could also be bad for business if they eat away at future print profits—still the biggest revenue source for most publishers...

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Tools « TMCResourceKit

Tools « TMCResourceKit | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
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The TMC Resource Kit was conceived, designed & developed by Dr. Siobhan O'Flynn & Anthea Foyer. It is a living website that will evolve as we add new case studies & resources over the coming year to build an extensive set of diverse case studies modeling unique and successful strategies in the digital sphere.


Thank you so much!  For the MOST excellent work that went into, and continues to go into, this resource- Living documents that learn/evolve with their viewership will eventually replace our static storyforms- films, books, workbooks, How to Guides, Tool Lists... thank god!!!

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50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks!

50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
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Thank you, Melanie! See if you don't find this as priceless a list as I do...  

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Lydia, Legacy, and the End of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries [#Transmedia]

Lydia, Legacy, and the End of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries [#Transmedia] | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it

Myles McNutt: "Today, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries ended its 100-episode run, bringing to a close Hank Green and Bernie Su’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice" ...


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Ah but when one thing ends, another begins.  Check out Hank Green's next Kickstarter project http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pemberleydigital/the-lizzie-bennet-diaries-dvdand-more?ref=live.

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Deanya Lattimore Schempp's curator insight, March 30, 2013 7:55 AM

Webseries uptake on Jane Austen's well loved girl.

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Deborah Owen's curator insight, March 30, 2013 11:39 AM

If you haven't watched the Lizzie Bennett Diaries yet, and you enjoy discussing novels and/or films, you are missing out. Lots of great psychological analysis in this post.

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On Our Radar: Popcorn.js | MCD Lab

On Our Radar: Popcorn.js | MCD Lab | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
The work we do for our clients and their customers requires MCD to keep a constant eye out for new ways to engage and connect in the digital, mobile and real
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Is popcorn.js and popcorn maker on your radar?

 

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Notable Narrative: ‘Sunk,’ by Kathryn Miles

Notable Narrative: ‘Sunk,’ by Kathryn Miles | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
As federal safety hearings end today in the dramatic sinking of the HMS Bounty, we choose the Outside magazine story “Sunk,” by Kathryn Miles, as our latest
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This Notable Narrative series is priceless...

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“The Power of Storytelling,” Part 1: A bunch of American storytellers go to Romania…

“The Power of Storytelling,” Part 1: A bunch of American storytellers go to Romania… | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
Early this month, an all-star pack of North American storytellers flew halfway around the world, to Romania, to talk about narrative journalism. They took the s
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Today, read short excerpts from some of the talks. (For each speaker, you can click through to Decât o Revistă‘s compilations of full bios, quotes and story lists.) Tomorrow and next week, we’ll run full texts: Banaszynski on the future of storytelling, Harrington on keeping the “non” in “nonfiction,” Jones on why stories matter, Kine on theme and story forms, Ratliff on moving from magazine writer to digital entrepreneur, Sager on the wisdom of shutting up, Tizon on telling your own story and Walters on the beauty of ambiguous endings...

 

and don't miss Parts 2, 3....

 
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alternate story forms | Campfire Journalism

alternate story forms | Campfire Journalism | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
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Going back to find alternative story forms...

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The New Digital Storytelling Series: Mark Harris | Filmmaker Magazine

The New Digital Storytelling Series: Mark Harris | Filmmaker Magazine | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
Mark Harris is a filmmaker and software architect. Mark writes software for gameplay, storytelling, and transmedia. Mark was a mentor at the first StoryCode
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Interaction, Live: From immersive performance to alternate-reality games.

Sleep No More.

The Lost Children.

Games of Nonchalance.

Pandemic 1.0.

Ingress.

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Look Out, YouTube: ‘Beat Girl’ Web Series Launches on Pinterest - SocialTimes

Look Out, YouTube: ‘Beat Girl’ Web Series Launches on Pinterest - SocialTimes | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
Look Out, YouTube: ‘Beat Girl’ Web Series Launches on Pinterest
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What’s notable about Pinterest as a medium is that most people come into the content sideways, using the search bar to look up things like mid-century furniture or the color red. A person’s first experience with “Beat Girl,” which could be a video or a photograph, might not be the beginning of the series. Even flipping through the boards from left to right, top to bottom on the “Beat Girl” page, the story line feels more ambient than linear.

Here in New York, an innovative theater experience called “Sleep No More” has audience members walking through a house, catching bits of action that play out in different rooms in no particular order. ”Beat Girl” brings a little bit of that spirit to the Internet.

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How Much Does It Cost To Create A Web Series? FreddieW explains [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Much Does It Cost To Create A Web Series? FreddieW explains [INFOGRAPHIC] | Transmedia Seattle | Scoop.it
If you didn’t know by now, Freddie Wong is a smart dude. His YouTube channels Freddiew and Freddiew2 have established the 27-year-old USC grad as the godfather of VFX on YouTube. Wong also co-creat...
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Transparency is a future.

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How To Do Content Curation for Non-Profits - A Video Presentation

Jump straight to the demos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGe8RKJw-Ec#t=30m20s When it comes to managing content for your organization's blog, Twitter strea...

Via Beth Kanter, Robin Good
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Nice!

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Gayle Carney's curator insight, March 26, 2013 10:25 PM

So much to think about. Techniques tools and tips. Take notes!

 

Gayle

Charity WIlls's curator insight, May 12, 2013 5:58 AM

How To Do Content Curation for Non-Profits

Rachelle Howard's curator insight, June 12, 2013 11:28 PM

Good to see a video on this topic