Share ideas that matter on the social web and experience
the benefits of curating the world's best content.
I don't have a Facebook, a Twitter or a LinkedIn account
Nimoy has said the convention in suburban Chicago celebrating the 45th anniversary of Star Trek would be his last.
Are you sure you want to delete this scoop?
Julia Kaganskiy: "Canada’s unlikely trailblazer responsible for some of the most innovative experiments in interactive storytelling" …
For more on the ground breaking work of Canada's NFB you should read Building Films For the iPad: The National Film Board’s New Tablet-Focused Projects.
The 'Journal of Insomnia' has quite an attraction for me :-) http://insomnia.nfb.ca/#/insomnia
Josh Spiegel: "Great movie trailers are something of a lost art. While we are overloaded with ads for every new big-budget movie these days, they’re getting more obnoxious, cacophonous, and ruinous" ...
All the more reason to take a transmedia storytelling approach to film marketing :)
teaching about film can be enhanced with the use of trailers. Analyzing the importance off them, the structure of them and the key features is a great way in to film study.
From Casablanca to The Killing – the elements of a great script are essentially the same. John Yorke – reveals how and why the best screenwriting works
How to take basic story structure and turn it into great screenwriting ....
The art and the discipline of screenwriting. A long read but worth it.
The art of screenwriting.
Kirk Hamilton: "This video essay, by Dr. Drew Morton from Texas A&M University-Texarkana, takes a look at how transmedia can fail (e.g. The Matrix) and how it succeeded with Scott Pilgrim."
Dr. Drew Morton on Scott Pilgrim: a unique transmedia experience in which visual style is the glue uniting comic, film & video game.
How can multi-platform storytelling be a bad thing?
Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub: "If you’re curious about the new timeline, when the movie takes place, how writing the sequel was different than the first film, studio notes, how casting Benedict Cumberbatch changed the script, the way Abrams wanted to convey the Enterprise was this massive starship, Easter eggs, Redshirt deaths, and so much more, hit the jump."
An extensive interview which provides great insight into the creative process behind a major movie franchise.
NZ Herald: "When JRR Tolkien wrote The Hobbit he created a world of almost overwhelming scale and a vast and varied cast of characters" ...
Graphic by Claudia Ruiz
Scott Pierce: "Skyfall is one of the season’s biggest critical and box office hits. Director Sam Mendes talks about why the film’s troubled start ended up working in its favor and his inspiration for a grittier, more human Bond" ...
Ethan Anderton: "Now that Disney has added Lucasfilm and the Star Wars universe to their arsenal of established intellectual property (in addition to Pixar, Marvel and Pirates of the Caribbean), now might be a good time to review which well-known film franchises belong to what studio" ...
Jack Giroux: "It’s a real surprise how apolitical Argo is. There are parallels one could make from today’s headlines, but as director Ben Affleck sees it, the movie comes down to one key theme: the power of storytelling."
Eric Kohn: '"Dredd 3D" may present a dreary vision of the future, but it offers a promising encapsulation of the modern action movie.'
Fiona Milburn from Transmedia NZ interviews American indie producer Ted Hope, keynote at the recent Big Screen Symposium, about transmedia and the changing nature of filmmaking.
Catherine Shoard: "Moviegoers today want more than a seat and a bucket of popcorn. They want an interactive experience – and Secret Cinema gives them just that" ...
Tom Shone: "Today's screen princesses have come a long way from the Disney damsels of old, but Joan of Arc still sets the bar high" ...
David Pescovitz: 'In 1978, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Lawrence Kasdan had early brainstorming sessions around Lucas's outline for "Raiders of the Lost Ark." They recorded the conversations and had the tape transcribed.'
You'll need to set aside some serious time to read these transcripts, but it'll be worth it!
Transcriptions of conversational turn-taking events and meaning making in such a complex exchange would be worth looking into.
Jeff Gomez: "Oz is one of the most fully realized fictional worlds in literary history, so the prospect of Disney allowing different facets of that world’s many lands and rich history to be explored through the lens of Raimi’s reimagining and across multiple media platforms is fascinating."
Great analysis, as always, from Jeff Gomez.
Jon Vidar: "The production that the Secret Cinema crew puts on is a true transmedia experience in the fullest sense of the definition from Henry Jenkins."
How to "completely immerse your audience into the world of the movie" ...
La maggior parte del l'idea alla base di Secret Cinema, è sorprendentemente semplice: immergere completamente il pubblico nel mondo del film, entrare in contatto con la storia in un modo più profondo.
The production that the Secret Cinema crew puts on is a true transmedia experience in the fullest sense of the definition from Henry Jenkins. "Transmedia storytelling represents a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience. Ideally, each medium makes its own unique contribution to the unfolding of the story."
With the release of Man of Steel looming, Paul Harris examines why the Superman story retains such power after more than 70 years
A look at how Superman stays relevant by mirroring society's changing values.
Interesting and thought provoking read!
Cory Doctorow: "If companies refuse to release films or TV shows in US and UK at same time, they only have themselves to blame for piracy" ...
Cory Doctorow always makes a lot of sense when commenting on the piracy debate.
Tags: Piracy, Copyright, Legal, Film, Television
A. O. Scott and Manohla Dargis: "Filmmakers are pushing hard against, and sometimes dispensing with, storytelling conventions, and audiences seem willing to follow them" ...
Charlie Jane Anders: 'We were lucky enough to get a chance to talk one-on-one with del Toro about Rise of the Guardians, and he explained to us why children's stories need to be dark, because "kids are neurotic."'
Phil Hoad: "Harry Potter kicked off a new era of film in which long-term story arcs hold the key to retaining a global audience."
Joe Berkowitz: "Writer/director Rian Johnson’s Looper, which opens on September 28, is the latest in a long line of time travel movies. Here, Johnson talks to Co.Create about continuity, character, and making up the rules of time travel" ...
Alex Garland: "Dredd moves, his character changes, but he’s like a glacier, you don’t see it change, maybe retrospectively you think ‘hang on, that’s a foot further down the valley than it used to be,’ but it’s kind of it. So that traditional story arc doesn’t apply in Dredd."
David Cox: "Christopher Nolan is singlehandedly transforming the prospects of the biggest picture show of all" ...
Zachary Wigon: "Hollywood’s appetite for adaptations, remakes and sequels is growing. But the absence of mid-budget films from lists of the world’s highest-grossing films, which has become increasingly conspicuous in recent years, indicates that Hollywood’s model is changing."