Simon Staffans: "This is the first article in an in-depth series focusing on the Nordics. We’ll take you behind the scenes and talk to the people who know what’s up, where the Nordics are heading and why you need to keep tabs on what’s happening in the lands of the North."
"Welcome to the first Transit blog post of 2015! We thought we'd start the year off casually with a light-hearted quiz that combines two very different modes of storytelling ... the emoji and the feature film."
[A fun quiz that tests your knowledge of New Zealand film.]
Mike Vogel: "Here’s a dilemma every transmedia producer faces… You discover a new storytelling platform–maybe you get in to their invite-only beta–and you create a story that uses the strengths of that platform. The platform gives you a powerful new way to express yourself interactively, but then something happens. Maybe the startup runs out of funding, gets acquired, or changes their business model. Suddenly the DNA of your story is no longer available to you. Your story can no longer be told."
Maria Popova: "Great stories, like great life-stories, are woven of the same interplay between fertile ennui and surmountable frustration — so argues writer Peter Turchi in one especially rewarding section of the altogether stimulating A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic (public library | IndieBound)."
Kate Abrosimova: "The craft of storytelling is experiencing a sea-change in its development. Putting a viewer in the event directly with the help of virtual reality technology is what journalists are likely to be doing in the next decade."
Kamal Sinclair: "Games have done more work to pioneer best practices in interactive and participatory storytelling than any medium since the ancient theater traditions. Still, questions continue to circulate about its ability to match other mediums in terms of complex and cathartic stories, nuanced and fully evolved characters, and empathy."
James Whitbrook: "The Doctor Who Christmas Special is firmly entrenched as a holiday tradition now - but the arrival of a Christmas episode from Alisa Stern's Doctor Puppet is just as exciting, as The Puppet 12th Doctor and Clara land on a Planet that only appears on Christmas Day."
Jason Abbruzzese: "The history of podcasts is littered with claims that "this is it" — the moment that podcasts are finally here as a part of mainstream media. Now is no different. With Serial leading the charge, podcasts are once again being lauded as having reached a critical mass or the event horizon or the tipping point or whatever metaphor makes the most sense."
Sam Thielman: "What looks like an entertainment company, spends like an entertainment company and programs like an entertainment company? It's Hasbro, a toymaker. Hasbro makes not just toys but also hugely popular intellectual property, which for decades has been key to its bottom line."
Jessica Klein: "What do the words “indie web series” mean to you? You probably think small budget, few actors, and amateurs behind the scenes. With these assumptions, it might surprise you that some of the most unique, polished, talent-filled, and ultimately successful series on the web were created independently. Starting with little cash and virtually no built-in fan base, how did these indie series do it?"
James Whitbrook: "When a franchise is around for four decades, it can get impossibly unwieldy to try and grasp its lore — and Star Wars canon is no exception. Here's a guide to the origins of Star Wars Canon, the rise and fall of one of the most prominent Expanded Universes in fiction, and where the saga stands with Disney today."
Micah Van Hove: "It's rare to find a comedy series that has enough realism to keep you engaged with the characters and enough farce to keep you laughing. Enter High Maintenance -- the first-ever Vimeo Original web series."
Brian Steinberg: "AT&T is moving from “@SummerBreak” to Snapchat. If that sentence makes little sense to you, you must not be from the generation AT&T will seek when it launches “SnapperHero,” a scripted series made just for consumers who are increasingly turning to mobile-based media to gain access to information and entertainment."
Ethan Anderton: "With movie theater attendance falling last year so much that the box office hit the lowest number seen by the industry in 20 years, surely audiences need something to make their experience a little more memorable and worth the price of admission."
Mark Wilson: "Most of us remember at least one experience reading a Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) paperback, finding ourselves lost in an enchanted castle, flipping to page 45 to sneak past the guards or to page 89 to drink a mysterious green potion. Now, Terence Eden has squeezed that same experience into a hack of Twitter’s account pages."
Marina Warner: "With Hollywood spending millions on new versions of age-old characters, from Frozen’s Snow Queen to Cinderella, fairytales are more popular than ever. But, argues Marina Warner, they’ve had to adapt, with lots of dark twists and no more sweet, biddable girls"...
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