Alastair Reid :"Interactive media lecturer Sandra Gaudenzi shared her theory of balancing audience agency with authorship at the CIJ Summer Conference today, and gave examples of stories across the spectrum" ...
Lauren Davis: "Even for Pixar, Inside Out is an ambitious film. After all, it’s largely set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, and tries to metaphorically explain all of the wonderful, frustrating, and confusing things that go on inside the human head while exploring a sort of emotional truth. So how on Earth did it all come together?"
Jonny Mole: "Stories are in our make-up. They help us interpret meaning, connect with people across generations, and articulate really complex stuff in easily digestible snippets. The advertising & media industries are built on their ability to tell compelling stories. Stories of love, stories of hate, and stories of redemption."
James Whitbrook: "When Star Wars released in 1977, the face of science fiction in popular culture was changed forever — but a year later, the movie helped transform the toy industry as well. Since then, Star Wars and the toys it inspired have been forever linked, a story that can just as easily be told through figures as it can the films."
Amie Mills: "When we’re talking about transmedia, we’re starting to use terms like story world, where you have many stories told using multiple media forms, across many different channels and platforms … and how that content lives and breathes is uniquely tailored to the platform you’re viewing it on." via Ben Fahy of StopPress
Henry Jenkins: "Today, I want to highlight yet another effort to encourage civic and political reflections around the superhero genre. In this case, I am focusing on a study and reflection guide recently released by the Fandom Forward Project of the Harry Potter Alliance, to encourage conversations about the representation of gender, disability, and political/civic engagement within the extended Marvel universe."
lightninglouie: "You've probably noticed this already, but it's a really good time to be a fan of genre stuff. The past decade-and-a-half has seen an explosion of movies based on beloved novels and comics, and most of them have been pretty good" ...
Paul Tassi: "Unlike many out there, I don’t believe the validity of video gaming as an adult pastime lives and dies by its depiction in other forms of media, especially television. And yet, there is something to be said about a nuanced portrayal of a non-traditional gamer in a show like House of Cards, even if it only gets it right some of the time."
Lee Robinson: "It’s always a good day when I get to write about Geo-storytelling! It’s an important part of what we do here at Bellyfeel – but it does seem to get somewhat overshadowed by the two heavy hitters (Transmedia and Social TV)!"
Jess Linington: "From a realisation that the digital sense of presence is a powerful thing, to being the dubbed the 'Godmother of VR', Nonny de la Peña took use through her experiments in 'immersive journalism' at an lunchtime talk in Bristol."
Robert Pratten: "Stories are the way we make sense of the world. Our minds can’t deal with randomness and we see connections, causes and reasons even where there are none. Whether we are happy or sad, positive or negative, this is often the result of the story we construct – it’s the meaning we attribute to events and things that without human interpretation have no meaning. So powerful is story that the life we lead today is a result of the stories we told ourselves in the past.
DJ Roller: "From the Chauvet Cave paintings of 30,000 years ago, to 6K digital cinema today, we've always told stories, we just do it differently as media changes. There's a new leap in storytelling happening now. Virtual Reality (VR) is going to change the way we express ourselves, communicate with each other and experience the world."
Melody Kramer: "The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News) has been producing interactive stories for many years, but it wasn’t until February of 2014 that Australia’s public broadcasting company formalized the process and created a team to focus exclusively on interactive storytelling."
DRC: This article contains a great list of software tools and insights into the process of interactive storytelling that are useful beyond the newsroom.
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