Question Bridge: Black Males is an innovative transmedia art project that facilitates a dialogue between a critical mass of Black men from diverse and contending backgrounds; and creates a platform for them to represent and redefine Black male identity in America.
We love our buzz words. In fact, every industry from business, science, manufacturing, to marketing all have their own unique set of buzz words. You probably use them in everyday language—out of the box, forward thinking, face time, core competency, boilerplate, and monetize.
I've been involved with helping launch multi-platform stories for several decades, you know, what folks are now calling 'transmedia.' On Monday I spent a few hours in a room filled with Ph.D. students in Santa Barbara, looking at the evolution of the form in a talk I call "Transmedia Sorting Hat," with a tip of the lid to one of the most successful commercial transmedia properties of all time. The slideshare upload embedded below includes my notes. Love to hear feedback.
I have to admit that I’ve been avoiding the topic of participation in transmedia (or any media, really). The reason for this is simple; because I’m approaching transmedia from a business perspective in this blog, I mostly see problems of participation at the moment, and very few solutions.
As some of you might have noticed, I published ”One Year in Transmedia” a couple of weeks ago, a curation of this blog combined with a number of interviews with some really intelligent and creative people in the field of transmedia. In one of the answers – ”What instrument do you see yourself playing in the transmedia orchestra?” – Andrea Phillips wrote something that got me thinking. She answered:
Details have been slowly emerging about the Rome transmedia property. Originally a straight forward music album, two music videos (traditional and interactive HTML5) have since been released, and a full-length feature film is now being developed at the Sundance Lab. How did it evolve into a fully orchestrated music transmedia project?
Answer (1 of 16): I agree that traditional media aren't doing it very well, but I think the reasons are more fundamental. Media conglomerates are structured according to media type—i.e., according to their means of distribution.
A conversation with Transmedia Talk's own Nick Braccia a few days ago has me realizing that a lot more goes into climbing the skill ladder than just milling out content. There are writers who churn out millions of words of manuscripts in a year, each worse than the last; there are transmedia creators who likewise make disjointed and unfocused projects that never quite hang together into a cohesive whole. So here are five things that an ambitious creator will do, even above and beyond that old standby, "Make something."
Yomi Ayeni, creator of Clockwork Watch, talks about how he built his team, developed his vision, and what we can expect to experience in Clockwork Watch, a steampunk transmedia project that was recently named one of IndieGoGo’s top projects of 2011.
This past weekend some members of the Transmedia LA group came together to enjoy great pervasive gaming aboard The Queen Mary for the Steampunk Symposium. The Symposium had a rich schedule that included a vendors market, a variety of tournaments, a contraptions exhibit, a fashion show, a scavenger hunt, a murder mystery, a Masquerade Ball, fencing lessons, and a few LARPs.
On this show, singer/songwriter Thomas Dolby joins hosts Steve Peters and JC Hutchins, as they discuss Science, pushing creativity forward through technology, and the unique game project he co-created for his latest album, The Map of the Floating City.
Transmedia should be an easy concept to understand: Create a project that can play across multiple platforms. Walking the show floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center, during CES, all of those various screens are on full display..
The Club to premiere on Setanta Sports on January 23rd “THE CLUB”, a brand new TV Series looking at the lives both on and off the pitch of female GAA players premieres on Monday 23rd of January at 9.30pm on Setanta sports Ireland. The series follows Round Towers Clondalkin Ladies GAA football club over the course of a historic season, and is directed by Irish director Mairtin de Barra.
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