*3 Rules of Transmedia Storytelling: Jeff Gomez Jeff Gomez, president and CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, a transmedia storytelling firm, has impressive transmedia storytelling credits, having worked on projects such as “Avatar,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Gomez, who served on the jury for the Bombay Sapphire Award for Transmedia at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, will be conducting a one-day master class on “Creating Blockbuster Transmedia Story Worlds & Brands” at the new Made in NY Media Center by IFP on December 11. Indiewire recently talked to him about the rules of transmedia storytelling and why even low-budget independent filmmakers need to incorporate transmedia into their story worlds. Transmedia is such a buzz word these days, but very few people seem to really understand what it means.
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'Thrill Me' - Facial Recognition and Anxiety Mapping ‘Thrill Me’ is a content discovery system for smart TV’s and tablets that uses facial recognition to judge anxiety repsonse for scary movies… Cool huh? Portal CEO Julain McCrea, describes Thrill Me; “Users anxiety levels are measured, then Thrill Me presents you with two film trailers and measures your facial expressions and level of empathy. Then Thrill Me comes back with a recommendation on which to one watch, depending on which you are more thrilled by.” Thrill Me is just the front tip of a slate of productions coming down the pipe at Portal, delivering immerisve entertainment that wraps the audience up in dark thriller, supernatural and horror experiences. A video interview segment for The Guardian explores “how two startups and one well known book publisher are using digital technologies and matching up disciplines from publishing and gaming to transform literature and storytelling.”
Aryzon - 3D Augmented Reality for Every Smartphone by Aryzon Risks and challenges The Aryzon AR headset consists of two important elements: the physical headset and the digital app. Both have their own unique set of challenges to overcome when attempting to accomplish our vision of making AR truly accessible for everyone. The Headset (Production) The design of the Aryzon headset incorporates basic materials that can easily be domestically produced. Our central location in The Netherlands allows for a holistic overview of production which also takes place in The Netherlands.
Types of Transmedia The various types of transmedia storytelling can be thought of in terms of the following: the narrative spaces covered (location, characters, time)the number and relative timing of the platforms (sequential, parallel, simultaneous, non-linear)the extent and type of audience involvement (passive, active, interactive, collaborative) . The first two dimensions can be represented by the diagram below.
Games and news bricks: storytelling ideas from Hackastory Credit: Screenshot from Hackastory.com. Turning online stories into games and personalising the experience were two of the themes explored at the Hackastory hackathon in Amsterdam last week. The hackathon brought together six teams of journalists, developers, designers and filmmakers, who explored ideas and tools for storytelling in the digital age. “Online storytelling does not have a tradition yet,” wrote the organisers on the website, comparing it to filmmaking, which has had 100 years to develop a structure and a process. Journalist and documentary filmmaker Albertine Piels, one of the organisers of the hackathon, said the hackathon was intended as an opportunity not only to experiment with tools but also to connect with others in the industry.
12 Iconic Directors Share Their Thoughts on Filmmaking & Style As filmmakers, we do quite a bit of research and study. We read a vast number of tutorials, and articles texts; we watch classic films and go to countless first showings. We do so much to fill our brains with all of the information we think will prepare us for making films and seeing our craft from a new perspective. However, sometimes all we need is a simple quote.
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