I just got back from my very first SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, and it was simply amazing and invigorating. SXSW vibrated with great minds, great talents, great projects, and great conversations. This conference is where the good stuff happens, and where people do and think cutting-edge. If you’re interested in social and/or digital media, this is the conference you should attend. It’s not cheap, but it is absolutely worth its money! That being said, there is one tiny critique I have regarding this year’s SXSW. It was my first time attending this conference, of course, and
Today I spent the day at the FMX Conference in Stuttgart where I’d been asked to introduce the keynote talk “Envisioning the Literary World of Cornelia Funke.” As you may know, Cornelia Funke is an international best-selling author who has penned Wild Chicks, The Thief Lord, the Inkwell series, and Dragon Rider, for example. In the past, Cornelia’s works have often been adapted to film, theater and computer games. However, after her works had been adapted, Cornelia often felt that they no longer matched the image and vision of the story as she saw it inside her head.
Yesterday I was interviewed by Vanessa Cornford. Vanessa is the Course Leader and a Lecturer of Acting & Contemporary Theatre Making at Northbrook College Sussex. She currently researches whether the trend towards transmedia requires a change in the way actors are trained. Given that relatively little has been said on how acting may be affected by transmedia, I’d like to share some of the points from my interview with you. No matter whether you’re a director, a producer, an actor or a writer – the following notes should be useful to everyone involved in a transmedia project when thinking
It certainly isn’t news to any of us that the media are changing, and very rapidly at that. The Internet allows us to access any type of medium and any type of content – be it legally or illegally – at any point in time; our media devices are merging into one, so that we no longer have to literally put down our book in order to start a computer game; and to top it all off, the tools of media creation and production not only become increasingly easy to use, but also a lot more affordable. It goes without
My last post on ‘Creating a Transmedia Narrative‘ ignited a lengthy discussion in one of my LinkedIn groups. It seems that some of my readers thought that I was trying to establish that transmedia narratives follow different narrative norms/ no longer need to be based on traditional conventions of telling a story. This is not what I was trying to say. I merely pointed at parallels found in successful story worlds, narrative universes that withstood the test of time and continue to invite producers and audiences to expand their stories across different media. In order to last for decades or
How do you construct a transmedia narrative? Does it differ from stories told in film, books, TV shows, computer games, etc. until today? Yes and no, in my opinion. As a media consumers myself, and having observed and researched several successful and lasting story worlds such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Buffy, various mangas/animes, and, of course, classics such as The Illiad and The Odysee, I noticed several important elements that allowed these respective universes to live on for decades (or millenia, in the case of the latter two) and to inspire not only
As the concept of transmedia storytelling becomes increasingly mainstream it is important that we do not lose ourselves in continuous debates on what transmedia storytelling is and what it is not. It is relatively easy to theorize and predict with no end; what is considerably harder, however, is to turn all this transmedia theory into practical advice. Granted, we are still experimenting a lot with what works and what doesn’t, but I do believe that it is important to begin to compile transmedia successes, basic economic mechanisms, and common-sense into manuals, guide-books, and/or best-practice sets. What follows is my attempt
Tonight it was time for another ad-hoc Transmedia LA Meetup. This time the guest was Prof. Henry Jenkins, one of the earliest thought-leaders on transmedia and convergence culture. I am basing the following paragraphs solely on the notes I took during Henry’s talk, so they are no word-for-word transcription. As a matter of fact, I will be paraphrasing most of the time. If you see phrases or sentences in quotation marks, they denote a word-for-word citation, but everything else is just summing up Henry’s words.
Last night I attended the Transmedia Meetup here in LA. The guest speaker was George Ruiz, Head of New Media and Senior Vice-President Business Affairs at ICM. George did a great job at summarizing the current challenges and opportunities of transmedia, and I’d like to repeat them here in case you weren’t able to make last night’s meetup.
This is the fourth part of my ‘Why Transmedia?’ series. Please click to go to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Finally: Transmedia has a Global Appeal We’re only two-thirds through 2011, and already we can see a definite trend, particularly in the movie industry: The international success of your franchise can make or break it. Unlike North America and Europe, states such as the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) countries have entertainment markets that are still growing exponentially.