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. Even after thinking about the compatibility of participation and corporate interests for a long while now, I haven’t reached a conclusion on what the best way forward is. Consequently, I’d like to put this question out there to all of you, in the hopes that some of you might offer me perspectives
Looking at mine and others’ re-caps of the recent conferences, it occurred to me that a LOT of ground had been covered – almost too much to make sense of, at least through simple reading. In order to make things a bit easier, I’m going to summarize the main trends and themes that were not only a) repeatedly mentioned at the recent conferences, but are also b) extremely crucial for transmedia, and for this point in time.
DAY 3: Talk: Story Architecture – Crafting Transmedia Design Siobhan O’Flynn, Karine Halpern with Scott Walker How to lead audiences across different platforms is still a challenge of transmedia, and it is a crucial question for experience design. Stories are so popular because they communicate experiences and emotions. Design principles for transmedia stories: Non-linear spatial storytelling – whilst keeping the coherent and cohesive. Break the 4th wall: augmented reality. Transmedia offers tremendous opportunities for individuals to enhance their own experience of the story, to play with the content on their own terms.
DAY 2 – Morning Talk: It all started with a Mouse – Orrin Shively (Disney) in conversation with Alison Norrington Mickey’s 10 commandments (by Marty Sklar): Know your audience. Wear your guests’ shoes. Organize the flow of people and ideas. Create a weenie. Communicate with visual literacy.
In case you couldn’t make this year’s StoryWorld Conference in San Francisco, I’ll be offering a few short re-caps of key talks and themes throughout the next three days. Here we go. DAY 1 – Morning Key Themes: The story remains crucial to transmedia. A transmedia project should not originate from the desire to make use of new technology, but from the desire to tell a captivating story. After centuries of ‘broadcasting’ (radio, TV, film, publishing, etc. – offering mass content to isolated consumers) storytelling now returns to its social roots, particularly due to new media’s possibilities to share content.
Needless to say, today’s workshops at DIYDays LA were filled to the brim with great speakers and innovative perspectives. For those that couldn’t attend today’s workshops, here’s a re-cap of the most important bits: Common Points There were a few common themes mentioned in almost every talk I attended, and they were all based on experiences (good and bad) from existing projects: 1. Your audience consists of three main groups: Casual consumers (around 70% of your audience), active consumers (25-30%) and enthusiasts (5-10%). Your transmedia strategy must try to lead your audience members from casual to active consumers, and ideally
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
Last week I had a very interesting conversation with Kathy Franklin, President Franchise Development at Lightstorm Entertainment. Kathy has a long-standing background in franchising after having worked at Disney for almost eleven years and now heading the franchising efforts for James Cameron’s Avatar. During our chat, Kathy pointed out a very important challenge for traditional franchise development in the face of transmedia: Until recently, the goal of developing franchises was usually monetization through repurposing, whereas the concept of transmedia storytelling focuses primarily on the (more costly) expansion of the story itself. While this was, of course, no news to me,