Here’s the last part of my coverage of this year’s Storyworld Conference. Be sure to check out parts 1 and 2 as well and to check back for my reflections on the current trends and approaches in the transmedia community. Friday, October 19th 2012 The last day was defined by two presentations and a final panel. In the first keynote presentation, Kathy Franklin, Director of Franchising at Lightstorm Entertainment (the production company behind James Cameron’s Avatar) shared a few of the franchise’s plans to go transmedia in the near future. It must be noted that the original release of Avatar was
Just when I thought Disney couldn’t get any bigger after acquiring Marvel and launching The Avengers as a transmedia franchise, the entertainment giant proves me all wrong. Today, Disney announced that it will purchase Lucasfilm for approximately $4 billion, complete with its rights to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises and Lucasfilm’s special effects arms. While this message left me – and according to my social media feeds, many others as well – completely stunned, the news probably shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise after all. If you take a closer look at the current entertainment landscape, you’ll find that
After attending last year’s amazing and truly impressive Storyworld 2011 Conference I was more than happy to be able to attend this year’s Storyworld in Hollywood as well. While it was great to see everybody again, the majority of the presentations and panels unfortunately had only very few new insights to offer. This may be due to a possible indecision among the organizers in terms of whether Storyworld should try to introduce transmedia as a concept to those who have heard little of it before, or whether it should foster a knowledge- and experience-exchange among the existing transmedia community. I
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
Last week I spent two days at this year’s re:publica conference (#rp12) in Berlin. re:publica conferences focus on all kinds of issues around the web, in particular on blogging, social media, and digital media’s effect on society. This year, re:publica’s topic strands included law & politics, education, innovation, civil action, health, and entertainment, and how each of these areas have been impacted by recent developments in digital media.
[NB: While I’m talking specifically about the (US) TV industry in this post, the principle of direct global distribution to reach the global audience is applicable for pretty much any medium that can be digitized.] In this blog, I have again and again referred to a variety of trends that currently impact entertainment consumption around the world immensely. I will not go into detail on each of these because I have done so before, but I will compile them in a quick re-cap so we’re all on the same page:
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.