This is the fifth part of my SXSW 2014 re-caps. You can find a complete list of all re-caps here. Today’s re-cap is about my favorite panel from SXSW 2014, entitled How Jane Austen Conquered Social Storytelling. The two panelists, Bernie Su and Jay Bushman, explained how they made their three web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Welcome to Sanditon, and Emma Approved true transmedia stories spread across different social media platforms. Not only have all three stories become immensely successful, but they actually ended up creating revenue through monetization. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Background The LBD originally ran from April 2012 to March 2013 as a
Here comes part 3 of my SXSW14 re-caps: New Narratives: Building an Interactive Storyworld. For an overview of all SXSW14 re-caps, please click here. Panelists: Aina Abiodun, Founder, Storycode Karim Ahmad, Sr Digital Content Strategist, ITVS Mike Knowlton, Partner, Murmur Ted Hope, CEO, Fandor / Double Hope Films At the moment, most advertising remains very classic and in-your-face. However, the times of such advertising are over and it now needs greater sophistication. Your audience expects branded content rather than pure product placement, for example. Everything else – blatant „buy this!“, „buy that!“ is white noise. This is
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
In about three weeks, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit cinemas around the world. Excitement for the next installment of the THG universe is high, and a large part of it is due to the transmedia marketing strategy for Catching Fire, which consists mostly of a mix of social media, fan participation, and brand cooperations. Responsible for this unique marketing campaign is Ignition Creative, an LA-based ad agency. The marketing campaign for Catching Fire kicked off at the beginning of 2013, and over the course of the last months, we’ve been treated to increasing amounts of content from the THG world. Today, I’d like to
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
You can find the SWC12 re-cap of Day 1 here. As stated in my first re-cap, I will only be highlighting a few of the points that were made, namely those that offered new ideas and/or new approaches compared to SWC11. Thursday, October 18th 2012 Storyworld’s second day started out with a presentation of “Take this Lollipop” by its producer Jason Zada. Jason has specialized in combining video and social media content in a way that inserts the user into the story. If you haven’t seen this project yet, I highly recommend you look it up (and experience it) –
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
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.