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
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.
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.
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
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,
Yesterday afternoon I attended the ‘Storytelling Through Advanced Mobile Content’ panel at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications Conference in San Diego. The panel featured four case studies from Transmedia LA members and a ‘fire-side chat’ between Seth Shapiro, Principal at New Amsterdam Media and Partner at Media Valuation Partners, and Albert Cheng, Executive Vice President Digital and Chief Production Officer at Disney ABC Television Group. Needless to say, it is impossible to recount all presentations and discussions in their entirety, but I would like to highlight a few points I myself found the most relevant:
At last night’s Transmedia LA meetup, Kent Nichols, Partner Outreach at blip.tv, shared a few very important ground rules for producers trying to self-distribute online. Kent is a videomaker and producer himself, and some of his projects include the award-winning series Ask A Ninja as well as the all-new The Guilty Crafter. blip.tv specializes in serialized online content, and as Partner Outreach Kent helps producers (for free!) to identify the right set of practices to find an audience online, an more particularly, to find their critical mass.
Today Facebook announced it’s new layout/complete overhaul. Great summaries of the most important changes can be found at Yahoo! and at AllFacebook.com, but the question that remains is: Does the new design offer any transmedia opportunities? After all, it was also announced today that Facebook has now got over 800 million users – an immense audience, and even better possibilities of targeting particular niches due to Facebook’s unparalleled user profiling.