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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Today I came across an article on The Next Great Generation that asked whether ‘social films’ are the next big thing. Social films are short webisodes distributed via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, and which require the viewer to take action in order to influence how the story will develop. The example discussed in the article is a collaborative project by Toshiba and Intel called Inside.
This is the second part in my ‘Why Transmedia’ series. Please click to go to Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4. Transmedia Offers Great Possibilities for Fans to Get Involved “It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.” – The wolf in Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince I know that fan engagement is still a double-edged sword for many authors and entertainment executives. On the one hand, you want loyal fans who are deeply invested in your storyworld, and you probably also like the fact that they carry your story on to different media and