Evolution of Storytelling

This morning I did a remote discussion around transmedia and the “evolution of storytelling” for a number of European TV writers. The discussion covered a range of topics such as how to craft stories for new emerging platforms, the impact of media consumption habits and the changing role of authorship.

The view from Cardiff, Wales

Interview Project

David Lynch is behind a new web series doc venture entitled Interview Project. IP is a spontaneous cross country trip that will travel 20,000 miles over the next 70 days and interview 121 people along the way. The interviews will be conducted with those individuals that catch the filmmakers interest, with a new interview going live on the site every 3 days.

It’s interesting to see Absurda expanding the Lynch brand online. Davidlynch.com is a free / subscription fee model site that offers all things Lynch, from daily weather reports to frequent visits to Bob’s Big Boys for coffee and cigarettes, the site has been an early play at an online pay model for the director. Absurda has also assisted with the DIY release of Inland Empire and now appears to be experimenting with online serialized content.

Back when Inland Empire came out I sat down with Eric Basstte, managing partner of Absurda to discuss the release and Absurda’s future plans.

Futures of the doc

I’m in SF this weekend for BAVC’s Producers Institute for New Media Technologies conference. I’m speaking on a panel entitled “The Future of Visual Storytelling: Content-Driven Technologies and the New Documentary Movement.” Here’s the description:

There is no question that the way people consume content has fundamentally changed over the last several years. Whether online, on mobile devices, DVD/BluRay, or in physical spaces, the way we tell stories is also changing. What is the future of documentary filmmaking, with the reality of shorter attention spans, laptop culture and evolving technology that enables new ways to interact with narrative content? This panel will explore the emerging developments, new opportunities and technical challenges in the field – is interactivity the end of traditional narrativity?

I believe that some of the answers to the above will come from transmedia experimentation. Transmedia what? Check out the following video for a description.

Henry Jenkins on Transmedia – November 2009 from niko on Vimeo.

We Are Hunted

Twitter real-time search is starting to spawn various sites and services that are finding interesting ways to use the data that Twitter makes available. We Are Hunted has a new extension of their trending charts (they already track p2p, blogs, facebook, forums, myspace) for the top 99 tracks being tweeted about on Twitter. A visual interface, streamlined player and “click to buy” feature make for a simple discovery site. What excites me most is that the emerging real-time web is unlocking all types of new discovery options.

Color Me Katie

Today we wrapped the first season of RADAR! Our final shoot was with Color Me Katie. Katie Sokoler is a street artist who believes that random acts of kindness can be infectious. She’s seen it first hand. After launching her blog last October she’s gained a global following, many of whom have been so inspired by her work that they’ve created their own.

Our final shoot day was spent placing shadows and thought bubbles throughout Brooklyn.

Favs of the day a Mexican Popeye in front of a laundromat and a poodle named “movie star” thinking about cats.

The day also marked a milestone for WBP – what started as an experiment almost 2 and half years ago has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last six months. RADAR marks a step in a new direction. One of which provides direct creative opportunities to the community that WBP servers. Finishing out the season with Katie was a great way to top things off.