Category Archives: transmedia

Collapsus – Transmedia Film

A great combination of animation, interactive fiction, and documentary film.

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Collapsus tells a story about how the impending energy crisis affects ten young people, while international powers battle with political dissension and a fearful population during transition from Fossil fuel to alternative fuels. Set in the near future, Collapsus was initialized to raise awareness of the global issue of peak oil.

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The project combines Video blogging, interactive maps, fictional newscasts, live action footage, and animation to immerse the player in the narrative. A great example of Transmedia storytelling, it requires the player to access and assess additional information and make decisions about the world’s energy production at both a national and global scale.

Check the project here…

All information regarding Collapsus and its development is offered in the online presskit, including a walk-through by Tommy Pallotta.

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Cowbird, a place to share your life story

“The most beautiful place in the world to tell stories”: a platform where users can share their life stories in pictures, text and audio”
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Cowbird calls itself “the most beautiful place in the world to tell stories,” and “the free public library of human experience.” This platform offers its users – which it calls “citizens” – the opportunity to tell their life stories. Their basic layout is usually the same – a single photograph is accompanied by a short text, although there are also audio stories or visual essays. The stories can be browsed by the cities and countries they are set in, the roles people play in them (“Boyfriend,” “Free Spirit,” “Lover of Life”), and keywords. Furthermore, they are grouped in “Sagas,” such as “First Loves,” “Working,” and “Occupy.” The site was initiated by artist and computer scientist Jonathan Harris, with an eye to distill new forms of narrative from large amounts of data, as well as to offer its users a place for a deeper, longer-lasting kind of self-expression than is likely to be found on Facebook. These are the kinds of stories that will continue to resonate 50 years from now. And that name? “Slow like a cow, fast like a bird.”

Check the project here.

via IDFA Doclab

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Clouds Over Cuba

Clouds Over Cuba: Interactive Documentary Revisits the Cuban Missile Crisis on Its 50th Anniversary

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50 years ago, the Cuban Missile Crisis put the US and the USSR on a seemingly catastrophic collision course. As the crisis played out, both sides feared the worst — that the long-simmering Cold War might suddenly turn hot, nuclear hot. Mercifully, after 13 days, cooler heads prevailed.

Now, on the 50th anniversary of the crisis, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum has released an interactive documentary called Clouds Over Cuba. Narrated by actor Matthew Modine, the film vividly explains the events before, during and after the historic crisis. As the story unfolds, the documentary prompts viewers to access an impressive amount of historical documents (photos, documents, audio recordings, etc.) that add real texture to the story. Clouds Over Cuba is educational. It’s impressively put together. You can watch the trailer above, or start watching the complete film right here.

via openculture

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