Vi segnalo: Transmedia Tips


Vi segnalo un articolo di Indiewire…che è in realtà composto da un serie di link a pezzi apparsi nei mesi passati nel magazine, pezzi tutti accomunati dall’essere dedicati al riassumere alcuni suggerimenti e trucchi del mestiere del narrare transmediale regalati alla (o raccolti dalla) redazione di Indiewire da addetti ai lavori tra i quali alcuni veri e propri guru del settore:

Andrea Phillips:

For media companies, the business case is actually quite simple. Transmedia storytelling can provide more engagement and more potential points of sale for any given story, and when it’s done well, each piece can effectively become a promotional tool pointing toward every other piece of the whole.

Ingrid Kopp:

Overestimating people’s desire to be interactive can be a problem. You don’t want to be constantly asking the audience to do work.

Jeff Gomez:

Digital bells and whistles can be amusing, but good stories are marked by characters that yearn, struggle, triumph or face defeat. Transmedia stories are stories first. […] Hook me with a good character that I actually like or at least identify with, and I’ll follow her anywhere.

L’articolo segnala anche alcune interessanti e diversificate esperienze di successo indipendenti in questo ambito…A Short History of the Highrise (un documentario interattivo), Just a Reflektor (cortometraggio interattivo degli Arcade Fire), The Empire Project (altro documentario interattivo), Cloud Chamber (un noir transmediale)…

Buona lettura.


Vi segnalo: StoryWorld Conference

Vi segnalo la  StoryWorld Conference, che si terrà a San Francisco dal 31 ottobre al 2 novembre prossimo. Le parole di presentazione della conference chair, Alison Norrington, esprimono in maniera evidente un concetto che ho ripreso in molti dei miei post precedenti e che è il principio ispiratore della conferenza, come evidente già dal suo titolo:  l’impulso primario verso il transmedia storytelling è di natura economica  e la sua effettiva attuazione è agevolata dalla pervasiva e ipersocializzante presenza dei media digitali…ma alla base rimane immutato un requisito fondamentale…una storia che funzioni. Ecco le parole di Alison:

…my great passion is cross-platform/transmedia storytelling with the focus on story first and strategy second. This is a hugely in-demand evolution in traditional entertainment: Ad agencies are using it to build brand loyalty; film directors, publishers and writers are looking to transmedia to extend their storyworlds over timelines, geographies and platforms.

StoryWorld Conference + Expo gets its name from the idea that the development of a cohesive universe, in which characters and storylines coexist and follow the rules of an established mythology—is at the center of any successful, lucrative, well-crafted transmedia effort.

Sulla conferenza e le tematiche che vi verranno trattate vi consiglio questa bella intervista che la Norrington ha rilasciato a  GamesforChange.

Tra i numerosi interventi previsti, vi consiglio quello di Lance Weiler – Disrupt: Stories as R&D focalizzato sull’applicazione di un approccio ricerca &sviluppo all’esplorazione di nuove modalità narrative. Vi riporto la breve descrizione dell’intervento di Lance riportata nel sito della conferenza:

This is an amazing time to be a storyteller. The democratization of the tools to create is challenging the role of authorship as passive participants shift to willing collaborators. These are disruptive times and the next generation of social networking, social media and mobile applications is going to be driven by storytelling. Stories as R&D looks at the value of rapid prototyping, failing quickly, participatory culture and the realities of a world where story becomes a service model.

Di sicuro interesse anche l’intervento Worldbuilding & Mithology di Jeff Gomez, tra i nomi più importanti del panorama produttivo transmediale centrato sul worldbuilding storytelling, sintetizzato come segue nel sito della conferenza:

Over the past year, several of the world’s leading producers of entertainment content have begun the process of adapting transmedia techniques to maximize the effectiveness of their properties across traditional and digital platforms. But how do we prepare our narratives to be engaging and compelling in ways that engender participation and loyalty from a mass audience? In this exclusive talk by Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment and the world’s leading transmedia producer, we will explore techniques to discern the message of a property, clarify its message and theme, and maintain the quality and integrity of our story worlds even as they are vastly expanded to accommodate extensions into film, television, mobile, web, prose, video games and graphic fiction.

Tra gli altri speakers, molti  addetti ai lavori e/o studiosi che in questi anni hanno contribuito in maniera fondamentale alla riflessione su – e alla messa in opera di – nuove modalità narrative e nuovi modelli di business ad esse legati: Ian Ginn, Christy Dena, Geoffrey Long, Ian Askwith, Scott Walker…solo per citarne alcuni.

A presto


Vi segnalo: Futures of Entertainment 5

Il prossimo 11 ed il 12 novembre al Mit (Cambridge, Massachussets, Usa),  si svolge la quinta edizione del Futures of Entertainment (FoE), tra i più rilevanti eventi mondiali dedicati al presente ed al futuro dell’intrattenimento. Alla conferenza partecipano annualmente elementi di spicco del mondo accademico, dell’informazione e dell’industria dell’entertainment. Il programma della quinta edizione è incentrato sui nuovi sviluppi del transmedia storytelling (non necessariamente finzionale) e sulle dinamiche di condivisione, partecipazione, socializzazione che i franchise contemporanei sono chiamati a stimolare e sfruttare. Eccolo in dettaglio:


Introduction (8:30-9:00 a.m.)

William Uricchio (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Ilya Vedrashko (Hill Holliday)

Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Society. (9:00-10:00 a.m.)

How are the shifting relations between media producers and their audiences transforming the concept of meaningful participation? And how do alternative systems for the circulation of media texts pave the way for new production modes, alternative genres of content, and new relationships between producers and audiences? Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford, and Joshua Green–co-authors of the forthcoming book Spreadable Media–share recent experiments from independent filmmakers, video game designers, comic book creators, and artists and discuss the promises and challenges of models for deeper audience participation with the media industries, setting the stage for the issues covered by the conference.

Speakers: Henry Jenkins (University of Southern California), Sam Ford (Peppercom Strategic Communications), and Joshua Green (Undercurrent)

Collaboration? Emerging Models for Audiences to Participate in Entertainment Decision-Making. (10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

In an era where fans are lobbying advertisers to keep their favorite shows from being cancelled, advertisers are shunning networks to protest on the fans’ behalf and content creators are launching web ventures in conversation with their audiences, there appears to be more opportunity than ever for closer collaboration between content creators and their most ardent fans. What models are being attempted as a way forward, and what can we learn from them? And what challenges exist in pursuing that participation for fans and for creators alike?

Moderator: Sheila Seles (Advertising Research Foundation)

Panelists: C. Lee Harrington (Miami University), Seung Bak
(Dramafever), and Jamin Warren (Kill Screen)

Creating with the Crowd: Crowdsourcing for Funding, Producing and Circulating Media Content. (1:15-3:15 p.m.)

Beyond the buzzword and gimmicks using the concept, crowdsourcing is emerging as a new way in which creators are funding media production, inviting audiences into the creation process and exploring new and innovative means of circulating media content. What are some of the innovative projects forging new paths forward, and what can be learned from them? How are attempts at crowdsourcing creating richer media content and greater ownership for fans? And what are the barriers and risks ahead for making these models more prevalent?

Moderator: Ana Domb (Almabrands, Chile)

Panelists: Mirko Schafer (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), Bruno Natal (Queremos, Brazil), Timo Vuorensola (Wreckamovie, Finland), and Caitlin Boyle (Film Sprout)

Here We Are Now (Entertain Us): Location, Mobile, and How Data Tells Stories (3:45-5:15 p.m.)

Location-based services and context-aware technologies are altering the way we encounter our environments and producing enormous volumes of data about where we go, what we do, and how we live and interact. How are these changes transforming the ways we engage with our physical world, and with each other? What kind of stories does the data produce, and what do they tell us about our culture and social behaviors? What opportunities and perils does this information have for businesses and individuals? What are the implications for brands, audiences, content producers, and media companies?

Moderator: Xiaochang Li (New York University)

Panelists: Germaine Halegoua (University of Kansas), (other two panelists still being confirmed)

At What Cost?: The Privacy Issues that Must Be Considered in a Digital World. (5:45-6:45 p.m.)

The vast range of new experiments to facilitated greater audience participation and more personalized media content bring are often accomplished through much deeper uses of audience data and platforms whose business models are built on the collection and use of data. What privacy issues must be considered beneath the enthusiasm for these new innovations? What are the fault lines beneath the surface of digital entertainment and marketing, and what is the appropriate balance between new modes of communication and communication privacy?

Participants: Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard University) and Helen Nissenbaum (New York University)


Introduction (8:30-9:00 a.m.)

Grant McCracken (author of Chief Culture Officer; Culturematic)

The Futures of Serialized Storytelling (9:00-11:00 a.m.)

New means of digital circulation, audience engagement and fan activism have brought with it a variety of experiments with serialized video storytelling. What can we learn from some of the most compelling emerging ways to tell ongoing stories through online video, cross-platform features and applications and real world engagement? What models for content creation are emerging, and what are the stakes for content creators and audiences alike?

Moderator: Laurie Baird (Georgia Tech)

Panelists: Matt Locke (Storythings, UK), Steve Coulson (Campfire), Lynn Liccardo (soap opera critic), Denise Mann (University of California-Los Angeles)

The Futures of Children’s Media (11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.).

Children’s media has long been an innovator in creating new ways of storytelling. In a digital era, what emerging practices are changing the ways in which stories are being told to children, and what are the challenges unique to children’s properties in an online communication environment?

Moderator: Sarah Banet-Weiser (University of Southern California)

Panelists: Melissa Anelli (The Leaky Cauldron), Michael Levine (Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Sesame Workshop), John Bartlett (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Futures of Nonfiction Storytelling (2:15-4:15 p.m.).

Digital communication has arguably impacted the lives of journalists more than any other media practitioner. But new platforms and ways of circulating content are providing vast new opportunities for journalists and documentarians. How have–and might–nonfiction storytellers incorporate many of the emerging strategies of transmedia storytelling and audience participation from marketing and entertainment, and what experiments are currently underway that are showing the potential paths forward?

Moderator: Ellen McGirt (Fast Company)

Panelists: Molly Bingham (photojournalist; founder of ORB); Chris O’Brien (San Jose Mercury News), Patricia Zimmermann (Ithaca College), Lenny Altschuler (Televisa)

The Futures of Music. (4:45-6:45 p.m.)

The music industry is often cited as the horror story that all other entertainment genres might learn from: how the digital era has laid waste to a traditional business model. But what new models for musicians and for the music industry exist in the wake of this paradigm shift, and what can other media industries learn from emerging models of content creation and circulation?

Moderator: Nancy Baym (Kansas University)

Panelists: Mike King (Berklee College of Music), João Brasil (Brazilian artist), Chuck Fromm (Worship Leader Media), Erin McKeown (musical artist and fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Univeristy), Brian Whitman (The Echo Nest)

Per chi fosse interessato ad essere presente fisicamente, è possibile registrarsi all’evento (ma occhio al prezzo dei biglietti!), per gli altri segnalo i numerosi e interessantissimi paper (scaricabili gratuitamente) prodotti dai membri permanenti della Convergence Culture Consortium, nell’ambito delle cui attività il FoE è stato indetto per la prima volta a partire dal 2006, in corrispondenza con il lancio statunitense del seminale libro di Henry Jenkins, Cultura convergente.

Oltre a Jenkins fanno parte del consorzio molti altri  studiosi e addetti ai lavori che stanno dando un contributo fondamentale all’avanzamento delle pratiche e delle analisi sull’intrattenimento convergente, tra i quali cito Ian AskWith, Sam Ford, Jeff Gomez, Geoffrey Long… Per questo motivo, a prescindere dal FoE5, vale la pena tenere d’occhio le attività del C3 che va considerato un think tank fondamentale in questo ambito.

A presto


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