A Year in Showcases (Part 2)

by April Arrglington on January 16th, 2012

Apologies for the delay. Bellow I attempt to profile the most notable projects out of DIYDAYS '11.
Reality Ends Here: ARG developed by Jeff Watson and The USC School of Cinematic Arts. The experience is a pervasive media-making game designed to increase serendipity, social discovery, and collaboration among students in the disparate divisions of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It employs a wide range of technologies and practices, from a game system driven by digitally-connected collectible cards to a web interface integrated with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media platforms. For more info check: reality.usc.edu

Plant City Stories: ARG developed by Randy Finch about the search of a missing girl that unfolds accross multiple platforms. The website is designed to be accessible from any web-enabled device, and the experience is set to reveal elements of the missing girl story online by examining the intersection between video and the online tools for topography. For more info check: plantcitystories.com
The Lost Children: Property developed by Mark Harris through the IFP Narrative Lab in NYC. The experience revolves around a film about Evelyn Hamilton, who joins The Lost Children cult where she comes to believe in her own mystical powers, and becomes convinced that her death alone can save the world. The movie further unfolds online and via mobile. For more info on the project go to: desperatecomfort.com
Caine’s Arcade: A multiplatform property about a 9 year-old who creates a cardboard arcade game. The experience revolves around a short film about making the arcade. It unfoldes online and by visiting the physical arcade located in Boyle Hights, California. For more information on the project go to: cainesarcade.com
Where the Yellowstone Goes: A multiplatform property developed by Hunter Weeks about the Yellowstone River. The premise of the film revolves around a crew of people traveling down the Yellowstone River and tracking their travel through interactive geolocation applications, and a variety of media. For more information on the project go to: wheretheyellowstonegoes.com
The Wisconsin Hustle: A multiplatform property developed by Jim Babb and Awkward Hug based on a dancing game. The Wisconsin Hustle tests both your memory skills and your dancing ability. With your deck of dance cards in hand challenge your opponents and dance off with your pants off (or on). The experience has also an android application available. For more information on the project go to: wisconsinhustle.com
Socks Inc: Another multiplatform property developed by Jim Babb and Awkward Hug based on sock puppets. Socks Inc. is seeking garments from all walks of life. But Mr. Barnsworth is running a factory at overflow capacity & employees are mysteriously disappearing. The interactive project is currently on Beta. It unfolds online and through the creation of your own sock pupptes. For more information on the project go to: www.socksinc.com
Robot Heart Stories: A multiplatform property developed by Lance Weiler and Janine Saunders about a Robot trying to find its way home. Robot Heart Stories is an experiential learning project designed to empower the imaginations of disenfranchised students. It uses collaboration, creative problem solving, and storytelling to educate students about space, geography, language, and multiple online applications. For more information on the project go to: robotheartstories.com
Other helpful resources profiled this year include:
Story Pirates: Encourages writing in kids by having adults enacting their stories. A nationally respected education and media organization founded in 2003, Story Pirates pairs world-class teachers with first-rate actors and comedians to make learning more engaging and effective. The program is dually based in New York and Los Angeles. For more information visit: storypirates.org
Firestarters: part of the Freedom Labs, the Firestarters project fueles a discussion about change. The FreedomLab Future Studies is a research lab and an European think tank that does continuous research on social change based on future studies using a proprietary method: Scenario Based Reasoning (SBR). The results of all research help various organizations with creative strategies. For more information visit: www.freedomlab.org
Conducttr: Robert Pratten tool for Transmedia Storytellers. Available as a subscription-based service, Conducttr is a pervasive entertainment platform that allows anyone from international interactive agencies to independent filmmakers to design, manage, deliver and measure engaging interactive, social entertainment that spans online, offline and mobile devices. For more information visit: www.tstoryteller.com
The Transmediology Group: created by Adipat Verdi, Transmediology is a hub for designing experiences, engaging audiences and managing communities within brands and storyworlds. In adition to the facebook group, Transmediology has now also a Meetup available that services London. For more information visit: transmediology.com

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