A Year in Showcases (Part 3)

by April Arrglington on January 26th, 2012

These are coming along slowly but surely. I'm featuring one last batch of projects for part 4... and I'm open to suggestions if any of you want to recommend any notable Transmedia projects. In the meantime, I'm profiling below the most notable projects out of Transmedia LA. Please note that I'm cross promoting this post with the Transmedia LA website, as this post pertains to that particular group. I suppose I should also mention here, in my blog, that I've been appointed Content Curation Director for the Transmedia LA website. So if you are interested in all the going-ons of our local group check our site here.
The Los Angeles Ghost Patrol is a paranormal investigation team focused on Southern California hauntings. The project came into our radar thanks to project producer Susan Bell, who has come up with a great Prezi presentation to describe exactly the Transmedia stratergy for LAGP. Among the platforms developed for the project include the web, film, TV and an ARG.
The Rising is an organization made up of both ordinary people & genetically unique warriors known as Seers. The Rising is dedicated to the preservation and advancement of human society, and the destruction of the Wraiths. The Rising came into our radar by creators Philip Gable and Lauren Scime from Witchfactory Productions. The driving platform for the projects is the book, which is currently available for purchase here.
GATES is a young man living a wretched existence in an isolated colony of humans. Deep within the caverns of an industrial mountain complex, his society is ruled by a totalitarian government called the ConGenement–who controls all facets of life. Gates came into our radar by creator Hal Hefner. The driving platform for the project is the web comic, which as of recently just wrapped up the first year of publication. The comic is being presented by Heavy Metal Magazine.
MirrorLAnd is a 21st century adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in which a 20-something Alice, just out of college, falls down the rabbit-hole working in the film industry only to land in the wonderland of LA’s underground circus. The story is being released online in serialized installments, and incorporates transmedia elements, including the music, fashion, and art, of L.A.’s alternative circus culture. The project came into our radar by creator Jenka Gurfinkel.
Humans call it Halloween. But for the real vampires, zombies, and ghosts, it’s called Undead Pride Day. The UPD campaign raises the profile of the mortality-challenged, to let them know it’s okay to crawl out of their tombs and face the rest of the world to say: creatures are people, too. The Undead Pride Day collaborative Transmedia experience came to our radar last Halloween through our very own Jay Bushman.
Operation Ajax is a graphic novel designed specifically for the iPad, inspired by the investigative journalism of best-selling author Stephen Kinzer and his book 'All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror'. The project came into my radar by co-creator Daniel Burwen. The digital comic by Cognito Comics is now available for download here.
A NODE is a (Local Area Network) Gaming Centre. Basically, it’s a café where customers can enjoy one another’s company, a biscuit and a refreshing drink while they shoot up strangers on the internet via first person shooter games. The ARG for the project came into my radar by Kevin Franco from Francomedia in Canada.
While we are at it, I will also list here the One Child Transmedia experience based on the book Jeff Buick. The story followed the lives of several people, seemingly un-related, over a 30 day period in the summer of 2010. The ARG was also developed by Francomedia and Enthrill Entertainment.
Timedancer is an interactive television series developed exclusive for the Windows Phone 7. It combines video with exploration and puzzle solving to tell an epic science fiction story. The project came into my radar by producer Ari Abraham in London.
While we are at it, I will also list here Zombies Ate My City, anther interactive experience by Ari Abraham. Zombies Ate My City is about a scientist from the future trying to help stave off a zombie invasion in your own town or city. The cross-platform app experience is launching on Valentine's Day this year.
Sierra Zulu: A ragtag UN peacekeeping force operates a small camp guarding the no-man’s-land between Austria and the tiny agrarian microstate Soviet Unterzoegersdorf, the last existing bastion of the defunct Soviet Union. When an explosion occurs deep inside Soviet territory, the team is dragged into a bizarre conspiracy of industrial espionage, media madness and political intrigue. The project's driving platform is the film currently in pre-production. Sierra Zulu cam into my radar by our very own Tara Brown.
The Meme Project is a TV and multiplatform adventure drama currently in development which takes influences from comic books, games and science fiction. The action is set to unfold on many platforms both in the virtual online sphere, on TV and through real world events. It came into my radar via project's producer Kary Stewart out of London.
Web show RCVR it's a story told from the point of view of a government agent of dubious authorization who's been sent to scrub away memories of extraterrestrial encounters. The show unfolds in eight-minute episodes, released on YouTube by gaming channel Machinima. The show is the driving platform for a Transmedia stratergy that also included a great ARG that propelled the show to a 2.6 million viewership. The project first came into my radar via the IndieWIRE interview with creator David Van Eyssen.
Below I'm also including a few helpful applications worth mentioning that I've come across this year while I started to curate the Transmedia LA WIKI:
The great Jan Libby is planning on releasing an exciting new Transmedia I-FI App to launch her new project Snow Town, which is currently undergoing a Kickstarter campaign. The driving platform for the project was the ARG she released about a year ago. With the new Immersive and Interactive Fiction App the story can be experienced and replayed via your mobile, tablet or computer.
The Mynd App curates the world's best entertainment, and tracks audience interaction against their cross-content recommendation engine. This is a great solution for all of those interested in quantifying audience behavior across multiple platforms. The app first came into my radar via app creator Greg Martin.
Viggle is a new app that allows audiences to get rewards by interacting with content. While Viggle is concentrating its efforts on Social TV, the implications of interacting with other forms of content is significant. Also, its use of game mechanics to incentivize users by monitoring their behavior really hits on target. The app was developed by Robert Sillerman’s Function(x), and came into my radar via Simon Pulman and his Transmythology's post.

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ann greenberg - February 3rd, 2012 at 1:39 PM
Great job April! Love that you are gathering all these awesome projects into one place. I appreciate it! See you soon! Ann
April Arrglington - February 4th, 2012 at 4:08 PM
Thanks for reading Anne!

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