A Year in Showcases (Final Part 4)
by April Arrglington on April 2nd, 2012
This post is way overdue, but I've finally been able to finish the compilation to the best of my abilities. Thanks for your patience and support.
Azrael's Stop is an experimental narrative project of serial fiction and transmedia storytelling. This story of a mystical bar where people are led when they’re ready to die is told through serialized pieces of microfiction. The project is produced by Lucas Johnson and Silverstring Media.
AUTHENTIC IN ALL CAPS is an audio drama about an Underworld gambling philosopher desperately trying to earn a living in the Overworld as an autopsy pathologist who takes on a bet to find the meaning of death. The replayable experience takes you across the web, interacting with fictional websites while you hear the character’s stories behind them. The project is produced by a team lead by Christy Dena out of Australia.
Zoetrap: Is an immersive storytelling experience that debuted during #SWC11. In it you are recruited as a Paranormal Investigator and given access to a mobile phone that it's haunted. The experience is deciphered through private emails, voicemails, QR codes, video and audio. The producers created an app for the experience, which also featured live events through its run. The project is headed by Hannah Wood and Spirit Level Productions out of the UK.
Jurassic Park Slope: Transmedia parody about a hipster party being ruined by a Velociraptor attack. The experience consisted of walking tours of Brooklyn smart phone applications, traditional short film narrative, public art, music/dance live event experiences, and DIY how-to’s. The project is prodeced by Caitlin Burns and Steele Filipek.
The Veil Nanoscience ARG: This ARG revolved around nano technology and a memory insertion chip. The experience ran at the end of last year out of New Jersey. The story is told through in-game websites, blogs, e-mails, dead drops, puzzles, and character interactions. The project was developed by Ryan & Steve Omark from Immersive Fiction, with further writing by Carrie Cutforth-Young.
The Davis Sculpture Walk: A transmedia experience curated as part of the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, CA. In this interactive and replayable expedition participants are encouraged to share art in an outdoors environment where interactive surfaces serve as a blank canvas where artists, participants, and visitors can leave messages and stories.
The Game of Sunken Places: An interactive storytelling experience tied to the book series by M.T. Anderson. Further discover the storyworld by unearthing online assets like: videos, photographs, newspaper cuttings, telegraphs, letters and printed ads. Among other Scholastic titles embracing Transmedia this last year (that I've also mentioned at some point in this blog) we can include: 39 Clues by Various Authors, Malice by Chris Wooding, Trackers and Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman.
Ain't That Life: Is based on a web series about Harold Bregman, a hapless yet ever-optimistic man who struggles to find success in his career and love life, but invariably stumbles into trouble and even danger. The property utilized a handful of platforms further the story, including a small ARG. The series won Best Web Series Award at the Best Shorts Competition.
Other Honorable Mentions
PLUS! Projects to keep an eye out for this year:
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