Archives for 2011
The Storythings Podcast is an irregular series of podcasts featuring talks, interviews and discussion with some of the best creative talent working across Film, TV, Theatre, Games, Art and beyond. This second podcast is a recording of comedian and creator of Father Ted and The IT Crowd Graham Linehan and writer and blogger Cory Doctorow
Unbound is a new project that opens up the publishing process for authors. There are a number of books proposed by authors, and readers can pledge support at various levels, from ‘ebook’ to ‘lunch’, which promises lunch with the author, signed copies, goodie bags, etc. Its a bit like a dedicated Kickstarter for authors, but
HBO have launched Connect, a new platform that aggregates various behaviours around their main shows. Built by Red Interactive, its a really slick package with a range of views on social media activity around the shows, including ‘Pulse’, which is a real time visualisation of tweets, etc; Feeds for each show, Visualizers of conversation threads;
The Storythings Podcast is launching an irregular series of podcasts featuring talks, interviews and discussion with some of the best creative talent working across Film, TV, Theatre, Games, Art and beyond. The first podcast is a recording of renowned documentary film-maker Adam Curtis, talking at The Story conference in February 2011. In this talk, Curtis
This is a lovely design research project – illustrating theories from quantum physics about possible parallel universes, this machine prints out alternate versions of your life. It uses Yahoo search and a series of inbuilt narratives to randomly generate versions of who you might be. Its a lovely piece of storytelling, and a great way
Storythings was one of the guests with Richard Sambrook and Luke McKay from Edelman on their Social Entertainment Podcast this week. It was a really interesting conversation, covering social media, storytelling, why we hate the terms ‘transmedia’ and ‘gamification’ but love ‘frothing’, and why making TV will never be easy ever again.
Most of the discussion around social media and TV focuses on the technologies being invented, or the potential business models (or lack of them) emerging. But we don’t often talk about what it means for the writers, directors and other talent involved in making TV. This Guardian article shows a mixed picture, with Iain Morris,
This is a great article from NY Magazine about the success of the AMC network in the US – home of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Waking Dead. Its really interesting to see how they learnt from HBO about going for strong, cinematic storylines with no star power, and how this suited the tone of
Matt Locke from Storythings will be at various work meetings and conferences in the US from June 19th 2011. It would be great to meet up with other people doing interesting story-related projects. If you’d like to meet up, or you’d like us to talk about Storythings at your company or event, please get in touch.
The ever-innovative team at Monterosa (who we worked with on Channel 4’s Million Pound Drop interactive game show) have come up with a lovely new voting mechanism for live shows – the Shake-a-Rater. It uses gestures (shaking the iPhone in this case) to generate a rating that can be aggregated live within the show. This