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Bombay-4Interactive media may not be a staple of narrative filmmaking, but it’s certainly making itself known in music videos. Last year, we saw the work of several big name musicians and groups contain interactive elements, like the special navigation in Pharrell’s 24-hour “I’m Happy” video, the ability to “change channels” in Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”, and controlling animations in Arcade Fire’s “Neon Bible”. Now, we get to go behind the scenes with the creators of Bombay Bicycle Club’s music video for their single “Carry Me”, off the album So Long, See You Tomorrow, and find out what gear, techniques, and software they used to pull off their interactive “Orbital Video” project. More »

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NewMedia_Blog1If you’ve been hard at working creating an interactive documentary experience meant to be viewed across multiple platforms, now is your chance to catapult your project forward: the application for the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund is open. The TFI is looking to fund between four and eight projects from any country that feature non-fiction stories with integrated cross-platforms and a social justice angle. If this fits your description, check out the details below, and apply! More »

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Zero Point Trailer Oculus RiftTraditional 3D viewing may be losing its steam in the home because of a lack of content (and the glasses and all sorts of other reasons), but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be watching content on flat screens forever. Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset made for 3D gaming, can also be used for all sorts of other content, including movies. The first video made specifically for the Oculus Rift, is actually a documentary called Zero Point, which is actually about the Oculus Rift device. They have now released an interactive trailer for the film which you can watch online. More »

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Pharrell Happy - 24 Hour Music VideoThis isn’t some YouTube joke with a 3 second clip extended to 24 hours (though that was my first guess upon hearing he’d made a video that long). Pharrell William’s new music video for Happy is a full 24 hours long, with 400 different performers (and some celebrity appearances) each getting screen time as they dance to the looping 4 minute song. While a pretty nifty site has been created so that you can watch the video without any breaks or skip ahead to certain parts, you can check out the whole thing the old-fashioned way below. More »

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Bob Dylan Like a Rolling Stone Interactive Music VideoBy now you may have already seen the interactive music video for Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone, but unlike most music videos, once is hardly enough, since it’s a collection of many different “channels” all playing at once (including one of Dylan himself), which can be switched at anytime by the user or will switch automatically. The video was created with the help of Interlude and their Treehouse software. Even if you’ve already seen it, check it out again here (refresh if it doesn’t show up right away): More »

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ReflektorVincent Morisset is not a “traditional” filmmaker. The director comes from the world of multimedia programming, and it shows in his interactive videos for the band Arcade Fire. His latest and most complex creation is a video project made in collaboration with digital designer Aaron Koblin for the band’s song “Reflektor”. Click below to learn more about Morisset, his technique, and immerse yourself in virtual worlds that have to be experienced to be believed! More »

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Evolution of Cinema_Tom PerlmutterIn a quick, yet thought-provoking video for the Future of Storytelling Summit, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada Tom Perlmutter shares his thoughts on the future of storytelling. He explains the basic human need behind the act of telling a story, how that act has evolved over time, and where its evolution is heading: transmedia. To find out more on what Perlmutter says about interactive filmmaking, check out the video after the jump. More »

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SOTD Interactive ScreenplayWith the release of Edgar Wright’s sci-fi comedy The World’s End, starring the dynamic duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, inching ever closer, Focus Features has decided to release a free interactive screenplay of Shaun of the Dead, which you can view online or download in a pdf. Full of behind-the-scenes photos, sketches, cast interviews, and storyboards, the screenplay is more than a marketing maneuver for the film — it’s a way to rally the Three Flavours Cornetto Cult as the wait for The World’s End nears its end. More »

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the last of us naughty dog sony playstation ps3Developer Naughty Dog’s latest outing, The Last of Usis one of this year’s most anticipated gaming titles. After playing it for 5 minutes, I can tell you that it combines elements of Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Children of Men28 Days Later, Hillcoat’s The Road, Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, The Walking Dead, and the recent I Am Legend, all while engaging you emotionally more than any of those pieces could and, dare I say, improving upon them. It’s crazy, but it’s true. Here’s how, and here’s why. More »

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Nowadays, major franchises get the royal treatment upon release. Some video game series are expanded with original novels or comic books between release dates. The opening of many big films occurs with novelizations and video games accompanying them. The problem is, I haven’t seen many video game adaptations I’ve been able to appreciate as good films in their own right, and all the while games seem to be getting more and more realistic. How comparable, or even compatible is storytelling between video games and movies? If anybody could figure it out, it’d be “Star Wars Episode VII director” J.J. Abrams and Valve co-founder/CEO Gabe Newell. Check out their full D.I.C.E. 2013 keynote discussion below. More »

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It’s an exciting time for filmmakers and storytellers who are exploring ways to enhance their stories via the web.  One of the new genres to emerge is the “web” or “connected” documentary.  In essence, these are documentary projects that try to engage viewers via interactive tools — from customizing the experience depending on when and where it is accessed, to providing a “choose your own adventure” structure.  This isn’t your typical documentary, and if you’re not wary as you undertake one of these projects it’s easy to get overwhelmed.  Ben Moskowitz provides important tips to keep in mind as you explore interactive tools; and if you haven’t experienced a connected documentary, we’ve got a couple for you to check out: More »

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In the blockbuster game world, recent multimillion-dollar releases like [easyazon-link asin="B002I0J5UQ"]L.A. Noire[/easyazon-link] (which was the first video game to play at the Tribeca Film Festival) and [easyazon-link asin="B003O6E3C8"]Portal 2[/easyazon-link] have taken videogame storytelling up a notch. If this demo of the forthcoming game BioShock Infinite is any indication, first-person shooters are packing in the action, set-pieces, ideas, and storytelling of blockbuster films — but handing controls over to the player. And that’s the whole point, right? Take a look at this video, which isn’t a pre-rendered trailer, but rather 15 minutes of screen-captured gameplay : More »

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In case you missed it, Microsoft’s motion-sensing add-on to their Xbox 360 gaming console, Microsoft Kinect, launched this week. Word on the street is the software giant is spending $400 million just to promote the device — more than the entire budget of Avatar, depending on who you ask. More than just a Nintendo Wii rip-off, however, the Kinect portends major changes to come in natural user interfaces as well as a further push into online video distribution by Microsoft (relevant disclosure: we had a Non-Disclosure Agreement with Microsoft last year regarding our project 3rd Rail. Oops, was I not supposed to disclose that?). More »

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Regardless of your political affiliation, if you’re an American, today’s the day to, ah, “rock the vote.” This video may come from a PAC you don’t agree with, but I hope you appreciate the clever writing and Facebook-based personalization features all the same. Click on through to see a customized version of future news network CNNBC, with a scary tale of RepubliCorp’s takeover. More »

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What do you do when you have a final studio album from the late, great Johnny Cash, but no way to have the legendary man in black appear in the music video? Crowdsource it. This is what director Chris Milk has done with Cash’s song “Ain’t No Grave,” setting up a Flash-powered website that allows visitors to hand-draw individual frames of the video. The video is then dynamically pieced together from these frames, based on ratings by viewers — in this way, it is an always-changing work of art. Here’s the video in its current incarnation: More »

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Prison Valley is an interesting French documentary/interactive experience that examines Canon City, Colorado — home to 13 prisons, one of which is the first Supermax prison (widely considered to be the new “Alcatraz”). The web doc consists of brief filmed segments interspersed with interactive sequences, and offers a glimpse at where documentary film may be headed in the online space. Unfortunately it seems that I can’t embed a sequence, so here’s the blurb: More »