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Robert Pratten has posted another thoughtful entry about transmedia development at the Workbook Project, this time about prioritizing and selecting platforms for transmedia projects. It’s easy to think about how to extend a film project to web, mobile, and gaming platforms, but unless we have realistic goals in mind for each platform, it doesn’t make sense to do it just for the sake of doing it. His advice:
Think of the story as has having two components: “the story” – the whole world that’s created with all the characters stretching out in chronological order. “The experience” – how the storyworld is revealed to the audience (timing and platforms). Note that the story might be much larger than the project you’re working on now.
You can download the entire piece [PDF], or read part one at the Workbook Project, and part two at Zen Films. There’s also an Excel worksheet at Zen Films (note: it’s an .xlsx file, which wouldn’t open on my Mac).
This video by Robert Pratten is a great introduction to what transmedia is and how it can be employed by the independent filmmaker (he also has a refreshing perspective on the “technological fetish” of our obsession with new camera technologies!). It’s a 45-minute presentation full of brain candy and should be required viewing for anyone thinking about telling stories across mediums. As Pratten stresses, “transmedia plays to indie’s strengths,” because delivering a consistency of story across platforms is possible for independent creators — not large studios made up of divided teams. In my opinion, his point about authenticity is even more important, because: I could care less about playing a social game if the original auteur had nothing to do with it, and I could care even less about buying a DVD if I suspect only 65 cents of a $15 purchase is going to find its way back to the original filmmaker. Creating our own cross-platform projects and retaining ownership not only gives us more creative control on all of the different incarnations of our story, it can also motivate fans to make purchases because they know we’re the ones benefiting from their support.
Zack and I directed, and I DP’d, the first episode of RADAR Season 2, which kicks off today with the episode “Undetermined Measurements.” Check out the episode below, and stay tuned to RADAR for future episodes; Zack and I also directed another forthcoming episode in Season 2, and a number of very talented directors helmed the others. Thanks to Lance Weiler, Alex Johnson, Janine Saunders, and the rest of the RADAR crew! More »