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  • Future of Storytelling | Never Alone
    conceived may prove to be its most lasting legacy N ever Alone was initiated by the Cook Inlet Tribal Council an Alaska based nonprofit Looking to share the heritage of the Iñupiat people with younger Alaskans and the culturally curious the Council and its game development arm Upper One Games reached out to E Line Media to explore the feasibility and assist in the development of the game An open line of dialogue was initiated with cultural ambassadors from the Iñupiat community including native elders traditional storytellers artists teachers hunters historians and youths ensuring that the stories images and documentary footage featured in the game wouldn t feel like the same old stereotypes about native and indigenous populations that pervade pop culture Sean Vesce the Creative Director of E Line Media a NYC based educational game developer described his team s process as inclusive development The goal is to work in lockstep with a community across the development project UOG and ELM have plans for developing more culturally adventurous and informative games using their inclusive template Amy Freeden both a CITC and UOG rep described in a recent interview with NPR a burgeoning market for games that entertain and spark

    Original URL path: http://futureofstorytelling.org/never-alone/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Future of Storytelling | wenevermet
    the latest pictures of strangers social media account Instagram s wenevermet answers that question amassing a significant following since its launch this past March Brazilian creative duo Alex Mendes and Hugo Catraio who by day work in the art department at advertising public relations firm Ogilvy Mather started the account out of their shared interest in both street photography and storytelling They photograph people from behind then create entirely new identities for their subjects in the captions The idea per their Instagram profile A series of conversations we never had Short stories created for random strangers whose faces we never got to see Mendes and Catraio are based in London so most pictures are taken in and around the city but some extend farther afield to places like Sicily Italy and Shibuya Tokyo Wenevermet s success is partly due to its humor an integral part of every post and caption A construction worker carrying an orange traffic cone is captioned Every Saturday night one of my cones gets stolen by a drunk guy That s why you gotta save the good ones for weekdays In another post a man walks into a Japanese temple with a suitcase alongside the caption

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  • Future of Storytelling | A Journey Through Middle-Earth
    first being the Battleground essentially a simplified real time strategy game taking place across five theaters of combat Maps include legendary sites from the movies such as Helm s Deep Minas Tirth and the Black Gate After picking a faction to ally with you re given a title and matched with an online opponent You have the option to invite a friend Fighting a variety of races and avoiding environmental dangers such as giants and dragons you command your units to move retreat and ultimately strike when the time is right a Tolkein esque chess game of sorts If you win you re rewarded with additional units for reinforcing your army The site s second part details the Heroes Journeys Following eight different characters including Bilbo Baggins Gandalf the Grey and Thorin Oakenshield these segments allow you to tour the paths of these heroes throughout the movie Some destinations have relevant movie clips showing the purpose of heroes visits or documenting what they achieved there Others show which heroes have crossed through that location at various points and explain different events that unfolded there You can also stop at each one for an interactive narrated tour packed with journal entries bios of each area s cast of characters and occasionally play mini games In one encounter I had to avoid being stomped by trolls until daybreak in Trollshaw Forest In another I was challenged to defeat Bard the Bowman in a test of archery skills The locations are varied painting a vibrant picture of The Hobbit s setting Finally travelers to Middle Earth can browse a topographical map which also acts as a bridge to the other two sections Battlegrounds and locations important to Tolkein s characters are highlighted and at any time users can switch to a gallery of

    Original URL path: http://futureofstorytelling.org/a-journey-through-middle-earth/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Future of Storytelling | Paul McCartney VR
    McCartney gives you better than front row seats to McCartney s Farewell to Candlestick Park concert sitting you right next to the knight s piano for a performance of the iconic Bond theme and Wings single Live and Let Die Not only does the app give you a 360 view of the crowd stage and fellow band members but it s also produced with 3D sound meaning the viewer gets a different mix of audio depending on where they re looking in the app Between the cheering crowd erupting fireworks and near blinding lights the show is a uniquely immersive take on live music For now the experience is available on Google Cardboard the DIY virtual reality headset that some have jokingly referred to as the Knockulus Thrift The cardboard goggles can be assembled from a kit bought online or put together at home with a length of cardboard two lenses and a ring magnet Once assembled users simply slip their phones into the enclosure and open a virtual reality compatible app for an experience that while paling in comparison to the Oculus Rift manages to temporarily immerse viewers in another world Some prominent individuals and organizations such as Christopher Nolan Volvo and FOX Entertainment have experimented with Cardboard due to its low cost and cross demographic appeal many people own a phone not so much a VR headset Jaunt the studio behind the project sells hardware and software to creators interested in producing virtual reality films Paul McCartney is the first in a series of VR experiences they plan to create to promote the technology Upcoming releases include The Mission which follows a group of WWII special forces tasked with delivering an important item across battle torn Europe Kaiju Fury which puts viewers in the middle of an epic

    Original URL path: http://futureofstorytelling.org/paul-mccartney-vr/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Future of Storytelling | Diamond Vision Display
    in the world Mounted in front of the Marriott Marquis building on Broadway the digital billboard spans a block of the avenue wrapping around 45th and 46th Street at the ends Altogether the display is 100 meters wide and 24 meters tall containing about 25 million pixels within It also claims to be the highest contrast LED display in the US allowing viewers to see deeper blacks and clearly view the screen from any angle and in bright sunlight The display managed by Clear Channel Outdoor is intended to display one of a kind ad campaigns as well as pieces of digital art To premiere the new billboard VFX studio Universal Everything was hired to design the first four days of content The studio which has worked on everything from a Radiohead app to Microsoft s Infinity Room suddenly brought the display to life at 7 30 p m on Thursday showing a series of animations inspired by animals natural beauty and city life The unveiling which prior to the event was kept a secret caused jaws to drop in Times Square as tourists and costumed characters alike stopped to admire the spectacle The next group to take the helm

    Original URL path: http://futureofstorytelling.org/diamond-vision-display/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Future of Storytelling | Too Many Cooks
    him or herself Two Many Cooks already feels like old news a couple Fridays later but it remains an interesting case study in story sharing First of all considering how often internet denizens complain about spoilers the Too Many Cooks hype was surprisingly spoiler free If anything potential viewers were advised that the less they knew the better Too Many Cooks was perfectly engineered for that type of promotion you can t really explain it until you ve watched it but once you ve seen it you re dying to talk about it And as FoST speakers Kevin Slavin and Kenyatta Cheese have argued experiencing a story can be as much about connecting with others as it is about the subjects on the screen Too Many Cooks was also loaded with hidden jokes and easter eggs that rewarded rematches and further encouraged viewers to exchange notes The net effect made the video impossible to escape until it finally came out the other side of the pop culture spin cycle a few days later In a way Too Many Cooks was event programming just like TV lineups such as NBC s Must See TV used to be The event spanned a

    Original URL path: http://futureofstorytelling.org/too-many-cooks/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Future of Storytelling | An Artistic Take on Thanksgiving
    Artistic Take on Thanksgiving By Saif Tase on November 18 2014 Share Have you ever wondered what Thanksgiving dinner would look like if it was served to you by Vincent Van Gogh Or plated by the likes of Pablo Picasso or Andy Warhol In Thanksgiving Special artist Hannah Rothstein uses plateware as her canvas and canned fixings as her brush to mimic the iconic styles and techniques of such masters In one print Rothstein turns green beans mashed potatoes turkey corn and cranberry sauce into the expressive impressionism of van Gogh with a plate resembling the swirling clouds of Starry Night In another ingredients are neatly aligned within a grid of gravy drizzle in the boxy style of Piet Mondrian Picasso in Rothstein s rendering opts for food floating on islands of broken plate shards while René Magritte neatly piles the turkey and sides in a circle adding a gravy flourish of Ceci n est pas un repas This is not a meal Other impressions include those of Mark Rothko Jackson Pollock Julian Schnaber Georges Seurat and Cindy Sherman You can view the prints here All proceeds from print sales will be donated to the SF Marin food bank in

    Original URL path: http://futureofstorytelling.org/an-artistic-take-on-thanksgiving/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Future of Storytelling | The Vanishing Game
    The most recent brand to hop on board is British automaker Land Rover which has commissioned the 17 000 word digital short story The Vanishing Game The work is written by Booker Prize nominated and bestselling British author William Boyd well known for his 2013 James Bond novel Solo The Vanishing Game is an interactive eight part thriller following out of work actor Alec Dunbar who is mysteriously enlisted to drive a very special package from London to the Scottish Highlands The star of Boyd s story apart from Alec is a Land Rover Defender which is given all the attention of a human character throughout the tale and described as an old grey sun bleached weather battered Land Rover Defender long wheelbase variety The Vanishing Game is available as a free e book on Amazon and Apple but you get the most out the experience if you view it on Tumblr The text of the story is layered on top of clips of film as a male voice narrates over suspenseful instrumental music The words automatically scroll upwards on the screen at a reasonable pace for reading think Star Wars credits as the scenes behind the words shift to reflect what is happening in the story Sound cues like the roar of a car engine signal the beginning of a new chapter and bolded key words are embedded with additional video and imagery The word myself links to the photo of the Defender s rearview mirror with Dunbar s face in the reflection while M1 north links to you guessed it a shot of the English motorway in the moonlight You can subdue as many interactive elements as you want the background visuals the narration the music and other elements can be turned on and off according to individual

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