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  • Future of Storytelling | Weekly Roundup 8/8/14
    dedicated larpers known to man or zombie The only way to one up the nature scenes from Avatar is to film a documentary at the bottom of the Pacific ocean in 3D James Cameron s 3D documentary premieres today A computer program can write fables a short story with a moral lesson at the end for those of you not in the know Free photo editing software developed by researchers

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  • Future of Storytelling | Google Stories
    to become your own personal biographer with the launch of Stories earlier this summer According to the Google Blog the feature can automatically weave your photos videos and the places you visited into a beautiful travelogue Scrapbooking is a dying art these days now that our memories are digitally stored on our devices But for those of us who are nostalgic for the pre iPhone era or who merely wish to sort the thousands of pictures on our hard drives Stories offers an easy solution Well easy for us Since all humans possess an innate gift for storytelling it s a basic task for any average Joe But building an algorithmic software that not only makes sense of our data but also pieces them together into coherent narratives is a feat of genius Did the Google team pull it off That depends The tool is certainly not without its inaccuracies and imperfections But perhaps the larger question is whether or not a machine could ever now or in the distant future understand the tides of our lives and distill them into stories And if it could what then The success of such an endeavor would signify a great leap forward

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  • Future of Storytelling | Being the Bear
    do with Canal Plus s slogan The more you watch Canal Plus the more you love cinema As a testament to this claim Canal made this ad featuring Mr Bearman a bear rug that has spent a great deal of time lying on the living room floor watching the channel In the ad the bear director attributes his deep love of cinema to his many hours spent watching movies using Canal s movie streaming service The spot has been incredibly well received in France drawing praise from countless publications and winning the top award at the Cannes Advertising Film Festival In order to extend this innovative advertising experience Canal created an interactive website that puts the user in Mr Bearman s body On the website you first view the original scene with one eye to the camera Once the original scene concludes and you have a sense of the plot your assistant director asks if you have other ideas about how the scene should go Then you can select from a menu of styles each of which leads to a unique scene Most of the styles lead to mildly amusing takes however perhaps the most engaging part of the experience

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  • Future of Storytelling | Weekly Roundup 8/1/14
    FoST 2014 FoST 2013 FoST 2012 Job Opportunities Contact Weekly Roundup 8 1 14 By Andrew Kennedy on August 1 2014 Share The Future of StoryTelling Weekly Roundup features the latest news articles research events and other highlights from the storytelling world Alchemy VR is currently in production on a David Attenborough documentary on Earth s early life for Oculus Rift and Sony s Morpheus Fingers crossed that its a little like this Avatar YouTube gem Bars have always been a great place to witness theatrics it s about time they got paid for it A recent New York Times piece explores the world of popular watering holes moonlighting as immersive theatre venues The debate about rapid response reporting predates Twitter by a few years The Atlantic dug deep all the way back to 1858 to be exact to show how nostalgists have long been up in arms about technological advances in news dissemination Venmo doubling as a storytelling platform enjoyed by voyeurs Medium seems to think so and we couldn t agree more A designer friendly limited edition printing of the Bible made big waves on Kickstarter recently raising well over a million dollars The Conversation 0 Join the

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  • Future of Storytelling | The Giver
    man child And with a handful of exceptions fewer people are making it out to see them The Giver an upcoming film based on Lois Lowry s award winning book promises to be a respite from the storytelling hell that is today s Hollywood Like another beloved blockbuster it s set in a world that oscillates between the utopian and dystopian and features a blue eyed protagonist fated to uncover dark secrets about his post apocalyptic community The film which has taken nearly twenty years to produce features crowd favorites Jeff Bridges Brendan Thwaites Taylor Swift Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgard And perhaps in a bid to turn the contemporary classic into a box office behemoth the Weinstein Company has launched one of the more robust promotional campaigns this side of Twilight An interactive website equipped with Google Voice technology enables the user to take part in a screen to screen conversation with The Giver A Tumblr entitled The Memory Deposit crowd sources compelling threads of memory in order to create a digital tapestry of human emotion And in keeping with the book s eventually optimistic outlook the studio is spearheading a challenge that uses prizes to entice fans into

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  • Future of Storytelling | A Global Guide to the First World War
    by the war s destruction World War I was combat on an unprecedented scale an epoch making engagement that touched the lives of millions To commemorate its centennial The Guardian recently released A Global Guide to the First World War an interactive documentary that chronicles the conflict s origins as well as attempts to convey the sheer magnitude of the slaughter Using a combination of original news reports archival video and interactive maps the guide tells the stories of people places and nations thrust into chaos and carnage Yet as the documentary subtly illustrates loss of life was not the war s only legacy It left a psychic wound that fundamentally reshaped how we understand warfare and a full century later its political repercussions continue to play themselves out on the world stage Accordingly the piece s producers asked historians from ten different countries to evaluate the Great War from a global perspective A smart editorial eye bolstered by rarely seen footage of soldiers traversing deserts and rainforests forces audiences to reconsider their understanding of the conflict as a uniquely European tragedy And thanks to a well advised partnership with the British Academy the full documentary can be viewed in

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  • Future of Storytelling | Weekly Roundup 7/25/14
    game has bankrupted bloggers spawned social media hysteria and even thrust the sleepy Environmental Protection Agency onto the national spotlight Konsider us konverted Hoards of Vikings grumpy cats and Stormtroopers descended upon San Diego yesterday yet residents scarcely blinked an eye Why Comic Con of course Mashable compiled a gallery of photographs from the conference s first day don t miss seeing what crazy get ups the story fanatics threw together In stark contrast to Microsoft s recent shuttering of Xbox Entertainment Studios Amazon is on track to spend upwards of 100 million dollars on original content during their third quarter The steep investment has set binge watchers hearts aflutter even as it boils the blood of Amazon investors Meanwhile in Scotts Valley Netflix readies its troops In what s sure to be a ray of sunshine in the otherwise dark lives of gamers not at Comic Con Madefire the creator of Batman Arkham Origins has released its online motion book technology to the public The free tool allows anyone to add animation and sound to their stories which can then be viewed on cell phones and tablets using an app Creators have the option of publishing their work on

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  • Future of Storytelling | Amplify
    has sat stagnant with brief undirected bursts of massive online courses MOOCs and iPads provided in select schools A bunch of kids watching YouTube videos in class and taking occasional tests on computers instead of paper is hardly the revolution we need A new company called Amplify is bringing some much needed clarity to the coup Begun by the instructional analytics gurus of Wireless Generation Amplify reimagines the way teachers teach and students learn with a comprehensive three pronged vision they reinvent the lessons taught the tech tools used and the way teachers assess student progress Amplify Learning teams up with with artists game developers lifelong educators and academics to create a digital curriculum in line with common core guidelines This creative technology dream team is reinventing the textbook as we know it classic stories are recreated in dramatic readings vivid animations and educational games to engage kids while teaching them critical lessons Amplify s new curriculum is available on common mobile devices like the iPad but Amplify Access has also developed a durable all in one tablet specifically designed for the classroom Amplify Insight empowers teachers with the power of real time data to track students progress and personalize lessons while giving administrators tools to make decisions at the district level Amplify s solutions are aimed at K 12 schools institutions often phobic of social media platforms in the classroom But the company now an independent subsidiary of NewsCorp and helmed by former Chancellor of NYC s Department of Education Joel Klein seems positioned to bridge the old guard and new media Amplify has already reached more than 200 000 educators and 3 million students in all 50 states The genius in Amplify is the way the company s built its solution as a multifaceted tool a platform to

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