Transmedia narratives are an emergent storytelling form that takes a single cohesive story, breaks it up into pieces and then tells that story in a non-linear way across multiple mediums.
Instead of a single linear narrative, a story/documentary/project can be broken up into a series of blocks of content organized as subsections or asides or continuations that people can explore according to their own interests.
Infinite Canvas: Moving Beyond the Page
By dividing the content this way, different aspects of stories can be told in different media formats - text, video, audio, photo slideshows, graphics - that are the most appropriate to the content, making storytelling more engaging for the user.
The goal is to create an expansive and participatory experience.
What does it takes to create an immersive storytelling experience from concept to execution?
Narrative Design as Choreography
In a world moving towards big data, the creative uses of media and cultural expression have the power to contextualize human experiences and effect change. By creating a fragmented storytelling experience you engage the author, the user and the communities with a stakehold in the content. By sharing assets and creating entry points into issues and solutions across multiple forms of media, we can create collaborative action.
Part 1: Introduction to Non Linear Story Telling -Defining a project & and exploring how to create a balance between the user experience & the author's intention.
Define a Format
Devlop a Narrative Structure
Decide what the right set of tools are.
Part 2: Students brainstorm, identify themes and start to develop a storytelling experience
Explore first person, second person/audience, third person/undefined, alternating POVs
Learn how teamwork involves losing some control while collaboration helps the project evolve and change
Learn how to speak to your audience by first defining who they are.
Plan and storyboard how to divide a story into topical segments
Part Three. Diving Into Possibilities.
Editing your own work and the work of your collaborators
Blogging on WordPress/Tumblr
Shooting/editing photos, video
Recording sound and audio editing
Mapping data with simple Google Maps
Learning to design an infographic and how to vsualize data
Storytelling through Storify/Pinterest/Cowbird/Instagram and so on
CLASS TUMBLR - ALL STUDENTS will participate. The tumblr will become a collection of interesting links, projects and technology that could be applied to storytelling. Each student will post one thing per week. Posts should be 400 words or less or could just be images and screen grabs.
End Goal: Producing Multimedia/Transmedia/Immerssive Projects
Students will participate in the creation of immersive storytelling experiences that will be designed, produced and presented at the end of the semester. Teams will be formed and groups will rotate through the various aspects of taking an idea from concept to execution. Group work will require teams to photograph, design, write, film, record, and produce a series of group projects. We will form the teams based on the project ideas.
Software and Online Tools
We will look at Racontr, a new online stortytelling platform. We will edit video in Final Cut Pro and record and produce digital audio. We will learn web design skills using both Dreamweaver and Photoshop.
Racontr | Interactive Storytelling Platform http://racontr.com/
Click, scroll, touch, swipe, pinch, move
Comment, create, make, crowdfund, share, collaborate, play, protest, publish, talk, discuss