omplete QPORIT: TRANSMEDIA STORYSCAPES AT TFF - THE BOMBAY SAPPHIRE HOUSE OF IMAGINATION

Thursday, April 18, 2013

 

TRANSMEDIA STORYSCAPES AT TFF - THE BOMBAY SAPPHIRE HOUSE OF IMAGINATION


2013 STORYSCAPES TRANSMEDIA PROJECTS


APRIL 18TH - 21ST

THE BOMBAY SAPPHIRE HOUSE OF IMAGINATION

DUNE STUDIOS 121 VARICK STREET, 7TH FLOOR.

The 2013 Storyscapes Transmedia Projects are on view to the public, April 18th - 21st.

The works can be experienced at The Bombay Sapphire House of Imagination (at Dune Studios) on 121 Varick Street, 7th Floor.

A ground floor event entrance is located on Dominick Street between Hudson St. and Varick St.

The exhibit is free.

Currently all reservations for the Storyscapes exhibit are filled, walk-ins are welcome based on capacity.

All visitors must be 21 and over – ID required for entry.

 
There are five projects on display:


A JOURNAL OF INSOMNIA



ROBOTS IN RESIDENCE



STAR WARS UNCUT



SANDY STORYLINE



THIS EXQUISITE FOREST



PROGRAM GUIDE
http://tribecafilm.com/filmguide?section=514255aac07f5d47ac000021



All the projects have a similar transmedia structure: Content is gathered from the public, and then presented. Because the content is created by the public, the “storytelling” does NOT conform to a classic “story structure;” however, by setting the parameters, the creators have developed projects which have a “thematic” structure, and a particular presentational “style.”

Unlike a classic story, which is simply presented to the audience, these projects consist of BOTH the collection of content and the presentation. The creation and collection of the content is as important and essential a part of the project as its presentation.

Each project’s concept is quite intriguing. The quality, style and interest of the execution varies widely. The project on the web is likely to be quite different from the project live as experienced at Storyscapes.

I suspect it would be helpful to any visitor to Storyscapes, to visit the website of each of the projects first.

Here are the projects: (Following the list of projects, there is a fuller description of each, collected from the Storyscapes website.):

 
A JOURNAL OF INSOMNIA

Stories of insomnia are collected and presented.

 
ROBOTS IN RESIDENCE

Little ROBOTcams (each in the shape of a small boxy robot) ask questions of people and record their answers.

 
STAR WARS UNCUT

People select 15 second scenes from Star Wars and re-make them. The scenes are then collated to create a fan-made patch-work quilt version of Star Wars.

 
SANDY STORYLINE

People who were affected by Sandy contribute images and descriptions of their experience.

 
THIS EXQUISITE FOREST

People add simple short animations to a base. Each base becomes the root of a tree in the forest; the animations added become the tree itself branching off in myriad ways.



HERE ARE SOME MORE COMPLETE DESCRIPTIONS
FROM THE TFF PROGRAM GUIDE


A JOURNAL OF INSOMNIA


 
JOURNAL OF INSOMNIA



From the National Film Board of Canada, NFB Interactive has been collecting stories via video, text and drawing online since fall 2012, and in this second phase of the project, they will share answers to questions like, what is your relationship with your alarm clock? What is out of your control? What scares you?



In the Storyscapes space, A Journal of Insomnia will take you into a different zone. Share your own stories of sleepless nights and discover what other people get up to in the wee hours by entering a bedroom space in this fully immersive, contemplative installation.



—Ingrid Kopp



Director - Guillame Braun, Bruno Choinière, Philippe Lambert, Thibaut Duverneix

Executive Producer - Hugues Sweeney



GUILLAUME BRAUN, BRUNO CHOINIÈRE and PHILIPPE LAMBERT are, respectively, the founder and creative director, artistic director and sound designer of the Montreal-based design outlet Akufen.



THIBAUT DUVERNEIX is a film and interactive media director at Montreal’s Departement, a creative studio he co-founded.



INSOMNIA Link: www.nfb.ca/insomnia




ROBOTS IN RESIDENCE


Director Alexander Reben
ROBOTS IN RESIDENCE


What kind of documentary would a robot make? In Robots in Residence, originally commissioned by IDFA DocLab, pre-programmed robots collaborate with festival audiences to make a film during the festival itself. Through this unexpected, futuristic twist on the creative process, robot artist Alexander Reben and filmmaker Brent Hoff examine how people open up to artificial intelligence. The robots are specifically designed to make people trust them, and the results are often hilarious and surprising.



Robots in Residence creates a fascinating space for stories to exist as both hardware and software in the digital age. The robots may look cute, but they know what they are doing as they get you to answer questions about your life. Take the robots for a walk around the streets of Manhattan and find out what secrets they will get you to share. Will your interview make the cut for the final film?



—Ingrid Kopp



Join us for a special short film screening of the Robots in Residence interviews captured at the Festival. This presentation will take place at the Bombay Sapphire House of Imagination on Sunday, April 21st at 5pm. All guests must be 21 and over.



Directed by - Alexander Reben and Brent Hoff



BRENT HOFF, named by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film," recently received a Tribeca Film Institute® Sloan Grant for his feature script El Diablo Rojo.



ALEXANDER REBEN’s work in robotics, interaction and tangible design has been shown at Ars Electronica, IDFA, EYEBEAM, The Whitney Biennial and more.



ROBOTS IN RESIDENCE Link: www.RobotsInResidence.com








STAR WARS UNCUT


Darth Vader's bounty hunters aboard the Star Destroyer.
STAR WARS UNCUT
Photo Credit: Jacob Borshard


Guided by project creator Casey Pugh, helped by the viral success of his Emmy-winning revision of A New Hope and using everything from hand-drawn animations to intricate reenactments, fans re-imagine The Empire Strikes Back, fifteen seconds at a time. This joyful celebration of the Star Wars universe shows both the extent of fan culture around the world and the increasing sophistication of the tools with which we can rewrite our favorite stories.



The skill, imagination and diversity on display in Star Wars Uncut is truly extraordinary. In the Storyscapes space, become part of Star Wars fan culture as you use a joystick to select the scenes and make the movie of your choosing. Participation is part of the fun. Experience the galactic saga like you never have before.



—Ingrid Kopp



Producer - Casey Pugh, Jamie Wilkinson



STAR WARS UNCUT Link: www.starwarsuncut.com








SANDY STORYLINE 

Coney Island beach, November 4, 2012.
SANDY STORYLINE
Photo Credit: Matt Richter



Hurricane Sandy was a devastating event that affected millions across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Caribbean. Sandy Storyline allows those individuals and communities to share their accounts of the storm and its aftermath, with photographs and audio beautifully intertwined through the ingenious Cowbird storytelling platform.



Sandy Storyline is a truly collaborative project, building a community-generated narrative of the storm that seeks to inspire a safe and more sustainable future. This unique approach to documentary storytelling and civic dialogue is both timely and very personal for a New York audience. It creates a living archive that shows the potential for sharing stories on a very human scale. Contribute your own Sandy stories in the Storyscapes space.



—Ingrid Kopp



Producer - Rachel Falcone, Michael Premo, Laura Gottesdiener



SANDY STORY LINE Link: www.sandystoryline.com














THIS EXQUISITE FOREST


THIS EXQUISITE FOREST

This Exquisite Forest is an online collaborative art project
that lets users create short animations
that build off one another as they explore a specific theme.
The result is a collection of branching narratives resembling trees.


Conceived by Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin and produced by Google and Tate Modern, This Exquisite Forest was inspired by the surrealist game “exquisite corpse” and its idea of collaborative creation. The project, hosted at exquisiteforest. com, allows visitors to create short animations right in their web browser. Other users may build on the animation at any point, creating a collection of navigable, branching narratives resembling trees that grow bigger as more artists contribute.


Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin, the creators behind The Wilderness Downtown and The Johnny Cash Project, are masters of pushing browser functionality farther and finding the potential for collaboration to create groundbreaking interactive projects.


Thousands of people from all over the world, both well-known animators and gifted amateurs, have already contributed to This Exquisite Forest, reflecting the diversity of perspectives possible through web projects. Experience the epic scale of this project across multiple screens, and create your own exquisite branching animations.



—Ingrid Kopp



Director - Google Creative Lab, Tate Modern



EXQUISITE FOREST Link: exquisiteforest.com


http://tribecafilm.com/filmguide?section=514255aac07f5d47ac000021  



FYI -- Here some more recent articles in QPORIT related to TRANSMEDIA:

TRANSMEDIA AT NYFF 50

INTERVIEW - DIANE PAULUS AND RANDY WEINER (with 3D video)

SLEEP NO MORE -- REVIEW & GUIDE

$1M IN 2 DAYS - OCULUS RIFT -- IMMERSIVE 3D HEADMOUNTED EYEWARE

(Note: As an early backer, my Oculus Rift is supposed to arrive today!)


 

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