Gosh, there’s a buzz about transmedia storytelling at the moment. It seems like some kind of tipping point’s been reached in terms of a recognition of just how significant non-linear storytelling is going to be. Here for example is Guillermo del Toro, the director of Pan’s Labyrinth, talking at the Toronto Film Festival last week;
“…I want to learn animation, I want to learn video games… I want to learn book publishing and I want to learn TV. Why? Because, as a storyteller, I’m convinced that in the next five to ten years, we’re going to need to know all of that… People talk about transmedia, and then some people are very radical and say “That’s not possible,” or “That would be the end of civilization.” I think it’s going to happen. I don’t think it’s going to happen for all things, I think there will be films that will be films, and games that will be games, and so on and so forth. But more and more, things are going to be permeable.”
If you’re interested in transmedia and the wider implications of the web and emerging technologies for storytelling then check out the Storytelling series of videos recently released on Vimeo. Created by Kurt Rheinhard from the Institut fur Theorie in Applied Arts & Sciences at Zurich University they’re based on interviews with a small group of key US commentators including Henry Jenkins – MIT, Clay Shirky – New York University and Joe Lambert – Center for Digital Storytelling (& mentor and friend to us on the BBC’s Capture Wales project).
The ten videos break this big topic down into themes - Games, Transmedia, Potential & Risks of Social Media etc – and offer contrasting perspectives and plenty of food for thought. They’re all worth watching. I’m embedding the videos that are particularly pertinent to the CollabDocs project.