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  Immersive Media Dispatch: January 2014  

StoryCode News


We're excited to announce that February brings with it a brand new StoryCode chapter, this one in Vermont - with the first event happening next week!

In NYC, we are chomping at the bit to have the winners of our Story Hack: Beta stage a new and public iteration of their immersive theatrical event Future Mate in March. Enter into a live sci-fi dystopia where you will "meet your mate". Keep your eyes open for ticketing on Meetup as this live performance is open to the public and will sell out very fast.

In April, we partner once again with the annual Games for Change event, which this year moves over to join forces with the Tribeca Film Festival. See below for our partner discount code for members, and stay tuned for more information on presenters and opportunities to compete in their game prototype challenge.


February Chapter Events:

StoryCode Vermont
Inaugural Event @ The Karma Birdhouse
Tuesday, February 17th, 2014

StoryCode NYC
February Forum @ ReRun Theater
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

StoryCode NYC - Racontr Workshop
Sunday, February 22nd, 2014

StoryCode NYC - Racontr Workshop
Union Docs
Friday, February 28th, 2014


Of Note

  Cinemax Banshee Transmedia  

Banshee: Transmedia Extension

Cinemax has created a Transmedia component to coincide with the premiere of the second season of its crime drama series Banshee. The idea is simple, use YouTube and Vine to release short character backstories.

The YouTube clips called "Origins" explore the lives of Banshee characters before the series began.

The Vine Clips were used to explore the hopes and fears of citizens residing in Banshee, Pennsylvania. The clips are an extension to the show's narrative. They also released #BansheeOrigins Vines that features frames from the Banshee comic.

  Future Coast: Authentic Fiction  

Future Coast: Authentic Fiction

The software system of the future has sprung a space-time leak. But since it's only in their voicemail storage, it takes them decades to get around to fixing it. Meanwhile, we get to listen to the messages that people leave for each other in the years 2020 to 2065 - by turns banal, mysterious, and terrifying.

Welcome to FutureCoast, a playful yet serious collaborative storytelling project about possibly climate changed futures. At, participants listen to these voicemails and speculate about the futures they must come from. At, people take on the creative challenge of recording voicemails that truly seem to have leaked from our futures.

There's more, including a nationwide "chronofact recovery effort" (geocaching). The project, done in collaboration with Columbia University, builds on creator Ken Eklund's successes with World Without Oil. Eklund and Sara Thacher (The Jejune Institute) invite you to listen to your futures...

  Helix - Transmedia Extension  

Helix - Transmedia Extension

SyFy continues to innovate with the release of Access Granted, a web application where fans can enter the show's "Arctic Base".

After each episode the application gives fans insights into the latest episode and encourages them to uncover teases to future storylines.

  Gran Turismo 6 First Love - Interactive Film  

Gran Turismo 6 "First Love" - Interactive Film

Legendary Italian American Indy 500, 24 Hours of Daytona, Daytona 500 winner and Formula 1 Champion Mario Andretti is at the center of a new Gran Turismo 6 "First Love" interactive film in which GT fans get to take part in a historic rebuild project. The First Love interactive film is broken into three Chapters: Andretti, Live Build, and Reunion.

During the initial week when the project went live viewers were able to participate in a 'social restoration' of Andretti's very first race car.

  Women's Rights Country by Country - Data Visualization  

Women's Rights Country by Country - Data Visualization

The Guardian has just released a very cool data visualization that tells the story of Women's Rights and allows users to explore which countries have legislated for violence, harassment, abortion, property and employment rights, discrimination and equality.

Another very smart addition is the ability for users to tweet a message on the figures they uncover.

View Women's Rights Country by Country

  The Skype Show - Transmedia Musical  

The Skype Show - Transmedia Musical

The Skype Show is a new transmedia musical written and performed over Skype by two artists torn apart by visa regulations. In November of 2010, Jody Christopherson and Michael de Roos formed the indie-folk-beatbox-rock band Greencard Wedding in Crown Height Brooklyn. In December of 2012, Michael's visa ran out and Jody and Michael discovered they couldn't harmonize over Skype.

But they could write a play. And music. . . and maybe get an artist visa. The Skype Show is an exploration of the ways technology can enable us to transcend boundaries, uniting artists with each other and their audience.

The Skype Show received its world premiere in the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC this past August to sold out houses and critical acclaim. Frisian Wedding cake served at every show. Based on real Skype calls between New York and Amsterdam.

The Skype Show

  Unknown Spring - Interactive Documentary  

Unknown Spring - Interactive Documentary

Unknown Spring tells the story of the devastation left in the wake of the of the Pacific tsunami that hit coastal Japan. The project was initially developed during a POV Digital Hackathon.

The interactive documentary is beautiful and features different immersive tools to explore the story. It includes HTML5 video, photos, audio recordings and Jack Price's text descriptions and impressions.

  Velvet Sundown - Drama Game  

Velvet Sundown - Drama Game

We all learned about Velvet Sundown at a recent StoryCode NYC Forum. Velvet Sundown, which is called a "drama game", is a short virtual world - a new type of multiplayer game. It replaces violence with drama.

There are eleven characters with unique histories and goals to play with. Every character is a player character. Players take on roles and chat with other characters to reach their goals in 45 minutes. It's a deep and unique experience that changes every time you play. The project was just released and is in beta now.


Member Highlights

  Experiments in Digital Storytelling  

Experiments in Digital Storytelling - February 22nd

The open, shareable nature of digital tools - code, data, and algorithms - has changed the relationship between creator and audience. Stories are spilling off screens and into the real world and a new storytelling grammar is being shaped due to shifts in media consumption and device penetration.

On Saturday, February 22nd a group of storytellers, hackers, makers, game developers, and experience designers will come together for a day full of experimentation, coding, networking, and fun. Designed to push at the edges of form and function, Bit by Bit invites participants to challenge the way stories are found, told, and experienced. Over the course of the day, teams will work to design, build, and present a plan for a project of their choosing. The challenge: harness storytelling and technology as a way to create a unique storytelling experience.

Teams will have 12 hours to attack the challenge. From there, they will have a week to hone their projects. Bit by Bit's student experiments are just one part of the event. During the week following, seven teams - pairs consisting of a professional technologist and a seasoned storyteller - will work together to create something new. They will present their work on March 1st at a public workshop. Students participating in our event on February 22nd will have their work shown at this event. Students will also have the chance to help the professional teams as they do their work. Industry exposure, mentorship opportunities, and cash and prizes are just a few reasons to join.

Register here. Come as an individual OR find your team on the day of the event. Meet potential collaborators and launch innovative projects. Priority will be given to students and alumni of Columbia, as space is limited.  

HUGE Demo - March 4th

A previous StoryCode 5x5 presenter will be holding a demo at HUGE in Brooklyn on March 4th from 7pm to 8:30pm. There will be time for Q&A as well. DJ, beer and wine will also be present!

More info here.


Genero - Music Film Challenge

The Tribeca Film Festival brings Tribeca Interactive & Interlude: A Music Film Challenge in collaboration with The Lincoln Motor Company to Genero's community of filmmakers. This challenge gives today's storytellers an unique opportunity: to re-imagine storytelling for the digital age by creating an interactive music film for Damon Albarn, Aloe Blacc or Ellie Goulding.

To participate, filmmakers will use Treehouse - Interlude's self-service authoring suite - to create an interactive music film for one of the three featured songs. With Treehouse's simple and intuitive interface, participants can design their interactive music films in a multi-branch, multi-layered, tree-structured style, which will allow viewers to play an active role in the storytelling process.

The finalists' films will be showcased as part of the Tribeca Online Festival and displayed throughout 2014 Tribeca Film Festival official venues and lounges via interactive kiosks, in addition being made available on the Challenge website. Winners will be awarded $10,000 each.

  Games for Change  

Games for Change - April 22nd to 26th

From April 22-26, the 11th Annual Games for Change Festival is part of the Tribeca Film Festival, bringing digital games for social good to thousands in New York City. The event is based at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts from April 22 -24, with an outdoor games arcade in lower Manhattan at the Tribeca Family Street Fair (300,000+ visitors) on April 26.

The Games for Change Festival continues to be the largest games gathering in NYC, with high-profile speakers, including former Vice President Al Gore, the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and Valve Co-Founder Gabe Newell.

With inspiring speakers, great games, and exciting new events for our 11th year, the Festival will feature curated talks and games from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, the Institute of Play, Carnegie Mellon University, Come Out & Play, and video game arts and culture company Kill Screen.

Tickets are 20% off through February 21. Get an additional 10% off with the code storycode_g4c-14. Register now.


Upcoming Events


February NYC Forum
February 18th, 2014
Rerun at ReBar, Brooklyn

In February we welcome Luisa Dantas, creator of the Land of Opportunity feature film and interactive web video experience.

Register here


March NYC Forum
March 18th, 2014
DCTV, Manhattan

In March we are thrilled to announce a special event at DCTV. The NYC Story Hackathon winners will present the FutureMate live experience. The evening will include a performance of the transmedia theater piece paired with Q&A afterwards.


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