By christopher rice, December 15th, 2009

Quickly thinking out-loud tonight …Jedi-vs-Sith

The element of mystery has grown to become just as powerful to cross-media storytelling as the force to the Jedi and Sith. And just as the force, there exists a dark-side to the element.

While the techniques and tools of cross-media storytelling vary from those used to tell a story for the page or screen, the methods of telling compelling story remains the same — regardless of the genre.

So while the storysith often default to the crime-mystery genre simply to tell a story in the exciting new platform of cross-media, there’s an entire library of other choices to explore … that’s where you’ll most likely find the storyjedi. For example, could a science fiction drama be told for the cross-media platform? An epic romance? A horrific adventure? What about a mysterious bio-story about a real person?

The answer is yes. Not only that, but storytellers have already explored, or started exploring, these genres!

So how can storytellers venture into strange new genres and still capture the attention of audiences?

“You must unlearn what you have learned,” and trust in the element of mystery when telling a story of any genre. While mystery is commonly accepted as its own genre, it’s actually an element found in just about every story.

Why not create a love story, similar to Atonement, in which the audience must participate to reunite the characters? Or if you choose to participate as an antagonist, keep them apart? Will they find each other? Remain in love? Get married? Kill each other? The possibilities are limitless.

The element of mystery. Without it, the cross-media story doesn’t compel audiences to learn more or participate. So in a space-pod, I’d say that the cross-media form of storytelling requires a great deal of mystery regardless of the genre, and that it’s up to the storytellers out there to break the mold and explore new genres.

While a crime-based mystery will always draw a powerful crowd as its one of the most popular genres in print, there are those who want to participate in different worlds, different characters, and go beyond the norm.

What do you feel about the mystery genre and cross-media storytelling? What cross-media projects have you come across that have gone beyond the expected and explored different genres?

IMAGE – adoceric

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christopher rice is an aspiring filmmaker and professional story analyst in Los Angeles. His work as a script reader for Penny Marshall (A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN), Josephson Entertainment (BONES, ENCHANTED), and Gold Circle Films (WHITE NOISE, HAUNTING in CONNECTICUT).


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