By lw, November 24th, 2009

ARGs offer an interesting extension to a storytelling experience. The real-time web and the connectedness of a variety of devices in one?s life become a jumping off point for game-play. Steve Peters (No Mimes Media) and Jan Libby (Sammeeeees, LG15, Eldritch Errors) two pratictionars and experience designers of Alternate Realtiy Games sit down for a candid conversation about the art and craft of designing, scaling and producing ARGs. Where do you start? How do you pace the experience? And how do you know if an ARG is the right extension for your storytelling process?

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By lw, November 23rd, 2009

The world of discovery and distribution is changing by the moment. DIY and hybrid distribution is becoming the A option for many filmmakers. But how do you find the strategy that’s going to work best for you? How do you reach and engage audiences while achieving a degree of sustainability? Join Jon Reiss, award winning filmmaker and DIY distribution expert as he shares stories from the frontlines, much of which can be applied to those wishing to connect their creative efforts with an audience in meaningfully ways.

site: www.jonreiss.com
twitter: @jon_reiss

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By lw, November 23rd, 2009

Loveland is a collaborative art meets urban revitalization meets social ownership experiment that is attempting to sell off a million square inches of Detroit off at a $1 each. Jerry Paffendorf (artist, futurist, and entrepreneur) shares his vision for the project and how he is crowdsourcing the funding of his start-up while taking a creative approach to the design of not only the concept behind the project but also the way in which it is funded. Rooted within a hook that some might consider a novelty (million dollar homepage pops to mind), Paffendorf is embracing the playfulness of LOVELAND’s actual and virtual inches by documenting the process as if it was a natural history / storytelling project. The approach appears to be paying off as inchvestors are preparing all kinds of creative things around their plots. In the process LOVELAND could prove to be an interesting revitalization project that turns areas of Detroit and other cities into collaborative social art that is self-sustaining.

site: www.makeloveland.com
twitter: @wello

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By lw, November 23rd, 2009

With the advent of new technologies, devices and the emerging real-time aspects of the web, stories can travel and build audiences in new and exciting ways. The confines of a single format are replaced with the ability to move audiences from one experience to another — from one screen or device to another. There has been a lot of hype around the concept of social media but what does it really mean for storytellers? How can you use free tools and services to tell stories, engage an audience and most importantly, extend the life of your project? Lance Weiler (The Last Broadcast, Head Trauma, HiM) walks you through the process of getting up and running, understanding how to staff, how to budget, how to engage an audience and how to set realistic goals whilst determining measurements of success.

site: www.textoflight.com
twitter: @lanceweiler

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    A number of panels and interviews from last week’s IFP Filmmaker Conference have surfaced online. The following is a collection of media and links. Scott Kirsner from CinemaTech talks with Brett Gaylor, a Montreal-based filmmaker who is exploring new ways that large groups can collaborate on documentaries. Shot at the 2007 IFP Filmmaker Conference in New York. The Four Eyed… read more
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