Oh go, leave these fires burning
A house of embers and coal
And cover, cover all those that search for love
In your room
Cause lust is just a child’s game
And you, oh you were always late to bloom” —Ben Howard
Frank Rose explains in The Art of Immersion:
“Stories are recognizable patterns, and in those patterns we find meaning. We use stories to make sense of our world and to share that understanding with others. They are the signal within the noise.”
From the excerpt published on the Epicenter blog at Wired.com.
so sorry, which post are you referring to? I’m sure I only forgot to type the source. But whatever do you mean by ‘reblog like a normal person’(?), I’m genuinely interested. I like your use of ‘smh’ btw, I’m glad you have a sanitary manhole.
Singapore design student Chan Min Yun has packaged doses of medicine in little origami parcels that open like flowers when placed into water.
“Three common medicines, amoxicillin (antibiotic for children), acetaminophen (menstrual relief) and paracetamol (pain relief and fever) are repackaged to bloom in water while releasing the medicine before it is consumed.”
“The experience of watching the blooming medicine serves as a form of emotional relief in addition to physical relief from the medication; by slowing down our pace, creating a moment to take a breather, and reflect on what we are blessed with. Luxury is feeling blessed in the face of adversity.”
Argentinean independent publishers Eterna Cadencia released an anthology of new Latin authors using special ink that disappears once it comes in contact with sun and air, completely disappearing within two months time after opening the book.
“The Book That Can’t Wait” makes for an interesting approach to motivate book buyers to read books more promptly, giving first-time authors the attention they need to survive.
“Books are very patient objects,” reads the words streamed across the video’s screen. “We buy them, and then they wait for us to read them. Days, months, even years. That’s OK for books, but not for new authors. If people don’t read their first books. They’ll never make it to a second.”
The innovative, independent publishers teamed up with DRAFTFCB Buenos Aires to develop this initiative.
In his keynote speech at DIY Days in New York earlier this month, self-proclaimed “story architect” Lance Weiler trumpeted transmedia storytelling as an “opportunity to lay story across the real world in a way that’s never been possible.”
On purely technical terms, he’s right: A single story can be told around the world instantaneously in various media. Examples abound: Wieden & Kennedy’s Old Spice campaign with its use of online video, TV spots, and social media; the use of games and live events for The Dark Knight; and the sprawling epic that was BMW’s The Hire. Weiler himself IDed other tools in the transmedia arsenal: geolocation and the improving technology of near field communications or NFC.How to create an effective story across multiple platforms
The burgeoning interest in transmedia storytelling means nailing the basics of narrative, though, so it’s important to review first principles:
- Reel ‘em in. Find a fresh slant to pique the viewer’s interest and draw her in. Journalists call this “the hook.” The Martin Agency’s caveman commercials for GEICO spring to mind because, seriously, cavemen? A new slant indeed.
- Appeal to emotions. People want to feel (generally good) emotions: sympathy, delight, assurance. Help them achieve that goal. It’s reaching back, but United’s 1989 “Face to Face” offers a nice illustration of the power of emotional appeal.
- Change over time. Or, put another way, have a story arc: beginning, middle, end. You don’t want to end up the same place you began, do you? Mcgarrybowen’s recent “Witch Hunt” for Miracle Whip does a beautiful job of exemplifying this.
- Be surprising. This is related to the first tip but differs because it isn’t tied to plot or angle, but can focus on character, language, or other story element. Think St. John’s “Catvertising.”
- Feature the product prominently. Okay, this one isn’t about storytelling, per se, but it is about advertising. The best narratives suggest that the story can’t exist without the product. What would Deutsch Los Angeles’s “The Force” be without the Volkswagon?
Keep in mind that transmedia stories allow for collaboration in ways that are both liberating and threatening. Weiler found that, as transmedia storytelling tools became more available to a wider public, “the real challenge was realizing that those who I formerly called ‘the audience’ actually became collaborators of the work I was making.”
The outcome is part and parcel of the participatory culture in which we now live, and it’s best seen (at least in terms of marketing) in the actress Alyssa Milano’s hijacking of the Old Spice campaign when she asked Proctor & Gamble (P&G), owners of the deodorant, to donate $100,000 to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Her move could’ve led to a best-case, triple-bottom line scenario: Had P&G actually pledged to the NWS as the actress hoped, the company could’ve seen where cause marketing took it.
But what’s best-case is also worst-case: P&G lost control of the narrative, a result that almost always makes businesses uneasy, causing them to shy away from social media or, in the case of Nestle, suffer public fails recognized here and forever for their intensity and sheer wrongheadedness. That fear may also be the juggernaut powering the advent of job titles like “strategic storyteller” or “staff storyteller.” Companies want someone who can explain their brand in a compelling, trustworthy way that maximizes the medium in which the story is told—be that print, video, augmented reality, or game.
This is all known—sort of. Transmedia storytelling is still finding its legs and it can be expensive, so until it becomes more prevalent (or cheaper—The Hire cost an estimated $15 million), focus on telling the story effectively and be prepared to share the storytelling seat with others.
I went to the University of Kent in England to study film and I’m finishing up at the University of Vermont in film and English studies :)