Big o Update

I’ve been doing and about to do a few things, and so I desperately need to do an update post! And, well, here it is.

Today (tonight) (just now), In Media Res, has published my co-curator contribution for a week-long special called Transmedia Now. If you don’t know about In Media Res, here is the quick low-down:

In Media Res is dedicated to experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal forms of online scholarship. Each weekday, a different scholar curates a [short] video clip/visual image slideshow√ā¬†accompanied by a [short] impressionistic response. We use the title “curator” because, like a curator in a museum, you are repurposing a media object that already exists and providing context through your commentary, which frames the object in a particular way. The clip/comment combination are intended both to introduce the curator’s work to the larger community of scholars (as well as non-academics who frequent the site) and, hopefully, encourage feedback/discussion from that community.

IMR is not just inviting scholars to co-curate, but also practitioners. This transmedia-themed week was organised by Elizabeth Strickler and starts with me; then over to Marc Ruppel (if you’ve read my thesis you know he has been researching this area a long time too); Robert Pratten; Brian Newman; and finishing with Ted Hope. Enjoy the awesomeness of Transmedia Now (and please comment)!

Tomorrow I’ll be presenting on transmedia at Jon Reiss’s Think Outside the Box Office Melbourne workshop for Australian Film, Television and Radio School and the Melb Int Film Festival. Reiss refers to me in his book of the same title, but it is great to be asked to contribute to his workshop! Can’t wait!

The day after I’ll be presenting at X|Media|Lab’s Screen X-Tended event for the Melbourne Film Festival, as organized by Screen Australia. There is a bevvy of speakers, including Jeff Gomez! The day after that, we’ll all be mentoring projects at the lab.

Lance Weiler wrote an article on the importance of story for Filmmaker Magazine, and quotes me in the process!

I had a great chat with Liz Hover of the Canadian National Screen Institute about transmedia and my new website Hear the rationale behind the site in our short audio chat here.

As I also mentioned, I was invited to chat on an audio chat show TummelVision. This was a great long chat (about an hour) with Kevin Marks, Heather Gold and Deb Schultz . I really enjoyed talking about the practice and philosophy of transmedia! The archived audio is now online.
Finally, as you know, I mentored in the UK recently at The Pixel Lab. I wasn’t going to put my presentation online, but I had many requests. So, here it is in all its extended-with-lots-of-words-glory:

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