New Media Knowledge – Nokia launches international short film competition for aspiring directors


…Aspiring directors will be able to submit their idea for a short film at on a subject of their choice. Following a rigorous selection by a panel of judges, eight of the best submissions will be shortlisted for the semi-finals and their creators awarded a budget of 5,000 USD and two Nokia N8 smartphones to make their film. The winning film will be chosen by the panel of judges and will be screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2011….


Nicely Done! & Grazie! Scott Walker launches: Shared Story Worlds (this so rocks…)

Shared Story Worlds is a project created by Scott Walker.

Scott does not like typing in the third person, but he does enjoy exploring what he calls participatory entertainment, collaborative storytelling, and value co-creation. Anything that bridges audiences/fans/consumers with creatives is likely to spark his interest.

Scott has fueled his passion for participatory entertainment through his company, Brain Candy, LLC, which created the shared story world Runes of Gallidon. He is also an advocate of transmedia storytelling and a self-professed typing monkey.

Very very cool. Tribeca Film Institute to fund interactive storytelling | Geek Gestalt #infdist

Excerpt from original post:

“…the TFI set out to create the new fund as a way of both funding new, interactive storytelling projects, and to produce and distribute them as a branded series of work “that will reach the audiences where they will have the most impact,” Janson said.

The organization will accept submissions for the fund from April 4 through May 25. Grants will range from $50,000 to $100,000, though Janson said that TFI may be able to assist grantees with additional resources to ensure that they are able to complete and sustain their projects.

Janson said that there are no existing models for the kinds of projects the TFI is looking to fund. Ideally, she said, projects will have three “core elements”: they will feature strong stories; they will be designed to bring in and welcome new audiences; and they will have the kind of impact that can “make real change in the human world….”

Cool. Undead End: A Transmedia Zombie Apocalypse Radio Drama–7wb5/undead-end-a-zombie-apocalypse-radio-drama/

Boston U Student Nate Goldman is the creator of Undead End.

From the site:

“In October 2010, I founded WTBU’s Radio Performance Department. Our inaugural performance was a show that I had been writing for over a year called Undead End. Inspired by Orson Welles’ 1938 Performance of War of the Worlds, Undead End was a radio drama that utilized the 21st century media landscape to create an immersive and interactive storytelling experience. We used viral, guerilla, street performance, and other media to supplement the story; however, the main narrative unfolded via radio. The show brought in over 2,000 unique listeners to WTBU in less than a month and that number grows daily. Undead End is syndicated and aired on WZBC Boston two months after its original airdate on WTBU. [Above] is a Prezi presentation on the entire project. Enjoy.”