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My name is Mrs Vera von Viral and I like to collect and discuss examples of online drama, transmedia theatre and interactive storytelling. Here you can browse examples of apps, ad campaigns and alternate reality games. Join in by uploading, blogging or commenting and please help yourself to some piping hot tea and Victoria sponge!

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Little Bang Web Series

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Review of two narrative games: Freeq and CodeRunner

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Nov 20, 2013

APP - the first feature film with second screen

APP - Official Trailer - 2013 release from Bobby Boermans on Vimeo.

APP, a movie by Dutch director BOBBY BOERMANS from a screenplay by ROBERT A. JANSEN, describes itself as the “first feature film with second screen.” The story concerns an evil smartphone app called IRIS, referencing Apple’s talking personal assistant, SIRI. It’s a thriller but if you run the app at the same time the audio in the film triggers events on your phone like messages from the evil app and access to additional material. This is almost certainly the first second screen movie, but if we think about it for more than a second we might identify some downsides to the concept. The whole set up of a cinema is to focus all attention on the screen, phones lighting up and people fiddling with them and watching other videos on them is only going to interrupt the story telling process of the movie itself. Apart from staking a claim to being the first to do this, what are the real benefits to the audience? I love the use of audio recognition to trigger events on a second screen, but I’m sure this technology is more appropriate to TV than to the cinema. Unfortunately the app doesn’t work with the DVD version as it checks your location to see if you are in a cinema and if you are not, it doesn’t work. I can’t imagine why this feature was added but it seems a shame as the DVD/app combination might be the better market.

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Review of two narrative games: Freeq and CodeRunner

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Interesting use of interactive video

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