strategies for transmedial storytelling
Theatre company Tryater had HKU Theatre students researching transmedial storytelling strategies. The company assigned the students to create concepts for transmedial experiences around the theme homesickness in connection to Tryater’s festival production Heimwee naar Hurdegaryp.
“Transmedia is the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies.”
Tryater learned about the meaning and possibilities of transmedia for their future projects, including their conference Transforming Theatre. Additionally the concept Catching Memories has been realized in a spin-off project Oantinken.
The deliverables focussed on the strategies that were discovered and tested while working on the concepts. They were shared through:
- a presentation by the students to Tryater in MAPLAB studio. Click here for a video impression
- a book, Transmedia Recipes,describing the research and concepts, including QR codes for links to a wordpress website containing numerous examples of other transmedia projects and extended desciptions of the research and concepts.
Catching Memories – Oantinken
“What if your memories, like the stars, would always be there to look at and share? What if these stars were not far away, in the universe, but as close as your own pocket?”
This is the premise of Catching Memories. Participants take pictures of their memories with an app in their smartphone, they keep the memories in their pocket and then share the ‘memory lights’ on their phone with others by swiping them into a large wall of glass storage jars. The jars ‘store’ the memories. The projection on the jars shows the photographs that have been swiped ‘into’ the wall. This concept was executed by Z25.org for Tryater as Oantinken (memories).