- ARG Treasure Hunt in Central Park
From host, Patrick McGreer "Hi Everyone… I’ve made a game in Central Park and I need beta testers. It is a real world/story first treasure hunt that uses Augmented Reality to feed a larger Alternate Reality game that is currently in process - so kind of an ARG² experience. I’ve used Cluekeeper as my primary tool. Anyone with time in the next few days, including this weekend, I would be forever in your debt for your help. This is test #3 so it shouldn’t be too glitchy. I’ll buy the first beer in the park so maybe it will evolve into a kind of meetup for all those interested in how real world gaming can be made scalable and sustainable with few resources. The game deals with JD Salinger’s lost work but you don’t need to have read Catcher in the Rye or know anything about him to play. Here’s a quick list of all the things you’ll need to do. - The Cluekeeper app downloaded to your phone. - I will send you a test code on the day - A fully charged phone with earphones on the day of the test. - We will meet at the stairs of the MET, very close to the answer to the first clue. The lobby of the MET has wifi, air conditioning and bathrooms. You might want to bring sunscreen water and an umbrella. - My number is[masked] - I will be there just listening, answering technical questions but riddle wise I’ll be like a fly on the wall trying not to help with answers."
- The Business of Collaborative Storytelling
This seminar, lead by transmedia producer Steele Filipek, will focus on how traditional models of storytelling are giving way to newer forms built on collaboration, micro-narratives, engagement, and fan-driven content. Case studies including Spider-Man, Curtin University, and independent music/comic book companies will show creators how they can weave collaboration between fans and creators into their larger implementations, building trust in brand stalwarts. Steele Tyler Filipek is one of the world’s leading transmedia writers and producers. As executive editor at Starlight Runner Entertainment, he has designed story worlds and nonlinear narrative design for such franchises as Halo, Transformers, Dexter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more. He has also created large-scale campaigns for projects ranging from branding (Reebok, Pepperidge Farm) to nonprofit work (the government of Colombia, Curtin University). In addition, Filipek is a lecturer/professor of dramatic writing and has produced numerous children’s books, screenplays, television scripts, comic books, video games, comedy, and radio dramas.
- Unconventional Storytelling with Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi
Just how personal is too personal when it comes to storytelling? Join StoryForward NYC for a one-of-a-kind discussion on unconventional filmmaking and the art of personal storytelling by film diarist, Caveh Zahedi. Zahedi, whose genre-bending, subversive films include: Tripping with Caveh (2004), I Am a Sex Addict (2005), and most recently his web series, The Show About the Show will provide insight into his 20+ year career as a “meta documentarian.” His unique brand of personal storytelling will be sure to inspire storytellers across mediums. For more about Caveh Zahedi check out his bio below. Caveh Zahedi (1960, USA) received a BA in Philosophy at Yale University and a MFA in Film Production at the UCLA School of Film and Television. After years of making experimental films, Zahedi’s first feature-length film, A LITTLE STIFF (1991), premiered in competition at Sundance. Zahedi’s second feature, I DON'T HATE LAS VEGAS ANYMORE (1994), received the Critics’ Prize at the 1994 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Caveh’s third feature, IN THE BATHTUB OF THE WORLD (2001), his third feature, was a one-year video diary in which he filmed one minute of his life each day for an entire year – the film aired on IFC and the Sundance Channel. In response to the events of 9/11, Zahedi co-produced (with filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt) an omnibus feature entitled UNDERGROUND ZERO for which he contributed a short film entitled THE WORLD IS A CLASSROOM. UNDERGROUND ZERO was named one of the top ten films of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and received a special citation at the 2002 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards. His short WORM (2001) was presented at the 2002 IFFR and his film I AM A SEX ADDICT screened at IFFR in 2005. Zahedi’s most recent feature, THE SHEIK AND I (2012), was banned in the United Arab Emirates for blasphemy before premiering at the 2012 SXSW, where it was named best film at the festival by Film Comment. “American filmmaker Caveh Zahedi has mastered the art of pushing people’s buttons. At 52, he’s best known for the 2006 comedy I Am a Sex Addict, a quasi-documentary about his obsession with prostitutes. Two of his previous documentaries, Tripping with Caveh and I Was Possessed by God, follow him tripping on psychedelic mushrooms, the latter resulting in “divine possession”. His films are profoundly uncomfortable, hysterically funny and bravely uncensored, driven by his charmingly mad self.” - Dazed & Confused “For more than two decades, Caveh Zahedi (http://www.indiewire.com/t/caveh-zahedi/) has been exploring his neuroses and desires in awkward, provocative detail. From his first feature “A Little Stiff” through 2005’s “I Am a Sex Addict,” the film diarist has proved to be an amusingly off-beat guide to his own life. That tendency may very well reach its apotheosis with “The Show About the Show (http://www.indiewire.com/t/the-show-about-the-show/),” the irreverent meta web series that Zahedi launched this fall on the Brooklyn-based cable TV and digital network BRIC TV.” - Eric Kohn, Indiewire “Before the internet made a social contract of documenting (and homogenizing) every waking moment of our lives, the Iranian-American filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (http://www.cavehzahedi.com/) filmed himself for one minute each day of the year 1999 in an attempt to prove the existence of God. For Zahedi, given the Bazinian notion that the film image is inherently a representation of reality, one can have faith that chance itself, engaged in the present tense, may form a type of narrative before our eyes—that randomness (a.k.a. God’s will) can be channeled through the ego of the artist.” - Micah Gottlieb, Fanzine “The Show About the Show has more to say, and teach, about business, family, marriage, art, fear, bureaucracy and political correctness than anything I’ve seen in ages.” - Joe Swanburg, Talkhouse Read more about Caveh Zahedi on his website (http://www.cavehzahedi.com/)
- The Art of Single Frame Storytelling
If a picture can say a thousand words, how do we choose which words we want it to say? Join us for a panel discussion featuring storytellers that use the camera as their storytelling tool of choice. Photography is all about perspective and point of view. It can be a powerful form of communication of ideas and themes. Each of our panelists have managed to carve a unique niche in the photography world by developing “their voice” in the images they shoot. MODERATOR Shameel Arafin Shameel Arafin is the Director of Platform Engineering for the News Group, at Time Inc. He is responsible for the time.com, fortune.com, money.com and timeforkids.com websites, serving nearly 1 billion unique visitors a year. Prior to Time Inc., he worked at MediaStorm as a software architect, where he developed a storytelling platform for the distribution of cinematic, multimedia narratives. Shameel studied literature at Harvard and electrical engineering at Caltech. He lives in Brooklyn. PANELISTS Daphne Chan Daphne Chan is an artist, photographer, filmmaker and social media strategist. Canadian-born Chinese and African nomad, she's a graduate of the National School of Photography in Arles and the International Center of Photography in New York (ICP). Chan's work explores identity through gender, culture, sexuality and body image. Her work has been featured in many group and solo exhibitions internationally. She has been acclaimed for her fine art nude portraiture and articles about her work have been published in different media. She is an international speaker and lecturer at many public and private photographic institutions including Parsons, NYU and ICP. Matthew Cherry A photographer and cinematographer, Mathew Cherry's visual storytelling ability resonates in both his portraiture and conceptual imagery. His work has the ability to intrigue, delight and inspire the viewer while merging art, theater and photography. In addition to his creative work behind the lens, Mathew has been involved in business marketing for the past fifteen years and has designed and run numerous local, national and international marketing campaigns. His fine art work has been exhibited at Art Chicago, Art Basel and at the Ukrainian National Museum. Josh Raab Josh Raab is a Multimedia Editor at TIME, focusing on Lightbox and overseeing the visual approach of the Technology, Business and Space sections. He is a professor at the International Center of Photography.
- Tell Your Own Story: How to Create Your Personal Narrative
Storytelling legend Adam Wade joins StoryForwardNYC straight from the stages of New York City and will talk about how to tell stories from your own life. From funny to heartbreaking, Adam will help you shape your experiences in a way that keeps audiences engaged. ABOUT ADAM WADE: For the past thirteen years, Adam has been a fixture in both the New York City storytelling and comedy scenes. He is the winner of 20 SLAMS at The Moth (http://themoth.org/) (18 StorySLAM victories and 2 GrandSLAM Championships (http://adamwade.com/humor/themoth/)) with 20 different winning stories. He has toured across North America with The Moth Main Stage and has appeared on The Moth Radio Hour Episode 1305 (http://www.prx.org/pieces/87688-the-moth-radio-hour-1305), Episode 1410 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7O7bnOphF0) and The Moth Podcast. (http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/adam-wade-development-jonathan-ames-the-duel/13350812) Adam has been performing his Time Out New York Magazine's (http://newyork.timeout.com/music-nightlife/comedy/67019/adam-wade?package=80777) Critic's pick "You can't not like him!" (http://newyork.timeout.com/music-nightlife/comedy/67019/adam-wade?package=80777) monthly solo show The Adam Wade from NH Show (http://adamwade.com/humor/awfromnhshow) since January 2010. The show is also a frequent New York Times (http://adamwade.com/humor/press/nytimes_2014.jpg)' Comedy Pick of the Week (http://adamwade.com/humor/press/nytimes_2014.jpg)' and was part of Ruth Pennebaker's New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/arts/all-those-great-stories-crying-to-be-overheard.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=ruth+pennebaker&st=cse) feature (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/arts/all-those-great-stories-crying-to-be-overheard.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=ruth+pennebaker&st=cse). Adam is a seasoned teacher of his craft. Since 2010, Adam has been teaching a variety of 6-week Storytelling Classes at NYC's Magnet Theater. Adam has acted in HBO's GIRLS Season 5 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExjP7NvT1iY)and Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer Season 2 and Season 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8teRxOSNHs&feature=youtu.be), and is the host of Bloomberg's Conversations with Coders (https://www.techatbloomberg.com/coders/). Adam was a speaker at TEDx PennQuarter (http://adamwade.com/humor/ted) in Washington, DC where he spoke about REINVENTING Storytelling [video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJsrYqPtXFM)]. For even more, check out adamwade.com (http://adamwade.com/).
- Hype: Success Secrets From the World's Greatest Con Artists
Hype: Success Secrets From the World's Greatest Promoters, Propagandists, and Con Artists In a perfect world, the best work would attract the most attention on its own merits. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Instead, the single most important factor that determines whether something becomes a phenomenon or a flop is arguably the least understood—an strange brew of manufactured drama, media manipulation, and behind-the-scenes maneuvering....also known as hype Join CEO of MicroFame Media, Michael Schein for a lively talk on how to use the powerful tactics of hype to bring massive attention to your ideas, business ventures, projects, and causes, along with entertaining stories from the hype artists who've gone before. BIO Michael Schein is the CEO of MicroFame Media, a content marketing and strategy agency that turns consultants into thought leaders when they don’t have the time or expertise to make it happen on their own. He has created or facilitated the production of content for companies such as eBay, The Medici Group, LinkedIn, Abila, TESLA, Inc., SEER Interactive, Interiors by Steven G., Magento, Vitalyst, Intellect, Arise Virtual Solutions, and Citrix. Michael graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with Honors and got his start at Spin the Bottle, the production company behind VH1 hit show Pop Up Video. He also created, ran, and moderated the New York Tech Alliance’s Interactive Marketing panel series and writes a weekly column for Inc., as well as regularly contributing to Fortune and Huffington Post. He is also the co-host of the popular podcast Access to Anyone.
- The Art of Data-Driven Storytelling: Creating Context in a Content Driven World
The Art of Data-Driven Storytelling: Creating Context in a Content Driven World How does studying the world affect how we create stories for it? How do different industries approach to experience and narrative while keeping an eye on the state of the world and their audience? The short answer: Data. This panel will be an open discussion between the creators and distributors of content and how data is helping craft story that is both highly targeted and engaging. How is data captured and measured? And, how are narratives being developed for consumers using collected data such as shopping and viewing habits? What kind of experience do you need to build to capture good data, and what does good data do to your experience design? BIOS Panelist: Ashley Taylor Anderson Ashley Taylor Anderson is Content Strategy Manager at Oscar Health (http://hioscar.com/), a new kind of health insurance company. She’s a writer and marketer who's spent her career knee-deep in technology. In previous professional lives, she worked as a science textbook editor, interactive media producer, and pastry chef. When she’s not in front of a computer typing, you can usually find her nose-deep in a book, strolling a museum, or cursing at her sewing machine. Panelist: Matt McGowan Matt has worked in digital marketing for over 20 years, working alongside many of the world's leading brands, agencies, and technology pioneers. Matt is currently President and a member of the BOD at Adestra.com (a Business Growth Fund funded marketing automation platform) where he oversees the global business and it's almost 150 employees. Prior to Adestra, at Google and YouTube, Matt was Head of Strategy for the America's Ad Agency business where he worked with Google leadership and the executive teams at the Big 6 advertising holding companies. Before that Matt served as Managing Director at Incisive Media, a recognized global media, marketing services, and data company. Matt has also served his time in sales and marketing at Charles Schwab, Pearson PLC, and PropertyRoom.com. With a strong background in corporate strategy and deep C-level relationships Matt is also an active adviser and board member at various adtech and martech companies. Two of which have been sold: Sponsorhub.com was acquired by Rentrak, Nasdaq: RENT, in Sept 2015, and the Online Marketing Institute was acquired by PopExpert.com in March 2015. In June of 2013, Matt was named a DMA & Marketing Edge Rising Star. Matt has an MBA from the University of Oxford and a BA from Lafayette College and spends most of his time in NYC and Toronto. Panelist: Will Kreth Will Kreth was the first "official" employee of WIRED magazine, hired by its two founders in 1992. He currently resides in New York City and works as the Director of Metadata Management Showtime Networks. His career as a multiscreen/ interactive media producer began with a winding path across the US in 1983 (in roughly this order): public access TV; indie music soundman; audio post for film/video; early multimedia; interactive TV; magazine publishing; web content; broadband services; cable TV and back to interactive TV. (e.g.- Apple, PF Magic, Wired, HotWired, Prodigy, Road Runner, Critical Metrics, Time Warner, A Different Engine & Showtime). Listed inventor on 2 granted and 1 pending US patents around cross-platform audience measurement data, TV to Mobile apps, and social media messaging & notification. Since 2006, his own company MediaGroove - (based in Brooklyn) has released 6 albums & 1 single (in the US, UK & Germany) while working on a music documentary and related digital storytelling projects. Moderator: Caitlin Burns Currently Vice Chair of the Producers’ Guild of America New Media Council, Caitlin Burns is a world leader in franchise storyworld development, multiplatform strategy and connecting sustainable business models to emerging creative technologies. As a transmedia producer for over 15 years, she has developed storyworlds with creative visionaries and technological pioneers ranging from global blockbuster feature films, award-winning television shows, AAA console games to 360° video, VR, AR, Mixed Reality and WebVR. Past clients include Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney Fairies, Disney Descendants and Tron Legacy, James Cameron’s Avatar for Fox, Halo for Microsoft, Happiness Factory for The Coca-Cola Company, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nickelodeon and Transformers for Hasbro. Other clients include Wieden+Kennedy, Hush, Showtime, Pepperidge Farm, Diageo, EY, Reebok, Stratasys and UNICEF Kid Power. In her spare time, Ms. Burns runs a community that explores humanity the way human culture and identity will shape the high-tech future. Read more at http://www.paxsolaria.net
- The Art of the Pitch with Matty Kirsch
Pitching isn't scary, pitching is very easy. As long as you are passionate, organized, packaged, and have a distribution and social strategy, you'll be fine! Join Matty Kirsch, Head of Esports Gaming and Experiences at The Gamer Agency (http://thegameragency.com/), as he explains the do's and don'ts of pitching your work to potential clients and investors. Following Matty's talk, we will open the floor to a few of our community members who have projects they will be pitching* to the audience for feedback. *We currently have 1 or 2 openings left to fill, if you have a project you would like to pitch and receive feedback on please email us at [masked]
- Immersive Storytelling Symposium at The New School
This is a re-post from The New School, you must register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/immersive-storytelling-symposium-tickets-30169039409?aff=eac2 Please join Parsons School of Design at The New School for a one-day symposium about the explosion of affordable virtual and augmented reality technologies. The event will take a critical look at the impact of new mass media technologies such as the Gear VR/Oculus Rift, Google Daydream/Cardboard, HTC Vive, MS Hololens and their “immersive” effects on theater, games, news, and entertainment. Are these technologies as disruptive as the mobile phone? Are they accessible to all voices of the social spectrum? How are these media affecting the form of stories as they shift from passive to the self-directed exploration? Claims about the medium’s empathic effects abound but are they inciting viewers to action? How can we use these media to transform the learning experience in educational settings, in particular in art and humanities classes? And more. Presented by the Schools of Art, Media and Technology (http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/art-media-technology-school-amt/); Design Strategies (http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/design-strategies-school-sds/); and Fashion (http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/fashion-school/) at Parsons School of Design, The New School. For a line-up of the moderators, panels, and demos go to http://immersive.parsons.edu. (http://immersive.parsons.edu/) REGISTER here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/immersive-storytelling-symposium-tickets-30169039409?aff=eac2
- StoryForward NYC Pitch Fest 2017
It's the start of a brand new year, and what better way to kick it off than with a good old-fashioned pitch fest? We welcome everyone (and we mean EVERYONE) to bring a film, a play, an idea for a mobile app, whatever, if it's a story, it's for us. Whether it's in early development or the final stages of production, no project is too big or too small.* PLEASE NOTE: This is a two part event, the second part will be a guest lecture by independent filmmaker and transmedia producer, Vladan Nikolc. For more details go here: https://www.meetup.com/StoryForwardNYC/events/236679808/ DETAILS WHO: Who will you be pitching to? Your fellow storytellers of course! Now's the time to show the community your stuff, who knows you might even find a new partner, investor or team member. WHAT: We ask you to prepare a 3 to 5-minute presentation on your project in the form you feel most comfortable whether it's a fancy powerpoint or a spoken-word poem, whatever you think makes the most sense for you and your story. WHERE: This will be in our Adorama location, so feel free to bring whatever technology you need to support your pitch. HOW: To keep the program organized and on track we ask that everyone who will be pitching to please email us a one or two sentence description of your pitch at [masked] so that we can set you up with a time slot. We will email everyone their slot the DAY BEFORE the event. This is a great event for new members! So, if you're bringing a project, your mission is to bring a guest as well, a friend, colleagues, family member, we won't judge. Lastly, this event is meant to be fun, we will be encouraging active audience participation, so be prepared to talk whether you bring a project or not. Let's start 2017 the best way we know how by celebrating our love of story with each other. *Please note that if we do not have at least 8 projects signed up by January 10th we will have to cancel the event, so be sure to tell your friends and fellow storytellers to sign up soon!