Conversational Mechanics - balancing story & interactivity


Immersive Case Study

The evening starts with a case study on “Where There’s Smoke,” a documentary/immersive theatre experience/escape room that became the first stand alone installation in the history of the Tribeca Film Festival. Join Lance Weiler (writer/director/experience designer) and Loren Hammonds (Senior Programmer Film & Immersive, Tribeca Film Festival) for a candid conversation about the challenges and opportunities of staging site-specific installations that attempt to balance story and interactivity - work where those formerly known as the audience become storytellers and part of the experience.

Open design/prototyping session

Immediately after join us for a special design/prototyping session focused on Conversational Mechanics. Lead by Nick Fortugno and Lance. The Year of Poe returns as we explore the works of Edgar Allan Poe. This is a unique opportunity to see the design process of “The Raven” an adaption that Ava Lee Scott, Lance and Nick are creating. “The Raven” will premiere at NYFF in the Convergence section before heading into an extended run later this fall. Collaborators include Columbia DSL, Actors Theater NYC, AIHS and Film at Lincoln Center.

The Year of Poe encourages storytellers, designers, game creators, makers and hackers to develop their own Poe adaptions. The open initiative from Columbia DSL encourages works and/or elements of those works to be released under a Creative Commons license in an effort to explore new forms and functions of storytelling.