The Story Arcade
The Story Arcade discovers and celebrates new forms of storytelling, beginning with 20 exhibits at the Future of StoryTelling 2012. We’d love to hear of your favorite new kinds of stories—email us at email@example.com.
The Power Inside
The Power Inside represents the emerging trend of “social films” and is the third in a series of efforts from the same team. In the Web series, Earth comes under threat of the Uricks, an alien race that attaches to humans in the form of evil mustaches.…
Night Film is a thriller by Marisha Pessl– whose debut novel Special Topics in Calamity Physics won literary praise– that expands its eerie world through a companion app, the Night Film Decoder. The novel contains illustrations that can be scanned with…
The Last Hunt
The National Film Board of Canada’s first interactive documentary designed to take advantage of the tablet format, The Last Hunt delves into a grandfather’s last hunting expedition and the motivations that fueled photographer Alexi Hobbs to document it.…
Cart Life by Richard Hofmeier is a “retail simulation for Windows” where you play as one of three down-and-out food cart vendors, each trying to make their way in the world and create a thriving business while dealing with personal problems. Gameplay involves tasks such as selling coffees, making bagels, and taking the bus. Deliberately immersing you in the mundanity of these characters’ daily lives and the difficulty of their personal concerns (one is recently divorced and fighting for custody of her daughter), this game is not your typical special-effects laden blockbuster. But something interesting happens as you complete the same game tasks over and over: you develop an empathetic bond with your character and become invested in their personal narrative. You want them to overcome the monotony and hardship of their in-game circumstances to reach their goal, and every small step forward or back becomes cause for great celebration or despair. Through asking you to experience first-hand the life of someone else, Cart Life elicits unusually deep investment in its characters’ stories.
The Carp and the Seagull
“The Carp and the Seagull,” created by Nexus Interactive Arts and directed by Evan Boehm, is an interactive short film about Masato the fisherman’s encounter with the spirit world. Though the story evokes a time-worn fable, the method of its telling is as modern as can be—using cutting edge web technologies, we experience the story in a futuristic 3D environment. Our interaction drives the narrative forward and the use of 3D framework WebGL encourages us to explore parallel story worlds. With a click and a drag, we can send Masato soaring through the skies or plunging through the netherworld. This merging of traditional story sensibility with interactive, digital techniques is an intriguing exploration into a new method of storytelling as well as a classic tale of a man’s fraught relationship with nature.
512 Paths to the White House
Fun, simple election-visualization from the New York Times that dispenses with the red/blue map metaphor to let us explore 512 alternate futures (or possible futures, depending on when you read this).
And, the behind the scenes story of making the infographic.
Source: The New York Times