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Transmedia Storytelling and the Quantified Self

robert | May 16, 2014  ‐  No Comments

The presentation below is a must read for any transmedia storyteller because it highlights the opportunities for so many new ways to tell stories as experiences. Mobile isn’t just a communications device, it’s a portal between fact and fiction. We can use data from the mobile as triggers for new storytelling opportunities.

The Quantified Self is a movement concerned with tracking everything about a person’s daily activity – the places they go, the people they meet, the energy they burn getting there and so on. All that data can be used to control the mood of fictional characters, to control a fictional weather system, to build online “vitality” that can be burned in online gaming, as cues as to when to release new content….

With wearable computing technology, we can use social activity on Facebook or Twitter to vibrate our clothing or change the lights in our home. Why would we want to do that? To create ever more immersive experiences that imagine the confined console game world exploded and played out in real world spaces.

This presentation from JWT is a great round-up of what’s happening in mobile and really inspires lots of ideas!

Narrative Theory of Games

robert | May 1, 2014  ‐  3 Comments

I recently had the great honor of meeting Espen Aarseth at a transmedia conference in Granada, Spain and have since been reading and digesting his work.

This week at our Interactive Narratives meetup in London I presented his paper Narrative Theory of Games.

As expected, Espen’s model generated a great amount of conversation and reflection. One aspect of the 4-dimensional model (World, Objects, Agents and Events) that we debated a lot was whether Agents – which we discussed exclusively to be Characters – should be shown on the same dimensions as the others. It seemed to us that the top and bottom of the model is really the degree of agency that a player has – more if a game, less if a story. Yet the depth of the characters (Agents) doesn’t quite fit that axis – the consensus being that rich characterization needn’t be determined by player agency.

It was felt that relationship building with characters was a key to players having a more story-like experience (“story like” meaning expressing the views/message of the author).

What I find helpful about this model is it allows for a more informed discussion about the scope of work when creating a transmedia experience. Rather than thinking very broadly about where to draw the line between player interaction and authorial communication, this allows a better granularity. Also, in our work we’ve tended to allow players to generate their own content (creatable Objects) but that’s not impacted the narrative (the kernels) whereas some ARGs particularly have used this interaction with more fluid kernels.

Transmedia Podcast – Enter The Lodge (Twin Peaks)

robert | April 16, 2014  ‐  No Comments

enterthelodgeEnter The Lodge is a twitter sequel to the popular Twin Peaks TV series. The show ended in 1990 but the show’s character Laura Palmer vowed to see us again 25 years later. Patrick and Emmett Furey discuss the creative and production process of creating a four-week twitter show!

Interviewed by @robpratten are the writers Emmett Furey (@emmettfurey) and Patrick Furey (@trickfurey)


Download and Subscribe HERE or via iTunes

Transmedia Podcast – Wuxia

robert | April 8, 2014  ‐  No Comments

wuxiaWuxia is the story of a fox and a child that go on a journey to find a whale. It’s told through a picture book and an ipad app.

The experience is designed to develop the child and develop the parent-child relationship.

In this podcast, creator Jonathan Bélisle discusses the design thinking and world of user experiences.

Support this Kickstarter project here.

And visit the story page here.

Interviewed by @robpratten

Download and Subscribe HERE or via iTunes

Wuxia the Fox – Augmented Book & iPad app from SAGA on Vimeo.

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robert | March 5, 2014  ‐  5 Comments

Making-of-JDT-26Here’s the moment our transmedia experience kicked off with a live performance! Below is the official press release…well, translated into English, the Spanish version is here.

Using Conducttr we’re building a MMORPG that’s played out on social media and real life across the whole of Spain. In future posts we’ll have a full case study.



CANAL+ joins forces with Transmedia Storyteller Ltd., headed by Robert Pratten, to transform Spain into a huge storytelling canvas with one the world’s most ambitious transmedia entertainment experiences. Called 19Reinos, it will include, among other things, live events, a 5-episode webseries, a location-based online game and strong participation on social media.

Working from the premise “Si lo vives es verdad” (If you live it, it’s true), which is the motto of the communication campaign of the forth season of Game of Thrones in Spain, CANAL + has created an online multiplayer game that is also played in real life and that kicked off with the shooting of the video Aparición (Apparition) - one of the spots of the new season of the series in the presence of 300 fans from across the whole country. 

The project is led by Belén Santa-Olalla, senior creative consultant at Transmedia Storyteller Ltd. with extensive experience working with leading brands in the entertainment and education market and supported by Robert Pratten, CEO and founder of Transmedia Storyteller Ltd. Pratten is a world expert in “transmedia storytelling”, which aims at creating powerful audience engagement through multi-platform user experiences. The project is made possible through a technology called Conducttr, that Santa-Olalla describes as a “pervasive entertainment platform”. Pratten, CEO at Transmedia Storyteller Ltd, comments “Conducttr revolutionizes entertainment and marketing because it delights fans with fictional stories that are blended with their real lives and allows the Canal + to develop a truly converged media strategy that encompasses social media, TV, press, PR and live events.”

From the beginning of the first season of Game of Thrones, CANAL+ has built a communication strategy aimed at fans of the series that has materialized in projects such as Grito de Guerra (War Cry)Guía de Poniente (The Westeros Guide) and for the second screen Vive Poniente (Live Westeros). All with the objective of fostering the loyalty of a big community of fans and customers with more than 180.000 followers on its Facebook page (facebook.com/juegodetronos).

According to Berni Melero, Chief of Multimedia Communications at CANAL+: “Television as entertainment has not been only content consumption for years. At CANAL+ we do our best to offer and share with our customers and fans immersive experiences about the contents we have and they enjoy so much. Thanks to Transmedia Storyteller and their technology, this year the experience Game of Tronos in CANAL+ will be much more personalized and participative”


Three Transmedia Tactics for Creating Compelling Audience Experiences

robert | February 26, 2014  ‐  No Comments

Krishna_Stott_BellyfeelThis is a guest post form Krishna Stott.

Krishna is a technology and story pioneer. He runs Bellyfeel, a leading provider of information and consultancy for traditional media producers who want to expand their audience and increase profits using new devices and platforms.


As a creator, producer and consultant of Transmedia I draw heavily on the media that got me excited when I was a kid. Movies, TV, Music and Books.

Some of those things don’t exist anymore; VHS, vinyl, cassette – but the feelings are still there.

Analogue vs Digital

Those analogue and physical formats were big influences on me and I can’t help thinking that digital is not as rewarding – so you have to try harder as a creator.

As a kid, I would salivate like a starving dog in anticipation of the next 7” single from the Buzzcocks or the Clash. After a Saturday trip to town to buy the shiny black disc in a full colour sleeve, I would be vibrating with pleasure on the bus home. Then the joy of popping on the turntable, dropping the needle and experiencing the music.

I would pore over the sleeve for clues as to what my heroes were saying with this latest slice of pop culture. And getting a bit of ‘behind the scenes’ was really exciting – if you could hear the band talking in the intro or outro, or even a distant ‘1 2 3 4 !’ – this was a massive bonus.

Instant Pop Culture

Digital is all about QUICK – NOW – NO WAITING. That’s not good or bad – it’s just how it is – but instant doesn’t mean better.

And digital gives many more options for creativity and business. But more options doesn’t mean better quality experiences.

In a way, you now have a bigger palette for storytelling but the paint is thinner and the picture comes out not as bright or vivid. (Which is ironic because digital is perceived as being brighter and clearer than analogue media.)

So how do you evoke the kinds of feelings that get today’s audience hooked and wanting more, more, more.

Ignite Your Audience With These Transmedia Tactics

I have been creating Digital, Interactive and Transmedia stories for 15 years now. In that time I have picked up a few useful tricks. Here are 3 Transmedia Tactics you can use to ensure your audience gets very excited about your story experience.

1 – Fan Allegiance.

In the old days this meant joining a fan club by mail or reading the weeklies to keep track of their progress – today you can make it easy for fans to connect and take them along with you (and your story) at very low cost, on a global scale.

Do you know the famous Transmedia campaign “Why So Serious?”. This campaign for the “Dark Knight” film had over 10 million fans all following and joining in the actions around the world. Make your content meaningful to your audience and aim for 10 million global fans!

2 – Anticipation.

Once the audience is hooked in, make them wait a while! Then reward them – this will get them chomping at the bit. Don’t make it so easy for the audience – if your story is good enough it will be worth waiting for.

There was a very early interactive web campaign for the 1997 film “The Game” which actually refused entry to lots of people. This was a completely counter intuitive tactic at the time but a genius one IMHO. Make the audience wait… make them wait and then give them…

3 – WOW! Moments.

Although digital storytelling relies on systems for delivery – when telling stories you have to break out of the systems every now and then to create big WOW! Moments.

Remember a film called “The Crying Game”? Watch this film if you don’t know what a WOW! Moment is. Get the audience to expect the unexpected from your story!


These 3 Transmedia Tactics are highly effective in turning your audience into rabid fans – and your audience had better be hot under the collar as the competition for attention is ferocious these days.

Good Luck! And if you have any further ideas on this subject drop them in the comments.


Transmedia podcast – Chikara Pro Wrestling

robert | February 21, 2014  ‐  No Comments

chikaraMike Quackenbush of Chikara talks to Robert Pratten about the world of pro wrestling and how Chikara created an elaborate and risky ARG to take the business to a new level.

A big thank you to Jen Keyes who brought Chiraka’s transmedia world to my attention.. and link to her blog post  and this one about Chikara’s ARG.

Links to explore:




http://chikara101.com (requires login)


Download and Subscribe HERE or via iTunes


Create branded entertainment like Chipotle’s “Farmed and Dangerous” using Conducttr

robert | February 2, 2014  ‐  1 Comment

Using Conducttr you can create professional branded content without writing a line of code. We had no involvement in Chipotle’s “Farmed and Dangerous” but it’s a good example of what you could do if you were to combine your creativity with our multi-platform interactive storytelling tool.

Create Chipotle with Conducttr

In the video tutorial below you’ll learn how to:

  • create an interactive SMS quiz with no coding
  • publish a YouTube web series
  • publish blog posts and Tweets in sync with the web series


Transmedia Podcast – Cuentos de viejos

robert | January 15, 2014  ‐  No Comments

catalan dbEn este podcast conoceremos a Laura Piaggio, una de los autores del documental colaborativo transmedia Cuentos de Viejosque toma forma de coproducción hispano-colombiana. Mediante la participación del público, el proyecto se encarga de recoger la memoria oral de nuestros abuelos, utilizando diferentes plataformas para crear un relato colectivo.

 Entrevista por Belén Santa-Olalla, @belen_santa

Transmedia Podcast – Dale Play

robert | January 7, 2014  ‐  No Comments

Hoy conversamos con Max Álvarez @maxalvarez2013, productor ejecutivo de Panamericana Producciones, quienes son los responsables del proyecto Dale Play. Formado por una webserie, una app y un reto colaborativo sobre música urbana, hablaremos de este branded content impulsado por Orange y pionero en República Dominicana.

Entrevista por Belén Santa-Olalla, @belen_santa

Download and Subscribe HERE or via iTunes

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