Tags "Storytelling"

The immersive power of binaural sound: an interview with Amaury La Burthe (Audiogaming)

What is binaural sound and how can you use it in your work? Amaury La Burthe, who specializes in audio tools for digital media, explains how this technology contributed to the success of the Notes on Blindness virtual reality experience. New narrative formats create a breeding ground for sound designers, and there are more and... Read More »

Interactive Cinema: Tantale and Late Shift

Interactivity, often associated with video games and web-based experiences, is now carving out a place for itself in the world of film. A look back on two European productions that made their mark this year: Tantale and Late Shift. At a time when virtual reality is increasingly isolating spectators from one another, an opposite trend... Read More »

Wattpad: Canada’s storytelling YouTube is poised to conquer the world

With 45 million subscribers, Wattpad has become in the space of 10 years the leading “social reading” phenomenon. Portrait of a Canadian success that has transformed how stories come to life on the screen. Founded in Toronto in 2006 by Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen, Wattpad boasts one of the most spectacular growth models of... Read More »

How can chatbots be used to tell stories?

Virtual reality was the revolution that was expected to shake up 2016. But this year also saw the rising popularity of chatbots, computer programs designed to simulate conversation. Among several triggers was the announcement made by Facebook of its decision to open up its Messenger service to chatbot developers. That was last April, and six... Read More »

Minority Media, Montréal’s VR gaming pioneers

An interview with Montréal’s Minority Media, a Virtual Reality (VR) pioneer that created Time Machine VR, one of the first game designed exclusively for consumer VR devices. As you walk into Minority Media’s office in the trendy Mile-End neighbourhood of Montréal, you can’t help but feel you’ve landed in a special place, mixing cultures, both... Read More »

The secrets to developing narrative podcasts

How is it that successful podcasts like Serial reach millions of listeners? A look back on the strengths of a good story, whether it’s told by a campfire or in front of a screen. Following in the wake of Arte, Télérama and Libération, France’s Slate website has just launched its first podcasts. It’s a sign... Read More »

Shield Five: How Does One Design a Series for Instagram?

Can the popularity of social networks lead to a new way of imagining the concept of the webseries itself? For now, one must look toward Instagram and Shield Five, an episodic thriller specifically designed for the very small screen. Encounter with producer Anthony Wilcox and screenwriter Adam Dewar at the Série Séries Festival in Fontainebleau,... Read More »

Interactive Fiction: The Videogame / Film / Novel Hybrid

A look at “interactive fiction,” video game genre growing in popularity that favours storytelling and feelings over gameplay. Heavy Rain, released on PlayStation in 2010, sold more than 3 million copies in 3 years, with a new release for PS4 slated for March 2016. Lifeline ranked No. 1 in downloads for paid mobile games in... Read More »