Transmedia Storytelling

Transmedia storytelling (transmedia narrative or multiplatform storytelling) is the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies. From a production standpoint, it involves creating content using different techniques to engage an audience in their daily lives over multiple platforms. Transmedia production develops stories across multiple forms of media in order to deliver unique pieces of content in each platform. These individual pieces of content are linked together and are in narrative synchronization with each other.

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How to Write a Comic Book Script

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! A comic book script is a set of instructions for the artist and the letterer. It’s intended to present the mechanics of your story with the greatest possible clarity. Adhering to a precise format, as in screenwriting, is not necessary. When...

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Fragments #6 – “We Fit”: The Intertextual Tightrope of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU from here on out) is arguably the most financially successful, audience-pleasing shared universe in film history, its shortcomings present significant challenges to the quality of its individual media components and to the longevity of the collective franchise. Unlike our previous, wide-ranging looks at the continuities...

Fragments #5: Shaken and Stirred – Continuity and 007

When Henry Jenkins, author of Convergence Culture, interviewed me last year, we discussed the notion of serialization and how it was the unsung hero of comics; I called the “elasticity” of character, the ability of a character to transcend genre, era and creative team over the course of 12 issues a year...

Fragments #4 – Continuity & The Universal Monsters, Part Two

Last month, we focused on the “legacy” sequels to Universal’s smash 1931 films, Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi and Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff. Before we dig into the next era of the Universal sequels, the crossover and shared universe, we have to discuss the final “done in one” component of Universal’s monster-menagerie,...

Fragments #3: Continuity and the Universal Monsters, Part One

For this multi-part series within a series, we’re going to look at three examples of film continuity through the lens of generational examples: The Universal Monsters of the 1930s and 40s, the James Bond series of the 1960s through today, and lastly the modern Marvel Cinematic Universe.  When I talk about...

Writers on the Web: Interview with Creators of Indie Series Award and IAWTV Award-Nominated Series “Progress”

With seven Indie Series Awards nominations and two IAWTV Award nominations so far this year, the new web series Progress has been, well… progressing quite nicely! (Cut a little slack for the bad joke… I’m writing this early in the morning!) Progress is a Sherlockian steampunk cyber-thriller set in XIX Century England, with a...

Writers on the Web: Casting a Web Series, Part 1

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Casting is one of my favorite subjects to discuss, because I have worked professionally in casting in the past and have also been the casting director on all of my own independent projects. As a writer, your script is the blueprint,...