Future Cinema Course

Course Site for Future Cinema 1 and Future Cinema 2: Applied Theory at York University, Canada

Reflections on ‘The Art of Immersion’ by Frank Rose

In his book The Art of Immersion, Frank Rose focuses and emphasizes on a new process and goal of storytelling and seems to question how stories are told across various media. The book is essentially about how the Internet is changing storytelling and altering how we tell stories. We are continuously going towards more non-linear [...]

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Wed, January 30 2013 » digital cinema, digital storytelling, futurecinema2_2012, games, globalization, interactivity, narrative » No Comments

Digital Dramaturgy Lab

For those interested in the intersection between digital technologies and performance, a new research group has just emerged from the UofT theatre department, guided by Antje Budde, Associate Professor at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the UofT. The Digital Dramaturgy Lab is a creative initiative of artists, scholars, scientists and students [...]

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Fri, January 18 2013 » digital storytelling, emerging technologies, futurecinema2_2012, interactivity » 3 Comments

NY Times article on games

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/magazine/15videogames-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=magazine
An interesting article for our week on gaming.
I feel like some of the people quoted deal with extremes a bit too much (Rohrer’s declaration that games are not meant for narrative, for example). But it is still a really interesting area worth thinking about.

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Fri, November 20 2009 » games, interactivity » No Comments

Digital Cities

The University of Alberta’s Space and Culture journal links to a few articles on the digital city
“By receiving real-time information, appropriately visualised and disseminated, citizens themselves can become distributed intelligent actuators, who pursue their individual interests in co-operation and competition with others, and thus become prime actors on the urban scene. Processing urban information [...]

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Fri, October 9 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, community, interactivity, locative media » No Comments

“Nuit Blanche 2009 Goes High Tech”

After mentioning an installation piece from last year’s Nuit Blanche in class, I logged into my email and received a Blog TO article about the mobile and interactive apps being launched to correspond with this year’s Nuit Blanche events. I like synchronicity, so I thought I would post the article, which also has links [...]

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Tue, September 22 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, events, interactivity, mobility » No Comments

Media Lab creates Center for Future Storytelling

Media Lab creates Center for Future Storytelling
Teams up with Plymouth Rock Studios to reinvent the movies
November 18, 2008
The MIT Media Laboratory today announced the creation of the Center for Future Storytelling, made possible through a seven-year, $25 million commitment from Plymouth Rock Studios, a major motion picture and television studio that is expected to open [...]

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Mon, April 13 2009 » 3D, Futurecinema_2009, art+science labs, community, digital cinema, digital storytelling, emerging technologies, interactivity, interfaces, narrative, screen technologies » 1 Comment

Politics of Representation in Videogames

I wrote an article for the Winters College Free Press, on issues of race in Resident Evil 5. You can find it here:
http://www.wintersfreepress.com/?p=62

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Wed, April 8 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, articles of interest, digital storytelling, games, interactivity » No Comments

Game as Documentary?

This links to an article on a new game by Konami, that is set in the current Iraq war. There are mixed messages about this game, even from Konami itself, as the subject matter is so serious and current that it may be a taboo to make a game of it.
http://kotaku.com/5204550/konamis-iraq-war-game-brouhaha

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Wed, April 8 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, digital storytelling, documentary, games, history, interactivity » No Comments

Summary of Article: Marie-Laure Ryan – “Web-Based Narrative Multimedia and Interactive Drama”

Marie-Laure Ryan’s chapter “Web-Based Narrative Multimedia, and Interactive Drama” in Avatars of Story is a useful introductory text when looking at digital textuality. Ryan argues that digital textuality was impacted by two mid-1990s developments that computer systems underwent: “The ability to encode and transmit visual and aural data efficiently; and the ability to connect personal [...]

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Mon, March 23 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, assignments, digital storytelling, interactivity, narrative, seminar summaries » No Comments

My screen assignment

This was really refreshing to do! I obviously lost track of the “screen” in there and was thinking broadly of responsive technology. However, the assignment did change the way i think of what screens we already have and what kinds of screens we could have. Then Caitlin’s point about the connections between screens through individual [...]

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Wed, March 11 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, interactivity, screen assignment, synaesthesia » No Comments