Author: admin

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    How We Talk About Falling in Love

    Apr 2, 2014 10:00am | by admin

    A few weeks ago, I ventured off to Ottawa to meet with Dr. Sue Johnson. The acclaimed psychologist and relationship coach has written extensively on the empathic nature of the human species, and how love is one of our basic primal needs, all very much core themes of Avatar Secrets. We talked about vulnerability and […]




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    From Book To Film: The Tablet Gives Us The Best Of Both Worlds

    Mar 27, 2014 1:55pm | by admin

    Last Friday I had the good fortune of speaking at the Pages Festival + Conference in downtown Toronto. An annual event about literature, this year’s focus was on the Future of Books. I participated on a panel focused on the future of the graphic novel. An interesting place for a media maker and documentary storyteller […]




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    Adding Interactivity to Narrative: More Versus Different [Part 2]

    Mar 6, 2014 10:00am | by admin

    As we look beyond branching paths for new models of integrating interactivity into storytelling, it’s important to note the difference between different content and more content, and how each can be best used for the sake of a story. Branching paths, or choose your own adventures, utilize different content. At different points in the narrative, […]




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    Adding Interactivity to Narrative: Beyond Branching Paths [Part 1]

    Feb 28, 2014 5:30pm | by admin

    Branching paths have always been one of the pillars of interactive storytelling. The premise is compelling: give the reader or viewer agency over the narrative’s path. Let the audience choose where the story will go next. It sounds like the perfect solution to storytelling in the digital age. The trouble is, while it’s an interesting […]




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    Less Is More: Opting For An Easy Interface

    Feb 25, 2014 5:21pm | by admin

    Our love of technology and our desire to be loved are natural. We are born with the instinct to reach out for our mother’s hand.  Just as a baby will use an iPad with the same ease as a trained technologist… these things seem, well, easy. Our relationship to narrative is equally intuitive: we engage […]




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    Transmedia in 2014: Deep Vs Wide

    Feb 13, 2014 10:00am | by admin

    In our media saturated world, creative platforms abound. If you have a story to tell, there is no shortage of places to tell it: on television, in theatres, in print, via mobile devices, and across social media. This increase over the last decade has led to the explosion of “transmedia, ” the potential to tell […]




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    Valentine’s Day Is A Few Days Away: Love Stories In WoW

    Feb 12, 2014 1:24pm | by admin

    Tinder has taken over. You’re hot or you’re not, and with that, your romantic fate has been sealed. Algorithms are playing an ever active role in sorting, matching, and maybe even filtering out your future love. Technology has taken away the mystery of romance, the anticipation of getting to know the object of your affection, clue […]




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    Why iPad? Touch Screens and Diving Deeper with the Z-Axis

    Feb 6, 2014 1:01pm | by admin

    From the outset, Avatar Secrets was always going to be a digital project – in content, and in form. For starters, it’s 2014. How can you really explore a story about our hybrid digital lives in a purely linear format? The theme called for an innovative approach. Secondly, there was so much that needed to […]




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    Life is the Ultimate Choose Your Own Adventure

    Jan 30, 2014 4:37pm | by admin

    “Sometimes we find what we need in the most unlikely places.” It’s sort of become a tagline for Avatar Secrets. Maybe that’s why I am so drawn to the notion that the Internet can foster serendipity —  that you can go out looking for one thing, and end up discovering something else, something you didn’t […]




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    Virtual Worlds: Online and in Real Life

    Nov 21, 2013 3:40pm | by admin

      World of Warcraft, Second Life, Minecraft. The image that comes to mind when most of us hear the term ‘virtual worlds’ is something post ‘VR’ – but pre – Google Glass, pixelated digital environments populated by low-fi renderings of humanoid avatars. Something needs an update. Maybe it’s the way we think of these digital […]