The Story

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    How Storyboards Inspired The Creative Style of Avatar Secrets

    Mar 17, 2014 1:20pm | by Ramona Pringle

    During the pre-production phase of Avatar Secrets, our first creative challenge was to create a virtual world, and Ramona’s avatar character, Tristanova. While inspired by the fantasy worlds of online games, we decided to create something fresh — a world that referenced the scope and terrain of sprawling video games, and spoke to the blurred […]

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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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    The Fountain Scene: Q&A With The Creative Team – Ramona Pringle, Michaele Jordana & Olney Atwell

    Feb 5, 2014 9:00am | by Julie Giles

    In this instalment of Avatar Secrets ‘Making Of’, we’re examining one of the first scenes to be rendered in full — The Fountain Scene. The scene begins with a live action sequence of Ramona in her room and quickly morphs into an elaborate animated landscape as the viewer transitions from the real into the virtual […]

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    The Town Square And The Fountain: A Gathering Point For Community

    Jan 29, 2014 11:01am | by Ramona Pringle

    This scene isn’t the first scene in Avatar Secrets. It’s not even the first chapter. It’s Chapter three, Scene two. But it was what I chose to build out when we started creating a prototype of how this project would look and feel. This scene was pivotal for a few reasons. First, it marks the […]

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    The Beginning… How Avatar Secrets Came To Be

    Oct 2, 2013 4:00pm | by Ramona Pringle

    “Where did you get the idea for Avatar Secrets?” It’s a question I get asked frequently, and the truth is, as much as I found it… This story found me. Through a series of events — explored in the documentary itself, and which I’ll share here — I came to feel more and more that […]