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Transmedia Storytelling: Narrative worlds, emerging technologies, and global audiences

University of New South Wales via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Art & Design
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
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  • Duration 6 weeks long
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Transmedia storytelling is the practice of designing, sharing, and participating in a cohesive story experience across multiple traditional and digital delivery platforms - for entertainment, advertising and marketing, or social change.

Have you ever read a book, seen a movie, watched a television show, or played a game that centred around different aspects of a larger story or universe? You may be familiar with popular examples of such universes like Star Wars, Marvel, and The Walking Dead (to name a few).

How do the professionals develop such expansive narratives? How do they ensure that each element stays true to the original story? How do they innovatively use different technologies to share the stories, grow audiences and create an active and involved community of fans?

More and more, we are also engaging with elements or franchises of larger and more complex stories across a much more diverse range of platforms like interactive web experiences, social media communities, mobile devices, theme parks, and even augmented and virtual reality. A major challenge that current and future storytellers face is being able to engage different audiences in a story that is seamlessly told across all of these different platforms.

This course will help you to design a strategy for developing and telling your own transmedia story. You will learn about what it takes to:
• Shape your ideas into compelling and well structured narratives and complex story worlds
• Identify, understand, and engage different audiences in your stories
• Create cohesive user experiences across different platforms
• Evaluate existing and emerging technologies to share your story with the world, and help your audience participate in the larger storyworld you create

The course provides you with a unique, authentic, and industry relevant learning opportunity. You will have access to current theory, industry examples and advice and undertake learning activities that will equip you with the tools you need to start developing your own ideas.

You will learn effective transmedia design strategies from leading UNSW Australia Art & Design academics. You will also examine case studies that demonstrate how amazing ideas, technology and audience contributions can be brought together to create dynamic storyworlds. You'll see examples of major, successful transmedia storytelling projects involving movies, digital entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and more. In collaboration with our industry partner X Media Lab, the course will give you inside access to the personal stories, insight and advice of the following innovative transmedia storytelling professionals from Hollywood USA, Canada and Australia.

• Susan Bonds, 42 Entertainment, Los Angeles, USA
• Flint Dille, Screenwriter, Game Designer and Novelist, Los Angeles, USA
• Cindi Drennan, Illuminart, Australia
• Tom Ellard, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney, Australia
• Catherine Fargher, Dr Egg Digital, Sydney, Australia
• Hal Hefner, 3AM Creative, USA
• Brian Seth Hurst, StoryTech, Los Angeles, USA
• Henry Jenkins, School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, USA
• Mikey Leung, Digital Storytellers, Sydney, Australia
• Alex Lieu, 42 Entertainment, Los Angeles, USA
• Geoffrey Long, Annenberg Innovation Lab, University of Southern California, USA
• John McGhee, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney, Australia
• Joseph Narai, Transmedia Entertainment, Sydney, Australia
• Jeff Nicholas, The Uprising Creative, Los Angeles, USA
• Sergio Paez, Graphic Artist working in animation, TV, video games, and film. Co Founder, StoryboardArt, California, USA
• Steve Peters, No Mimes Media, Los Angeles, USA
• Stuart Samuels, Stuart Samuels Productions, Toronto, Canada
• Charles Santoso, Concept Artist, Sydney, Australia
• Seth Shapiro, New Amsterdam Media, Los Angeles, USA
• Scott Snibbe, Eyegroove, San Francisco, USA
• Tracey Taylor, The Pulse, Sydney, Australia
• Robert Tercek, Public Speaker, Digital Media Strategist, and Executive Leader for Creative Ventures and Business Innovation, • University of Southern California, USA
• Kevin Williams, Founder & Director of KWP Ltd and DNA Association, UK
• Brent Young, Super 78, Los Angeles, USA
• Maya Zuckerman, Transmedia SF, San Francisco, USA

Karin Watson, Iman Irannejad, and Dr. Simon McIntyre.

Taught by

Geoge Khut, Jeffrey Koh, Emma Robertson, Simon McIntyre and Ollie Bown

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Pilar R
5.0 2 years ago
by Pilar is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is an outstanding course and I highly recommend it to people who want to get familiar with the topic and also to those who want to start a career as a transmedia storyteller. The course structure is motivating and coherent (key concept explanations, interviews to a number of world leading transmedia professionals to learn practical tips and strategies, practical activities). Furthermore, recommended readings and sites are useful to complement the course material. Finally, there is a project for participants to apply their knowledge and creativity.
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