Interactive Story Telling

I have a great friend Brendan O’Brien. He’s also a great storyteller. When ever he mentions writing scripts or filming  videos, my mind goes numb with different ways we could create an interactive story.

There are two parts to this post:

  1. How the different platforms can be used.
  2. What a timeline might look like.

Here are the three platforms I’ll talk about:

  1. YouTube
  2. Twitter
  3. Live Actors
  4. So many more platforms can be used, but it just gets too confusing to explain.

I’m seeing a small city. One that has a square, can be easily walked, has parks, and different venues. It’s night. Actors are placed around different parts of the city. This interactive story will last just a couple of hours. Let’s call it a premier; the premier of “INSERT TITLE” will encourage attendees to experience and interact with the story.

Use YouTube to release small sections of the story throughout the premier night. When viewed these videos make up most of the story. Because it’s not one continuous film, many different styles of film can be used, i.e. documentary, home video, professionally edited, interviews, etc…

Use a #tag to release story information throughout the event.

  • Release parts of the story.
  • Release information on any side stories.
  • Share with people where the live actors are and why they should be visited.
  • Announce any new videos as they are released.
  • Most important. Talk with the attendees. Answer their questions or comments they have on the story. This is where it can get interesting, because now the audience can interact with the narrator. 
  • Use your tweets to instruct attendees on where to go, especially at the end.

Live Actors
Place live actors around the city. Have people visit them, talk with them, learn about how they fit into the story. Maybe the story’s plot line is only propelled forward after you talk with a specific person. Maybe, depending on your conversation the actor gives you different information, (i.e. there are three things you may learn from a certain character, but you’ll only learn one. Get the other two from other attendees).

So what might a timeline look like?

One month before the event an invitation goes out on all the social networks. It’s a classy invitation to join with friends at the premier of “INSERT TITLE”. This premier will encourage attendees to experience and interact with the story.

One week before the event a trailer is released. It builds anticipation for the story.

Two days before the event a video is released. It sets the stage, introduces the characters, and prefaces what’s to come.

The day of the event another video is released. It starts main plot line. At some point, the attendees are integrated into the story. Maybe they are a character, or maybe they are part of the narration. Whatever the case, to continue the story they will need to be at the premier.

Premier Night
8:00 – A video is released from the director, welcoming everyone and giving some basic framework.

8:05 – A video is released that takes the already established plot line and puts it into motion.

8:09 – Tweets start streaming providing more of the story. It’s shared there are characters around town that are playing an important part in tonight’s story.

8:10 – Videos are released that give more background into the live characters. People start tweeting questions to the narrator about the story. The narrator is responding.

8:15 – Attendees start visiting the characters, there’s one guy in a bar, there’s another group in the square, one is fishing by the water, another was seen walking around town. Attendees are posting photos of the live characters on Twitter.

8:20 – Another video is released that pushes the plot forward. People continue to learn more about the story by talking with the live characters. It’s learned that if you provide the man at the bar with information about the man fishing, he’ll buy you a beer (that get’s shared on Twitter, everyone runs to the man fishing).

8:40 – More information continues to stream on Twitter. Attendees are asking the narrator questions, and he’s responding back, giving as much information as he can without spoiling the plot.

8:45 – A barrage of videos are released. They are all reference to the story and give more information on any side stories. They also ask the attendees to complete specific tasks that have to deal with the story.

9:00 – Another video, but this one sets up doubt, or raises questions.

9:10 – The Twitter stream explodes with information and drives the plot forward. New live characters have come into play. People rush to meet them.

9:20 – It’s being shared on Twitter that the new live characters outside a restaurant are giving information out about something happening in the square at 9:40.

9:30 – One final video is shared. Everyone is heading to the square. It’s evident the story will conclude in the square at 9:40.

9:40 – A live event takes place in the square. Characters come together, clash, give monologues, act out the final scenes.

9:50 – The premier is closed. The narrator thanks everyone. Everyone applauds and is invited to have drinks.

10:00 – While everyone is at the bar, one final video is released. It can either ensure all loose ends are tied up, or it can leave story lines open for a sequel.


2 responses to “Interactive Story Telling

  1. and the genre is….?

  2. Hi Mom, :)

    The genre can be anything. Obviously there are some that might fit better.

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