The last month or so has been a blur, and with so much going on, I thought I’d pull the various events and conferences together in one post.
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Brian Seth Hurst of The Opportunity Management Company. Brian hosts a regular video column at InteractiveTV Today called “StoryCentered” (formally StoryCentric, but that’s a tale for another time). His column is worth following, as he regularly reaches out to the leading thinkers and doers in media (my entry notwithstanding). We chatted about fandom, participatory entertainment, and how creatives can constructively collaborate with audiences.
That was followed by a trip down to San Diego to moderate a panel on transmedia at the CTIA Mobile Conference. The Producer’s Guild of America hosted a 3-hour session, and Transmedia L.A. was invited to present a panel on transmedia. I was lucky enough to moderate the panel, which included three members of Transmedia L.A. I have to admit it was strange walking the SD Convention Center while not wearing a Comic-Con pass. I missed the frenetic energy of Comic-Con but not the lines…nope, didn’t miss those at all.
Tomorrow I’m putting aside my USC colors for a day and heading to UCLA for DIY Days, where – in addition to seeing and meeting some of most creative people on this planet – I’ll be running a workshop on building shared story worlds. While not a transmedia conference per se, a lot of the usual suspects in the transmedia community will be speaking. I’m flattered to be part of this event and to be in such impressive company.
And if that wasn’t enough, I’m off to San Francisco on Sunday for the StoryWorld Conference, a debut event that’s shaping up to be a who’s who of the transmedia community from around the world (and that includes the attendees, not just the speakers). I’ve been thrilled to work with Alison Norrington and F+W Media as a member of the StoryWorld Advisory Council, and I’ll be moderating/hosting three panels while there.
If you happen to be at DIY Days or StoryWorld, please contact me – these are going to be some amazing events, and I’d love to see old friends as well as make some new ones!
What else have I been up to? Recovering from a knee operation, still being amazed at the response we’ve gotten at Star Wars Remix, working on a new entertainment property (more on that later), and prepping for NaNoWriMo 2011 (I hit a sophomore slump last year after getting hit by a car while crossing the street…please send wishes for luck and attentive drivers!).
Not sure what the rest of 2011 will bring, but so far it’s been an amazing year. More updates soon!