Exported Fictional Artefacts> Serenity Ship Papers

Yesterday the Official Serenity Ship Papers went on sale at Quantum Mechanix. The papers are replicas of the authorisation materials used by the fictional characters of Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity verse. The Ship Papers set includes 13 full-color sheets of various sizes up to 8-1/2″ x 14″. Certificates are hand stamped with the official seals of … Read moreExported Fictional Artefacts> Serenity Ship Papers

The Nines feature film and "cross media game"

The Nines is the directorial debut of John August, screenwriter for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Go, Big Fish and The Corpse Bride.  [youtube QUUOgMl-ED4] It is a “highly anticipated” film that is described as: The Nines consists of three short films, each featuring the same actors in different — and sometimes overlapping — roles. “The Prisoner” … Read moreThe Nines feature film and "cross media game"

Fan Fiction to Fanon to…

I’m keen to find out about fan productions that have been officially or unofficially deemed part of the main canon, fanon or at least highly regarded. According to Ms Nitpicker’s FanFic Glossary (2002-2006): “Fanon” is a detail about a particular show or character that was created by a fan but has now been generally borrowed/copied/accepted as … Read moreFan Fiction to Fanon to…

CFP: Science Fiction & "media convergence" & "cross-media and transnational franchises"

Apparently, there is a new journal out that will publish in March 08. Here is the highly relevant (to readers of this blog) call for papers (CFP): Science Fiction Film and Television is a biannual, peer-reviewed journal published by Liverpool University Press. Edited by Mark Bould (UWE) and Sherryl Vint (Brock University), with an international … Read moreCFP: Science Fiction & "media convergence" & "cross-media and transnational franchises"

My address to the Australian Publishing Industry

As I mentioned previously, last month I gave a talk at the Australian Literature Board’s Publishing the Story of the Future. Although it is very cringe-worthy to me (I’m not my usual lively self and I’m reading a script), I’ve decided to share my slides and the video. The slides are actually best viewed at a bigger size, at slideshare.

Cinema Games: MSNBC's NewsBreaker


Theatre-goers have been having fun playing ‘crowd gaming’ at the cinema, courtesy of MSNBC.com. The official press release explains:

Msnbc.com liberates movie audiences from the out-of-date trivia, static billboards and the impatience of waiting for the summer blockbusters to begin with NewsBreaker Live, the first in-theater, audience participatory video game. Modeled after classic video games, NewsBreaker Live combines live msnbc.com RSS newsfeeds, the movement of the audience as a human joystick, and the big screen as a game board to bust audiences out of their pre-movie doldrums with an interactive game that delivers real-time news headlines to kick start the moviegoing experience.

Here is a video of the game in action:

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Filmmakers that Think Outside the Film

Lance Weiler — an acclaimed director films such as Head Trauma (that I posted about here) and The Last Broadcast — asked me to write an article about films and cross-media for the Workbook Project (a free resource for content creators). Of course I agreed to! So, I wrote a long article about the some of nifty things … Read moreFilmmakers that Think Outside the Film