I’m presenting Story2Oh! tonight at . CaseCamp is a marketers-meet-technology forum in which four cases are presented and discussed.
On tonight’s bill: RedFlag Deals, a cool little YouTube project to help with Sick Kids fundraising and of course, .,
There are a bunch of rules for how to present to CaseCamp, the biggest being the fifteen minute time limit. I’ve been practicing my presentation with the egg timer and if I talk really fast and don’t pause to breathe, I’m okay.
This’ll be the first time I bring Story2Oh! into the new media world, so it’ll be interesting to find out how they react. Actually, CaseCamp may be more of a marketing world, so I can test the idea of paying for this through product placement and advertiser sponsorship.
If you’re not going to be in Toronto tonight to come, here’s what I’m going to say, only accompanied by spiffy slides created on Keynote.
I’m going to introduce myself as a screenwriter who decided to experiment with storytelling on the internet. I’ll use my tried and true line about the early days of television when we used to film stage plays and then throw them up on the TV screen. It took us a while to learn how to use that medium.
Right now, we’re in a similar place with the internet. We’re mostly condensing TV shows down to a few minutes and throwing them on the web. People watch, but it’s not a very good use of the medium. It’s going to take some experimentation to figure out how to effectively tell stories digitally.
I don’t have the answers, but I have started asking some of the questions.
I’ll introduceand and I’ll screen we posted.
The next thing I’ll show is Ali’s first Facebook note and the kinds of comments she got. I didn’t know what would happen when we asked real people to comment on Ali’s fictional dilemma, but the audience was great; funny and creative.
The next section of the presentation will look at some of the features of Story2Oh! that don’t involve storytelling so much as interacting with the audience. The characters play Scrabulous with their “friends”, write on their walls, participate in discussion forums and even comment on people’s blogs — and not necessarily about the story or themselves, they’ll engage you in conversations about you.
We try to make it clear that this is a story and a form of entertainment. We mention that this is fiction on every profile and blog. We don’t mean to deceive anyone. We just want to tell you a story.
Right now, there’s Story2Oh! content in a lot of places, including the following sites:
Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, Flickr, Delicious, Digg, StumbleUpon, Ravelry, Daily Motion, Viddler, Bebo, Blip, FriendFeed, LiveJournal, Twitter, WordPress, MetaCafe, Revver, StupidVideos, Sk*rt, Vimeo, Crackle, Vodpod, Blogger and Pownce.
I’ll let you know how it turns out.