“Building Storyworlds – the art, craft & biz of storytelling in 21c” is an ongoing prototype and story R&D (research & development) project. The goal is to develop an open resource that experiments with the notion of storytelling in the 21st Century.
The prototyping is centered around a book that I wrote in twitter. Using the limitations of twitter, each page of the book is written in a 140 characters or less. The 140 theme is then carried further as the book will be released in a 140 copy run. An experiment in scarcity and abundance, each page of the book says “set this book free please retweet.”
Last week Indiewire named Lance one of their 2013 Influencers. A new feature that focuses on 40 individuals and companies who are driving the industry forward and innovating new models.
Filmmaking doesn’t get much more next-level than Weiler’s oeuvre, which has always dealt with the intersection of technology and narrative in fascinatingly dense, innovative ways. Long before the Producers Guild created a transmedia credit, Weiler was working on strategies for engaging audiences in the world of his movies rather than asking them to just sit there and watch them.
GOOD magazine has named Lance one of the people who are pushing the world forward in 2013. A 100 people were chosen from a range of fields and disciplines. It is a wonderful list of people doing amazing things. SEE MORE.
I made the following presentation in London this past fall.
From the Power to the Pixel program
“Lance shares his first hand experience in what it takes to build original storyworlds. From Pandemic 1.0 which invaded the Sundance Film Festival this year, to his new participatory storytelling trilogy, Reboot Stories, which kicked off this year with an actual space launch – Lance pulled back the curtain on the process and shared his experience at Power to the Pixel’s Cross-Media Forum, October 2011.”
Here’s a recent article from WIRED that provides some insight into Robot Heart Stories and what some of the takeaways of the experience were.
Robot Heart Stories Sends Kids on Cross-Country Trek Fueled by Imagination
By Mildred I Lewis
Image by Mike Hedge and Tiffani Bearup
“Lance Weiler’s most recent project began with a simple yet provocative question: can a robot reboot education? To answer that question, Weiler collaborated with fellow Workbook Project contributor Janine Saunders in creating Robot Heart Stories with a team of more than 50 creative professionals.
For the project, students in a Los Angeles elementary school class and a Montreal media workshop teamed up to send Laika, a small female robot scientist, from Canada to California. As a team of award-winning photographers drove the robot across country, the 42 students fueled Laika’s journey with stories, videos and letters. Photographers and other artists brought the children’s work to life and, in turn, uploaded their work to the website.”