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Focusing on the narrative structure of cross-platform entertainment, this document presents our current progress and thinking on the development of LowLifes (http://www.lowlifes.tv). …

Focusing on the narrative structure of cross-platform entertainment, this document presents our current progress and thinking on the development of LowLifes (http://www.lowlifes.tv).

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  • 1. About this presentation • Synopsis & Concept • Objectives & Process • Writer vs Producer Workflow • Creating suspense across platforms • More opportunities? • Narrative calls-to-action & “double impact” • Immediate next steps…
  • 2. LowlifeS’ synopsis • Larry Hayes is San Francisco homicide detective with a drug addiction. • He has a dead informant, an ex- wife fighting for custody of their daughter and a private eye hired to dig the dirt on him.
  • 3. High Concept One story, three perspectives. Told over three platforms: novella, web series, blog. dETECTIVE LARRY HAYES EX-WiFE (JEN HAYES) PRIVATE EYE (LAUREN ORTEGA)
  • 4. objectives • Possible to consume each media independently of any other • Enhanced satisfaction with each additional media consumption • Micro-budget • Freemium distribution model • Creative Commons licensing to allow audience collaboration • Simple, commercial, transmedia story (not experimental)
  • 5. Aim: Whole is greater than sum of parts Movie Game Book Media Franchise Whole is less than the sum of the parts: dissatisfying conclusion to consuming all media Movie Game Book Transmedia Whole is more satisfying than the sum of the parts: euphoria of collecting and connecting the pieces
  • 6. Project development
  • 7. Writer & producer workflow
  • 8. Making progress…
  • 9. Reading the source material • Experience as reader – Exciting? – Suspenseful? – Character likable? Believable? Arc? Etc • Seek opportunities as producer – Opportunity to increase payoffs? – Engagement? – Revenue opportunities? – Calls-to-action? – Meeting objectives? – Watch for “gotchas”
  • 10. Finding opportunities in source material
  • 11. Online “active graphic” crime scene hides clue that creates suspense (reader will know more than character)
  • 12. Ar marker at end of chapter reveals clue that creates suspense
  • 13. Each character is hero of their own media
  • 14. Double impact!
  • 15. Test against Henry Jenkin’s 7-core concepts (my rephrasing) • Spread vs drill (spreadability vs drillability) • Continuity vs parallel worlds (Continuity vs multiplicity) • Physical spaces & merchandise (immersion vs extractability) • Worldbuilding • Episodic (seriality) • Point of view (subjectivity) • Performance
  • 16. Next steps
  • 17. Immediate next steps • Website & graphics make-over • Some further web experiments • Source music (www.audiodraft.com) • Search for business relationships
  • 18. To be continued… Robert Pratten twitter.com/zenfilms www.zenfilms.com www.lowlifes.tv

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