Glasgow Film Festival and Digital Storytelling showcase audience interactivity
The Digital Media Meetup and Glasgow Film Festival explore digital storytelling at Arta Glasgow.
The Digital Media Meetup and Glasgow Film Festival explored digital storytelling in a dedicated event at Arta Glasgow.
The event, which took place on 23 February, focuses on how digital video storytelling can directly involve an audience.
Glasgow Film Festival wrote on their website: “Sometimes a story needs to be explored, manipulated and interacted with, so we’ve teamed up with Digital Media Meetup for an evening of talks, drinks and chat about the world of storytelling away from the cinema screen.”
The event served as an opportunity to hear from those helping spearhead storytelling technology, such as digital video-game specialist Colin MacDonald, Games Commissioner for Channel 4, Jaime Cross, audio designer at Edinburgh based games company Blazing Griffin, and video-game entrepreneur Stephen Walsh, co-founder of Geekzonia.
The event was facilitated by Hazel Marshall, writer and former presenter for BBC Radio 4, who specialised in professional writing at Falmouth College of Arts.
Marshall said: “The digital world of storytelling offers a lot of opportunities about video games, because with a video game you can tell about a story and characters forever. My stories are about responsibilities, education, learning and entertainment.”
Walsh stated his video-game platform aims to “bring [the audience] bigger and better adventures. Encouraging socialising is at the heart of everything we do [at Geekzonia], so you’ll soon find a family of geeky companions to explore with.”
Virtual reality, films and video games aims to tell stories of characters and society through interactive mediums.
Macdonald, a video-game industry veteran with over 25 years experience, said: “Channel 4 has launched a number of games associated with TV programme brands, reaching mass audiences and consistently winning critical acclaim.”