As I consider my options when it comes to getting a new job (and more importantly: what kind of job), I’m more and more drawn to the idea of becoming a transmedia storyteller. Not the most obvious thing in Switzerland, I guess – but I might have a shot.
Maybe this is a mad idea. I’m seriously considering positioning myself and my company as a transmedia storytelling business. Look at my credentials: I studied theatre. I know about drama, and structure, and pacing, about dramatic arcs and tension curves. I know about performances, about acting. I studied game design. I know about game mechanics, about motivation, about challenging people, about creating multilinear stories. I might not be a real digital native (for that I’m a bit too old), but I’m damn real close to being one. I blog and tweet for over ten years, I know how these digital mediums work, how they can be used to tell stories. I’m a pen-and-paper RPG player. I know how to invent narrative spaces for players to explore, and I know what to do when players do unexpected things – and they do. Every single time. Is there potential in Switzerland for something like this? The public TV station SRF is looking to create better quality TV. Why not create a transmedia show that not only plays out on the TV screen, but engages the audience on other channels as well, just like The Company P did with The Truth About Marika, which they called participation drama? Private TV station joiz already uses all possible social media channels to engage their teenage audience – what if one used that to tell a story? An ARG with puzzles for the audience to solve collectively? So maybe this is a mad idea. But damn, I’d love to do that.
I have not watched those yet, but they might be wort a look: