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Transmedia storytelling is the practice of designing, sharing, and participating in a cohesive story experience across multiple traditional and digital delivery platforms - for entertainment, advertising and marketing, or social change. Have you ever read a book, seen a movie, watched a television show, or played a game that centred around different aspects of a larger story or universe? You may be familiar with popular examples of such universes like Star Wars, Marvel, and The Walking Dead (to name a few). How do the professionals develop such expansive narratives? How do they ensure that each element stays true to the original story? How do they innovatively use different technologies to share the stories, grow audiences and create an active and involved community of fans? More and more, we are also engaging with elements or franchises of larger and more complex stories across a much more diverse range of platforms like interactive web experiences, social media communities, mobile devices, theme parks, and even augmented and virtual reality. A major challenge that current and future storytellers face is being able to engage different audiences in a story that is seamlessly told across all of these different platforms. WHAT WILL I LEARN? This course will help you to design a strategy for developing and telling your own transmedia story. You will learn about what it takes to: • Shape your ideas into compelling and well structured narratives and complex story worlds • Identify, understand, and engage different audiences in your stories • Create cohesive user experiences across different platforms • Evaluate existing and emerging technologies to share your story with the world, and help your audience participate in the larger storyworld you create The course provides you with a unique, authentic, and industry relevant learning opportunity. You will have access to current theory, industry examples and advice and undertake learning activities that will equip you with the tools you need to start developing your own ideas. WHO WILL MY INSTRUCTORS BE? You will learn effective transmedia design strategies from leading UNSW Australia Art & Design academics. You will also examine case studies that demonstrate how amazing ideas, technology and audience contributions can be brought together to create dynamic storyworlds. You'll see examples of major, successful transmedia storytelling projects involving movies, digital entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and more. In collaboration with our industry partner X Media Lab, the course will give you inside access to the personal stories, insight and advice of the following innovative transmedia storytelling professionals from Hollywood USA, Canada and Australia. • Susan Bonds, 42 Entertainment, Los Angeles, USA • Flint Dille, Screenwriter, Game Designer and Novelist, Los Angeles, USA • Cindi Drennan, Illuminart, Australia • Tom Ellard, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney, Australia • Catherine Fargher, Dr Egg Digital, Sydney, Australia • Hal Hefner, 3AM Creative, USA • Brian Seth Hurst, StoryTech, Los Angeles, USA • Henry Jenkins, School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, USA • Mikey Leung, Digital Storytellers, Sydney, Australia • Alex Lieu, 42 Entertainment, Los Angeles, USA • Geoffrey Long, Annenberg Innovation Lab, University of Southern California, USA • John McGhee, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney, Australia • Joseph Narai, Transmedia Entertainment, Sydney, Australia • Jeff Nicholas, The Uprising Creative, Los Angeles, USA • Sergio Paez, Graphic Artist working in animation, TV, video games, and film. Co Founder, StoryboardArt, California, USA • Steve Peters, No Mimes Media, Los Angeles, USA • Stuart Samuels, Stuart Samuels Productions, Toronto, Canada • Charles Santoso, Concept Artist, Sydney, Australia • Seth Shapiro, New Amsterdam Media, Los Angeles, USA • Scott Snibbe, Eyegroove, San Francisco, USA • Tracey Taylor, The Pulse, Sydney, Australia • Robert Tercek, Public Speaker, Digital Media Strategist, and Executive Leader for Creative Ventures and Business Innovation, • University of Southern California, USA • Kevin Williams, Founder & Director of KWP Ltd and DNA Association, UK • Brent Young, Super 78, Los Angeles, USA • Maya Zuckerman, Transmedia SF, San Francisco, USA COURSE CONTENT DEVELOPMENT Karin Watson, Iman Irannejad, and Dr. Simon McIntyre....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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4 hours to complete

What is Transmedia Storytelling?

This module will introduce you to the instructors of this course, and give you an understanding of how the course works and what you will learn. We will also introduce you to what Transmedia Storytelling is and how it is important to the way we interact and communicate. We’ll explain the anatomy of story and the importance of developing a narrative, and show you some examples of contemporary transmedia storytelling. The information in this module will form the backbone of your own transmedia strategy that you will develop over the duration of the course....
Reading
21 videos (Total 129 min), 12 readings
Video21 videos
Professional advice on getting started4m
Brian Seth Hurst - Conspiracy for Good11m
Susan Bonds - Why so serious? Transmedia promotion for The Dark Knight7m
Henry Jenkins - The Matrix. An example of a transmedia world3m
Mikey Leung - The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair10m
Scott Snibbe - Biophilia, a transmedia story of music, technology and nature2m
Key Concept - What is transmedia storytelling?12m
An industry perspective of transmedia storytelling7m
Henry Jenkins - The benefits of a transmedia approach2m
Henry Jenkins - The importance of collaboration in the creative process2m
Commercialism11m
Copyright and transmedia storytelling2m
Geoffrey Long - The future of the term 'transmedia'2m
Henry Jenkins - What defines a successful transmedia project?1m
Key Concept - The anatomy of story15m
Henry Jenkins - How a transmedia strategy enriches a story3m
Tom Ellard - Important elements of story6m
Tom Ellard - Story structure and the hero’s journey3m
Tom Ellard - The role of memory, imagery and emotion in understanding story5m
Henry Jenkins - World building4m
Reading12 readings
Course Overview5m
Important note about the assignments in the course5m
Join the transmedia storytelling MOOC community!5m
Meet your academic instructors5m
Meet our industry partner - X Media Lab5m
Meet the industry contributors10m
Special thanks and acknowledgements5m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
Module 1 Lesson 2 Useful links and resources30m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
Module 1 Lesson 3 Useful links and resources30m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
Week
2
Clock
5 hours to complete

Creative Ideas Generation - Building a Storyworld

This module introduces you to creative thinking techniques that you can use to help you develop a cohesive and rich story narrative. You’ll explore important models of creative thinking, along with different tools and techniques that can help you expand your narrative into a storyworld that will become the basis of an effective transmedia strategy....
Reading
17 videos (Total 100 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
Video17 videos
Narrative and story4m
Charles Santoso - Six word stories1m
Key Concept - Three tools for creating content7m
Developing and communicating ideas6m
Charles Santoso - Conceptual blending8m
Stuart Samuels - What is an idea?6m
Key Concept - Developing your conceptual story idea with content6m
The importance of a strong central narrative8m
Charles Santoso - Creativity techniques4m
Sergio Paez - The role of visual storytelling3m
Mikey Leung - Planning and testing your story3m
Key Concept - Working creatively in storyworlds by using constraints3m
Building a storyworld6m
Charles Santoso - Storytelling and seed ideas9m
Susan Bonds - The process of developing a transmedia story7m
Mikey Leung - Using storyworlds in transmedia social campaigns3m
Reading8 readings
Module 2 Lesson 1 Useful links and resources30m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
Module 2 Lesson 2 Useful links and resources30m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
Module 2 Lesson 3 Useful links and resources30m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
Module 2 Lesson 4 Useful links and resources30m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
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3
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4 hours to complete

Understanding a Transmedia Audience

Understanding the different audiences that engage with elements of a transmedia experience can help develop and improve the reach and impact of your storyworld. This module explores the concepts of ethnography and participatory design as a means of identifying, engaging, and learning from your audience, to help you to focus your strategy to better meet their needs. ...
Reading
13 videos (Total 68 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
Audience in transmedia storytelling7m
Connecting audience with story6m
Henry Jenkins - The collective intelligence of a transmedia audience4m
Key Concept - Understanding the audience using ethnography3m
The changing nature of audience4m
Mikey Leung - Identifying and engaging your audience2m
Henry Jenkins - Developing strategy for engaging multiple types of audience5m
John McGhee - Identifying and understanding user groups for virtual reality (VR) medical visualisations7m
Key Concept - Understanding the audience using participatory design5m
Mikey Leung - The potential of transmedia storytelling for audience engagement2m
Maya Zuckerman - Rapid prototyping2m
Cindi Drennan - The Departure. A case study of engaging a community in participatory design6m
Reading6 readings
Module 3 Lesson 1 Useful links and resources30m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
Module 3 Lesson 2 Useful links and resources30m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
Module 3 Lesson 3 Useful links and resources30m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
Week
4
Clock
4 hours to complete

The Transmedia User Experience

The success of your project is ultimately determined by the quality of the audience's experience. Will your transmedia strategy capture people’s imagination and continue to engage them in multiple facets of the larger storyworld over time? In this module you will being to think about how the convergence of narrative, audience, and technology affects the design of a transmedia strategy. You will also explore theories and frameworks that will help you better understand how to design and evaluate engaging, persuasive and enjoyable transmedia user experiences....
Reading
12 videos (Total 66 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
Tracey Taylor - Group interactive experiences4m
Henry Jenkins - Orientation. Unifying a transmedia story experience3m
Key Concept - Getting a grip on experience11m
Tom Ellard - Advice about audience engagement2m
Catherine Fargher - Evaluating user engagement5m
Key Concept - Designing the transmedia user journey7m
Henry Jenkins - Continuity and expectation in the transmedia user experience3m
Designing cohesive experiences for multiple audiences11m
Tom Ellard - Translating stories across different media1m
Steve Peters - Ethics in transmedia storytelling2m
Catherine Fargher - Designing for participation4m
Reading6 readings
Module 4 Lesson 1 Useful links and resources30m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
Module 4 Lesson 2 Useful links and resources30m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
Module 4 Lesson 3 Useful links and resources30m
Key points to remember from this lesson5m
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Top Reviews

By LLMar 23rd 2018

Very engaging. I have not seen this level of interviewing before. It's very educational and intensive. But less so on the education side, more on the motivational one. -L

By EKSep 11th 2017

this is one of the best courses I have ever taken. So professional, helpful, insightful yet encouraging. Totally a must-take if you interested in content marketing.

Instructors

Associate Professor Simon McIntyre

Associate Dean Education
UNSW Sydney | Art & Design

Dr Ollie Bown

Senior Lecturer
UNSW Australia | Art & Design

Emma Robertson

Associate Professor
UNSW | Art & Design

Dr Geoge Khut

Lecturer
UNSW | Art & Design

Dr Jeffrey Koh

Associate Lecturer
UNSW | Art and Design (formerly)

About UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales)

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