Today Facebook launched the Audience Network, its new ad network for mobile apps. Here’s what that actually means: starting today, you’re going to see “Facebook ads” inside the free apps you use….
‘Feminine care brand U by Kotex is financing Carmilla, a quirky Canadian vampire web series.
Kimberly-Clark’s new tampon line is executive producing the YouTube series, which will consist of 36 four-minute episodes, from Canadian producer Smokebomb Entertainment and digital agency shift2 that asks whether vampires get their periods.
The scripted series, inspired by a classic gothic vampire novella byJoseph Sheridan Le Fanu, features a young university student, played by Elise Bauman, sharing a dorm room with a young vampire (Natasha Negovanlis)…’
With #GamerGate churning out one sexist outrage after another, it’s easy to lose hope that women will ever be fully accepted in geeky entertainment circles. But not all circles are alike. The comics industry, for instance, is beginning to demonstrate that just because a pastime is male-dominated doesn’t mean it has to stay that way, and that efforts to be more inclusive to women can work.
This past weekend’s New York Comic Con demonstrated this real shift, with major panels exploring “an explosion of enthusiasm and visibility for women in comics,” as the description for Vulture’s panel on female fandom reads….’
Today, we begin the second in a series of interviews with members of the Good Play team at Harvard, a team headed by Howard Gardner and associated with the longstanding Project Zero. The following is excerpted from a foreword I wrote for Carrie James’s Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap, and it serves as well as anything I could write here to provide a set up for the interview which follows.
‘Access is always an issue with documentary, creating unique challenges in war zones or similar areas where filmmakers would be in physical danger or simply cannot go. The documentary Last Hijack, produced by Submarine Channel and directed by Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta, doesn’t just deal with these issues but makes them one of the film’s greatest strengths. In documenting piracy in Somalia, the filmmakers turned to techniques like animation — Pallotta produced both Waking Lifeand A Scanner Darkly — to show what could not be filmed, and then went one step further by creating an interactive documentary to accompany the traditional linear film..’
During the summer Ingrid Kopp, Director of Digital Initiatives at the Tribeca Film Institute, came to the Watershed, Bristol to give a talk on interactive storytelling. For members of the i-Docs community who weren’t able to attend, we’re pleased to be able to offer the full transcript, full of brilliant examples and analysis of these new forms of storytelling. Enjoy.