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SXSW Film 2013

Exploring Place Via Cross-Platform Storytelling

How do you tell the story of a PLACE? New technologies like geo-tagging, location-aware devices, interactive video and augmented reality are being combined with traditional storytelling methods like documentary film, allowing us to explore the world in richer, more in-depth ways than ever before. Using these tools and techniques, creators can now fully consider a location itself as one of the “main characters” in their narratives.

Panelists will include practitioners and technologists who are creating the next generation of stories where place is a key actor, and who are wrestling with how to create immersive stories that transport audiences to a place. Hear from storytellers and techies about some innovative approaches to this growing practice.

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  1. Other than simply the ability to geo-tag, why has “place” become an increasingly important centerpiece for storytelling?
  2. What are some new ways that storytellers are considering “place” when developing projects and what new tools are being developed to enhance place-based storytelling?
  3. How are fictional and nonfiction storytellers using these tools differently or the same?
  4. How are tried-and-true storytelling or public exploration methods combining with new technologies to create new place-based experiences? How are these experiences changing citizens’ perceptions of their own areas or outsiders’ preconceived notions of an area?
  5. What are the social implications of location-based storytelling? How can this type of narrative experience help address an area’s specific social, economic, or cultural challenges?



Liz Nord, Documentary filmmaker & multimedia producer, independent

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  • Event: Film
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Interactive Storytelling
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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