Why at the Hyv we use the term “Storycube” and not just Storyworld or the problematic old -“Transmedia”

This is part of my discussion with retailers and new Hyv cubers (game devs, filmmakers, journalists, musicians, authors, web devs etc.) who are incorporating and overlapping their stories and productions with each others, ours, and mine via storyline and horcrux/portkeys).

When we use the term storycube it is an evolution of storyline.  It is not only a linear structural map for architecting a story but an inherent reminder that it is not only long and thick but tall and dense.

The term Storyworld is one of the imagination.  A structure that exists within a narrative and gives no architecture or formation / direction in pre, principal or post-production.  Storyworld is like saying I have an idea in my head for a house.  A Storycube is the actual way and dimensions that you build it.

Filmmakers and writers have always worked with storyworlds but that was not how they wrote or produced an artifact, message or experience.  We do not create storyworlds we carve from them and explore them further when need be… but to do that we have traditionally carved out the storyline.  When we have asked, or let, others expand the creation of that ‘storyworld’ we only are able to hand that to them via a ‘storyline’ and the elements that can be extracted from it.

We are not in the realm of creating storyworlds… but limiting/carving from them a piece of architecture.  This paradigm shift in entertainment, storytelling, interface, industry and communication is not in our ability to change the shape of the storyworld that has always existed… but the architecture we bring back from those worlds to give an audience or other creators a portal into them.  The screen has become dimensional and both fluid and dense.  It is segmentable, collectible and mobile.  It is soon to be ubiquitous and personable/izable.  It will be reactive.  But all of this starts with the plan and designs of the artifact/portal.

What was a flat two dimensional screen now, like any reality has cubic, density, fairly untamed ability for unrestricted flow and time to it’s linear flat surface.

It is not a world we create but a cubic tank of substance and flow that teaches and fills an audience member and collective with the senses, 4th walls, and suspension of disbelief for them to travel immersively into a storyworld that has always existed beyond that dark wall at the other side of our imaginations.

& as a side note – Although PURPOSEFUL transition between platforms can add to a purposeful instigation of action or sense for the audience…  It is not the media in separate platforms we jump between (transmedia) but the overlapping of those platforms into one central immersive portal …or portkey… that is inherently the new story structure.  The future is about removing all but purposeful transition unless you are using it as a remote “horcrux” or entrance (portkey that carries the soul of the story in the real world) into the storycube…..  Transmedia for that reason is inherently a precursor to the storycube and with ancillary platform builds ..you are most likely growing limbs to attract audiences back to the core. … and inherently for those reasons, subject to being predominantly marketing goal driven.  Which is the actual thing we build to show people / bring people into the storyworld.  Storycubes are simpler and smoother we are discovering when they are created at inception, not after  or from a follow-up extension design.

Storyworlds are much easier to discover than building a storycube.  A storycube has to be built within and with a common communication/sense lexicon.  Storyworlds are just marching through your imagination with, most likely, having no communication at inception besides within yourself.  Which goes back to Aristotle … truth is found through the dialectic.  Through building understanding in a channel of a common lexicon to find the truth of & in the singular narrative.  Storyworlds do not need to exist outside your individual understanding and consumption.

…but Storycubes do.

This is all part of the discussion we have with all the cubers at the Hyv.Image


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s