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Kosmoplastique is GO!

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 by billsimmon in Digital Culture, Life of Bill, social media, technology, Video, writing | 0 Comments


Hi. I’m a zombie. I just spent 24 hours (well, 26 really) in a digital storytelling competition called #StoryhackVT. I was part of a five-person team called #Kosmoplastique (and yes, I enjoy #usinghashtagsoutsideoftwitter). The deal is this: Saturday at 10AM eastern a “theme” was announced. All of the competing teams then had 24 hours to create an entirely original narrative and publish it across at least three different digital media. This morning at 10, we all presented our stories in-brief to a crowd gathered at ArtsRiot in the south end of Burlington. Now voting begins and will continue until midnight tonight (10/20/13). The team that gets the most votes wins a cash prize. There are second and third place prizes too.

Kosmoplastique’s story is called On Guard for Thee and the whole kit and caboodle in all media forms can be found right here. Check it out. Enjoy it. Explore. If you take in everything you can possibly take in, the experience will take you about 10 or 15 minutes (if you skip around, it will take considerably less time). Either way, once you’ve looked at our story, please take a moment to go here and VOTE for us (email address required)!!!

In case you’re curious about our team of geniuses, our fearless leader was Erik Esckilsen, writer, educator and all around story guy. We were joined by Joe Manley (Flash and web coding), Andy Burkhardt (social media guy and surprise actor), Allan Nichols (filmmaker, actor, singer/songwriter, man about town), and yours truly — I was mostly responsible for shooting & editing the video elements.

The story was a true collaboration between all five of us, based on the following theme: “And none of this would have happened if you hadn’t arrived 5 minutes earlier.” Media we utilized in telling the story included:

Digital video
Blog posts
Digital publication of an original song
Online personal ads
Flickr posts
Flash media

Now is the time when we sleep. Please vote!


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