12/29/2011 03:38 pm ET | Updated Feb 28, 2012

Future of Film: Our Top 10 Transmedia Posts of 2011

For our last post of 2011, our fearless editor, Chris Dorr, rounds up the top 10 posts that had people talking about this emerging form of storytelling this year.

By Chris Dorr

Wikipedia gives this definition of Transmedia: “Transmedia storytelling, also known as multi-platform storytelling, cross-platform storytelling, or transmedia narrative, is the technique of telling stories across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies. It is not to be confused with traditional cross-platform media franchises, sequels or adaptations.…a transmedia production will develop stories across multiple forms of media in order to deliver unique pieces of content over multiple channels.”

Got that?  Good, now you know what this weird term transmedia means.  

Transmedia is the new space where visual storytelling exists because:

1. Every screen we can imagine (TV, smart phone, tablet, laptop and yes, the lowly desktop computer) is reached by Internet video, audio, text and images.

2. Every connected consumer can reach back — through each screen.

One might say it is where the rubber meets the road for visual storytelling in the 21st century. In 2011 we had many posts from experts who can really define transmedia. They are also in the forefront of creating it.

For our last post of year, we are proud to give you our top 10 Transmedia Posts of 2011 from the Future of Film:



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1) Reawakening the Grand Narrative by Jeff Gomez


Transmedia for Social Documentary  

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2) Transmedia for Social Documentary   by Angelica Das

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3) Why Transmedia is Catching On (Parts 1, 2 and 3) by Nick DeMartino

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4) Tim Kring’s Conspiracy For Good Storms London  by Bob Soderstrom

StoryWorld: Where the Transmedia Girls Are 

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5)  Where the Transmedia Girls Are by Jen Begeal

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6) Story Hacks by Mike Knowlton

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7) How Transmedia Can Lead To Social Change by Lina Srivastava


Reflections on Transmedia  

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8) Reflections on Transmedia by Henry Jenkins

Why Transmedia is like a Walk in Padagonia

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9) Why is Transmedia Like a Walk in Patagonia? by Frank Rose

StoryWorld: Nick DeMartino

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10) Stories & Worlds: What Transmedia Has to Teach (and Learn) by Nick DeMartino 

Thank you for reading our Future of Film blog. In 2012, we look forward to continuing to be a place where the leading filmmakers and experts within the industry share their thoughts on film, technology and the future of media. See you next year!

Chris Dorr is a digital media consultant. His clients include MTV Networks, Samsung Electronics of America and the Tribeca Film Festival. He can be followed on Twitter @chrisdorr.

The Future of Film blog is a place where leading filmmakers and experts within the film industry share their thoughts on film, technology and the future of media.