STORY EDGE

The future of storytelling is here

Story Edge brings together storytellers, designers, creative technologists and producers from across Aotearoa New Zealand to collaborate on transformative, immersive stories told across interactive digital platforms.
Through a series of sandboxes, masterclasses and talks by leading New Zealand and international practitioners, Story Edge covers digital interactive storytelling from VR/AR/mixed reality to installations to interactive website and transmedia projects.
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Story Edge is supported by the NZ Film Commission and NZ on Air.
Story Edge World Exhibition 2017 was showcased on
Saturday 27 May  |  10am – 5pm
Owen Glenn Building, Auckland University Business School, 12 Grafton Rd.  (Parking available underneath the building)

Sunday 28 May | 10am – 5pm
Q Theatre, 305 Queen St. (selected projects only)
A list of projects on exhibition were listed below.

Two days showcase of  digital interactive storytelling featuring  the top international and local VR, AR, installations and digital stories curated for you to experience.   Speakers included world’s leading digital storytellers such as

Gabo Arora, United Nations first-ever Creative Director at the United Nations; Founder & President of LightShed, a virtual reality and social impact start-up; and an award-winning filmmaker represented by Here Be Dragons.
Alexandre Brachet of Upian who is a leading pioneer and made Do Not Track, Gaza Sderot and most recently How to Make a Ken Loach Film and Ryan Green : Thank you for Playing and That Dragon Cancer.

On Sunday 28 May, alongside the exhibition, masterclasses, talk and screening were also held at Q Theatre

9am – 11am:   Masterclass 1 – Digital Interactive Storytelling with Alexandre Brachet 

11.15am – 1.15pm:   Masterclass 2 – Editing with Jean Tsien

3 pm:  U.S. indie game developer Ryan Green in a Q and A with Stephen Knightley
on working at the cutting edge of creativity and digital design, and the story behind  his award winning game ‘That Dragon Cancer’.

4 pm: Thank You for Playing – a documentary following Ryan and Amy Green’s journey.  

VIRTUAL & MIXED REALITY

A journey through an abandoned theater where an extraordinary circus comes back to life. Populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats, this is a visual vortex set in a twisted acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to a true celebration.

Cirque du Soleil Zarkana
Felix & Paul

A journey through an abandoned theater where an extraordinary circus comes back to life. Populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats, this is a visual vortex set in a twisted acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to a true celebration.
Sidra is a charming 12-year-old girl guiding you through her temporary home: The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war, and children make up half the camp's population.

Clouds over Sidra
Gabo Arora, Chris Milk, VRSE

Sidra is a charming 12-year-old girl guiding you through her temporary home: The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war, and children make up half the camp’s population.
A custom VR headset suspended from the ceiling that visitors can put on simply by reaching up and pulling it down. The user is able to see their hands within VR and create and destroy sounds by gesture. It also includes a projector and speakers for displaying what the user can see and hear to other people in the room. 
Supported by NZ On Air

SoundLab

A custom VR headset suspended from the ceiling that visitors can put on simply by reaching up and pulling it down. The user is able to see their hands within VR and create and destroy sounds by gesture. It also includes a projector and speakers for displaying what the user can see and hear to other people in the room.

Supported by NZ On Air
Kaumatua Kevin Prime leads the viewer across his whanau land passing on traditional knowledge and ecological values.

Kaitiakitanga: Kevin Prime (NZ) World Premiere
Matariki Productions

Kaumatua Kevin Prime leads the viewer across his whanau land passing on traditional knowledge and ecological values.
In this powerful, live-action ethnographic series,  viewers share the Bajau tribe's nomadic existence on crammed houseboats that sway to the motion of river waters. Watch as the families travel with fellow boat-dwelling relatives, always sharing a communal spirit.

Nomad
Felix & Paul

In this powerful, live-action ethnographic series, viewers share the Bajau tribe’s nomadic existence on crammed houseboats that sway to the motion of river waters. Watch as the families travel with fellow boat-dwelling relatives, always sharing a communal spirit.
This complements the feature film. Each scene addressing a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience in a ‘world beyond sight’.

Notes on Blindness
Peter Middleton, James Spinney

This complements the feature film. Each scene addressing a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience in a ‘world beyond sight’.
Google's VR film Pearl has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of best animated short film. Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams.

Pearl
Patrick Osborne

Google’s VR film Pearl has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of best animated short film. Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams.

That Dragon Dancer
Ryan Green

An immersive, narrative experience retelling Joel Green’s 4-year fight against cancer through about two hours of poetic, imaginative interaction that explores themes of faith, hope and love. A video game developer’s love letter to his son. A FREE SCREENING of the film on Sun 28/5 at 4pm. Click on the image for more info and book. ticket.
Cinematic Short Film Melbourne - Australia Watch cinematic short film The Escape filmed in one of Melbourne's old abandoned spaces, written and directed by Edward Bellamy is a story of two heroes fighting their way out of a kidnapping situation.

The Escape
Staples

Cinematic Short Film Melbourne – Australia Watch cinematic short film The Escape filmed in one of Melbourne’s old abandoned spaces, written and directed by Edward Bellamy is a story of two heroes fighting their way out of a kidnapping situation.
Decontee Davis is an Ebola survivor who uses her immunity to care for orphaned children in her Liberian village. Liberia has endured the largest Ebola outbreak in history. As communities rebuild, Decontee and others seek healing through faith.

Waves of Grace
Gabo Arora & Chris Milk, VRSE

Decontee Davis is an Ebola survivor who uses her immunity to care for orphaned children in her Liberian village. Liberia has endured the largest Ebola outbreak in history. As communities rebuild, Decontee and others seek healing through faith.
M Theory and Method are excited to showcase the world premiere of The Boy and the Lemon augmented and virtual reality experiences. Written by James Hurman. Come join this wonderful interactive storytelling experience and maybe even a glass of lemonade if you count your lucky lemons.

The Boy and the Lemon (NZ) World Premiere
Method

M Theory and Method are excited to showcase the world premiere of The Boy and the Lemon augmented and virtual reality experiences. Written by James Hurman. Come join this wonderful interactive storytelling experience and maybe even a glass of lemonade if you count your lucky lemons.

INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY

A raw, unvarnished confession of her five years in one of Guatemala City’s most violent gangs. You can go back to page back and forth between a “confession” level, in which Alma tells her story facing the camera, and an “evocation” level, in which documentary photos blend with drawings to give life to Alma’s memories.

Alma
Upian, Arte

A raw, unvarnished confession of her five years in one of Guatemala City’s most violent gangs. You can go back to page back and forth between a “confession” level, in which Alma tells her story facing the camera, and an “evocation” level, in which documentary photos blend with drawings to give life to Alma’s memories.
An award winning personalised online interactive documentary aiming to reveal how you are being followed online by a host of companies.

Do Not Track
Upian, Arte, NFB

An award winning personalised online interactive documentary aiming to reveal how you are being followed online by a host of companies.
Gaza Sderot, a project by arte.tv, is a powerful, interactive online documentary about everyday life in two cities torn by war. We learn how the people’s lives are intertwined. It’s an important reminder and meaningful departure from the regular news of bloodshed in the region.

Gaza Sderot
Upian, Arte

Gaza Sderot, a project by arte.tv, is a powerful, interactive online documentary about everyday life in two cities torn by war. We learn how the people’s lives are intertwined. It’s an important reminder and meaningful departure from the regular news of bloodshed in the region.
A digital interactive journey where you "choose your own path" to follow, through stories and illustrations, the life of one of five early Chinese settlers.

Golden Threads
Renee Liang, Allan Xia

A digital interactive journey where you “choose your own path” to follow, through stories and illustrations, the life of one of five early Chinese settlers.
An interactive documentary and digital home for indigenous stories of the Poi. Featuring classic and contemporary stories, profiles and instructional clips. Discover the creation story of the indigenous poi through the first ever performance in 360 technology

POI360
Lanita Ririnui-Ryan, Amomai Pihama

An interactive documentary and digital home for indigenous stories of the Poi. Featuring classic and contemporary stories, profiles and instructional clips. Discover the creation story of the indigenous poi through the first ever performance in 360 technology
A look at the production process behind 'I, Daniel Blake,' the latest film by Ken Loach which was awarded the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Discover how this iconic filmmaker depicts his vision of reality.

How to Make a Ken Loach Film?
Upian, Sixteen Films

A look at the production process behind ‘I, Daniel Blake,’ the latest film by Ken Loach which was awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Discover how this iconic filmmaker depicts his vision of reality.
Angelina Joshua takes the viewer through a journey teaching about her endangered Aboriginal language and village.

My Grandmother’s Lingo
SBS Australia

Angelina Joshua takes the viewer through a journey teaching about her endangered Aboriginal language and village.
Story Edge World Exhibition is proudly sponsored by
NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air, AR/VR Garage, ATEED and the University of Auckland.

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