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Worldbuilding for Storytellers
Although creating a world for our characters to live in has always been the craft of the writer, film franchises, web and TV series, as well as transmedia and interactive narratives are changing the game in terms of storytelling and scriptwriting. It is becoming less about creating a central storyline and more about worldbuilding. Umberto Eco asserts that cult artifacts like Casablanca are so because they provide the consumers resources to dig, connect, and construct their own fantasies. That is the art of a worldbuilder, to produce compelling environments in which multiple interrelated stories and alternatives can live. In this crash course learn the basic theory of worldbuilding, see examples and put it in practice through brief exercises. Whether you are working in traditional film and novels, transmedia or interactive stories this is a must-know skill for all storytellers.
This course is recommended as a companion to the Short Film Writing and Story Development workshops.
Mitzi Martinez is an Experience and Narrative Designer based in Toronto. She has an extensive background as a journalist, writer and creative for TV, Radio, Magazines and Interactive Media. She recently graduated as a Master of Design in Digital Futures from OCAD University. For the past year she has been teaching Narrative Design for traditional and interactive narratives to both graduates and undergraduates at OCADU.