A new year is here and like everyone else we tend to do a bit of status here on Storyplanet. So I looked back and found five storytelling projects that gave us great inspiration in the past year (the might not all be from 2010 but that’s when we came across them). Happy New Year!
1. Storming Juno: http://www.stormingjuno.com/
This site is based on a Canadian TV-documentary about the D-day invasion, so from the onset the quality of content was great. But the people behind the project has done an awesome job at repackaging the TV-content to an interactive online format, and paired with some hight quality motion graphics work as well as great design and navigation it all comes together to a beautiful project – which by the way also works great on a technical level with streaming, loading, resizing etc.


2. The Bank Run Game: http://www.bankrungame.com/
This is a very inspiring example of how you can use what is essentially a video based movie to create a game that sends the user through a number of dilemmas before reaching the next part of the story (which will be different depending on your choices). Try to do a little brainstorm on the possibilities in this form…pretty exiting.
3. A different ending: http://www.youtube.com/user/adifferentending
The idea is similar to The Bank Run Game. As a viewer you direct a character through a story and get different payoffs depending on your choices. In this case the purpose is to show how you get in or stay out of violence. What is really inspiring from a production point of view is how they used YouTube and a rather simple video setup to produce an excellent story. It shows that with creativity and a good idea you can get far with simple tools.
4. Prison Valley: http://prisonvalley.arte.tv/?lang=en
“A web documentary exploring the prison industry” is how the people behind the project describes it. One of the things the producers did really well was to think of multiple platforms from the onset, so you can watch on iPhone, web or even on television if you are lucky to be a place where they broadcast it. Having said that the story is beautifully shot and composed as well.
5. Expedition Titanic: http://www.expeditiontitanic.com
So you want to do an exploration of Titanic. Of course the project should have a website, so let’s throw a bunch of HTML-pages together…no…This site is one of the best ways of presenting any kind of project or business venture in a browser that we have seen a long time. It’s mostly just facts but the presentation is awesome, and it’s a little story in it’s own right.