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Structural patterns for transmedia storytelling

Structural patterns for transmedia storytelling
Structural patterns for transmedia storytelling
Transmedia storytelling involves telling a story using multiple distinct media. The remit of stories that fall under this broad definition is vast, consequently causing theorists to examine different phenomena using tools that are not suitable for all forms of transmedia storytelling. The lack of critical tools means we are unable to describe, compare and analyse different experiences using common language. In this paper, we present our model that can be used to identify the fundamental structural features of a variety of transmedia storytelling forms. We illustrate its usage with twenty case studies and discuss how three groups of patterns emerge which can be identifiable in all transmedia stories. These patterns can be used to extend transmedia language and help form taxonomies, by identifying common patterns and their usages amongst various forms of transmedia stories.
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Javanshir, Ryan
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Millard, David
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Carroll, Elizabeth
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Javanshir, Ryan
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Millard, David
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Carroll, Elizabeth
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Javanshir, Ryan, Millard, David and Carroll, Elizabeth (2020) Structural patterns for transmedia storytelling. PLoS ONE, 15 (1), [e0225910]. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0225910).

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Transmedia storytelling involves telling a story using multiple distinct media. The remit of stories that fall under this broad definition is vast, consequently causing theorists to examine different phenomena using tools that are not suitable for all forms of transmedia storytelling. The lack of critical tools means we are unable to describe, compare and analyse different experiences using common language. In this paper, we present our model that can be used to identify the fundamental structural features of a variety of transmedia storytelling forms. We illustrate its usage with twenty case studies and discuss how three groups of patterns emerge which can be identifiable in all transmedia stories. These patterns can be used to extend transmedia language and help form taxonomies, by identifying common patterns and their usages amongst various forms of transmedia stories.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 November 2019
Published date: 31 January 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 438130
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/438130
ISSN: 1932-6203
PURE UUID: 21397606-c082-480d-ab19-28e001e76a1d
ORCID for David Millard: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7512-2710

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Date deposited: 02 Mar 2020 17:31
Last modified: 19 May 2020 00:30

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