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The Digital Future of Storytelling - Free Martijn de Waal Lecture

Has anyone seen the new interactive narrative uses of YouTube Flash format? A promising development, and one that may come up in the latest free lecture from Bridging the Gap..

martijn.jpg Friday  6th February 2009 14.00-17.00pm
Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art,
74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF    Free but please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In this lecture Dutch new media specialist Martijn de Waal (work pictured) will give an oversight of the most important developments in digital storytelling, both fiction and documentary. What are the most profound changes in the media landscape? What new opportunities for storytelling have come out of these changes? How is the relation between professional storytellers and their audiences changing? And how do online projects reach and involve an audience?

A lecture with lots of examples of existing projects, that addresses – amongst others - a shift from narrative products to narrative processes, poetic databases, real-time documentaries, user generated content, alternate reality games, viral distribution and the ever important role of the director as a creative genius.

Martijn de Waal is a digital media expert based in Amsterdam the Netherlands. He has co-founded – a Dutch language professional weblog on the future of journalism and digital storytelling. He is a member of the board of the Dutch Fund for Cultural Broadcasting Productions that provides subsidies for documentary, fiction and online media. He has also supervised the Stifo@Sandberg master class in which traditional media professionals are coupled with new media designers to dream up new ways of storytelling.

A Bridging the Gap Masterclass, supported by Scottish Screen, Skillset, BBC Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Edinburgh College of Art and Scottish Documentary Institute. More info on