CityStory is an experiment in crowd source/open source filmmaking. Participants of CityStory are sent a piece of the script each day via Twitter or SMS and are asked to interpret the script through the lens of their camera phones. Participants are then asked to submit their videos, which are arranged into a 4×4 video matrix created for 4k projection. The script for CityStory is based on 14 excepts from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Videos were submitted by participants in both Los Angeles and Tokyo.
CityStory 2.0 is an interactive recombinant narrative in which all videos submitted in version 1.0 were tagged and connected to story elements based on the Invisible Cities text. The interface is designed to let a participant choose five sets of keywords that will ultimately generate a personalized recombinant narrative.
[Mobile and Environmental Media Lab: Scott Fisher, Marientina Gotsis, Jen Stein, Jeff Watson, Hide Yasuda]