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6 amazing digital experiences (via screen Australia)

14/02/2012

I picked this one up from Screen Australia – http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2012/mr_120131_sxsw.aspx

These are 6 Interactive award winning Aussie works that are part of the SXSW festival. one is even by a creative partner SOAP.

The scope and beauty of these works shows that when you think ‘interactive’ you need to be thinking multi-platform, big idea, stunning execution.  I think in all cases the user experience is stunning, memorable and message is clear.

BIG STORIES, SMALL TOWNS 
www.bigstories.com.au
Synopsis
 Big Stories Small Towns is a unique web documentary project created by filmmakers living in remote and regional communities, working with local people to bring their personal stories to the screen. The result is a series of inspiring short films, digital stories and slide shows – full of humour and hope – released to the world via a specially created website:www.bigstories.com.au. The heartwarming project showcases stories of people living in the regional communities of Murray Bridge, Raukkan and Port Augusta in South Australia as well as Banlung in Cambodia.

CURIOUS CREATURES 
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/29233934 w=500&h=283]
Synopsis
 Strange encounters are reported as inquisitive and beautiful creatures venture in from the surrounding woods at the festival site. Curious Creatures is a large-scale augmented reality projection project combining animation, sound design, gaming, installation art and electronic music. The work has been designed to reach new audiences in the festival environment. In 2011 it was installed at the Lismore Lantern Parade in Lismore NSW and Splendour in the Grass festival in Woodfordia QLD, Australia. Next stop in 2012 is Vryfees in Bloemfontein, South Africa, to a local audience of 250,000.

THE DRAGON CHILDREN
www.sbs.com.au/dragonchildren
Synopsis
 The Dragon Children is an interactive multimedia website exploring the success of Chinese-Australian students within Australia’s education system, as part of its continuing commitment to Chinese-Australian audiences and the SBS Chinese Virtual Community centre project.

GOA HIPPY TRIBE
www.sbs.com.au/goahippytribe 
Synopsis
 Goa Hippy Tribe is an online social media documentary about a hippy reunion in Goa, made by filmmaker Darius Devas and a vibrant community of online contributors.

THE GRADUAL DEMISE OF PHILLIPA FINCH 
www.abc.net.au/tv/phillipafinch 
Synopsis 
The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch is a cross-platform 2D animated project incorporating interactive web components, which brings acclaimed Australian artist Emma Magenta’s character, Phillipa Finch, to life. The project incorporates a 17-part animated series, an iPhone game and an interactive web experience called The Heartworks Project: a visual representation of a user’s current emotional state, told through the language and imagery of the animated series. Through this immersive, multi-platform experience, Phillipa Finch builds an interactive community based on a network of shared experience, within the framework of a story of love, beauty and hope.

THE WORLD’S BIGGEST PAC-MAN
http://worldsbiggestpacman.com
Synopsis
 The World’s Biggest PAC-MAN is a online game that allows PAC-MAN fans across the globe to create and play their own maze, adding it to an endlessly growing map of interconnected levels. The site was built to promote the power of Internet Explorer 9 and uses HTML5 technology to do so. To create a maze users sign-up through Facebook, which makes sharing their creations simple and easy. The maze created so far is the actual size of 37 real-life football fields. The site has received over 2.3 million visitors from 194 countries to date.

Inspiring stuff from some great Australian talent.

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