October 2, 2007
Around C3: Askwith at the Producer's Guild and Interesting Writing from Consulting Researchers

Early this morning, I wanted to catch up on the C3 blog by directing readers' attention toward some interesting work that's been done by some C3 alum and consulting researchers recently.

C3 alum Ivan Askwith appeared on a panel about transmedia storytelling at the Producers Guild of America last Wednesday. Askwith, who now works for Big Spaceship, participated in a discussion called "Creating Blockbuster Worlds: Transmedia Development & Production," along with Starlight Runner's Jeff Gomez (who will be here for Futures of Entertainment 2); Kenneth N. Swezey from Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams, & Sheppard LLP; and Jeremy Kagan from Publicis Modem. For more information, see Askwith's blog, The Extratextuals.

Jason Mitell provides an interesting piece called Teaching Animation in the YouTube Era. Mittell details how the Internet is changing the structure of teaching in several ways, as he both has online writing as a major component of the class and also finds that the imbed function of blogs allows short-form animated content to be written about in a new way in a classroom setting, with clips included directly. For those interested in the pedagogical issues surrounding what we study here in the Consortium, be sure to take a look.

Speaking of some pedagogical issues, be sure to see a piece from Pedagogy last year from another C3 consulting researcher, Ted Hovet. The article is entitled The Teacher as Exhibitor: Pedagogical Lessons from Early Film Exhibition.

Meanwhile, David Edery posts a few notes from his recent trip to Japan for Tokyo Game Show 2007, most interestingly writing about a Nintendo DS outfit recommendation system that recommends matching clothes and accessories for a primary piece of clothing. See his blog for some interesting notes both about the games he saw presented and his thoughts on Japanese culture during his visit.

Rob Kozinets provides two more entries on the topic of consumption studies over at Brandthroposophy, here and here.

Finally, Henry Jenkins writes about the upcoming Futures of Entertainment 2, the conference co-sponsored by C3 and the Program in Comparative Media Studies. We hope that many C3 readers will be able to join us on Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, here at MIT. More information to come here on the C3 blog later this morning, amongst a round of updates.