After the very advanced and innovative performance of FreejFolk, I got a hint or better a feeling about the future of story telling. This feeling was confirmed with another glimpse to the story about MIT’s MediaLab plan to team up with a new movie studio in Massachusetts to create the storytelling technology of the future. I would like to make a parenthesis here , in order to give my personal impression about the Media Lab and its researchers whom I found the most bright and creative people I’ve come across (they have an ability to see things from a quite different angle from the rest of us ) of course the source of the inspiration is one of the co founder of the Lab ,the most handsome Greek man I’ve ever met Nicholas Negreponte (this opinion is totally unbiased and it is irrelevant of his nationality 😉 ) the founder of the one laptop per child.
The following story is made by the reporter of ‘the American Weekend’ Sean Cole who went to look into MIT’s media lab and instead of doing a radio report about it, he wrote a sci-fi movie-type drama. Here you are then, with some very interesting lines from his script about the future of the story telling which absolutely fit with my afterwards thoughts about the aforementioned performance.
(In order of appearance)
REPORTER: Sean Cole
MAD GENIUS: David Kirkpatrick :
DIRECTOR OF MIT’S MEDIA LAB: Frank Moss
REBEL FILMMAKER: Joe Swanberg
VOICE OVER: My whole life is about the story. When I’m not workin’, I like to work. And when I’m not doin’ that, I like to kick back with a book and a dame, in that order. So when I heard that the Mad Genius was coming up with new-fangled ways of telling stories, I got the wiggles. His real name’s David Kirkpatrick. I found him holed up in an old factory in Plymouth, Mass. His office was all decked out with inspirational quotes on the walls. J.D. Salinger… Joni Mitchell… and a New York Times headline from an article about him.
VOICE OVER: The future!
MAD GENIUS: And the future will have picture palaces that will be 3D or 5D, including holograms, including what we’ll laughingly call back in 60’s Smell-O-Vision. It will be a complete immersive experience
REPORTER: So it won’t be just, like, looking at a wall with moving pictures on it….
MAD GENIUS: It’ll be on your lap. It’ll be kissing you and touching you. That’s where we’re headed.
REPORTER: Why do we need that?
MAD GENIUS: I don’t know that we need it. It’s what we want…...
REPORTER: I knew robots were devious!
DIRECTOR OF MIT’S MEDIA LAB: Well, but robots can be romantic. These robots may actually be better at reading our feelings and reading our faces than even an actor would be.
VOICE OVER: Nothing against actors. Moss loves cinema. But he knows he’s a dying breed. Bite-sized media has taken over entertainment — what the Mad Genius Kirkpatrick would call “snack culture.” And then I had a dramatic epiphany!
VOICE OVER: These guys weren’t trying to kill long-form storytelling… they were trying to save it!
TIM: Hey which do you think we’ll have first, a black president or a robot president?
[Tim’s girlfriend doesn’t respond]
VOICE OVER: It’s a little dated now. But it’s also prescient. In the age of YouTube and Facebook, Swanberg says, people are less interested in long form stories because they’re more interested in themselves.
REBEL FILMMAKER: That is the true threat of the movie going experience. It’s not self centered enough. When I look at the future landscape of movies what I see is not one movie that everyone goes to see I see each person having their own movie that nobody goes to see.
VOICE OVER: Maybe. But the mad genius says “c’est la vie.” If that’s the way we’re headed, let’s embrace it. As long as the story survives.
You can find the whole script at :