And then came Moocing (and the Future of Storytelling).
‘To Go To Film School or Not To Go?‘ This is probably one of the most asked question in the last few years in our field, mostly because it’s hard if not impossible to quantify what film school will give you. Unlike Law or Medicine, your diploma won’t be associated to skills set, confirm you have talent or give you an approximate salary idea. Personally, I feel the debate is going to lose relevance as Moocing grows and spreads at High Speed Internet.
Mooc, if you are not yet familiar with the term, stands for Massive Open Online Course, in other words, courses online, accessible to all, more often than not for free, and about any subjects from quantum physics to music score. Check my article about Coursera (my favorite website so far) and see if you can find 5 or 10 classes you’d like to attend.
The real debate about film school has never been about determining if learning was important or not but instead if spending a large amount of money to learn ‘things‘ others had managed to learn on their own was justified. (and also: how much should you pay for the potential prospect of building a network…) I, for one, am convinced that learning and discovering new fields is absolutely key for storytellers and filmmakers, and I think that we are extremely lucky to leave in an era where we get to have access to amazing content for free.
iVersity is a new Mooc platform that launched a series of classes, and one of them is The Future of Storytelling, an 8 weeks class going from October 25th to December 20th and going through the different fictional narratives available to tell a story. From the class’ description, here are the subjects we can expect to tackle:
[The Future of Storytellting] will offer weekly video material, lessons, interviews and tasks on the following topics (not necessarily in this order):
- storytelling basics
- serial formats (on the TV, web and beyond)
- storytelling in role-playing games
- interactive storytelling in video games
- transmedia storytelling
- alternate-reality gaming
- augmented reality and location-based storytelling
- the role of tools, interfaces and information architectures in current storytelling.
Our first Storytelling-MOOC will focus on fictional formats.
Not too shabby. I have enrolled of course, and I’m pretty excited about it. If you want to see more, you can watch the video below and click on this link to read and enroll. Let me know if you do it too, it could be fun to share experience!
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