I had a blast interviewing Lance Weiler, storyteller and transmedia expert about the collaborative transmedia project Robot Heart Stories (http://robotheartstories.com) He’s a smart, insightful man. (Check out the article/interview on http://www.ARGN.com soon.)
One point in our conversation focused on the importance of fun in storytelling. Today’s emerging filmmakers emerged while nihilistic, sombre visions dominated serious, auteur filmmaking. Their influences? American History X, Fight Club, The Machinist, Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption. Characters are in such a rush that they no longer lock, let alone close doors. They hurtle from environment to environment as though they’re in a particularly propulsive video game.
Long story short. It’s time to bring the fun, whimsical and tactile back to film and television. Our digital audiences are waiting.