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Transmedia Storyworlds and Star Wars History

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ENGLISH 325(H)

TRANSMEDIA STORYWORLDS
+ STAR WARS GALAXY

DEFINITIONS & HISTORIES
media = plural of medium
an intervening agency, means, or instrument by which something is conveyed or accomplished:
e.g. Words are a medium of expression.
1. the separating of any material or abstract entity into its constituent elements (opposed to synthesis )

2. this process as a method of studying the nature of something or of determining its essential features and their relations:
analysis
transmedia storytelling
a process where integral elements of a fiction get
dispersed
systematically across
multiple
delivery channels for the purpose of creating a
unified
and
coordinated
entertainment experience. Ideally, each
medium
makes it own
unique contribution
to the unfolding of the
story
.
- Henry Jenkins
serial
storytelling structure,
multiple
creative forces which author various parts of the story, a sense of long-term
continuity
, a deep
character backlog
, contemporary ties to the media property's complex
history
, and a sense of
permanence
.
storyworld
- Sam Ford
Middle-earth
(only
sorta
storyworlds?)
serial
multiple media
continuity
character backlog
complex history
permanence
Song of Ice and Fire
Game of Thrones
Vargo Hoat (ASoIaF) isn't Locke (HBO)
(ASoIaF Sansa + Jeyne Poole = Sansa (HBO)
"pure" adaptation
(theoretical)
transmedia
storytelling/
fanfiction
GoT Season 1
GoT Season 2
GoT Season 3
GoT Season 4
GoT Season 5
Telltale Games GoT
ASoIaF RPG
continuum
"pure" adaptation
(theoretical)
transmedia
storytelling/
fanfiction
continuum
many different media
many different authors
many different plots
many different timelines
forward momentum
STORYWORLD
adaptations
more filial to source material
less filial to source material
1st installment 2nd installment 3rd installment
text
film
animated television
comics
games
Zero Days After Plan Kay One Zero

Beak and Namir fired in unison, hefting their rifles and sending red streaks down the corridor toward the gleaming figures in white and black. Roja joined the assault barely a second later; he was behind Namir, but Namir could hear his swift, ragged breathing and his boots shuffling on snow.

One stormtrooper fell. The others were parting almost before Namir had fired, scattering to the sides of the corridor and taking cover behind mounds of stone and ice and metal support beams.

Darth Vader stood untouched in the center of the passageway.

The black-clad figure resembled the bust from the Haidoral gover­nor’s mansion in the arc of his helmet and the mad angles of the polished mask. But the bust hadn’t conveyed his height or the amor­phous billow of his cloak. Red and green lights winked from the chest piece of his armor, making him resemble something built rather than born.

Yet he moved like a man: There was flesh beneath the armor, and flesh could be made to burn.
When Jyn awoke the next morning, everything seemed too dark. There were no windows. The air smelled funny—musty, not crisp. Her heart thudded as she tried to wrap her mind around the disorientation of waking up in a place that wasn’t home.

Jyn rubbed her eyes. They were dry and scratchy, and then she remembered that she’d been crying. And then she remembered why. Her stomach churned, acid rising in her throat. She couldn’t push back the memories of the previous day. The sound of Mama’s body falling, lifeless, to the ground. The waiting, waiting, waiting for someone to save her while she hid in the cave.

But that wasn’t true. She hadn’t been waiting for someone. She’d been waiting for Papa. He was the one who was supposed to have saved her. Not Saw. A flare of rage washed over her, surprising in its intensity. She had never felt anger like this before. And even though she knew in her heart that it wasn’t fair to blame Papa for not being able to save her, she held on to the emotion. It was better than the sorrow that threatened to drown her.

There was no sign of Saw when she opened the door to her room and peeked into the hallway. Her stomach ached with hunger...
acting
camera angles
shot distance
lighting
special effects
audio/soundtrack
episode arc
season arc
series arc
voice acting
camera angles
shot distance
lighting
special effects
audio/sndtrack
artwork
colors
frames
passage of time
dialogue
page layout
rules/mechanics
thematic elements
integration of material
brief history of STAR WARS
1977
broad ideas
messy script
Hidden Fortress
bad writer w/o Marsha Lucas
serial
fiction x 12
fun, action
1980
new writers, director
meant to fund Skywalker Ranch
over budget, schedule
all Lucas's money
darker, adult themes
Darth Vader only becomes Luke's father in the middle of rewriting the
second draft
. (saga)
1983
creative control
get it done and move on
focus shifts from Luke to
Darth
Leia as sister and "other hope" (?)
ewoks, Boba Fett, merchandising
1983 - 1991 = Dead franchise
West End Games
Role-playing game
1986 - 1998

Expanded
Universe (EU)
1991

Z
EU Eras & Timeline
(now we have a storyworld!)
1999
2002
2005
Lucas writes, directs
"technology makes it possible"
Kid's movie, Jar-Jar
green screens, not filmed on location
introduction of new world elements
confusing plot
ponderous pacing
bad dialogue, acting
Darth Maul?
Lucas writes, directs
last-minute script
1940's aesthetic with title "attack of clones"
love story plot
detective plot
ponderous pacing
bad dialogue, acting
late introduction of Darth Tyranus/ Count Dooku
Lucas writes, directs
last-minute script
80% of prequel story in this movie
melodramatic themes
poor character motivations
cringe-worthy scenes
ponderous pacing
bad dialogue, acting
the clone wars series
2003
2005
2008
2014
cartoon network
October 30, 2012, Disney acquires Lucasfilm for
$4.05

billion
April 25, 2014
Disney rebrands EU as
Legends
“We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon,” said Kennedy. “We’re set to bring Star Wars back to the
big screen
, and continue the adventure through
games
,
books
,
comics
, and new formats that are just emerging. This future of
interconnected storytelling
will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before.”
Six movies (Ep 1 through Ep 6)
Clone Wars TV series
Immovable Objects
Films
Ep, 7 - The Force Awakens
Ep. 8 - The Last Jedi
Ep. 9 - ?
Rogue One: Star Wars Movie
Han Solo
Obi-wan
Yoda? Boba Fett?
TV
Star Wars Rebels (4 seasons)
Forces of Destiny (microseries)
LOTSA BOOKS
& COMICS
canonicity
level of things that are considered to be true, actual, or authentic in the storyworld.
continuity
maintenance of continuous action and self-consistent detail in the various narratives set in the storyworld.
coherence
the quality of being logical and consistent and forming a unified storyworld.
origial trilogy (OT)
sequel
sequel
original
prequel trilogy
family saga
centered on Anakin Skywalker
interquels
"in saga"
"out of saga"
interquel yes, but...
prequel to OT?
sequel to prequels?
semi in-saga?
interquel yes, but...
prequel to SW Rebels?
sequel to Clone Wars
entirely non-saga
vast and expanding multi-authored
storyworld
they ARE varied adaptations of sprawling fictional worlds,
is this
canon
? (says who?)
is this
consistent
?
is this
coherent
?
who is the
audience
?
why use this
media
?
whose
story being told?
storyworld questions
DECEMBER 15
series finale (tbd)
NOV
17
but not so much in terms of...
Representation in Star Wars
How many women characters?
How many non-white human characters?
VS
How many types of aliens?
ORIGINAL TRILOGY
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