Treehouse by Interlude

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When coming across Interlude’s well designed website, the first thing they’ll tell you is that we’re entering a new way of telling stories. I think they’re right, with more platforms on which to watch films, television shows, and everything in between, we’ve got to figure out better ways to tell the stories we want to tell.

Interlude is taking that and running with it. They’ve created an online program, Treehouse by Interlude, to easily craft interactive videos that let the audience follow a particular point of view, or to decide which path a character will go down, much like the Choose Your Own Adventure novels that changed the children’s book game back in the day.

While companies that rake in major bank by convincing us to buy their products have to fork over a hefty sum to participate in this engaging form of video making, you and I and the other average Joes get to enjoy nearly all of Interlude’s features free of charge.

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The format can be a bit confusing at first glance, but if you take the time to play around in their sample videos, you’ll be a story building pro soon!

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 2.13.49 PMWhen building a story, on the left you’ll see library of clips that you’ve uploaded.

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On the right, you’ll find your “tree” (think: family tree turned on its side, less so an Oak or Cherry tree).

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As the video plays you’ll be asked questions and have to make a selection for the story to continue.

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Of course, not all videos are of the Choose Your Own Adventure variety. The musician Aloe Blacc teamed up with Lincoln Motor Company to create this multi-perspective music video for Love is the Answer using Interlude’s technology. (watch the video here!)Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 2.23.27 PM

As the video plays, you can choose a different perspective to follow during real time, which results in an exciting story that lets the music act as the glue that keeps it all together. I encourage a look at the video to get your gears working with ideas to try out in Treehouse! I’m excited to test my storytelling with this multi-perspective, interactive twist! Come by the Media Lab and use our equipment to build your own adventures. Make sure to send your projects my way!

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