Storytelling in the Metaverse

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Christopher Morrison

Webinar hosted by: Christopher Morrison

Writer, director, educator of VR, Video Games and Immersive Entertainment

Christopher Morrison is a multi-talented writer-director-educator who has worked on theatrical productions, VR, video games, and immersive entertainments on three continents. His VR branching narrative “The Werewolf Experience” is currently in festivals after winning multiple pitch contests and being in the Stereopsia Booster program. His next VR project “Drunk Zombie Duelists'' received a grant from the Dutch government to shoot its proof of concept in 2021. It was also selected for the Stereopsia Booster program the same year. His feature film ‘The Bellwether’ was released in 2019. He has written and directed 360° films as well. He has been commissioned for screenplays and plays alike. He recently added “Narrative Designer” to his credits as he’s written and designed for the multiple videogames. Cirque du Soleil called him “A huge asset to the creative process.” He frequently speaks on storytelling in WEB3.0, recently addressing the House of Lords in England and he will be a guest speaker at the LEAP conference in Saudi Arabia in February of ’23. He is an Adjunct II Professor at the California College of the Arts where he teaches Immersive Storytelling. Full Bio »

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A New Exclusive Stage 32 Webinar

Learn about the Metaverse from a writer-director who works in virtual reality, video games, and immersive entertainment around the world. 

 

One of the biggest opportunities (and buzzwords) to appear in the 21st century: The Metaverse.

So what is the Metaverse? Where is it? And are we in it now? How does gaming, filmmaking, and XR fit into this space? Will it really "change everything?" And if Disney appointed a Chief Metaverse Officer, what does that mean for our industry?

All these answers and more await you in this webinar!

If we don't understand what Web3 means and all its opportunities, we, in the entertainment world, stand to lose out to corporations and big studio productions. Web3 is here and as entertainment professionals (from producers to writers) don't grasp the meaning of it you risk losing out on the biggest advancement in the entertainment biz since YouTube and streaming.

Blumhouse ran an immersive experience in 2021 and Netflix regularly has immersive launches for their content. Here's the great news... you do NOT have to be a computer wizard to understand this space or create in this space... it's one of the greatest level playing fields today in entertainment. But you DO need to understand the basics of what it actually IS and the basics of immersive storytelling.

Stage 32 has exclusively brought in Christopher Morrison, a multi-talented writer-director-educator who has worked on VR, video games, and immersive entertainments all around the globe. His VR branching narrative “The Werewolf Experience” is currently in festivals after winning multiple pitch contests and being in the Stereopsia Booster program. His next VR project “Drunk Zombie Duelists'' received a grant from the Dutch government to shoot its proof of concept in 2021. It was also selected for the Stereopsia Booster program the same year. His feature film ‘The Bellwether’ was released in 2019. He has written and directed 360° films and recently added “Narrative Designer” to his credits as he’s written and designed for the multiple videogames. Cirque du Soleil called him “A huge asset to the creative process.” He frequently speaks on storytelling in WEB3.0, recently addressing the House of Lords in England, and he will be a guest speaker at the LEAP conference in Saudi Arabia in February of ’23.

Not only will this webinar explore what the term "Metaverse" means, but also how it is being actually applied by businesses and the entertainment world alike. Finally, we will also address how we can tell stories in these brand-new immersive spaces (some of which already exist). You have metaverse questions... the answers are here.

What You'll Learn

1. Understanding the Terms (w/Examples)

  • Immersive Storytelling
  • XR
  • Metaverse

2. The Market

  • Gaming
  • Entertainment
  • Business

3.  Writing for the Metaverse

  • Outdated structures (and why they don’t work for Metaverse stories)
    • Conflict based storytelling
    • Hero’s Journey
    • 4 Key Immersion Requirements
  • A world that is accessible and has an “entry point”
  • Creating the rules and Keeping them Consistent
  • Quickly establishing TRUST
  • Establishing that CHOICES MATTER
  • More Immersive Structures
  • Cooperative based storytelling
  • Wave/Wavelett structure
  • Spiral/Explosion structures

4.  The Future: Emergent Narratives

  • The trends
  • Where are we going?
  • The possibilities

Q&A with Christopher

About Your Instructor

Christopher Morrison is a multi-talented writer-director-educator who has worked on theatrical productions, VR, video games, and immersive entertainments on three continents. His VR branching narrative “The Werewolf Experience” is currently in festivals after winning multiple pitch contests and being in the Stereopsia Booster program. His next VR project “Drunk Zombie Duelists'' received a grant from the Dutch government to shoot its proof of concept in 2021. It was also selected for the Stereopsia Booster program the same year. His feature film ‘The Bellwether’ was released in 2019. He has written and directed 360° films as well. He has been commissioned for screenplays and plays alike. He recently added “Narrative Designer” to his credits as he’s written and designed for the multiple videogames. Cirque du Soleil called him “A huge asset to the creative process.” He frequently speaks on storytelling in WEB3.0, recently addressing the House of Lords in England and he will be a guest speaker at the LEAP conference in Saudi Arabia in February of ’23. He is an Adjunct II Professor at the California College of the Arts where he teaches Immersive Storytelling.

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Testimonials

Cirque du Soleil: "A huge asset to the creative process."

Past Students: "Fantastic, meaty, fast-paced entertaining class." Brenda K.

Anonymous feedback from P&G storytelling class:

It seemed overwhelming at the beginning, but he paced it so well and I digested some very useful tips!

It was great training. The trainer was very engaging and very knowledgeable.

Great trainer, awesome training!

Absolutely great! I learned a lot in a fun and engaging way.

This was a super duper event! Fun, innovative, and meaningful!

French High School Screenwriting class:

Morrison’s dope! Really entertaining, funny, and you learn at the same time!

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