Immersive Storytelling and the Future of Film: The Sound of My Voice

  • by Sparrow
  • February 28th, 2012
Still from The Sound of My Voice with Brit Marling

Still from The Sound of My Voice with Brit Marling

What advances in cinematic storytelling can we expect to see in the Digital Age?
Writer Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij have an idea. The story is called The Sound of My Voice – a beautiful, eerie, and contemplative journey into the heart of a prophetic cult. If the name Brit Marling rings a bell, it’s because she was the trifecta creative force (writer / director / actor) behind last year’s beautifully subdued sci-fi drama Another Earth. (If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to visit your Netflix queue.)

The Sound of My Voice is the story of a journalist and his girlfriend that are pulled into a cult whose leader (Marling) claims to be from the future. As a film, from what I’ve seen so far, it’s a riveting story shot on a shoestring budget. But what’s even more interesting is the use of immersive digital elements like hot spots and clickable video that take you deeper into the story world.

Immersive Storytelling and Clickable Video - The Sound of My Voice

Immersive Storytelling and Clickable Video - The Sound of My Voice

“Clickable video” sounds annoying until you see it done right.
Go to the video on the official site and click the red dots as they appear. Spring water? Zip ties? Soap? The links let you dive down into the enigmatic elements of the plot, and in so doing, add yet another level of unanswered questions and intrigue. A blurring between reality and the story world.

How will the immersive digital components tie to a cinematic release?
Could this be the dawn of second-screen at the movie theater? So much for telling people to shut off their phones. I’m excited to see how this plays out. But more importantly, I’m excited to see the film, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters April 27.

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