Avatar Secrets is an interactive documentary developed for the iPad and iPhone, and now available as a 10 episode web series on Vimeo.
A digital project in form and content, Avatar Secrets explores the complexities of human connection in the wired world, examining the evolving nature of community, relationships, empathy and interdependence in the real world — and the digital frontier.
** App Store Editors’ Choice **
** Featured and “Best New App” (App Store Canada) **
** 2016 Screen Awards — Nominee — Best Original Program or Series Produced for Digital Media, Non-Fiction **
** 2015 Rockie Awards — Nominee — Best Interactive Non-Fiction **
The story begins in New York City where writer/director Ramona Pringle has the perfect job, terrific friends and a great boyfriend. That is until it all comes crashing down. With her mother sick, Ramona packs up her charmed life and returns to her hometown. A few days later her boyfriend breaks up with her, right when she needs him the most. Stuck in her childhood bedroom and dealing with a broken heart, Ramona ventures online and into the world of MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games). There, she creates an avatar, a healer named ‘Tristanova’, and sets off on her first quest. After reaching Level Two, Ramona finds herself lost and alone in the vast expanse of the game world. Eventually she asks another player for help. This leads her to discover the first ‘avatar secret’ — that the hardest part of the quest isn’t the quest itself, it’s admitting that you can’t do it alone.
Originally released in Canada for the iPad, where it was an App Store Editor’s Choice and Featured and ‘Best New’ App, Avatar Secrets has been seen at major documentary, film and interactive festivals, including: HotDocs, Sheffield Documentary Festival and TFI Interactive, part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Beautifully rendered, Avatar Secrets combines 2D animated sequences and rich-media footnotes along with links to case studies, additional video content and interviews. App viewers can watch the “appumentary” in two ways: in movie mode or in interactive mode. In interactive mode viewers can swipe through scenes and touch ‘hot spots’ to reveal rich-media footnotes and uncover hidden content.
Creative direction by super-realist/multimedia artist Michaele Jordana Berman (Cyborg: The Human Condition, The Mystery of San Nicandro), animation by Olney Atwell (Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live) and illustration by Michael Derrah. Written and directed by Ramona Pringle.
Featuring Vint Cerf (Google's Chief Internet Evangelist and the inventor of the Internet), Tiffany Shlain (founder of the Webby Awards), Jessica Hammer (Mellon Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Fellow at Columbia University), Stephen Gillet (COO, Symantec), John Hagel (Director of Center for the Edge) and others.
AVATAR SECRETS is produced by Ramona Pringle Productions in association with TVO and financed with the assistance of the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) and the Bell Fund.
To the AVATAR SECRETS channel -- http://bit.ly/18W5Raj
With the channel widget -- http://bit.ly/14E2MOA
Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/av...
Instagram -- http://instagram.com/avatar...
Twitter -- https://twitter.com/ramonap...
YouTube -- https://www.youtube.com/use...