Adventures in Interactive Storytelling

by digitalwrites in Swindon

Adventures in Interactive Storytelling
We did it
On 13th April 2016 we successfully raised £798 with 16 supporters in 14 days

Young people work with writers and artists to make and publish their own illustrated, interactive eBook app.

by digitalwrites in Swindon

Illustrated Interactive Gamebook Apps

Exciting games, well written, emotionally engaging, with beautiful illustrations, sound effects and music.

Our Mission

The arts are being eroded from education and from young people’s lives at an alarming rate. Often art subjects, computer games, films and graphic novels are looked down on as “low art”. Reading and writing are now reduced to “literacy”.

Starting with this project, Digital Writes are going to start putting back the fun and imagination into reading and writing. And we’re going to start raising the reputation of gamebooks as works of art.

In this project, young people, many of them disadvantaged, will work with professional artists to make their own gamebook and publish it on the app stores.

Our artists will be there to encourage and support the young people, and to help them develop their talents. But the finished project will totally be the creation of the young people themselves.

The Final Hurdle

We’ve had an offer of just under £15,000 from Arts Council England. But we won’t get it unless we can raise the required match funding.

Our partner schools and youth groups have pledged nearly £7,000 of in-kind support. But we now need to raise the final £4000 in cash to allow the project to go ahead. So the whole thing is depending on you.

The Activity

Young people will:

  • Plot
  • Write
  • Illustrate
  • Design
  • Compose
  • Code

The project will be offered to a wide range of young people living or studying in Swindon, to include young people with a diverse range of individual interests, aptitudes, abilities and educational needs. Which is one reason why we have chosen to work in the gamebook form. It’s perfect. It can be broken down into sections, elements, paragraphs. Every young person will be able to make a significant contribution and later identify their piece of the finished work.

Who We Are

Digital Writes is a new company. But, through our other company, Ideal Films, we’ve been doing creative projects with young people for 10 years. We have worked with disadvantaged young people whose lives have been transformed through the experience, and with talented young people who have gone on to careers in arts and media. Feedback from the young people we’ve worked with has shown they have had a great time, discovered that they can be creative and produce great work. They have worked harder than they thought possible, and collaborated to create something larger than the sum of its parts.

That is what we intend for this project - to produce a gamebook that is exciting and emotionally engaging: a book people will want to read; a game people will want to play.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

Blog Updates & Free App Download You'll get regular updates on the project via email including an email alerting you of our promotional download weeks so you can get a free copy of the app. Plus the young people’s gratitude for helping them to become published authors!

£3 or more

£3 Reward

Commemorative Postcard Receive a commemorative postcard designed by the young people. You will be able to choose 1 of 3 designs. Plus all rewards above.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A4 Poster A promotional A4 poster designed by the young people. Plus all rewards above.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Bumper Print Pack! This includes the A4 poster, 3 postcards (one of each design) and all the other rewards above.

£20 or more

2 of 15 claimed

£20 Reward

Be a Game Tester An invite for you and one other person to come along and be part of an app testing evening. There will be food and drink, and you will get to meet the young people who designed the app. You'll also get regular updates on the project via email including an email alerting you of our promotional download weeks so you can get a free copy of the app. (Note: does not include any of the print items listed above.)

£25 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£25 Reward

Name a Character Invent a name* for a character in the story. You can choose anything you like - your own name, the name of a friend, your child, or even your pet rabbit! *Names must not be liable to cause offence. The young people will choose which character to assign the name to. You'll also get regular updates on the project via email including an email alerting you of our promotional download weeks so you can get a free copy of the app. (Note: does not include any of the print items listed above.)

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Special Edition Soft Cover Printed Version of the Story But how?! There are so many different routes you can take?! Come and have a cup of coffee or Skype with us and we will work with you to decide which story route you would like printed. Or if you like, we can surprise you with a route we think you will enjoy. You'll also get regular updates on the project via email including an email alerting you of our promotional download weeks so you can get a free copy of the app. (Note: does not include any of the other print items listed above.)

£60 or more

£60 Reward

Special Edition Hard Cover Printed Version of the Story But how?! There are so many different routes you can take?! Come and have a cup of coffee or Skype with us and we will work with you to decide which story route you would like printed. Or if you like, we can surprise you with a route we think you will enjoy. You'll also get regular updates on the project via email including an email alerting you of our promotional download weeks so you can get a free copy of the app. (Note: does not include any of the other print items listed above.)

£100 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£100 Reward

Have Your Likeness Immortalised as a Character Come to Swindon, or send us a photo of yourself, a friend or relative, or even your pet rabbit, and the illustration team will create a few characters based on this image for you to choose from. This character will then appear in an illustration in the final book. We'll also give you a commemorative A4 print of the chosen image for you to keep and treasure, or give away to your chosen person. You'll also get regular updates on the project via email including an email alerting you of our promotional download weeks so you can get a free copy of the app. (Note: does not include any of the other print items listed above.)

£150 or more

£150 Reward

Executive Producer Credit in a Prominent Position You can use your own name or the name of your business. It will appear in a prominent position at the beginning of the credits: "Executive Producer: Name". Plus all these other rewards: Bumper Print Pack Be a Game Tester Special Edition Soft Cover Printed Version of the Story You'll also get regular updates on the project via email including an email alerting you of our promotional download weeks so you can get a free copy of the app.

£2,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£2,500 Reward

“Your Name Presents:” Above the Title You can use your own name or the name of your business. It will appear above the title in the app and on the cover of all printed versions of the story: “Your Name Presents:” Plus all these other rewards: Bumper Print Pack Be a Game Tester Special Edition Hard Cover Printed Version of the Story You'll also get regular updates on the project via email including an email alerting you of our promotional download weeks so you can get a free copy of the app.

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