It sounds like genius comic book writer Alan Moore, (‘Watchmen’, ‘V for Vendetta’ and ‘From Hell’), has moved into the world of transmedia storytelling with his latest multi-layered and multi-episode narrative entitled ‘Short Pieces’.
‘Short Pieces’ is a collaboration with photographer Mitch Jenkins and Moore. They plan to write and produce a series of short films that are to be “occult and noir flecked” in content. Two short films have already been made; ‘Act of Faith’ and ‘Jimmy’s End’.
The storyworld is the town of Northampton but with a noir twist. The town’s timeline of historical and fictional events will offer plenty of story content opportunities. A computer game has been devised as a plot element within the story and not just as an add-on extra. Other elements of the narrative include a feature film and a number of television series.
As Moore explains, “If we hear a song on the jukebox in one of the films, we have written that song ourselves. There is not a detail of this world we haven’t thought through already which I think makes this into quite an unusual project.”
Alan Moore – Welcome aboard the Storyworld Express!
It’s important that someone as influential as Moore is exploring transmedia storytelling. He commands a great deal of respect amongst traditional media-makers and continues to influence their work.