Lance Weiler's Directory of Immersive Storytelling Tools

Spring of 2017 and Lance Weiler's students at Columbia University are working on immersive adaptions of Sherlock Holmes. So Lance has compiled a list of free services and platforms that his students (and others!) can use.  I'm sharing those with you (thanks Lance).

Directory of new platforms, apps and tools 

Prototyping tools 

Build a micro game 

Build an AR geolocational game 

Build an AR experience 

Interactive video 

VR authoring tool 

VR authoring tool 

Build a chatbot 

Immersive storytelling platform 

Prototype with IoT 

IoT prototyping platform

IoT prototyping platform 

Purposeful storytelling 

Shadertoy - for the ambitiously inclined

New Technologies Will Require New Thinking in US Copyright Law: What Rights Are Implicated By Making Available Online?

If a website offers a link to a copyright work (without the author's permission), is that a form of copyright infringement? Is it a copying? Or a distribution?

What if a company offers individual subscribers their own tiny remote antennae - a small device in Brooklyn that picks up all the free-to-view broadcast TV signals in NYC - recording each subscriber's favorite broadcast TV shows and then making just those broadcast TV shows available to that unique subscriber - a form of time-shifting where a user who is traveling can watch local TV shows after they are broadcast from her discrete antenna and digital recorder? Is that Brooklyn- based company or the subscriber guilty of copyright infringement?

Here's a link to some fascinating 2016 guidance from the US copyright office. 

360 Video Comes to Vimeo

If  you're a filmmaker exploring new tools, Vimeo has just made it a lot easier to share (and monetize) 360 videos.

Is Intellectual Property Really Property?

If you watched the video of Tina Turner (above, recorded in Sopot, Poland) or you're reading this post, your digital device is probably rendering some type of copy.

Tina Turner first recorded her vocal track for the original hit record on March 7th, 1966 - 51 years ago. And this video of her singing live was recorded August 15th, 2000.  And I wrote these words on Wed. March 8, 2017 ("my" words - in this particular order to express some ideas).

Assuming, for sake of argument, that my ideas are original and have some value (not as much as "River Deep, Mountain High", but some nominal value) can I say I own these words?

If I don't own the words - if the actual words aren't my property, but my particular arrangement of them to express my thoughts can be considered a form of property - can I prevent people from copying them?

What exactly makes any claim of "rights" over intellectual property (e.g., a song, a performance or a blogpost) legal?

Is my claim over "my" words ethical?

I want you to share what I write. But what if I didn't?

Is it right that criminal copyright laws (first crafted during a different time, before Tina Turner and I were born, when people used different technologies and engaged in different cultural practices) still apply?

In this era of abundant and ubiquitous information, is it time to re-evaluate our approach to Intellectual Property?

What is the philosophical foundation for saying someone "owns" a work of expression (like a song, a blogpost, a movie, novel, sculpture, ballet, or poem).

Follow this link to a fascinating article by David Faraci entitled "Do Property Rights Presuppose Scarcity?". 

Randy Finch's Film Blog:

Thoughts from a film producer about making and distributing films.