Interactive media and technology company Interlude and Virgin Produced announced today that they are teaming up to produce original interactive content. The partnership will kick off with at least one $20,000 production grant for creators to produce a series that utilizes Interlude’s interactive storytelling medium that will debut on Eko, Interlude’s entertainment platform.
To apply for the grant, creative teams will submit treatments for an interactive series, outlining the overall idea, main characters, seasonal arc and interactive structure. Submissions can be fiction, unscripted, live-action or animated. However, the ideas must be “inherently interactive,” i.e. an interactive concept drives the narrative. And lastly, ideas must work as a series, which, at a minimum, is three three-minute episodes.
Interlude will provide creative support and guidance for creators about techniques for interactive storytelling, and will provide its simple, powerful authoring tool, Eko Studio, to enable the creation of these interactive projects. Virgin Produced will provide overall production support on the actual series. The final series will initially be distributed and promoted on Eko and Virgin Produced’s platforms.
“Interlude’s platform is truly a new medium for creators,” says Alex Vlack, VP of Creative. “To anyone who’s ever dreamed of telling stories that put the audience in charge, for anyone who’s ever wanted to break out of the constraints of traditional, linear storytelling: your time has come. We can’t wait to see what you make.”
Applications open on December 1 with a launch event in Los Angeles, and will close on January 20. The winner will be announced on or shortly after February 16.