1. BitTorrent: You could say that Lady Gaga is following in Madonna's footsteps. In September, "secretprojectrevolution," a short film co-directed by Madonna with Steven Klein was distributed by BitTorrent via its new format, BitTorrent Bundle. Now Lady Gaga -- or at least her latest video, "Do What U Want," is the centerpiece of "The Lady Gaga Bundle" on BitTorrent Bundle, the company announced today.
BitTorrent x VICE Bundle series is "designed to explore the link between open expression and open technology, providing an inside look at the creative process, with original film, music, archival content, and behind-the-scenes footage direct from artists," according to a joint press release from Vice and BitTorrent. A preview of the Lady Gaga Bundle will be available on Noisey's YouTube Channel in the near future. The Bundle will include 4K video and photos documenting the making of Lady Gaga and R. Kelly' "Do What U Want" music video, directed by photographer Terry Richardson, along with other exclusive video content.
2. Digital Storytelling Manifesto: Digital storytellers from Quebec released a 10-point digital storytelling manifesto on Monday at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2013. "Interactive work is not a derivative of any other form of expression. It is an art form in itself. We must define the practice and support it through a unique process tailored to its needs and character," is one of the points. Read the full manifesto here.
3. "Making a Scene:" For its annual Hollywood Issue, "The New York Times Magazine" has taken a cinematic approach with "Making a Scene," 11 short films featuring 11 of the year's most lauded actors, including Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper, Chewetel Ejiofor, Greta Gerwig, Michael B. Jordan, Adele Exarchopoulos, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Robert Redford, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. The shorts were directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski ("Lincoln") and are available on NYTimes.com and on The Times' YouTube channel, as well as here.
4. Katie Couric Yahoos: Katie Couric is the new face of tech, according to Women and Hollywood. Yahoo has hired Couric, who has been on contract with ABC News, to "help develop Yahoo News' coverage with a growing team of global correspondents who will report on live world events, anchor groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers and thought leaders, and much more," according to a statement from Yahoo.
5. Pixar Storytelling: After Pixar story artist Emma Coats tweeted Pixar's 22 rules of storytelling in 2011, quite a few people have riffed off of those rules. In the case of Stephan Vladimir Bugaj, a Pixar employee of 12 years, he's decided to elaborate on them. Bugaj has an ebook with an elaboration of each of the 22 rules of storytelling on his site and it's free to download.... ! (Bugaj is retaining copyright, so when you pass it along to friends, make sure you send along the whole thing.) With permission from Bugaj, we've reprinted his explanation of Rule #3 here.