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What is Multi-Platform Storytelling?

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Multi-Platform Storytelling is essentially creative content production for an evolving, three-dimensional media space. Unlike a ‘traditional’ narrative, multi-platform stories typically begin on one platform (film, television, web series, etc.) and are then repurposed, revised, or recast for presentation on secondary, and even tertiary platforms (YouTube, Twitter, Instagram etc.).

What Happens in First Semester

In the first semester, students takes 5 online courses that place an emphasis on peer collaboration. These courses demand between 3 and 4 hours of the student’s time each week. This first semester is typically thought of as the ‘planning’ or ideation stage, where ideas for narrative production are introduced, explored, and then solidified. 

Semester 1: Orientation and Online Learning Primer

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Semester 1: Fiction and Non Fiction Narratives

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Semester 1: Gaming Interactive and Multiplatform Media

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Semester 1: Multi-Platform Ideation

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Semester 1: Screenplay and Story

What Happens in Second Semester

In the second semester, the student takes their best idea and then spend between 3-4 hours per course, per week, putting that plan into action. 

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Semester 2: Entrepreneurship and Creative Producing

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Semester 2: Multi-Platform Storytelling

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Semester 2: Thesis Project and Mentorship in Multi-Platform Storytelling

Careers in Multi-Platform Storytelling

Sample Career Titles

  • Filmmaker
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Strategic Communications Officer
  • Copywriting/Creative Content Producer
  • Journalist
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Digital Strategist
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Digital Media Performance Officer
  • Screenwriter
  • Documentarian

Sample Employers

  • Public Relations firms
  • Production Studios
  • Advertising Agencies
  • News Agencies
  • Marketing Firms
  • Consulting Groups
  • Postsecondary Institutions

Learn From the Pros

Humber’s program features cutting-edge content authored by industry professionals who have produced work in a variety of fields, all of which exist beneath the multi-platform storytelling umbrella (filmmaking, gaming, screenwriting, etc.). Further, its unique configuration encourages students to collaborate and interact with one another so as to develop an original idea in the first semester that will be put into production during the second.

Dr. Adam Miller is a full-time Professor and Program Coordinator in the School of Media Studies & Information Technology at Humber College and oversees the operation of its online graduate program called Multi-Platform Storytelling

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for Creative Producers, a program whose content he selectively authored. Dr. Miller was previously associated with the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University within the Undergraduate Program in New Media and the Graduate Program in Media Production. He is currently on the editorial committee for the Canadian Journal of College Students’ Applied Research and he recently travelled to Aarhus, Denmark to facilitate the formation of an institutional partnership between the School of Media Studies and Information Technology at Humber College and the VIA University College Film and Transmedia Program.

Dr. Miller obtained his PhD from York University in Communication and Culture as part of a joint graduate program offered through York and Ryerson Universities. His research is concerned with the socio-cultural changes emerging from digital cultures that are increasingly defined by convergent technologies and the growing ubiquity of the multi- platform modality.

Maureen Dorey is a freelance analyst and story editor and instructor (Humber College and York University) who helps writers find their voices, clarify their intentions, enhance their craft, and renew the connection to their stories.

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Her production credits include In Darkness, written by David Shamoon, directed by Angieszka Holland and produced by The Film Works, nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and three Genies, including Best Screenplay; Amal, written by Shaun and Richie Mehta, also nominated for six Genies, including Best Screenplay; and Blackbird, written by Jason Buxton and produced by Marc Almon, an Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival 2012, winner of the Claude Jutra Award, and nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.  Television credits include Moccasin Flats (Season II) and Random Passage, an eight-hour mini-series directed by John N. Smith, produced by Passage Films and Cité-Amérique for broadcast on CBC and RTE (Eire).  Other credits include The War Between Us, Lyddie, and On My Mind.

Spencer Hawtin’s interest in stories started at a young age, and he specifically gravitated to video games. Games provided fantasy worlds and stories of far off places where one could become the protagonist.

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This influenced his anthropological work, causing him to focus his Master’s research on gaming communities, specifically on a community called Roosterteeth. The stories within games became less important, and people who played games became the center of his research. Roosterteeth is a gaming community, but his research focused on how games brought people together and how Roosterteeth content did the same. He completed his undergraduate degree at Sir Wilfred Laurier University in Anthropology, and his Master’s at University College London in Digital Anthropology. His Master’s research was conducted online through forums and message boards, and the capstone portion of his thesis relied on in person interviews of Roosterteeth community members at their fan event (RTX) in Austin Texas.

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