(This post is a bit of a departure from what normally appears here, so bear with me.)
Over lunch today, Brad and I were talking about the potential of Vines (or other similar tools?) to be used in distributed collaborative storytelling.
One idea would be that a group could outline a story and then each person could make a Vine for their portion. (The plot points would have to be quite granular since Vines are only 6 seconds long. :) This could be done via a Google spreadsheet with people signing up and later posting links for their segments.
The resulting story could then be displayed on a web page as a series of embedded Vines (or they could be compiled into one combined movie). If the group was big enough, multiple people could develop out different versions of each segment, and end viewers could choose their own adventure. Perhaps different plot point versions could even be developed.
Brad suggested this be tried with a well known story like something from Shakespeare. I was thinking of it more for original stories (well, as original as any story is).
One question I had was how you’d maintain character continuity with different people contributing. Brad suggested props, e.g. “the guy with the baseball hat is always the doctor.” Or you could go by color, e.g. “the guy in the red shirt is always Joe.” I guess you could also use name tags or some other device.
I’m wondering if anyone’s done anything like this before and if so, whether there are any examples, tools, or suggestions.