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SPOILERS. AND SYMPATHIES. AND DAMN FINE STORYTELLING.

June 3, 2013

Brooke Burgess

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The Red Wedding hurts because it’s real.

We know what should happen.  The Hero’s Journey archetypes have conditioned us into comfort and expectation.

Yet our lives have shown us, too many times, what will happen.

We see the evil in men’s hearts.

We learn that ‘good guys’ rarely win.  That honour no longer holds sway in the world at large.

We face the heavy truth that Love is ill-equipped to ‘conquer all’.

And yet..?

We endure.  We accept.  We transform.

Bad things happen every day.  Terrible things.  And all that we hold dear is eventually taken from us.  Parents.  Lovers.  Friends.  Children.  Beloved pets.  Each are destroyed by the selfish, frightened, power-mad hands of another.  Or the ravages of Time.

It’s how we react to these tragedies that defines us.  How we are shaped by them.  Bettered by them.  Like I’ve said a thousand times, if I’ve said it once:

We are taken to the forge, battered and burned and beaten some more…thrust in the flames to the point of dissolution…

…until we become a Sword.

Do not weep for the Starks on this day.

Do not curse the gods, or abandon all hope in the unseen engines of Fate.

Instead?  Say a prayer for the survivors.  Send them strength, so that they may emerge from their pits of suffering and sadness. With fire in their bellies, courage in their hearts, and minds sharpened like unholy razors.

Winter is coming.

And, may the Seven have mercy on any soul who has been marked for Her wrath.

What’s YOUR Story?

June 6, 2012

Brooke Burgess

Let's COLLABORATE

Special thanks to Hulo Films for the shoot/edit, and Tobias Tinker for the tunes!

GREY SEAL

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TIMELINE:  Oct 2011 – CURRENT

PLATFORM(S):  Graphic Novel / TV Pitch / Web

GENRE:   Sci-Fi

CLIENT:  3Brane Entertainment

Collaborating with established producer and IP creator Nastasha Baron (Kingdoms of Grace) to package her exciting new sci-fi graphic novel project, and capitalize on its transmedia potential.  With two completed issues (available in print and digital), we focused on the following strategy to get the property ready for the spotlight:

  • Working from existing bible outlines, breaking out a story arc that would clearly showcase what an initial ‘season’ of television would look like.   This would be then be adapted to a ‘stand alone’ graphic novel, comprised of five acts/issues.
  • Building a ‘tastemaker’ presence on Tumblr, employing daily genre posts (focusing on mainstream projects with similar themes and appeal) to engage her core audience.  In less than 6 months, her ‘geek oasis’ has received countless post reblogs and likes, with regular mentions of Grey Seal increasing brand awareness well ahead of any official release.
  • Consulting on all aspects of packaging including: logline, series summary, comparative analysis, broadcaster pitches, indy fundraising, and long-term transmedia strategy.
  • ADR direction of Tamoh Penikett (BSG) for the Grey Seal motion comic trailer.

LOGLINE

Lt Commander Trevor Jones.  US Navy Seal.  Decorated veteran….and paraplegic.  A man trapped in a sweeping conspiracy on this world — and a puppet for forces from another.  Follow his struggle to uncover the truth behind haunting flashes of ‘missing time’, a powerful alien artifact, and the mind-bending possibility that he’s much more than human:  he’s the GREY SEAL.

WAPOS BAY

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TIMELINE:  2010 – 2011

PLATFORM(S):  Web, Videogame

GENRE:  Animated Children’s content (stop-motion)

CLIENT:  Karma Film

I was contracted to implement a ground-floor imagining of the design, interactive narrative, production management, and creative direction for a multi-pronged digital experience for this beloved Gemini Award-winning stop-motion animated children’s series.

  • Designed user experience and overall media campaign strategy
  • Produced/directed all in-studio production, technical assets, and audio/visual contributions
  • Steered marketing strategy and ensured overall project timeline/budget adherence
  • Secured additional national funding for ‘PHASE 2’ of the web experience:  a Mariokart-inspired videogame, featuring hundreds of unique series characters and assets.
  • Designed, produced and directed the game – Wapos Racerz to completion with my recommended development team.
  • Consulted on production and design for the Wapos Bay iPAD experience, now available!

Experience the heart-warming world of Wapos Bay HERE.  (Flash required)

Chipping at narrative marble…

November 9, 2010

Brooke Burgess

If only you could make sense of this...

Early work on what is potentially one of THE coolest transmedia campaigns yet conceived…

And the real beauty of it?

You’ll have no clue that you were sucked in until it’s over.  Fact.

I'm gonna get you soooooooooooo good...

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BACK TO THE OFFICE…

July 26, 2010

Brooke Burgess

Work/Play in Progress...

PRODUCTION HAIKU

Stuck behind a desk?

I will think of you fondly

as I play with dolls

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AND AT THE END OF MY STORY…

May 24, 2010

Brooke Burgess

As most Geminis tend towards, I’m of two minds regarding the LOST finale.  After 6 years and 100+hrs of direct viewing investment – not including discussion forums, fan films, ARGs, and more than a few diluted attempts at transmedia extension of the property – we the audience craved Resolution.  And now, on the DAL (Day After LOST), a lot of the show’s Followers (Christian Shepherd, indeed) are of similar mind:

“Intellectually disappointing…yet emotionally fulfilling.”

And I agree with this to a certain extent.  It nagged at me throughout the broadcast, this ever-present specter of Unanswered Questions.  The canyon-sized plot holes of tail-eating logic.  The long-dangling threads of era-splintering Mythology.  Big Moments – imbued with seeming importance for many seasons – now dissolved like so much dirt in the glowing heart of the Island Washing Machine.   My rational mind – my scientist – kept pursing his lips and shaking his head and scoffing at cracks in the Design.

But then came the Sum of all things…

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BIG WHEELS KEEP ON TURNIN’…

April 15, 2010

Brooke Burgess

Patterns within patterns...plans within plans...

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