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Beckinfield is the worlds first Mass Participation web series. Every week hundreds of actors, professional and amateur, participate in the story by upland videos they create. Here is episode 74 for the week of April 23rd.
Black suited figures continue to harass the people of Beckinfield about the mysterious events of April 1st. Unravel the mystery for yourself at theatrics.com. You can watch the videos, interact with the story and the actors, or even become an actor yourself. It’s fun, easy and free. See you in Beckinfield.
This episode of MacVoices TV features an interview from the show floor at Macworld|iWorld 2012 about Theatrics and Beckinfield, the online sci-fi video series. Show host Chuck Joiner says it is “One of the more intriguing conversations we had at Macworld.”
“Tracy Evans explains how it all works to put you, me, anyone into the series as a character, their Tech Talk with special guest Jonathan Frakes and what part he plays in this, and why it could be the future of television.”
Andy Ihnatko, technology columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, joined the cast of Beckinfield today portraying the Dean of Beckinfield State University (BSU) Dr. David Forrester. Andy’s first appearance, shot live on the main stage at Macworld|iWorld 2012, shows his character speaking in the main hall of BSU as he addressed the “students, esteemed faculty members and members of the media.”
Andy is in good company for his premier video, appearing with Jonathan Frakes, who plays the character of Dylan Marks, and Michael Town, the winner of the Ultimate Online Audition Contest. Careful observers may even spot Theatrics co-founders Biff Van Cleve, Bob Gebert and myself in the video.
We look forward to more of Andy’s appearances and to following the adventures of Dean Forrester.
Late breaking news. Andy Ihnatko will be joining Jonathan Frakes, Bob Gebert and myself on the main stage at Macworld|iWorld 2012.
Theatrics.com, creators of Beckinfield, has been invited to speak at the Film Event of this years Macworld|iWorld conference. In addition to the presentation, we will be shooting a special episode of Beckinfield with Mr. Frakes. That episode will now also include a special appearance by America’s Most Beloved Tech Journalist, Andy Ihnatko.
Mr Ihnatko, technology journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times, is well known in the Macintosh community from his frequent appearances on podcasts such as MacBreak Weekly, This Week in Tech and his latest creation The Ihnatko Almanac.
In the increasingly special episode of Beckinfield, Mr. Ihnatko will play the part of Dr. David Forrester, Dean of Beckinfield State College. The Fr. Forester is introducing Dylan Marks (played by Jonathan Frakes) at a press conference being held on his campus. Attendees at Macworld will watch as the main stage is transformed into a college presentation room, and even be involved in shooting the episode by playing the parts of residents of the town of Beckinfield.
It is a real thrill to be working with both Mr. Frakes and Mr. Ihnatko on the project.
Beckinfield comes to San Francisco at next week’s Theatrics.com presentation for the Film Event at MacWorld l iWorld 2012.
The presentation will start with Bob Gebert and myself talking about all things Beckinfield; how the project began, the technology behind it, and how Jonathan Frakes became involved in the show. Next, Mr. Frakes will take the stage to announce the finalists and grand prize winner of the Ultimate Online Audition Contest.
For the big finish we will shoot a special episode of Beckinfield live in front of the Macworld audience, actually including the audience in the episode.
The presentation theater will be transformed into the main hall of Beckinfield State University. In the story, legendary stage director Dylan Marks (Mr. Frakes’s character) is holding an open press conference on the campus to announce the cast of his next production, The Legends of Beckinfield. The Macworld audience will play the part of Beckinfielders attending the press conference.
The audience will also interact with the story as they are directed to react to the speech in various ways. In addition, they are all encouraged to shoot the event on their cell phones (most likely iPhones), create a character in Beckinfield, and upload the video to Theatrics.com to tell their side of the story.
If you are in San Francisco next week, come to Macworld and be part of the fun.