Culture On Demand celebrates the bonfire storytelling experience by bringing you extraordinary adventures by ordinary people, in mesmerizing, interactive environments. This collection of storytelling apps is inspired by the hypnotizing interactivity of playing with the sparks in a fire or staring up at the stars while you are transported with a storyteller's memories. We hope to inspire everyone to want to be the storyteller. To have your own stories about veering into the wilds of the long-way to random, far-off destinations for telling around the bonfire.
This is a collection of high-tech storybooks about low-budget adventures initiated by just taking off to explore amazing out-of-the-way places. A pursuit we refer to as Poor Man's National Geographic, obsessively capturing video, audio and photos through the endless natural beauty and treasures one encounters along the long way.
Photos, videos and audio collected on each mission are edited into interactive storyworlds modeled from actual terrain data and developed into a 3D, sound-reactive environment powered WebGL and THREE.js. Each Web app is brought to life by a narrator's account of being kidnapped by hash smugglers in Morocco, wandering without food or water overnight in Southern Utah, sneaking around America’s greatest ancient cities untouched for millennia in northern New Mexico, to name a few in the collection.
These are high-tech storytelling toys, so you will need a modern browser to have the intended primitive experience. Your laptop/desktop or VR headset is going to create the most immersive storytelling experience, but these apps also create beautiful little handheld interactive campfire stories to curl up near using your phone or tablet.
These are not video games, magazine travel pieces, or interactive documentaries. This is Poor Man's National Geographic. These are storytelling toys for people who just want to break out and see what's out there for the fun of it.