Treehouse – multimedia iPhone fiction

TREEHOUSE – App Trailer from Jason Franzen on Vimeo.

This is really interesting. Treehouse is a serialised story available via the iPhone, told through a very clever, user-friendly and intuitive interface that allows you quickly access individual chapters in an approach the creators have dubbed “Appisodic”(™). The story is engaging, with a great mix of text and visuals, and I particularly appreciated the tooltips that quickly and unobtrusively show you how to navigate when you start – a big plus with any new format like this, even when the navigation is as intuitive as it is here. Also exciting (from my point of view at least) is that Appisodes 2-4 are available to purchase, making this an extremely promising model for elit authors looking to make a living from what they do (or at least, try to cover their costs of production).

Very nice work. And you can even participate in the next Treehouse stories with texts from your own (past or ongoing) online relationships – see BCC on the Treehouse page at www.firstfifteen.com/ for more.

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From the authors:

Treehouse is an esoteric project merging voyeurism, found e-mails, romance and a serial storytelling approach (which we dubbed Appisodic™) all wrapped in an dynamic, new e-mail reader interface. Intriguing, right? Strange? Definitely. It’s not a game, and it’s not a book…and that’s what’s cool about the iPhone, we can make things that don’t fit into defined categories; it’s a New Storytelling Machine and TREEHOUSE is a new model in storytelling.

From the press release:

Have you ever been involved in a steamy online romance? What would you do if your secret love letters were uncovered and published for the world to see?

New media producers First Fifteen are releasing the provocative e-mails of a true-life online love affair carried out 14-years ago during the advent of the Internet; published as a series of four tantalizing Appisodes™ to be enjoyed in the privacy of your own phone.

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PROJECT WEB PAGE: www.FirstFifteen.com

PRESS RELEASE & ART ASSETS: www.FirstFifteen.com/Press

TREEHOUSE / APPISODE 1 / DEEP / FREE
itunes.apple.com/us/app/treehouse-appisode-1/id315558023?mt=8

TREEHOUSE / APPISODE 2 / DIRTY / 99¢
itunes.apple.com/us/app/treehouse-appisode-2/id315560749?mt=8

TREEHOUSE / APPISODE 3 / DARK / 99¢
itunes.apple.com/us/app/treehouse-appisode-3/id315561137?mt=8

TREEHOUSE / APPISODE 4 / SECRET / 99¢
itunes.apple.com/us/app/treehouse-appisode-4/id315561494?mt=8