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Posted Saturday 1/19/19 at 6:13AM EST
Inside the challenge of making Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
"Bandersnatch forced the Black Mirror team — including executive producer Annabel Jones, creator and writer Charlie Brooker, director David Slade, and actors Will Poulter and Fionn Whitehead — to rethink many of the givens of filming a TV episode," says Jackson McHenry. "They had to find a way to write a script that contains myriad variations big and small, and then communicate each of those variations to the cast and crew. They had to shoot wildly different outcomes while maintaining character continuity and preserving an engaging plot. And, of course, they had to make sure the episode didn’t feel too complicated to actually watch." As Jones puts it, “If we’d have known how difficult it was going to be, we might not have done it.” ALSO: Watch Jimmy Fallon's Bandersnatch spoof.
Posted Monday 1/14/19 at 8:28AM EST
Read an oral history of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Executive producers Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones and actors Fionn Whitehead and Will Poulter discuss the making of the interactive movie in this oral history. In it, Brooker tells Buzzfeed there's one scene that nobody can watch on Netflix. "There's one bit you can't get to, which weirdly somebody somehow managed to find somehow and put on YouTube," says Brooker. "There's one scene that you can't get to, because of something we changed."
Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
Black Mirror creator tells Bandersnatch naysayers to "f*ck off"
Source: HuffPost UK
Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones addressed criticism of their interactive movie -- while dodging a question about Miley Cyrus blabbing about filming an episode. While executive producer Jones says "it's just so satisfying that so many people have engaged with it," creator Brooker says he doesn't care about the haters. "It’s been interesting that you get different reactions from different people, partly based on what they’re expecting, or what they want," he says. "So some people go, ‘oh, I’m shit at this’, and you sort of go, ‘no no, it’s alright, we’ve built in that you’re going to fail’. We’re trying to make you fail a couple of times so that you have to go around and do things again, and that’s sort of baked into the story. There’s also some people that are like ‘I don’t wanna make decisions’, ‘I don’t want to do any of it’... well f*ck off, then. Do something else! And then there’s some people who think ‘oh, it’s too simple as a game’ or ‘games have done this before’ – well this isn’t on a gaming platform, it’s on Netflix. I’m well aware of what a computer game is, thanks."
Posted Friday 1/11/19 at 1:19PM EST
"Choose Your Own Adventure" publisher sues Netflix over Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Chooseco LLC, the Vermont-based publisher of the bestselling interactive book series, alleges that Netflix sought a license to use the “Choose Your Own Adventure” trademark over the last couple of years -- until negotiations fell through. The lawsuit argues Bandersnatch infringes on its trademark, and notes that the interactive movie even references "Choose Your Own Adventure."
Posted Friday 1/11/19 at 1:19PM EST
Stop treating True Detective like a game!
The HBO series didn't pioneer the "gameification" of narrative television, but the polarizing Season 1 finale "revealed one hazard of gamified TV: an unsatisfying conclusion makes everything that came before it feel like a waste of time," says Judy Berman. She adds: "For these viewers, True Detective failed not because of any particular story flaw but because in its final moments, it claimed the right to be an ambiguous work of art–instead of an interactive challenge that fans could win or lose by solving the mystery." The gameification of TV can also be seen in newer shows Westworld and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. "Even if Bandersnatch doesn’t turn out to be the future of television, its mere existence is a sign of times when games of speculation can drown out wider-ranging conversations about shows whose meaning can’t be reduced to a right or wrong answer," she says.
Posted Wednesday 1/09/19 at 9:32PM EST
Black Mirror producers try to appease concerns that Netflix is storing Bandersnatch viewer data
The interactive nature of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch has sparked concerns that it is a data mining tool that gives Netflix specific information that could become its "secret marketing weapon." Creator Charlie Brooker says of the concerns: "I’m sure they will know who has chosen what and it will be interesting to see who chooses what and why they choose it. Well, we don’t know why they choose it — I don’t think they can see into anyone’s soul...I mean, I think it would only really be of use to people coming up with more interactive stories. Because this is all quite experimental, as you say, in terms of, you know, obviously interactive films have been around for a while, but on the Netflix platform this is fairly new. I can’t imagine at the moment there would be much information that would be much more useful than helping you sort of bear it in mind the next time you’re writing an interactive story. Because people are approaching this for different reasons, aren’t they?"
Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 10:27AM EST
Black Mirror creator is done with interactivity after Bandersnatch, is looking forward to more optimistic episodes
Source: The New York Times
“Run away. It’s harder than you think," Charlie Brooker said of making the interactive Bandersnatch movie that dropped last week. He says of Season 5: “We’re doing more optimistic episodes and stories, rather than just dystopian and negative ones," adding that "we want to keep the show interesting for us." ALSO: Bandersnatch was so complex it might delay Season 5.
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 1:07PM EDT
Netflix is reportedly planning choose-your-own-adventures shows, movies and a Black Mirror episode
Viewers will get to choose their own storyline for an episode of the upcoming Black Mirror season, according to Bloomberg. "Netflix Inc. is about to let you decide how your favorite show will end," reports Bloomberg. "The streaming service is developing a slate of specials that will let viewers choose the next storyline in a TV episode or movie, according to people familiar with the matter. The company expects to release the first of these projects before the end of this year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are still private."
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 3:06PM EST
Netflix is creating a choose-your-own adventure show for adults
Chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the success of Netflix kids shows Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile inspired the company to try doing interactive shows for adults.