Category: creations

  • GPT-2 and Culture Ship Names

    Brief Personal Update: I accepted a new job and moved to Manhattan – more on that later. Critically, I signed a lease on an apartment after 3 years of cybernomadism. I intend to live here for a while, but I want it to feel like a spaceship on the move. Thus, it needs a proper […]

  • The Aluminum Cat Documentary Released Now!

    When you make an interactive show, it’s hard for the audience to tell just *how* interactive it is. This is part of the rare magic of any participatory theatre; even Keith Johnstone said don’t bother trying to convince your audience that a show is improvised, because they’ll never believe you. So we at Escape Character […]

  • Player Character Bios in Participatory Media

    Originally published in Escape Character’s Newsletter. Question: What’s the best way to hack someone who’s never LARP’d[1] before to get into character? Our goal here is to have the player buy into the stakes of the show before they cross the threshold [2] into the space of the show. In Escape Character’s projects where the […]

  • Telepresence Immersive Theatre with Mice instead of Voice

    This past year at Escape Character has been quiet, but very busy. Me + several collaborators have been iterating on telepresence interactive theatre. We have written and debuted three scenarios and are in the middle of writing our fourth. We’ve put on in-person shows in San Francisco, Toronto and London. We just started remote invite-only […]

  • POV Edit: Star War’s Obi-Wan Kenobi

    I’ve taken Star Wars I-VI and cut out every scene that Obi-Wan Kenobi didn’t directly witness. I wasn’t trying to make a movie, and the end result has some bumpy transitions, but in the spirit of this upcoming standalone film, I wanted to get to know Obi-Wan Kenobi’s life better. I’m calling this a “POV […]

  • Proposing the (Bill) Paxton Number

    The Erdős Number measures how far you are from mathematician Paul Erdős via coauthoring academic papers*. The Bacon Number measures how far you are from actor Kevin Bacon via costarring in films. In honour of the late Bill Paxton, I now propose The Paxton Number. Bill Paxton has the totally-not-dubious honour of being killed, on […]

  • What I’ve been up to

    It’s been a while! Lots of excitement is upcoming and I’m happy to finally share. At the end of April 2016, after a year and a half, I left Occipital and returned to Toronto to focus on personal projects. I had contemplated this move for a while, and the timing just happened to work out. […]

  • Game: SimZilla

    Players: 2-3 pilots At least 1 Zilla. Though the Zilla should get tired quickly, so having a lineup of 3-4 Zillas works well. Setup: This game works best in an atrium – it requires a raised platform 3+ meters above the play space for the pilots to stand on. The play space (for The Zilla) […]

  • The Painting — An Immersive iBeacon Theatre Experience Powered by Webble SmartSpot

    Here is a first-person walkthrough of an immersive theatre show I did with Joshua Marx, as part of Floodlight Productions. We built it in a section of The SpeakeasySF while it was still under construction. UPDATE: See my talk at Hackaday’s Supercon about this project: https://hackaday.com/2015/12/18/immersive-theatre-via-ibeacons-with-dustin-freeman/ During the show, the single audience member uses an […]

  • Improv Remix Call For Performers: July 28th – August 3rd, 2014

    Dustin Freeman and Montgomery Martin are looking for 3-5 performers of any age and demographic with a background in improv or comedy to collaboratively playtest a live video remix system. Performers will interact with an array of motion sensors and cameras to construct a series of original scenes from live video recordings to be presented […]