Enlisted by Microsoft in support of the release of Internet Explorer 9, filmmaker Edgar Wright has teamed up with illustrator Tommy Lee Edwards to create a new interactive web series entitled The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator.
And when they say random, they mean it. The British filmmaker, best known for his collaborations with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in such films as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, says the project “puts you center stage as you help shape this interactive noir-inspired series.” Intrigued yet?
In the first of the four planned installments of the series, we meet the titular character, an author with a serious case of writer’s block, and we’re immediately immersed in his caffeine-fueled delirium. Brandon eventually falls asleep at his desk, revealing a blank computer screen, notepad, and voice recorder, and it becomes clear this is where the audience comes into play. On his blog, Wright asks viewers to use these devices to submit “prose, sketches, ideas and voicemails that we will incorporate in the second, third and fourth installments.”
In all, the project is stylishly executed, and the HTML5 interface does indeed flow seamlessly when using IE9, as well as other modern browsers. With the remaining three episodes set to be periodically released until June, we should soon get a better idea of what exactly Wright has planned for the rest of the series, and if he’s got any other tricks up his sleeve.
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