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The Comedy Extender

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
November 27, 2004 | Post #2000 | Topic #2000

My friend Ravi Jain just made available an episode of his web-based sitcom= from 2002, Three Abreast. I love this show. Ravi was way ahead of his ti= me by triggering content based on where you are in the movie. You can pau= se the movie and visit external websites. I hope you like it, it's got a = catchy theme song too. ;-) http://ravijain.org/threeabreast.html Click o= n the episode "Couple o' Cousins", and then click "Current Episode" and se= lect "Comedy Extender Mode." Here's what Ravi says about it: "Three Abrea= st <www.three-abreast.com> is a web-based sitcom about my life that utiliz= es technologies unique to the Internet. The conceptual and technological i= nnovation of the work is a mechanism termed, =93The Comedy Extender=94. = This feature automatically triggers dynamic content that complements the = video narrative, such as: background notes, links to related web sites, an= d downloadable material (MP3 files, text files, images). This unique featu= re is a direct extension of emerging narrative structures that are heavily= threaded with references. =93The Comedy Extender=94 acknowledges the mult= i-tasking aesthetic of narrative that the digital / on-line culture has fo= stered. The storylines are drawn from personal experiences and it is fil= med inside my actual home, drawing comparisons to other identity strategie= s on the Internet =96 such as home web-cam sites. As the concept of ident= ity continues to evolve on the Internet, this work challenges the viewer t= o question what is real in the on-line =91space=92 of the Internet. Thre= e Abreast enjoyed a whirlwind first run from March until July 2002. The si= te is currently in hiatus, but will be 'relaunched' in some form in 2004. = Stay tuned! For now, you can watch the acclaimed fifth episode - Couple O'= Cousins (a ravijain.org exclusive!)" --------- [ Web Sites ] ---------= Steve Garfield Video Production http://stevegarfield.com Video Blog http:= //stevegarfield.blogs.com/videoblog/ Weblog: Off On A Tangent http://offon= atangent.blogspot.com/ Video Podcast http://stevegarfield.blogs.com/videop= odcast/