I thought I'd give you some insight into the reasoning and process behind creating THE NUMINOUS PLACE.
In other words, I had a great story, why didn't I just write a movie or a book or a graphic novel? Why did I want to combine all those methods into creating the storyworld?
This is Part I, Part 2 will follow in a while. Please enjoy, I hope it offers some insight, and don't hesitate to post any questions.
I sat down in the dark room to begin writing THE NUMINOUS PLACE three years ago. I'd pretty much been carrying the story and characters and information around with me for a decade, and now it was the moment of truth.
Except, the actual writing part is also the worst part. I can't begin to tell you how painful and frustrating it is for me. I'd rather be doing anything else, including feeding my soul through a cosmic meat-grinder with a very miniature Chihuahua yapping right inside my cochlea.
The story of THE NUMINOUS PLACE is told as real. It's an account of a vast cover-up being pieced together by a less-than-likely hero. Because of my background in journalism, radio announcing, directing, screenwriting, I found myself bringing all these skills and formats into play while creating the narrative.
So, the less-than-hero HENRY MEAT tells the story in first-person narrative, and offers as evidence TV news reports, old documents, newspaper articles, web-pages, phone-calls, and video and photographs he has shot on his cellphone.
And it worked brilliantly!
PAGE TO SCREEN
At first I simply presented the video in script form, and the audio in transcript form, and thought that it'd be cool to have the newspaper articles and webpages actually designed to look like the real thing on the page.
The paper page, because I wasn't even thinking about digital...
Why? Because so-called ebooks looked exactly like paperbooks—words had simply moved from the page to the screen. Which was fine for the classics—I didn't really want anyone screwing around with Tom Sawyer or To Kill A Mockingbird—but I began to wonder where the new classics were.
Why weren't authors telling stories in a new digital way? Was I the only one who thought that digital gave us loads of exciting storytelling possibilities?
And then a couple of things happened that changed everything.
While wondering why ebooks couldn't embed my audio and video to create awesome new types of stories I discovered apps.
This thing called an iPad was released.
Now, instead of just having the transcript of, say, a strange mystic from the past telling us a secret about humankind's existence, I could actually embed his voice.