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Biography

Dr Brad Gyori (AKA Bradford G) is Principal Academic in Digital Storytelling at Bournemouth University, UK. An American writer, director and designer with a background in TV production, he is the program leader for the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing. He also teaches journalism students how to make interactive documentaries. Gyori has worked as a writer-producer for such networks as MTV, VH1, E!, FX and HBO. He was the head writer of the Emmy winning series Talk Soup and he has been nominated for 5 Emmys. His theatrical works have been presented by Steppenwolf theatre, Phoenix Theatre and Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe. He is co-director of the media arts conglomerate Doppelgänger Productions. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Interactive Storytelling, Journalism Education, The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, Media Practice and Education, and Flow. His practice-led research projects include the location-aware story Shelley’s Heart and the 360 audio plays Mr...

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Research

I study how new media stories work by creating them. My practice-based research includes elements that are interactive, multi-media, transmedia and location-aware. I am particularly interested in how different virtual and physical contexts influence User Experience (UX), narrative enjoyment, retention and comprehension.

I am a Practice Led Researcher. I make stories in order to understand how stories work. Key characteristics...

• Social – influenced by the crowd

• Interactive – influenced by the individual

• Locative – influenced by the context of engagement

• Multi-Modal – influenced various mediums and platforms

The research questions I explore are…

1. How does merging contexts of engagement (physical, theatrical and virtual) influence User Experience?

2. What designs best promote associative learning?

3. How do the poetics of path and place influence narrative pleasures and meanings?

My current project, Shelley’s Heart, involves collaborations with students and staff from diverse disciplines including creative writing, game design, animation, and filmmaking. I have also teamed up with industry professionals, including local actors, web designers and sound designers. Shelley’s Heart centres on two local heritage sites (St. Peter’s Church in Bournemouth and The Shelley Theatre in Boscombe). It has been awarded funding from the Bournemouth Borough Council and Bournemouth University.

In November of 2018, I directed a staged production of Shelley’s Heart at the Shelley Theatre. Elaborating on multi-media assets from this production, our team is now creating an interactive location-aware story experience. This iteration of Shelley’s Heart will be unveiled on October 31st 2018 (Halloween) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The project debut coincides with an academic conference host by AUB and the launch of the annual Shelley Frankenstein Festival...

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From 2015-2020, Dr Brad Gyori designed the Shelley's Heart Transmedia Learning Experience. Its research aim: promoting cultural education across multiple media platforms.

Tying the Shelley Tomb in Bournemouth to the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein (2018), Gyori secured £12,000 in funding. He then investigated the mechanics of interactive education tools and read biographies of Mary Shelley and the Romantics. Via an Action Research methodology, prototypes and user tests were developed and best practices were identified across three platforms:

Theatrical (2017) – An interactive stage version presented in the Shelley Theatre in Boscombe took two hours to perform but contained six hours of available material. To keep the budget reasonable, Gyori filmed eight ghostly characters who appeared on screens around the stage and interacted with three live actors. During the first performance, the audience voted to skip key scenes, so the voting mechanic was subsequently altered to limit such choices.

Locative (2018) – Creating a locative story set in St. Peter’s churchyard meant shifting to a single-player interface, so Gyori split the story into four paths, each representing the perspective of a different character. As location-aware narratives requires participant to hike trails and brave harsh weather, he reduced the number of scenes per path (from 15 to 10) and their length (from 3 minutes to 1). Participants at the debut requested more narrative context, so an introductory text was added...

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Journal Articles

Chapters

  • Gyori, B., 2018. Creating Kismet: What artists can teach academics about serendipity. In: Goggin, M. and Goggin, P., eds. Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research. University Press of Colorado, 246-256.
  • Gyori, B., 2015. Britain's Got Tories: Yank Scholar on U.K. Lifestyle Politics. In: Jackson, D.A.N. and Thorsen, E., eds. UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign: Early reflections from UK leading academics. Bournemouth University: Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, 87.

Conferences

Internet Publications

Others

PhD Students

  • Adrian Butterworth, 2019. NARRATOLOGY AND SHORT FORM VIDEO an enquiry into South Korean Digital Multimedia Broadcasts

Invited Lectures

  • Storytelling Fundamentals for Documentary Films, BU's Talbot Campus, 14 Mar 2018 more
  • Transmedia Writing Workshop, BU's Talbot Campus, 19 Oct 2017 more
  • Welcome to BAMMJ at BU, BU's Talbot campus, 13 Sep 2017 more
  • Storytelling Fundamentals for Documentary Films, BU's Talbot Campus, 15 Mar 2017 more
  • Transmedia Writing Workshop, BU's Talbot Campus, 15 Mar 2017 more
  • Transmedia Writing Workshop, BU's Talbot Campus, 20 Oct 2016 more
  • Digital Rituals, BU's Talbot Campus, 20 Oct 2016 more
  • Welcome to BAMMJ at BU, BU's Talbot Campus, 14 Sep 2016 more
  • Transmedia Writing Workshop, BU's Talbot Campus, 22 Mar 2016 more
  • Storytelling Fundamentals for Documentary Films, BU's Talbot Campus, 16 Mar 2016 more
  • Digital Rituals, BU's Talbot Campus, 22 Oct 2015 more
  • Transmedia Writing Workshop, BU's Talbot Campus, 14 Oct 2015 more
  • Welcome to BAMMJ at BU, BU's Talbot campus, 17 Sep 2015 more
  • Documentary Storytelling Fundamentals, BU's Talbot campus, 11 Mar 2015 more
  • Writing Political Comedy, Bournemouth University, 04 Feb 2015 more

Grants

  • Shelley's Heart Location-Aware Story (Bournemouth Borough Council, 08 Jun 2018). Awarded
  • Shelley's Heart Location-Aware Story (BU QR Fund, 12 May 2018). Awarded
  • Shelley's Heart Location-Aware Story (BU QR Fund, 12 May 2018). Awarded
  • Shelley's Heart Location-Aware Story (TREF, 17 Jun 2017). Awarded

Internal Responsibilities

  • Level 5 Tutor, BAMMJ
  • Broadcast Journalism 2 Unit Tutor, BAMMJ
  • Features and Online 2 Level Tutor, BAMMJ

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • The location aware story Shelley's Heart debuts on the 31st of October 2018. It is freely available, inviting the general public to explore a cherished cultural heritage site and to learn about Mary Shelley and the Romantic poets.
  • This 2 hour workshop helped community members learn how to design collaborative project with an eye toward enhancing collective intelligence.
  • http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/author/jpope/

Conference Presentations

  • NAWE Conference, Locating Shelley’s Heart, 08 Nov 2019, York
  • NAWE, Two Digital Writing Projects in Secondary Schools, 08 Nov 2019, York
  • MIX, Digital Storytelling in the Community, 10 Jul 2017, Bath Spa
  • MIX, Gaming Group Genius: Workshop, 10 Jul 2017, Bath Spa
  • English and Shared Futures, Reanimating the Romantics: Bringing Shelley’s Heart Back to Life, 05 Jul 2017, Newcastle Civic Centre
  • MeCCSA Annual Conference 2017, BU Innovation Booth at MeCCSA 2017: Turn your research into resources for social change, 11 Jan 2017, Leeds University
  • IFLab Code Booster, Target BACRIM, 01 Nov 2016, Leipzig, German
  • AoIR (The Association of Internet Researchers), data-storytelling workshop, 05 Oct 2016, Berlin, Germany
  • IFLab Design Booster, Target BACRIM, 16 Aug 2016, Malmo, Sweden
  • IFLab. Story Booster, Target BACRIM workshop, 10 May 2016, Leuven, Belgium
  • ICIDS (The International Conference of Interactive Digital Storytelling, Target BACRIM: Blurring Fact and Fiction to Create an Interactive Documentary Game, 01 Dec 2015, Denmark at Aalborg University’s campus in central Copenhagen
  • MES (Media Education Summit), POV X 3, 20 Nov 2015, Boston, Emerson University
  • Communication Media Managers Association (CMMA), 20 Nov 2014, Pasadena, CA

Honours

  • Finalist, Dramatic Screenplay: Mystic Hour (Austin Film Festival, 2005)
  • Semi-finalist: Variations on a Dream (Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, 2004)
  • Gold Medal, Dramatic Screenplay: Variations on a Dream (Houston Worldfest, 2003)
  • Nomination, Best Special Class Writing: Talk Soup (Emmy Awards, 1997)
  • Nomination, Best Special Class Programming: Talk Soup (Emmy Awards, 1996)
  • Best Special Class Writing: Talk Soup (Emmy Awards, 1996)
  • Best Special Class Writing: Talk Soup (Emmy Awards, 1995)
  • Best Special Class Programming: Talk Soup (Emmy Awards, 1995)

Memberships

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