"Touching Stories" App Offers Four Interactive Short Films, Designed Specifically for the iPad

"Touching Stories" - iPad Demo + Behind The Scenes

Interactive production company, Tool of North America (note: for more on Tool, see the interview with its digital executive producer, Dustin Callif, that was published on itvt.com, June 9th, 2009), has teamed with "technology-infused" creative agency, Domani Studios, to develop an application, dubbed "Touching Stories," that contains four interactive live-action short films shot by five Tool of North America directors and designed specifically for the Apple iPad. According to the companies, the app allows viewers to "navigate, unlock and reveal unexpected variations" in each of the films by "touching, shaking and turning" their iPad. The app is available in the App Store, free of charge.

The films are:

  • "All Ends, Ends All," by Erich Joiner and Jason Zada. Tool and Domani describe this film's scenario and interactive elements as follows: "You wake up in the back of a trunk. How did you get there? Find out in this interactive adventure. Shake your iPad to run from guys shooting at you. Dial different phone numbers in the interactive phone booth. Explore, interact and try to make sense of this bizarre story."
  • "Sarah and Jerry," by Sean Ehringer. Tool and Domani describe this film's scenario and interactive elements as follows: "A playful take on a few characters in a house, but the twist is they have entered a zone where they are being controlled by the user. Touch the painting on the wall to hear what the portrait has to say, swipe left or right and see a dressed up mini horse. Think 'Truman Show,' but you are the one pulling the strings."
  • "The Most Interesting Couple in Britain," by Geordie Stephens. Tool and Domani describe this film's scenario and interactive elements as follows: "A scene that plays out on a 'local' theater stage featuring a married couple who have grown so comfortable and 'bored' in their relationship they no longer have anything to say to each other. iPad interactions include menu options where you can view the inner monologue of Stanley, Maureen and 'the dog.' And check out the '?' as they link to some unexpected and unusual Web pages."
  • "Triangle," by Tom Rouston. Tool and Domani describe this film's scenario and interactive elements as follows: "A scene that plays out in a seedy hotel room but most of the action happens through the reflection in a TV screen. As the user you will be able to peel back more layers of the story by how you interact. Search out different elements in the motel room, such as the telephone and door placard to unlock hints, flashbacks and clues."


A demo/"making-of" video of the "Touching Stories" app is embedded above.

Region: 
North America