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Mixed Media

A once tight-knit group of friends, now living lives in different places, start looking for a friend who recently went missing. Though long out of contact, they each detail their search through twitter, tweeting old memories along with clues as they follow the footsteps of their friend online and offline. The story winds through twitter accounts, soundcloud playlists, livejournal blogs, and other web footprints. The friends are slowly brought together as the story progresses, and they reflect on their life choices and the paths that brought them to where they are.

 


Coming of Age

A young man (or woman, if you like) finds themselves suddenly looking after a young son or daughter they didn’t realize they had (an error in official paperwork wrongly tags them as the parent) – and the two slowly build a relationship as they get to know each other; learning to adapt and to find harmony when their personalities are often contrasting.


People in Love

“It’s true that people we meet shape us. But the people we don’t meet shape us also, often more because we have imagined them so vividly.” 
— Simon Van Booy

We follow 6 people from different walks of life in a big city, going about their lives (school, college, jobs, retirement) and how they navigate love in the city. As the story goes on, all their lives interlink and weave together. Not all the characters are revealed at the same time, but with little clues and hints being placed in various tweets, we come to realise how connected each of the characters are. We realise how small the world really is and put together the pieces of the innumerable number of ways love is truly all around us.


Michelin Choice

3 Chefs in the same neighbourhood in New York City own distinctly different restaurants. They specialise in entirely different cuisines, but are all gearing towards being reviewed by a Michelin Inspector, the first one in the entire area. The story is an exploration of food and restaurant culture, and the pressure and influence of food reviewers. As tempers flare and skills are pit against each other, ultimately, the story showcases the meshing of different cultures and cuisines, and the potent power that food has in bringing people together.


Route March

This story is about a family of three, a Brigadier-General in the army, his military wife and their 20-year- old son. Their son is an entry-level soldier for the army, going on away-trips and various missions to go up the ranks and emulate his father. Since the family does not get to spend much time together, they use Twitter as a means of communication, almost like a family thread chat. In the thread/chat, they share everything from what they ate that day, to family photos and skirt around family problems without being too blatant about it until it eventually comes to a head. All three characters however, have private accounts that are revealed at different points at the story — we see the son’s private account immediately, and the Brigadier-General’s private account is an anonymous one (he writes about the military!) that is revealed at a much later time. At the heart of it, the story is about the relationship between a boy and his parents, and how he comes-of- age in a highly testosterone-charged military environment.


Cristal in my Chanel

Our story centres around a group of five very wealthy childhood friends who all grew up together in the same country. They happen to all find themselves leaving their families and country behind for university in another city. To help them deal with their homesickness, they started a ritual of meeting twice a month for ‘Cristal night’ where they catch up, discuss their incestuous families and their latest purchases. This story begins in their final few months of university, the last few cristal nights, dealing with growing up, and navigating their futures while still wanting making a name for themselves  with or without their parents money


The Scottish Play

A community theatre company decides to put on Shakespeare’s Macbeth as its annual All Hallow’s Eve fund-raiser play. Moving away from their highly successful runs of largely broadway-esque musicals, this year takes on a darker twist with Macbeth. What begins as a run of the mill yearly production turns eerie very quickly, and both the curse of the Scottish Play and the Halloween premiere date bring with them a series of unfortunate events. Will the show go on?


Singing to success

The episodic hijinks of three boy band members on their road to success, starting with local tours and on to album releases, promotional tours, album signings, a fourth member(!?) and eventually, a world tour?


1968

A college student decides to take a class on World History and his first assignment is to examine the history of his own family. He decides to look through his late grandfather’s possessions to find out that he was a highly active protester during the student movement of 1968. In doing research for his paper, he begins to unravel a whole host of allusions to the year 1968, from stories, movies to visual everyday signs. This ranges from key assassinations (Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy) to the introduction of the Boeing 747, to race rights movements coming to a head, and Apollo 8 being the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon.  Eventually the signs become too eerie to be coincidences and he realises how potent a force history can be — leading him to start a modern movement of his own — one that revolves around racial concerns within his university community but takes on a larger societal significance. He realises soon that his life appears to be paralleling that of his grandfathers — after all, history repeats itself. 


All Clear

A high-fashion magazine editor goes on a travel shoot to Bali, Indonesia and meets a quirky old man who tells her fortune — her life is being cluttered by the sheer amount of material goods she possesses. Hearing this, she heads home to declutter, to purge a lifetime’s worth of materialism. She realises that her hoarding habits are a result of the stories and sentiments that are attached to each item. She documents the entire process on twitter, sometimes choosing to sell the items, and sometimes going into in-depth stories that surround each item. She uses hashtags to document her journey (#storythings #heartmaterial). A refreshing look at dealing with modern day consumerism, and how sometimes the things we own are the best reflections of ourselves.


Baby Mama

A young couple, are expecting their first child, and as true-blue millennials, they chart the growth of their baby on a variety of apps, forums and parental communities. When Emma miscarries, she plunges into a long grieving process, but one day comes home to a package of baby toys and clothes from a forum sponsor. She realises that online, the internet still thinks her baby is alive. As she receives encouragement and notifications from online friends, the app shows her the visual graphic of her lost baby; a heartbreaking but somehow hopeful image that helps her grieve and eventually, let go.


Baby Mama

A young couple, are expecting their first child, and as true-blue millennials, they chart the growth of their baby on a variety of apps, forums and parental communities. When Emma miscarries, she plunges into a long grieving process, but one day comes home to a package of baby toys and clothes from a forum sponsor. She realises that online, the internet still thinks her baby is alive. As she receives encouragement and notifications from online friends, the app shows her the visual graphic of her lost baby; a heartbreaking but somehow hopeful image that helps her grieve and eventually, let go.


Love Lost

Max and Carrie have just graduated from university, and signed a rental contract for a home in their city. They’ve been together for 8 years now, they first met at the age of 15.  Max is set to work as an illustrator for a popular design firm and Carrie has already started work as a drama teacher at the local high school. The day Max and Carrie are supposed to move in to their new home and start a new life together, Carrie finds a letter slid underneath the door. It’s an apology letter from Max — he breaks up with her and has left the country. Heartbroken, Carrie sets off on a journey dealing with the practical realities of the end of a long-term relationship, navigating her intertwined and complex relationship with Max’s family and all their mutual friends. Most of all, her journey finds her learning to be single, and to love a version of herself that exists without Max. 


(Editor’s note: Is there another story in the public domain you think would be a good match for a Woven story? What is it? What sort of a contemporary spin would you put on it? Send us an email to let us know; we’ll happily consider it!)