HBO Imagine is a movie experience with perspectives


HBO just put out a brand new sort of video experience. It’s pretty amazing to say the least if not just a touch confusing. Essentially, you find yourself in a big 3d web of thin lines, and attaching all of them together are some boxes and cubes. Each cube has a short snippet of a movie from four different angles on it. If you spin the cube around you can see the entire thing play out from each perspective . Other nodes in the web are one scene from one perspective, and yet others are just audio. It’s a touch experimental to say the least, and there is a lot of emphasis on having more than one thing happen at a time.

The fun is really in the interface though, and having a tangled story all around you. You can peruse it all by zooming out, and clicking on whatever suits your fancy. Go take a look for yourself, and unlock the entire mystery. It all starts with an affair… More screenshots of the tangled web after the jump, and also a previous project where HBO was being a little inventive as well. Personally, I find these trippy flash websites to be a little too difficult to navigate.


Victor tipped me off to this older project called Voyeur. Seems like HBO has been experimenting with this sort of sandbox storytelling for a little while. Although the one pictured above seems to have a few more layers to it than what you see below.



Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza

Juan Carlos directed two acclaimed films: "Know How" a musical written and acted by youth in foster care, and "Second Skin" a documentary on virtual worlds. He is Director of Social Action Impact & Public Affairs at Participant Media, and the Founder of White Roof Project, a nonprofit organization curbing climate change. @jcpe

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