In addition to the Summit and Festival, FoST also produces a wide range of content and programming, such as curated exhibitions; an annual series of short films; regular influencer salons, tech tastings, and storytelling workshops; and a popular blog and other social media content aimed at FoST’s network of over a million enthusiastic followers.
I am also the founder and CEO of Melcher Media, Inc., an award-winning app developer, book producer, and branded content company. Melcher Media works with leading brands (including Adobe, Lexus, Nike, and GE), media companies (Condé Nast, TimeWarner, NBC, and MTV), and individual authors (Vice President Al Gore, Oprah, Eminem, and J.J. Abrams) to help them tell their stories and connect with large audiences.
In addition to his own projects, Lance often collaborates with other storytellers. In 2010, Lance was nominated for an International Emmy in digital fiction for his work on Collapsus: The Energy Risk Conspiracy. In 2014, Lance was Creative Director and Experience Designer of Body/Mind/Change, an immersive storytelling project in collaboration with David Cronenberg, TIFF, and the CFC. Body/Mind/Change was recognized for its innovative use of story and code, winning the MUSE Jim Blackaby Ingenuity Award and receiving a Webby Honorable Mention in the Games and Augmented Reality category.
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How do you feel about machines creating stories or art? Do you think you can tell the difference between art, words, or music made by a human versus artificial intelligence? Does it matter? In storytelling, we are in the very early days of seeing the potential of artificial intelligence to aid storytellers and artists. While AI will never replace great human storytellers, it will enable us to tell more interactive and personalized stories in ways we have yet to imagine. Join Charlie Melcher, founder of the Future of StoryTelling, in a conversation with leading experts from the field to better understand how artificial intelligence is shaping the storytelling landscape.
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