|[October 17, 2013]
Swedish Startup, Plotagon, Lets Anyone Create Instant, Animated Movies; CEO & Founder, Chris Kingdon, Will Discuss DIY Entertainment at Variety Tech Summit October 21
STOCKHOLM --(Business Wire)--
Swedish startup, Plotagon,
launched a free, beta application (also called Plotagon) in August that
anyone can use to make instant, 3D animated movies. CEO and Founder of
Plotagon, Chris Kingdon, developed the product so fans can create and
publish their own stories using popular characters, genres and
literature, often referred to as fan fiction or fanfic. This phenomenon
has become mainstream with the runaway success of "Fifty Shades of Grey"
and Amazon's plan to provide fan-fiction writers with ways to publish
and monetize their work via Kindle Worlds.
Kingdon will discuss trends and opportunities in fan fiction on a panel
called "Transformational DIY Entertainment" at the Variety
Tech Summit on October 21. He'll talk about how technologies such as
Plotagon have removed barrers for fans and created new publishing and
promotional opportunities for entertainment IP owners.
In September, Plotagon debuted its first content pack for fan-fiction
in Wonderland" ($9.99 USD), based on the classic Lewis Carroll tale.
In early November, Plotagon will debut a super-hero content pack
designed for fans of comics and graphic novels. Later in November,
Plotagon will release a "Pride
and Prejudice" pack to celebrate the 200th anniversary of
the acclaimed novel by Jane Austen. The characters and environments from
any content pack can be used together.
"We mashed up ideas about user-generated content, pop culture and
classic literature to create something nobody has ever done before,"
said Kingdon. "It's instant gratification for storytellers and aspiring
Available for Mac and PC, the basic "city" version of Plotagon software
is free and includes five actors and six environments. To create a
Plotagon movie, users simply choose characters and an environment, type
a script, add a few stage directions and press "play." Plotagon movies
can be shared online and viewed at Plotagon.com/movies.
Content packs can be purchased from within the application.
Plotagon was started in 2011 and launched its first public beta August
2013. It is based in Stockholm, Sweden with an office in Los Angeles.
Photos, videos and social media profiles can be accessed at mynewsdesk.com/plotagon.
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