Eugene Trivizas is working in collaboration with 2b Acting, a Yorkshire based Digital Media Company, to adapt his children stories to Interactive Video books
Eugene Trivizas is an award winning international best-selling author that has written over 100 books. His work has been adapted for stage, screen, radio and e-books. Eugene is no stranger to seeing his stories evolve to work with new technologies. His first e-book “Little Emily” (The stem of cherries in the Greek version) recently beat Disney to win this year’s best interactive book award for preschool children from the world-class US KidscreenAwards.
The collaboration work with 2b Acting will create Interactive Video books from Eugene’s children stories using the company’s proprietary Selective Interactive Video (SIV) format. The story SIV, as it’s called, is an exciting new way to tell stories using video providing book lovers with an active reading experience.
SIV differs from normal videos in that viewers interact directly with the content. With the story SIV the viewer can change what is seen and heard by making choices as the video progress. In addition, the story SIV can introduce elements like games, quizzes and other activities (such as colouring book style pictures) to make navigating through the stories interesting, exciting and fun for children. There are no limitations with the elements that can be mixed with the interactive story telling video and performance is not affected no matter how large the content, unlike some e-books and apps that slow down when more functions are included. SIV can therefore be used to adapt a wider range of stories to this unique format.
“We are really pleased to be working with such a notable author as Eugene Trivizas on this project” says David Jones, 2b Acting’s SIV designer. “Eugene’s unique style of storytelling is ideal and we see this leading to a series of really amazing SIV books in the future opening books to even wider audiences.”
The first book to get the interactive video treatment is “88 Dumplings”, adapted from Eugene’s original and extremely popular Greek story “88 Dolmadakia”. Work continues to bring the first story SIV book to market for release later this year.