By Darrell Winfrey
This will be the only time that I publicly announce anything about this new concept before I secure the proper patents and trademarks. If you already know about my old interactive cinema concept, you might also know that it is not a new concept. It is basically a choose-your-own-adventure literary style applied to a movie.
What I found to be crazy is that IBM managed to get a patent on this old concept. They were able to secure this patent even though the first interactive film using this concept was completed in 1967 and debuted at Expo '67 in Montreal. This foreign film is entitled Kinoautomat. On a side note, I found it to be remarkable that my dad was in a short film about chain gangs that debut at HemisFair '68, where Kinoautomat was also screened. I didn't find that out until a few years ago. After Kinoautomat, several other interactive films (prior art) had been screened in the theaters before IBM secured its patent.
It is clear that IBM will continue to own the technology and, in a way, the concept as well. Over the last few years I have been developing a new concept that could not be claimed in its entirety by IBM. In doing so, I had and still have much difficulty finding stories that can be adapted to this new concept. I ended up having to write my own story, developed with the interactive concept in mind from the start. I'm not a real writer, so this journey has been humbling and overwhelming at times. At the end of this journey, I hope to produce something incredibly unique and cool. On the flip side, I could also create something incredibly unique and cruel (painful to watch).
As stated previously, I'll reveal more once I have a few trademarks and a patent or two pending. If this turns out to be something amazing, maybe some of you might say, "Hey, I remember when he first started with this shit!"