Guy Gunaratne is a Sri Lankan Briton who I met while he was down here filming The Truth That Wasn’t There. I haven’t watched it cause it’s largely unavailable/expensive on the web, but I think I’m in it. I’ve had random drunken NGO types accost me but I don’t remember exactly what I said. Anyways. Him and Heidi are in the running for a meeting with Richard Branson to pitch their idea (and prototype) for layered web video, which looks cool. I recommend watching the video above and voting for them.
Regarding layered web video, to a degree (sometimes an annoying degree) it’s happening on YouTube, but obviously not up to its potential. The best example I’ve seen is Hunter and Bear’s 2012 birthday party. I link rather than embed because you need to be in YouTube to really experience it. It’s sorta a choose-your-own-adventure (interactive YouTube) with a twist, at the end you can plugin almost any year and see some funny video. Very well done. It’s an ad for Tipex btw.
Still not the type of interactive video CODOC is talking about though. That seems pretty sophisticated and more focused, rather than hacking existing capabilities of YouTube. I’d be very interested to see the working prototype, as I suppose would Sir Branson. So anyways, check it out and vote for them.