Collaborative Creation: PSST!
Transcending the ego, or why the future of storytelling is in its past.
By Maria Popova
Collaborative authorship in motion arts is something we’ve spotlighted before as a cultural trend gaining increasingly more traction — from a fan-made, feature-length Lord of The Rings prequel to a superb animated 3D short film.
Enter PSST! — a collaborative film project of 17 brilliantly produced films by 51 teams of designers, directors, animators and composers. Every film is comprised of three sections — beginning, middle and end — each produced by three different teams.
This process is the whole idea behind PSST! — a technique derived from the Dadaist game of Exquisite Corpse and the children’s game Telephone and applied to the arts of motion graphics, animation and film-making.
The project is an epitome of the cultural shift from ego-based authorship glorifying the individual creator to open creative collaboration harnessing the collective capacity for brilliance. Above all, it’s a beautiful return to the roots of storytelling — the foundation of film and, arguably, all art — as a shared experience.
Founded in 2006, PSST! is organized and curated by animator and designer Bran Dougherty-Johnson.
See all the films on the project’s Vimeo channel and marvel at the beauty of collaborative storytelling.
Published August 12, 2009