SEAM is a Storytelling Collective
made up of emerging talent and creative consumers.
By registering yourself with SEAM, you become eligible to earn points and awards by contributing to our members' story development activities. For example, every comment and post that you make, every group you join, every competition that you win... results in points awarded to you. The more you contribute, the more points you earn. The more points you earn, the more advantages you get. For more information on this, check out our FAQ. For more information about SEAM itself, click here.
Points can be traded for prizes and special events. They also give you access to private SEAM project development activities. This gets you behind-the-scenes on actual transmedia projects involving emerging artists and professionals in the industry. This is a great way to learn about the process of transmedia entertainment and a chance to networking with rising stars and leading practitioners in their field - even become a collaborator and get credit for your work.
SEAM Studio is a Community
Activity - this shows you everything that the SEAM members have been up to lately, including: comments, posts, forum topics/replies and Group updates.
Members - a list of SEAM Members and their Profiles. You can use this area to send a private message to other Members.
Groups - this is where SEAM Members cluster around a specific activity, project or production entity. You must join a group first, before you can participate in messaging the group. Remember: creating a new Group costs points, so make sure that you've earned enough points by contributing to our community before attempting to establish your Group.
Forums - this is where SEAM Members discuss various issues relating to the SEAM Studio itself and to engage in project development that affects all members of the community.
What is the difference between Groups and Forums?
Groups can contain their own forums for topics that relate specifically to the Group. The main 'Forums' heading in this section refers to site-wide forum discussions that affect all SEAM community members.
Groups are for SEAM Members to form a locus of activity around a task, project, production company or any other type of collaborative venture. Members within the group can post short updates to the Group, resulting in email updates being sent to group members. Think of it like a more advanced form of Twitter: posts can be longer and can include files and photos. You can also comment on other Group messages but you must be a member of the Group to participate. Groups can have their own, Group-specific Forums. Groups can be private or public - and are invitation only.
Forums are better suited to threaded discussions on topics that relate to the entire SEAM community. They are more general than Group-based Forums. They are open to the entire SEAM community. A Group might prefer to have several Forum topics under discussion that relate to their Group, which is why they create their own forum instead.