These are exciting times for storytellers. Ebooks and interactive ebooks, Netflix original series and content aired exclusively online. New opportunities, new ways to tell stories, are opening up all the time. Last May, another first in storytelling was launched: Haunting Melissa, an app-only movie written by mystery and thriller author Andrew Klavan and developed exclusively for the iPhone and iPad.
Essentially a traditional ghost story delivered in an untradional way, Haunting Melissa is about a teenage girl who is convinced she is being haunted by her dead mother. The movie is delivered sporadically to your Apple device in episodes ranging from 1 minute to 20 minutes long.
Part of the fun, and tension, is that after downloading the app, the viewer never knows when a new episode will be delivered—until he receives a notification to download it. And because it’s an app and not a traditional movie, the viewer sees and hears new things when he watches the episodes for a second time.
The app was created by Hooked Digital Media and Neal Edelstein, producer of The Ring and Mulholland Drive. “Haunting Melissa,” says Edelstein, “is a ghost story created to be consumed in a dark corner with headphones on and iPhone or iPad in hand.”
Good times, fun times. And not a gatekeeper in sight.