The second episode of "The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator," an interactive animated Web series created by luminaries from the film and comic worlds including filmmaker Edgar Wright, comic book artist Tommy Lee Edwards, Internet Explorer team.
Microsoft revealed that after the first episode premiered in mid-April, and ended with a plea to help Brandon overcome his writer's block -- had received thousands of submissions.
"More than 3,000 people have contributed drawings, prose and voicemails to the Brandon Generator site, which's a perfect showcase for HTML5 and the rich and immersive new Web experiences that can be delivered with a modern browser like IE9, says Gabby Hegerty, IE lead UK. It joins other Internet Explorer experiences including the Hunger Games' Capitol Tour, Cut the Rope, and Jasmin V's Just a Friend that have been designed to push the Web forward by demonstrating the power of HTML5, take advantage of the full power of the PC with hardware acceleration and showcase what's possible.
Microsoft invites the audience to help shape the four-episode series of animated shorts by suggesting characters, plots, nemeses and entire scenes.
The second episode of Brandon Generator brings to life the audience collaborations now shaping the story, Wright says. He sifted through every idea submitted to the site, where visitors can leave messages on Brandon's phone, sketch on his notepad, and leave plot and character ideas on his laptop. He picked the 60 best ideas to continue the saga of Brandon, a "romanticized version" of himself.
Wright says he hopes the audience continues to submit their ideas after viewing the second episode, which also ends with a cliffhanger and a plea for help. The story arc for Brandon has already been mapped out, Wright says. But it's up to the audience to fill in the gaps before the final episode, which will post in June. "I have an idea about where Brandon is going, but I have no idea how he's going to get there."
Welcome to The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator.