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The Boston Globe Magazine

15 MUST HAVE LOCAL APPS (PDF)

"Walking Cinema" named to an elite list of national and local apps.  The only narrative, content-driven app in the list, the article calls it a "self-guided walking murder mystery tour winding through spooky (if you want it to be) cobblestone-lined Boston."


The Boston International Film Festival

2010 AWARD WINNERS:  INDIE SPEC NEW MEDIA AWARD TO WALKING CINEMA

In April, 2010 "Murder on Beacon Hill" was selected from hundreds of entries to screen at the Boston International Film Festival where it was one of the few films to win an award.  The "Indie Spec New Media" award recognizes documentaries that don't fit into a specific category, but blow the judges away.  Thanks judges. 


The Guardian

THE FIRST FILM MADE FOR THE IPHONE: Is this the Start of a Whole New Cinematic Genre?

"That this is a landmark moment is indisputable.  If it's not quite the Lumiere brothers at the Grand Cafe in 1895, it will at least be a night to recall once the inaugural Oscar for Best Original App is handed out."


IFC: The Independent Eye

FOR A TRULY IMMERSIVE MOVIE EXPERIENCE YOU MAY NEED AN IPHONE

"The '50s saw the introduction of Cinerama, which synced up three simultaneous projectors aimed at a giant curved screen. 'You are there!,' the advertising promised, because of course it would take the biggest, most immersive screens to ever hope to fool you into think you were something else.  So there's something fitting about "Murder on Beacon Hill," a movie (sort of) that really can mean you are there, involving the tiny screen of your iPhone."


Xconomy

WITH "MURDER ON BEACON HILL," AN IPHONE APP DEBUTS AT BOSTON FILM FESTIVAL

"As far as anyone knows, it's a first in movie history: a location-based iPhone application has been accepted as an entry at a major film festival."


The Boston Globe

HERE'S YOUR KILLER APP...

"Over 160 years later, this nasty little murder still has plenty of grisly appeal, especially when presented in such a clever and original way."


Ados.fr

LE CINEMA DEBARQUE SUR L'IPHONE

(Translated from French into believable English by Google Translator)  "The walk turns into an investigation in which the steps become clues."


Flavorpill

INTERACTIVE ALTERNATIVES TO 3D FILM

"While 3D is simply the illusion of an interactive world, many filmmakers are trying to deliver the real thing."


History News Network

HISTORY AND TECHNOLOGY ARE RAPIDLY CONVERGING

An interview with collaborating producer Eric Stange:  "Of course, pictures, images, maps, etc. are all great, but there also needs to be real information, real evidence about the past as well.  And it always helps if that information is framed in some sort of narrative because many of us crave stories as well – it’s our fellow human beings who intrigue us most of all."


Portfolio.com

AD FIRMS PLAY THE MOBILE GAME

"Companies are discovering the playful side of mobile advertising—and seeing results....Untravel Media CEO Michael Epstein recruited six Beacon Hill businesses as stopping points for 'Murder on Beacon Hill.'  The movie experience leads viewers to the concierge desk in the lobby of the Liberty Hotel, where they play a board game related to the movie. “'From my aspect I said this is a marvelous opportunity to solidify our anchor in the neighborhood here,' said Sean Reardon, director of sales and marketing. 'I thought it was a natural fit for us.'”


The Times of India

FILM'S NEW AVATAR?

"A mobile phone application has been accepted as an entry in the prestigious Boston International Film Festival. The application, titled 'Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill,' charts out the course of an infamous murder that took place around the Harvard Medical College in the 19th century. Does this mean that movie watching, from now, will never mean the big screen alone?


The Boston Globe

THE CRIME SCENES OF THE CITY'S HAUNTED AND HUNTED

"I hit the streets with my iPhone and a video tour about the Parkman homicide that I had downloaded. While the production value of 'Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill’ is so cinematic you could watch it at home, I follow the instructions of my tour guide and her slightly creepy Wednesday Addams monotone from the murder location, now in the shadows of the Massachusetts General Hospital high-rises, through the streets of Beacon Hill to Parkman’s Walnut Street residence."


The Wrap

FILMFESTS EMBRACE NEW MEDIA (YOU WATCHING, H'WOOD?)

"Hollywood has had a fitful, often antagonistic relationship with new media.  But far from the Hollywood Hills, at several prominent film festivals, it's a different story entirely.  The Boston Film Festival accepted an iPhone application -- an interactive murder mystery entitled 'Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill' -- into its competition this month."


Respekt.cz

S FILMEM NA PROCHAKU [THE FILM ON TOUR]

(Translated from Normal Czech into Funky English by Google Translator)  "The ideal case is - let the guide lead guidance in the form of local girls Alexandra McDougalové and visit with your hands in various Boston locations, which are somehow related to the mysterious murder of dr. George Parkman in 1849. The authors use modern filmmaking techniques. Rotate animation, newspaper clippings, photographs and subjective view of the cameras described places, increasing the attractiveness of the mysterious music and quick editing...Is also an exciting idea where this technology will overlap. Already you can imagine a group of Japanese, both run around a Jewish city with a perfectly filmed legend of the Golem in their phones. "


Discover Magazine

FIRST IPHONE APP TO FEATURE IN A FILM FESTIVAL

"The app, with its tightly produced videos tells the story of the Parkman murder and, according to the creators, is a 'page-turner mystery powered by your feet.'


Loaded Gun - Boston

IPHONE APPLICATION DEBUTS AT BOSTON FILM FESTIVAL

"The iPhone application called 'Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill,' a location-based adventure augmented with film-festival worthy video helping folks sleuth around the city to solve a Beacon Hill crime, will appear on the silver screen at the AMC Boston Common theatre."


CREATIVITY_unbound

CONSUMER PARTICIPATION AND COMMUNITY MOVE FROM SOCIAL MEDIA TO THE THEATRE

"Even iPhone apps have moved beyond the grip of one’s hands, instead calling for greater and greater physical interaction. Case in point is Untravel Media’s 'Murder on Beacon Hill.' Using geocoded videos to take you back to Boston in 1849, the app turns you into an active sleuth attempting to solve the murder of the prominent Brahmin Dr. George Parkman."


Trip Quips

MOBILE TRAVEL APPS

"If you’re heading to Boston, an iPhone application called “Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill” covers a one-mile stretch of the neighborhood and tells the story of the famous 1849 murder of George Parkman, one of Beantown’s wealthiest gentlemen at the time"


The Beacon Hill Times

PARKMAN MURDER TOUR COMBINES GRISLY HISTORY AND POP TECHNOLOGY

"Attaching up-to-the-minute technology to a 160-year-old murder mystery seems to draw in the imagination of today's young participants as well."


Boston.com

APP IS APT FOR A MURDER MYSTERY

"Michael Epstein may be the first mogul in a new film industry, one that will eventually embrace both iPhone and Google Android apps, as well as augmented reality eyewear."


MGH Hotline

TAKING A WALK THROUGH HISTORY

"When H.G. Wells wrote his novel "The Time Machine" in 1895, he could not have foreseen the technology that exists today. Through the genius of modern mobile technology, MGH employees and visitors to Boston are able to take a step back in time and witness one of Boston's most notorious murders."


BOSTON.COM

IMMERSIVE DEVICES AID NAVIGATION IN VIRTUALLY EVERY WAY

"Untravel. . .will release its most ambitious project yet. Called "Murder@Harvard Mobile" (www.parkmanmurder.com), it is an audio and video tour detailing the notorious 19th-century slaying of a wealthy Bostonian, George Parkman. Real-life relics, a skull here, a weapon there, will be placed in stores and other buildings on Beacon Hill, serving as waypoints for the tour."