We all know what it feels like when a gripping TV series ends on a cliffhanger only for the next episode to be a bit of a let-down (see Homeland). That shouldn’t be a problem for new web series Brandon Generator, which lets you decide the progress of the plot – if it is a problem, you’ve only got yourself to blame.
Created by Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright, illustrated by Lucasfilm artist Tommy Lee Edwards, narrated by Mighty Boosh actor Julian Barratt and sponsored by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (unsurprisingly, a banner across the top suggests you might enjoy the experience more if you “consider switching to Windows 7”), The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator could be a stepping-stone towards a new way of storytelling.
Episode one of the a noir-inspired cartoon introduces a coffee-junkie with writers’ block whose seemingly repetitive life gets an injection of fantasy after he falls asleep at his desk in a caffeine-induced stupor. When Brandon awakes, he finds that there is prose on his computer screen, drawings in his notepad, recorded ideas on his Dictaphone and a new voicemail message. Which is where you step in.
Via the interactive website, viewers can scroll around Brandon’s apartment and submit their ideas about the development of the plot in future episodes by clicking an element of Brandon’s work that they wish to influence. It hasn’t been disclosed yet how Mr. Wright will choose which submitted ideas to use, but anything involving zombies, video games or Simon Pegg is sure to go down well.
Episode 1 is up now, visit brandongenerator.com
Words by Tom Leverick