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Published on November 8th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson

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HBO debuts interactive storytelling app ‘Mosaic’ on Apple TV

HBO debuted the free app “Mosaic” on Apple TV Wednesday, an interactive accompaniment to filmmaker Steven Soderbergh’s forthcoming HBO miniseries, that lets viewers choose different outcomes of a murder mystery.

After exploring multiple narrative storylines in the app, viewers will be able to see how the versions of the story they picked compare with Soderbergh’s vision of the HBO six-part, murder mystery which premieres in January 2018.

Soderbergh believes “Mosaic” is an experiment where technology drives the story instead of the filmmaker, letting the app user make decisions on the outcome.

“While branching narratives have been around forever, technology now allows, I hope, for a more elegant form of engagement than used to be possible,” Soderbergh said in a statement. “I looked at this as sort of an open-source format that other filmmakers can come in and push. The outcome and the events of the story don’t change based on your choices. It’s merely what information do you have about the story based on what you’ve been following.”

The Apple TV app guides users through a flow chart of characters and elements letting them decide on an outcome of their own.

After launching the “Mosaic” app, users are introduced to Olivia Lake, a famous children’s book author and illustrator. She meets two men who will play pivotal roles in the storyline. Users must decide whether to follow the next portion of the story from either of the two men. As the plot unfolds, they will meet a number of new characters that take the story on different paths.

The “Mosaic” app lets viewers experience the story from multiple angles. They can select “film view” to watch the story in full-screen mode; “choice moments” to select which character’s perspective they want to follow; “discoveries,” to research additional story content like voicemails and emails between characters, police reports, news clippings, and other facts. The app also includes a “Look again” feature with the ability to review certain aspects of the story missed in previous viewings.

The app is only available on the U.S. Apple TV App Store.

Here is the official trailer for the upcoming series…

More info on the series is available at watchmosaic.com.

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