Adventures in Storytelling: The Dark World of Brandon Generator

Imagine the possibilities if people around the world shared ideas for a story, characters and salient plot points.

“The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator” is an online graphic novel-turned-film noir, featuring the baffled protagonist striving to create original worlds and instead succumbing to writer’s block. Brandon stares at the blinking cursor on his blank computer screen and feels like he’s lost control. That’s where you come in.

The Brandon Generator story-verse was created by film director Edgar Wright (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Shaun of the Dead”) and Marvel and Lucasfilm illustrator Tommy Lee Edwards. It’s narrated by Julian Barratt of “The Mighty Boosh” and fueled by cup after cup of espresso and the wild ideas of readers.

“I created a character who is creatively stuck and continually looks for random interjections to inspire him,” Wright says of the project on his blog. “Rapidly it becomes clear that the people who can actually help are the people at home visiting the site.”

“I like the idea of the world forming around Brandon and am excited to connect with people at home in a whole new way, creatively,” he explains. “It’s exciting to know that even though there’s an underlying narrative and set pieces in place, much of the plot is up for grabs.”

Despite the title, the multiple plot drivers don’t feel random at all – a tribute to Wright’s talents as a writer and storyteller. Edwards’ visuals combine with a score by David Holmes to transform the dozens of ideas, voicemails and drawings submitted by fans into a memorable, wry tale.

Two episodes have appeared; two more are in the works. At the end of each, you can mouse over the final scene and click on various images, like Brandon’s phone, to submit your own ideas, which are folded into the next episode. The project wraps in June.

Watch Brandon

You can view the first two episodes from Edgar Wright’s blog or on the Brandon Generator site at www.brandongenerator.com.

Connect with Brandon

Naturally, Brandon has his own Facebook page, Facebook.com/BrandonGenerator, and Twitter account, Twitter.com/Brandon_gen; you can discuss the project on Twitter using the hashtag #BrandonGenerator.