Getting The Book Invented Properly
The International Douglas Adams Animation Competition
The Literary Platform is hosting an international competition inviting creatives to produce an animation that illustrates a rare and prophetic audio recording of Douglas Adams talking in 1993 about the Evolution of the Book.
In 1993 Douglas Adams, the world-renowned author of The Hitchhikers Guide of the Galaxy, recorded a short piece of audio for his US publisher of the time – Bob Stein of Voyager Expanded Books. Who would know how prophetic his words would sound nearly twenty years later, and how accurate his sense of the evolution of the book was.
In this short recording, kindly donated to The Literary Platform by Bob Stein, Douglas Adams charts the evolution of the book from the ‘hardware problems’ of writing on rocks, to scrolls, to the bound book and finally the silicon chip.
Meet the Judges
Entries will be judged by Stephen Fry, Bob Stein (SocialBook, Inc), Ranjit Dhaliwal (The Guardian) and Merlin Nation and Chris Angelkov (Atyp).
The competition invites creatives to produce an animation that best illustrates the words of Douglas Adams. Entrants are invited to use part, or all, of the Douglas Adams recording to create an animation to complement the words. You can hear and download the recording here or can request an emailed file by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve also made a transcript available.
Entrants are asked to upload entries to a new user-generated competition platform called Launchpad6. The public will be able to vote for their favourite animation in order to help the judges get down to a longlist of candidates. The judging panel will then choose their winner, and the winning entrant will be announced on Towel Day – the annual celebration on the 25 May, which is a tribute Douglas Adams. On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour. Upload your entries here.
The winner of the competition will win an iPad2 loaded with Douglas Adams books and apps and a Don’t Panic towel to carry on Towel Day. Selected entrants will also see their work hosted on The Literary Platform and exhibited at an event to tie in with Towel Day celebrations.
The competition platform is now open for entries and the deadline for uploading entries is 15 April 2012. The longlist will be announced on 30 April* with final judging leading up to the Towel Day announcement on 25 May 2012.
Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer and dramatist. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which started life in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a “trilogy” of five books that sold over 15 million copies in his lifetime, a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. Adams became known as an advocate for environmental and conservation causes, and also as a lover of fast cars, cameras, and the Apple Macintosh.
Stephen Fry is an actor, writer and presenter. Most recently Stephen Fry presented ‘Planet Word’, a BBC television series examining how language and narrative has evolved in all its forms. Stephen Fry was a close friend and colleague of Douglas Adams and when he died said, ‘He’ll be remembered as someone who created a complete other world’.
In 1992 Bob Stein published the first three titles in the Voyager Expanded Book series, one of which was Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide trilogy. Adam’s recorded Getting the Book Invented Properly as a promo piece for the series. Stein founded the Institute for the Future of the Book and most recently launched SocialBook, a project that aims to make social reading a cornerstone of the new media landscape.
Ranjit Dhaliwal is Picture Editor on guardian.co.uk, one of the world’s most popular news websites. He regularly works on multimedia and interactive projects and is an animation enthusiast.
Merlin Nation and Chris Angelkov
ATYP is a multidisciplinary design practice founded in 2011 by Chris Angelkov and Merlin Nation, who each have over ten years industry experience. The studio focuses on moving image and animation for commercials, channel brands, title sequences, program packages, live events and online content.
Entrants are invited to use part, or all, of the Douglas Adams recording to create an animation to complement the words.
Entrants can download the recording here or can request an emailed file by emailing email@example.com. The recording can only be used by entrants for use in this competition and cannot be used in any other context without express permission from Voyager Books.
Once entries are ready entrants post their entries up on our competition platform here by the 15 April 2012.
The winning entrant will be announced on Towel Day 2012 – the annual celebration on the 25 May, which is a tribute Douglas Adams. On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour.
The winner will win an iPad2, a set of Douglas Adams books and apps and a Don’t Panic towel to carry on Towel Day.
Selected entrants will have their work shown on The Literary Platform and exhibited at an exclusive launch event in London.
Animations cannot contain violent imagery, nudity or evil content. The Literary Platform and Launchpad6 reserve the right to remove any entries deemed unsuitable for the competition.
Entries will appear on The Literary Platform and may also appear on other websites to promote the competition. Artist credits will always be clearly visible.
Entrants can show their work wherever they like once the competition has ended but must ensure that the audio is always clearly credited: Audio by Douglas Adams, recorded by Voyager Books 1993
If you need further information about the ‘Getting the Book Invented Properly Competition’ please contact The Literary Platform at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Update 1st May – we will be posting up longlists today of Most Popular and Most Viewed. The judges are currently considering all the entries.