The Future of Storytelling

Stories told tomorrow


So far in our Storytelling mini-series, we’ve covered the trends we see today from tech to content and editing styles; FIRST’s top 5 Storytelling Principles to help any story get underway; and we’ve looked at the human behavior behind communicating a great story that drives impact.

Now, in the conclusive chapter, we’ve tapped our in-house storytelling experts from all across FIRST: with insights and top picks from our Event Techs to Content Strategists and even some input from our healthy group of immersive theatre lovers, get ready to jump into the future of storytelling.

Immersive Storytelling

In the future, people will seek out slower forms of storytelling to fill their entertainment needs. They’ll be tired of the short form, and look towards more meaningful content.

Slower storytelling can make it easier for audiences to empathize with characters and immerse themselves in the narrative and experience a new world. Think: Sleep No More or Meow Wolf’s House.

We’re starting to see it already:

  • TikTok has introduced 10-minute long videos.
  • TV episodes are increasing their length, some at 1-2 hours per episode.
  • Long-form podcasts are on the rise.
  • The Secret Cinema immerses audiences and encourages them to dress up and interact with the environment, blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
live performance

Artificial Intelligence Generators


In the future, AI will play a crucial role in the creative storytelling process. For instance, AI can be used to generate storylines, create compelling characters, and develop immersive environments for storytelling mediums.

Video content creation: AI is being used to create video content, such as animations, virtual reality experiences, and even movies. In the future, AI may be able to create entire films.

Editing and post-production: AI can be used to automate many of the tasks involved in post-production, such as color correction, sound design, and visual effects. 

Music composition: AI is being used to create music, from ambient soundscapes to pop songs. In the future, AI may be able to create even more complex and nuanced music, potentially leading to new genres and styles.

AI-generated Astronaut

Democratized Stories

In the future, everyone will be a content creator. Schools will offer more coding and content classes. Unreal Engine and Epic Games (the creator of Fortnite) already provides grants for schools to include in their programming. 

Already, many people, including players of Roblox, Unreal Engine, and Second Life, are familiar with the fun of crafting custom virtual worlds – 58% of children are currently able to make their own digital content, according to the Lego Foundation. The Metaverse has a great advantage for content creators who have to look into emerging technologies to deliver their content in a better way. allows you to sell social media posts as NFTs. 

Platforms will create easy-to-use tools to film, edit, and produce content on the fly.  This way, viral-ability is quicker and more accessible to anyone.


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Fans can be a part of the content creation process from behind-the-scenes access, and storyboarding sessions with the creators, to voting on story elements for emerging episodes. 

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