The Colbert Report skewers a nutty moment from Glenn Beck. Normally I'm happy to see the use of split screens in popular media, but I find this case a wee bit disturbing to say the least. (That goes for both Beck AND Colbert.)
Last Sunday's 2009 Academy Awards ceremony featured split screens at several moments. One of them was the In Memoriam portion during which multiple monitors of different sizes showed various footage related to the deceased. Unfortunately, YouTube seems to have pulled a better-quality clip that I was meaning to post, so here's one with a TV screen and ongoing commentary from a couch. Serves me right to not post this sooner.
Densha Otoko refers to the supposedly true story from Japan in 2004 about a man who falls in love with a woman and woos her with the help of a supportive online message board. A media phenomenon followed which saw the making of a movie, manga, and TV drama series all based on the story.
The Densha Otoko TV drama makes playful use of split screens when it shows the interactions of the main character and his band of online supporters who offer advice, criticism, and encouragement. In the above embedded clip of episode 1 (part 6 of 6), "Densha" (as the hero is affectionately called) tells the message board that the woman has thanked him for rescuing her from a drunkard by giving him a set of Hermès teacups. In the second linked clip of episode 4 (part 2 of 6), skip to 1:44 where "Densha" has traded email addresses with the woman and his fans celebrate with an animated wave formed by their split-screen subframes.
HBO Voyeur was a web/cable production that featured multiple spaces and storylines. The plot was presented in several rooms, and web viewers could navigate to the different locations and pick up the narrative threads.
The premise was simple: Using a single, stationary camera angle and no dialogue, viewers would be invited to literally peer into the apartments of the show's characters. Stories would unfold strictly through action, often times in multiple rooms at once (and often times multiple story lines at once)... From the HBO Voyeur web site, viewers can look in on stories unfolding in 5 different locations, including one entire apartment building. The view is a cross section looking through the walls of the apartment (or in one case, a funeral parlor) at the people inside.
I'm way late to the party here; the project is from 2007 and the official site at hbovoyeur.com has long been shut down. It sounds like an intriguing attempt and interactive visual narration.