Where they ended up was a smartphone-enabled story, developed and
released by Silver’s company PodOp, that lets viewers decide which
way they want to be told Mosaic’s tale of a children’s book
author, played by Sharon Stone, who turns up dead in the idyllic
ski haven of Park City, Utah. After watching each segment — some
only a few minutes, some as long as a standard television episode
— viewers are given options for whose point of view they want to
follow and where they want to go next. Those who want to be
completest and watch both options before moving on can do so,
those who want to race to find out whodunit can do that too.
Because each node, filmed by Soderbergh himself, feels like a TV
show, launching Mosaic can be akin to sneaking a quick show on
Netflix while commuting to work or waiting on a friend; but
because it’s a long story that’s easily flipped through, it can
also be enjoyed like the pulpy crime novel on your nightstand,
something you chip away at a little bit at a time before bed.
This sounds fantastic, especially in the hands of someone as innovative and talented as Soderbergh. iOS-only (for now?), but that includes Apple TV.