Steven Soderbergh's 'Mosaic', An Interactive Television Series, Is Available Now

Steven Soderbergh's latest project is a little difficult to explain. The man behind such projects as Ocean's Eleven, The Knick, and Erin Brockovich has created a new interactive series that may just revolutionize how we consume content. Available now as a free app on most devices, Mosaic follows famed children’s book author/illustrator Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone) and two men who will soon play important roles in her life: Joel (Garrett Hedlund), a handyman and aspiring artist, and Eric (Frederick Weller), a suitor whose motives may not be genuine.

Where things get complicated is that the story follows branching narratives, giving viewers the ability to choose which stories or characters to follow, leading to differing points of view and information.
As described in the official description:

In MOSAIC, as in life, the path you pick affects your perception of reality. What one viewer may consider a fundamental fact on one path may be an insignificant piece of trivia on another — or may not even be a ’fact’ at all. As its title suggests, MOSAIC isn’t complete until all the pieces are viewed in their proper perspective.

MOSAIC lets you experience the story from multiple perspectives, going deeper to see the big picture:

- Film view: Watch the film in full-screen, immersive mode.
- Choice moments: Select which character’s perspective you want to adopt to continue your journey.
- Discoveries: Dive deeper into the story through voicemails and emails between the characters, police reports, news clippings, and more.
- Look again: Go back and view the perspectives you missed to get the full picture.

For those that prefer more traditional modes of storytelling, HBO will be airing an edited version of Mosaic as a six-part limited series in January.

Mosaic stars Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund, Jennifer Ferrin, Paul Reubens, Devin Ratray, Frederick Weller, and Beau Bridges. Download the app and let us know what you think of this new filmmaking experiment. We'll have our own review of the series up soon.

Check out the new trailer below: