Nov 172009
 

Australia’s leading screen conference, run by SPAA, is in Sydney this week and many multi-platform folk associated with LAMP & AFTRS in the past are in force with a record number of panels and sessions. The heavily featured 360 Media (and by implication Social Media) track sits nicely in the theme of this years conference ‘Reaching Your Audience’. LAMP’s Gary Hayes is listed as a key advisor to this years event and the following are a taste of some of the great sessions worth checking out. Lots more detail on the downloadable PDF on the SPAA Conference site.

The sessions below are the LAMP best 360, multi platform picks for the 3 days

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Apr 022009
 

Ozdox, the The Australian Documentary Forum and The Australian Director’s Guild in association with AFTRS supported by Metroscreen and Sydney Film School presents:

The Documentary Distribution Dilemma

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What online video can and cannot deliver, and why filmmakers need to understand it NOW!

  • Date: THURS 9 April 2009 – 6.30pm for 7pm
  • Venue: AFTRS Theatre 130 Bent St The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
  • $5 at the door (no reservations)
  • The Ozdox website is www.ozdox.org – register to be notified of seminars by email.

This special OzDox session, produced by Sensory Image, will explore new technologies and online video festival and multi-channel distribution sites (e.g.  raindance.tv). It will gaze into the crystal ball for documentary filmmakers, in the new climate of ABC and SBS online streaming. It will bring together experts and filmmakers to examine the impact of VOD upon our work, our pocketbooks and our futures.

Video online has been developing for a number of years and has now gained a large following and a big press. From You Tube to the ABC,  increasing numbers of people are uploading and downloading increasing amounts of material, and filmmakers have an imperative need to understand the rapidly evolving online environment.

At this point, Video-on-Demand is relatively underused but Hollywood and TV networks alike are looking toward VOD as a complementary distribution platform, and it is about to take off. As the educational market is also moving towards VOD, documentary DVD sales will also affected — perhaps even replaced. Significantly, VOD revenues are currently around $1.5 billion and are predicted to reach $5 billion in two years — and it’s only the beginning…

Special Guests:

With Overseas Guests (via video):

  • Elliot Grove and Zara Ballantyne Grove – www.raindance.tv
  • Nick Ware – Managing Director – Joining The Docs in UK

Among the issues we will be addressing are…

  • What is the actual state of online development today?
  • What do filmmakers need to know about online – technically, creatively and in terms of marketing and delivery to audiences?
  • What do we need to change in the way we plan and make our films?
  • Is online delivery a viable alternative to DVD distribution?
  • Where can filmmakers go to make a return on investment in the online forum?
  • There will also be time for those attending the seminar to ask questions of the panel.

Guests bios:

Robert Hutchinson – Head of New Media & Digital Services Interface stream, ABC

As Head of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s New Media & Digital Services Interface stream, Robert is responsible for the visual presentation and ease of use of digital content and services on the website, broadband service and other digital platforms. Robert is also Creative Director of ABC2, the ABC’s new digital TV channel. His current role includes developing broadband and digital television strategies and initiatives for the corporation. Robert has been working in the multi-media and Internet industries since 1995 in a variety of roles including new media arts practitioner, web designer and business analyst. He has been responsible for establishing Internet ventures for major advertising and media companies including Saatchi & Saatchi
(Wellington) and The Radio Network (NZ). Robert also works as an independent film producer and director.

Chris Gilbey OAM – www.perceptric.com and www.vquence.com.au

One of the leading visionaries in Australian Media and Technology, Chris consults on business strategy with particular regard to the impact of P2P technologies on media through Perceptric Pty Limited. As CEO of Lake Technology (ASX) he successfully led the company to a sale to Dolby Laboratories (NYSE), and subsequently consulted to Dolby’s Consumer Division on global consumer strategy. With 20 years in the Australian Music Industry, Chris led the development of the first transactional web site for CDs at BMG, as well as the development of the enhanced CD. Founding chairman of the Australian Music Industry‚Äôs charity, the Golden Stave Foundation, and founding chairman of Export Music Australia, Chris received the Order of Australia for his contribution to the music industry and charity.

Elliot Grove – Raindance

Founder of Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007, Elliot has produced over 150 short films and 5 feature films.  He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. He has written three books which have become industry standards: BEGINNERS GUIDE TO MAKING IT IN FILM (Barrons 2009), RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008) and RAINDANCE PRODUCERS LAB (2004).

Zara Ballantyne-Grove – Raindance.tv

Zara managed the 2006 Nokia Shorts competition as well as the creation of mobile assets for the popular CSI franchise. She currently manages the licensing of content for Raindance.tv and supervises the scheduling and delivery of films to over 10 distribution partners. London-based Raindance.tv streams off-beat shorts, features and documentaries worldwide over 10 media platforms. In the last five months, over 300,000 people have already watched raindance.tv.

Sep 082007
 

Australian Writers and Producers light-up at the next ‘LAMP: Story of the Future’

Here are the details of the ‘LAMP: Story of the Future Residential’, sponsored by the Australia Council’s Story of the Future Initiative.

Couran CoveThe next ‘LAMP: Residential Lab’ will be taking place on November 7-13 on Queensland’s South Stradbroke Island and is the seventh development lab that LAMP has conducted, but the second to be sponsored by the Australia Council’s ‘Story of the Future Initiative’.

The 6-day live in lab will see eight teams working with up to nine talented new media professional mentors, developing digital media projects for distribution on broadband web, mobile devices, advanced television, games platforms, virtual worlds and beyond.

LAMP has rounded up a stellar group of specialist mentors for the event, including the US’ Matt Costello, the highly acclaimed games writer behind massive hits such as Doom 3 and the Pirates of the Caribbean 3.

LAMP received almost 50 entries from teams of writers, producers and designers wishing to take part in the program, however only eight were chosen.

“Choosing the final eight teams was a very tough job, but we now have a great mix of projects. This lab will definitely have a strong games and virtual worlds flavour, so Queensland with its growing games industry is the perfect location” said LAMP Director Gary Hayes.

This is the second ‘LAMP: Story of the Future Residential Lab’ to be run this year, following a successful lab held in Tasmania in May. Australia Council Director of Literature Josie Emery said she’s “very excited about the next crop of projects coming through the lab, particularly as we’re seeing steady progress with teams from the first lab who are now delivering projects and developing further prototypes.”

Story of the Future Project Manager, Therese Fingleton said, “As well as the calibre of the projects we’re excited about dovetailing the lab with the Screen Producers Association Conference also on the Gold Coast in November and working with them to invite some of the best international and local producers to attend the VIP presentation day at the lab and give feedback on the projects.”

The LAMP: Story of the Future Residential Lab is part of the ‘Story of the Future’, a strategic initiative of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with AFTRS and its LAMP unit.Media enquiries:

Nicole Haraldson, Media & Marketing Officer, AFTRS (02) 9805 6629 or email: nicole.haraldson@aftrs.edu.au
Andrew Parker, Communications, Australia Council (02) 9215 9020 or email: a.parker@ozco.gov.au

The eight selected projects are: –

Random Thoughts On Existence and Other Drama:QLD
A story about poetry, secret admirers, stalking, art adventures, life, love and every word is true.

What if Shakespeare:VIC/NSW
What if you are Macbeth? What if you are Macbeth in Iraq? What if you are Macbeth in Iraq in 2007?

Corroboree: VIC
Alice in Wonderland meets Noah’s Ark: A journey through the wild habitats of the globe that begins in the palm of your hand and inspires you to act!

Black Creek:VIC
Where everybody knows something but nobody knows everything. An interactive cross-media thriller that invites teens to choose which characters to follow in order to discover the clues and unravel the mysteries behind Black Creek.

The 13th Samaritan:NSW
Vengence. Consequence. Your virtual journey.

REDBACK: NSW
Seven celebrities heading to a secret summit. An outback pub. Environmental espionage on a corporate scale.

Detective Dale:TAS
Crime/conspiracy. An interactive detective series for crime buffs, interactive puzzlers and 25-49 year olds. It’s Kath & Kim meets the X-files.

MACHINE:TAS
Building a better world, one person at a time. Are you controlling the great machine, or just playing your part?