Jan 182008

MarysvilleThe next residential is LAMP’s first official international event with three teams from New Zealand and four from Australia. The intensive week of development will be held at Marysville in Victoria from 24-29 February 2008, is part sponsored by the New Zealand Screen Council and is the eighth live-in development lab that LAMP has conducted in just over 2 years.

LAMP received around 25 extremely high quality entries from teams in each country. LAMP mentors and Screen New Zealand representatives selected the most compelling, innovative and audience centric projects.

“We normally get forty to fifty entries but given the call for submissions was only four weeks ago and with the holiday season in-between we were staggered by the number of really clued up projects. It was really hard to differentiate from probably the most focused and audience aware ideas we have seen.” said LAMP Director Gary Hayes.

The selected projects are a compelling mix of emerging media forms and the successful teams are:

  • Portable Ghosts NZ – The best way to solve ghost mysteries is to have ghosts helping you!
  • Catalyst (ABC) NSW – Science that Excites and makes a difference.
  • Aftershock NZ – “When disaster strikes, will we pull together or will we fall apart?”
  • Virtual Roadside Memorials SA – Community for collective healing and remembrance and co-created documentary.
  • Sea Patrol 2 (Chn 9) NSW – An interactive, cross-media platform, user-generated hub.
  • Master Raindrop Cross-Media World NSW – Not just a drop in the ocean.
  • Podscape NZ – Social virtual world networking where ‘Your in the Band’, a revolutionary new way to interact with friends and strangers alike.

The 6-day live in lab will see seven teams working with around talented new media professional mentors (an updated list here), developing digital media projects for distribution on broadband web, mobile devices, advanced television, games platforms, virtual worlds and beyond.

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.

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.

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