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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Oct 262009
 

ian4Huge poisonous spiders lie ready to pounce as you carefully traverse a forest lit only by moonlight. This is one of the initiation rights you will face in One Night, a new game that has been prototyped by AFTRS lecturer Ian Brown using Unity3D software. He recently gave a presentation of the project at Gamejam09, the games pitch and demo event initiated by LAMP in 2008.

It took Ian about a month to create a level of One Night including the design of all the assets from scratch. He did modelling and texturing in Mudbox software, the animation in Maya and it was exported to Unity3D where all the gameplay was scripted in Javascript. Unity 3D is a multi platform tool and its relatively easy to create games for Mac, PC, web or iPhone.  There is a rapidly growing list of great games being created in Unity3D which you can find here.

You can see a gameplay capture of the One Night on our YouTube channel AFTRSgames or you can play through the prototype by downloading a zipped executable for Mac OSX or Windows.

For those interested in creating their own games like One Night,  AFTRS are running a Graduate Certificate in Games and Virtual Worlds in 2010 and we’re looking for visionaries who can create innovative games and rich immersive social virtual worlds.  Applications for the course close on November 1 2009 and more information is available here.

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Oct 232009
 

AFTRS & LAMP’ers have been fortunate to know Kelly Chapman for a few years now. She is one of a handful of producers and creatives who actually walk-the-talk by ‘making’ & realising transmedia properties. From her work at Hoodlum on accessible web adventures, BBC Spooks, Emmerdale and Lost through to her own, slightly more spreadable, organic and social transmedia efforts Kelly carefully bridges the technical and creative banks of the complex white water, multi platform, rapids.

We introduced her to SPAA and she did a great keynote up at the Foxtel studios last week, edited highlights below. More on Kelly’s work here http://kcdc.com.au/ and on her investigative blog here http://kellychapman.wordpress.com/. Enjoy

Kelly Chapman keynote SPAA Fringe 2009 from KCDC on Vimeo.

Kelly is an experienced producer of transmedia entertainment. She walks participants of SPAA Fringe through the various formats transmedia takes, and step by step through how she’s applied her knowledge to creating effective transmedia strategies for her own projects.

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Jul 222009
 

STATE OF PLAY SEMINAR – Cinema 2.0: 3D, Big Screen & Participatory Futures

FREE – 29 July 2009 – AFTRS Theatre. 5.30 – 7pm

How will the traditionally passive cinema experience change in the next few years. Stereoscopic 3D films are becoming commonplace alongside specialised 3D Imax outings and in the past few months we have experienced Monsters vs Aliens, Up, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Coraline, My Bloody Valentine. Dreamworks have committed to producing all CG films in 3D and there are new releases planned over the next 6 months including Avatar, The Final Destination, re-release of Toy Story 1 & 2. A Christmas Carol & Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. But what about more interactive cinema with games or social applications particularly with YouTube recently delivering a full 3D capability? Where does the future lie for cinemas and other public screen spaces?

Speakers:

Cane Toad 3D shoot

Cane Toad 3D shoot

LAMP ‘STATE OF PLAY’ SEMINARS

Profiling successful case studies, people and the latest techniques across multi platform media.

  • FREE themed seminars running on the last Wednesday of ‘most’ months at 5.30pm – 7pm.
  • No need to register just turn up to the main Theatre at AFTRS, Sydney (directions)

Trailer below from My Bloody Valentine in 3D

Jul 152009
 

STUDY GAMES AND VIRTUAL WORLDS part time at AFTRS in 2010

All video and audio below recorded at the AFTRS Theatre April 2009. LAMP pod and vodcasts are published through iTunes – click on the icon on the right if you have iTunes to subscribe now!

FOUR SEMINAR VIDEOS – Click the skip arrows to move between presentations

  1. GAMES: SERIOUSLY – 35m © Gary Hayes Director LAMP @ AFTRS and CCO of MUVEDesign (slideshares here)
  2. THE REALITY OF THE SIMULATION – 38m © John Welsh Development Manager of Serious Games at Sydac
  3. SERIOUS GAMES: REACH OUT – 28m © Marianne Webb interactive manager for Reach Out!
  4. DOCO 2.0: FIRST AUSTRALIANS PANEL – 25m © AFTRS & First Australians – Peter Giles Director Digital Media talks to Rachel Perkins (Director), Darren Dale (EP) Sohail Dahdal (Online Producer)

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Original seminar link – All video and audio below recorded at the AFTRS Theatre April 2009. The intersection between documentary filmmaking and games will be explored in this half seminar and half rapid development workshop, providing deep insight into the potential of Serious Games. Both games and stories have long been recognised as powerful learning tools. Their combination in the 21st century has the potential to provide learning experiences that are collaborative and globally connected. What are the best examples of Serious Games and where are they heading? How can Serious Games be employed by educators, corporations or non-profit organizations?

AUDIO ONLY VERSIONS OF ABOVE – Click the skip arrows to move between presentations

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ABOUT LAMP PODCASTS

This podcast presentation by LAMP @ AFTRS.

  • Video & audio recorded by AFTRS Post-production & Digital Dept
  • Pod and vodcast editing, encoding, tagging & publishing by Gary Hayes
Mar 212009
 

lamp-diagram-aftrs-flat21LAMP @ AFTRS has begun it’s 2009 series of seminars, workshops and incubators, many are listed below.

LAMP has been actively involved in getting 360 Content development integrated into the main curriculum at AFTRS (in its new building) for the past year but is now back delivering industry standard, emerging media education.

Multiplatform Content and Innovative new format development will be delivered as:

  • LAMP ‘State of Play’ Seminars
  • LAMP ‘Interactive’ Workshops
  • LAMP ‘New Format’ Incubators

These new learning packages are specially designed so that industry professionals and students alike can understand the new landscape, appreciate it’s potential and prepare themselves for the production of new form content across  social media, games, mobile, broadband internet, location based services and virtual worlds.

Stay up to date with our activities by joining the LAMP Facebook Group


LAMP ‘STATE OF PLAY’ SEMINARS

Profiling successful case studies, people and the latest techniques across multi platform media.

  • FREE themed seminars running on the last Wednesday of every month at 6pm – 7pm.
  • No need to register just turn up to the main Theatre at AFTRS, Sydney (directions)

Upcoming FREE seminars:

  • Wed Jul 29 – CINEMA 2.0: Big Screen Participatory Futures
    • Stereoscopic 3D, interactive cinema, games in cinema. Where does the future lie for cinemas and other public screen spaces? Speakers: Tim Baier (Animal Logic), Paul Nichola (Cane Toad’s 3D cinematographer) and others to be announced
  • Wed Aug 26 – MASSIVELY MULTI-STORYTELLER WORLDS: The Drama of Game Worlds
    • Virtual worlds are now populated by 900 million players globally with many spending more time in them than their real lives. This ‘State of Play’ seminars looks at the range of stories being created in these social and game worlds. It will focus on the drama being created by these full time role players and the opportunities for traditional writers to engage in this popular medium. Speakers: Gary Hayes (AFTRS LAMP), Ian Brown, Laurel Papworth and others to be announced
  • Previous State of Plays

  • Wed March 25 – TELEVISION 2.0: latest innovations in online video
    • TV is in major transition. Where are the opportunities across on-demand platforms? Is the old advertising model broken? Will broadband to set top box comfortably co-exist with video on the web? A pre MIP TV session to help prepare you for big changes just on the horizon.
    • Speakers: William Cooper (Informitv – live from UK),  Chris Winter (ABC Innovation), Arul Baskaran (Executive Producer ABC TV Multiplatform), Gary Hayes (LAMP)
  • Wed April 29 – FREE AND EASY: Open Source Creative Tools
    • There are a vast range of new free to use tools that enable rich and efficient collaboration. What are the best tools for online communities, project development, video distribution and marketing. A survey of tools including Mogulus, Joomla, Ning, Ustream, Drupal, Celtx and many others.
    • Speakers:  Laurel Papworth ‚Social Media Strategist, Gary Hayes – AFTRS LAMP

Go to the AFTRS site for a full list of the above seminars


LAMP ‘INTERACTIVE’ WORKSHOPS

Practical and hands on creative workshops exploring everything there is to know about the latest innovative new forms.

Upcoming seminar workshops:


DOCUMENTARY 2.0: SERIOUS GAMES

CLICK TO APPLY: Seminar and Workshop Fri 3 April 10am – 5pm

The intersection between documentary filmmaking and games will be explored in this seminar and workshop, providing deep insight into the potential of Serious Games.

Both games and stories have long been recognised as powerful learning tools. Their combination in the 21st century has the potential to provide learning experiences that are collaborative and globally connected. What are the best examples of Serious Games and where are they heading? How can Serious Games be employed by educators, corporations or non-profit organizations?

Screen Australia and the ABC have recently announced a funding initiative in the area of Serious Games. This seminar will bring you up to speed with the latest developments in serious games and provide an opportunity to present your own concepts and workshop ideas with experts in an afternoon workshop.

Speakers include:

  • Rachel Perkins (Director), Darren Dale (EP) Sohail Dahdal (Online Producer) on SBS’s First Australians will talk about the online experience of the documentary series and explore the future possibilities of documentary games.
  • Marianne Webb is the interactive manager for Reach Out!, an online service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times. Marianne will talk about the serious game Reach Out Central that been part of an innovative online strategy to build community engagement by the Inspire Foundation.
  • John Welsh is the Development Manager of Serious Games at Sydac, a leading Australian simulation technology company. John will talk about the role of simulation and play in learning environments.
  • Gary Hayes is the Head of AFTRS Laboratory for Advanced Media production and he will speak about the history of serious games, a survey of future directions and cross over between games and documentary forms.
  • Jennifer Collins – Manager of Development, ABC TV (Jennifer, with Mike Cowap from Screen Australia, is running the Serious Games funding initiative currently calling for applications)
  • Tim Nixon – CEO Straylight Studios – Tim runs New Zealand based Straylight Studios an innovative games studio who specialise in ‘meaningful play’.

By the end of this workshop participants will have had the opportunity to learn about:

  • The various types of serious games: evolution of the form and the directions it is heading
  • The global serious games community and online resources
  • Documentary storytelling and its relationship to serious games
  • Techniques to brain-storm, plan and document serious games ideas
  • The links between documentary research and serious games
  • User created games and managing online communities


INNOVATIONS IN MULTI-PLATFORM CONTENT

APPLY: Seminar Wed 22 April 9.30 am – 1 pm

A selection of leading innovators in multi-platform content present recent projects in the areas of social media, cross platform storytelling, extended entertainment, games and online entertainment.

Presenters include:

By the end of this seminar participants will have had the opportunity to learn about:

  • Innovative techniques in multi platform content creation
  • Future directions of media innovation
  • Case studies of innovative projects and production methodologies and techniques
  • Techniques to foster and promote creative innovation
  • Creating community and communicating directly with audiences

VIRTUAL STORY: THE ART AND CRAFT OF MACHINIMA

CLICK TO APPLY: Seminar Thurs 14 May 2 – 5 pm

CLICK TO APPLY: Workshop Fri 15 May 10 am – 5 pm (must attend seminar)

Games and virtual worlds are now being used as creative tools to make a wide range of films from horror genre, comedy to corporate training and education. YouTube, Machinima.com and scores of other video portals are filled with examples of these new forms of virtual storytelling and some are now being commissioned by mainstream TV. NBC aired a CSI episode in 2008 featuring machinima made in Second Life and HBO recently acquired the machinima series ‘Molotov Alva’.

The seminar will explore the vast range of machinima made with console, PC and online games. It will also look at simple forms of film pre-visualisation now possible using games technologies. The intensive workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to the tools of machinima and the opportunity to work on a short project. Participants are encouraged to bring along a pre-recorded soundtrack (including voice and/or music) to use as the basis for their project.

Presenters and workshop trainers include:

By the end of this workshop & seminar participants will have had the opportunity to learn about:

  • What makes compelling machinima
  • The wide range of machinima styles being created around the world
  • Insight into the engines and tools used to create machinima
  • Basic storyboarding and scripting techniques for machinima
  • Global machinima community and other online resources
  • Role playing and improvisation techniques that work in this new form


FILTERING THE WEB: GETTING WHAT YOU WANT QUICKLY

CLICK TO APPLY: Seminar Friday 5 June 10am – 1 pm

“The web is 15-30 billion web pages. A workshop designed to help you track and follow the latest trends and information across a range of specialised areas. Browsers, RSS readers and social media mash-ups have evolved into being effective one-stop-shop views on a world of relevant content. This is a half day workshop looking beyond the search engine, basic RSS feeds or old fashioned email alerts. It is designed to help you find, filter information and follow the right people on the web. Web filtering is becoming a critical skill for researchers, marketers and those who need specific news and information. It will also help you track and follow the latest trends and information across a range of specialised areas.

By the end of this workshop participants will have had the opportunity to learn:

  • How to get the web to deliver the right information to you
  • About the very latest web research techniques across services such as digg, delicious, twitter, technorati, social networks, specialised engines & the semantic web
  • How to find the key recommenders, filterers and influencers in your field
  • Blogosphere filtering, separating the signal from the noise
  • How to make contact and become a key filterer yourself
  • Taming RSS feeds and being more efficient with email alerts
  • Reading trends and patterns

Led by Laurel Papworth of company World Communities, who is a Power150 media blogger (global – AdNews) and in the top 5 media bloggers for Australia (B&T). She has been teaching for 20 years, mostly in the area of online communities and virtual communications. Laurel is the senior social media strategist in Australia, consulting to companies, not for profits and government departments in Australia, Asia and Middle East.


THE SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN: CONNECTING WITH YOUR AUDIENCE

CLICK TO APPLY: Seminar: Thurs 2 July 2 – 5 pm

CLICK TO APPLY: Workshop : Friday  3  July 10 am – 5 pm

Aimed at anyone who wants to promote themselves, their product or creation into communities. A workshop looking at how to understand the new audiences, build traffic and loyalty that goes way beyond uploading a 9 minute short onto YouTube but looks at techniques of engaging with online events, social networks and DIY social media. The workshop will examine case studies of successful campaigns from producers and creators doing it for themselves.

By the end of this workshop participants will have had the opportunity to learn about:

  • The online ecology of social networks
  • Techniques to distribute your content as widely as possible to a global audience
  • Planning and staging a campaign which has maximum impact and reach
  • Building loyalty and community with an online audience

Led by Laurel Papworth who is a Power150 media blogger (global – AdNews) and in the top 5 media bloggers for Australia (B&T). She has been teaching for 20 years, mostly in the area of online communities and virtual communications. Laurel is the senior social media strategist in Australia, consulting to companies, not for profits and government departments in Australia, Asia and Middle East including: Middle East Broadcasting (Dubai/Saudi Arabia) – Channel MBC4, Telecom New Zealand, , Fairfax: RSVP Dating Community, Sony Corporation, Universal McCann Erickson WorldWide, CHANNEL TEN: including Australian Idol community, Sulake: Makers of Habbo, Macquarie Leisure, Macquarie Media, New Holland Publishing, Australasian, Performing Right Association (APRA), Peoplebrowsr, MySongcast.com unsigned bands community, Australian Businesswomens’ Network, Pink Sofa online community, ABC Australia, National Archives of Australia (gov), Department of State and Regional Development (gov), Department of Primary Industry (gov), Australian Film Television and Radio School (edu), University of Sydney (edu, public), University of Western Sydney (edu, Masters program).

Go to the AFTRS site list of all of these seminars and workshops >


LAMP ‘NEW FORMAT’ INCUBATORS

NOTE: To be updated soon.

These are extended and intensive 3-5 day workshops designed to maximise participants time and help them really understand emerging media areas by working collaboratively on new and adapted ideas. Based loosely on previous LAMP intensive labs they really help to push your thinking to the next stage, whether it be piloting, developing participatory audiences, broadening the project’s media format or developing new ways of delivering content. It could include the communication of content through mobile devices, advanced television services, broadband portals, social networks, gaming environments, virtual worlds and more.

The LAMP ‘New Format’ Incubators focus on content and service development, and extends perceived ideas of creativity, technicality, audience, consumer and business. Participants will use a range of exercises and form creative teams to utilise their thinking and skills in new ways to create compelling interactive content that meets the changing needs of audiences and the new media marketplace.

Sep 162008
 

‘Growing Worlds” An abridged Presentation on Games Writing and Adaptation by Joe Velikovsky

(Note: the first half of the podcast contains loopback echo due to technical issues)

In this abridged (20 out of 35 mins) presentation at a LAMP Insight ‘Growing Worlds – Games Adaptation Seminar’  Joe looks specifically at the practical side of games design and adaptations from existing IP or story ideas. He talks about console games writing, how they are developed and some of the titles he worked on including Looney Toons and Jumper.

“every chapter has its own introductory and outroductory. We ended up with this entire game summary a couple of meters high and wide so that everyone could easily refer to it and know exactly which level they were making at anyone time – what was in it and what the mission objectives and stories were. We ended up with 10 walkthroughs which were about 40 pages per chapter, times 10 chapters and if you included the images there are about 70 pages, 20 cut scenes of about a page each, and this big excel spreadsheet with over 1060 rows of dialogue.”

He talks about his experience across screen writing leading to writing for games and then looks closely at the target demographics and how they influence the design and what content to include alongside the style of gameplay. Joe then looks at the visual aesthetic, game play and design of Looney Toons in more detail and the structual aspects that are inextricably linked to the gameplay and narrative that permeate the story world and the amount of work that is required to create these large game play environments.

JOE VELIKOVSKY – Screen and Games Writer

Joe Velikovsky is a Producer, Designer and Screenwriter in the fields of New/Digital Media, Game Design, TV and Film. He has been a Professional Writer, Game Designer and Producer for over a decade. The game, film and TV genres he has worked in include drama, sci-fi, horror, and comedy. Professional experience includes:

  • Senior Game Designer, Game Co-Writer, and Producer: JUMPER: Griffin’s Story videogame (Xbox 360 SKU only), based on the Fox movie, developed by Redtribe, published by Brash Entertainment, February 2008. [http://www.jumpermoviegame.com/]
  • Game Writing and Design consultant to various New Media producers, for The Australia Council and Screen Tasmania.
  • Senior Game Designer and Game Screenplay Writer, LOONEY TUNES: ACME ARSENAL videogame (on PS2, Wii, and Xbox 360), released worldwide by Warner Bros Interactive, October 2007 in the US, February 2008 in Australia. [http://looneytunes.warnerbros.com/acmearsenal/]
  • Writer/Creator of an EPOC (Electronic Proof Of Concept) mobile phone web-soap prototype, with Australian Film Commission funding, LIFERAFT, 2005. Producer Michael Robertson, Prodigy Films (producer of film Blackwater).
  • Creative Director of A-Rage Pty Ltd. Producer, Director, Game Designer and Writer on the `Augmented Reality’ game Sky Invaders 3-D which won 2nd Prize for the `Best Unsigned Professional Game’ at the 2004 Australian Game Developers Conference. www.a-rage.com
  • Mobile-phone comic-strip producer and author,“Dr N. Sayne” launched by m.Net at www.mobster.com.au. (The first exclusive mobile-phone-comic-strip in Australia) 2004.
  • Co-Game Designer, Saturday Night Speedway, developer Ratbag Games, published by Atari.
  • Writer/Game Designer on sci-fi action thriller PlayStation2 game, IKON, for Ratbag Games (in turnaround), 2002.
  • National Games Market Analyst for Australia, Inform Pty Ltd, Sydney (now GfK). Clients included Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and all the members of Australian Visual Software Distributors Association, 1999-2000.

MP3 recording time 22:38 (6.7MB) Click to listen

This podcast was recorded as part of the Screen Tasmania, Australia Council and LAMP@AFTRS seminar on Games Writing called Growing Worlds delivered in May 2008.

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ABOUT LAMP PODCASTS

This podcast presentation by LAMP @ AFTRS.

Audio recorded on a DV cam by Australia Council (echo issues)

Description, editing, podcasting and produced by Gary Hayes