Aug 122008
 

Previously highlighted on the LAMP site here The Thursday’s Fictions cross-media jamboree continues on and has been put into the Atom finals awards 2008 as Best Multimodal Production (other 3 entries below).

Award Recipients – Names: Richard James Allen, Gary Hayes, and Karen Pearlman

Award Recipients – Organisations: The Physical TV Company, AFTRS LAMP (The Australian Film Television and Radio School – The Laboratory for Advanced Media Production), The Literature Board of the Australia Council ‚- The Story of the Future, and The Project Factory

thursdays02Thursday’s Fictions is a fantastical parable about reincarnation by Australian writer Richard James Allen which has evolved over almost twenty years to become a cross media work for the stage, the page, the screen and most recently with help from LAMP, the new media creative platforms of Second Life (a 3D online immersive interactive story world) and machinima (cinema made inside a games engine).

This documentary devised and edited by Gary Hayes and co-produced with Physical TV.

Voice-overs captured and reassembled from a LAMP Virtual Story seminar in May 2007. Original podcasts here.

Best Multimodal Production (4 finalists)

The Oasis
NSW Ian Darling Shark Island Productions

Find 815
Hoodlum / ABC (US)

Thursday’s Fictions
Richard James Allen, Gary Hayes and Karen Pearlman.

NSW The Physical TV Company, AFTRS LAMP,
The Literature Board of the Australia Council

Girl Friday
Victoria Kylie Robertson Ish Media

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?

Jul 232007
 

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The project, Thursday’s Fictions, that went through the last LAMP: Story of the Future residential is currently being produced & designed by Gary Hayes in Second Life in collaboration with its creators Dr Richard James Allen and Karen Perlman, with story support from LAMP mentor Jackie Turnure, as a tie in with a transmission of the film of the same name. ABC TV Sunday Arts covers it here

The creators of the award-winning and surreal dance film, Thursday’s Fictions, will launch an online 3D immersive experience in Second Life. In this virtual world quest audiences can experience what it’s like to be one of the characters in the story while sharing the experience with their friends.

Thursday’s Fictions is the story of a woman who tries to cheat the cycle of reincarnation to get eternal life. Adapted from the book, Thursday’s Fictions, by Dr Richard James Allen (short-listed for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry at the 2000 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards), the film deals with themes of reincarnation and the nature of our universe.

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The initiative is supported by the Literature Board of the Australia Council through its The Story of the Future project, the Australian Film Television and Radio School through LAMP, the ABC through its Innovation and Arts Departments, and The Project Factory. Thursday’s Fictions in Second Life will be launched on the AFTRS Island on Sunday July 29.

Thursday’s Fictions in Second Life is a collaboration by leading Australian dance filmmakers Dr Richard James Allen and Dr Karen Pearlman of The Physical TV Company and Gary Hayes, Director of LAMP at AFTRS and The Project Factory.

Meet the creative artists, Dr Richard James Allen and Dr Karen Pearlman, for a Q & A at the ABC Amphitheatre on the ABC Island in Second Life at 4pm directly following the broadcast.

The work is currently in progress but here are a series of shots of the Second Life build as it currently stands about 50% into the build phase.

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Images © LAMP, Physical TV and Gary Hayes