Apr 152008
 

‘Inviting Participants to Your Party and Keeping Them There’ will demystify Web 2.0 and help you harness its power to promote your creative project online.

This LAMP Insight Seminar series in Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne examines techniques to attract online audiences and keep them coming back for more. It also explores how to effectively promote a project online, initiate conversations with online audiences and build and manage communities.

Designed to get participants thinking on their feet and engaging with the latest techniques of building online audiences and managing growth – participants will find out how to keep a crowd.

Key topics explored during the seminars include:

  • What techniques can be used to build an online audience
  • How to prepare for massive membership signups
  • How to make sure content is ‘findable’ on the internet
  • What the best techniques are to gain, retain and manage members in a social network
  • How to build trust and plan for a self sustaining network

The LAMP Insight 2008 Seminar Series 1 includes:

Creating Online Buzz and Growing Communities Hobart – 10-May-2008

A must for writers, designers, filmmakers, producers, gamers and marketers, or anyone, who wants to build and maintain an online presence. This one day seminar with a workshop component will empower participants to:

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of existing social networks
  • Explore the emerging opportunities of online media to enrich creative projects
  • Evaluate tools and techniques for building online communities
  • Stay up to date with the latest cutting edge work in web 2.0, mobile media, advanced TV, games and virtual worlds.

Course Details

Growing Worlds: Turning Stories Into Games Hobart – 28-May-2008

Find out how to adapt your story for the world of games. Come and hear award-winning novelist, TV and games writer Matt Costello talk about the key ingredients for planning, writing, designing and structuring a compelling game. Course Details

Generating Online Buzz for Creative Projects Sydney – 19-Jun-2008

Cut through the jargon and find out the true potential of Web 2.0 to initiate conversations with global audiences. Areas include:

  • Techniques to use to build an online audience
  • Using blogs, wikis and social networks to connect with global communities of interest
  • The best techniques to encourage people to virally distribute your content

Course Details

Building Social Networks and Growing Communities Sydney – 20-Jun-2008

A one day seminar with a workshop component designed to get you thinking on your feet and engaging with the latest techniques to build and manage fast growing social networks.

This course is focussed on how business needs can be met by supporting an online social network and is ideal for those with a reasonable grasp of user applications such as blogs, wikis, and tagging – even if you are currently a forum or community leader, you may not have thought of all the insights this course presents on running a community. Course Details

Generating Online Buzz for Creative Projects Melbourne – 4-Jul-2008

Cut through the jargon and find out the true potential of Web 2.0 to initiate conversations with global audiences. Course Details

Building Social Networks and Growing Communities Melbourne – 5-Jul-2008

Find out how to community maintain user engagement and ensure your online audience comes back for more. Course Details

Speakers in the series include:

  • Laurel Papworth – Social Network Strategist
  • Bruce Moyle – Joffre Street Productions
  • Gary Hayes – AFTRS Director of LAMP
  • Andrew Apostola – Portable Content
  • Catherine Gleeson – AFTRS Interactive Media Lecturer
  • Peter Giles – AFTRS Director of Digital Media Division

How to apply:

  • Click here or call 03 6223 5983 during business hours for more information.
  • Be quick places are limited.

Venue and fee for Tasmania only:
Course Location: Hobart Function Centre, Elizabeth St Pier, Hobart, TAS
Start Date: 10-May-2008
Finish Date: 10-May-2008
Duration: 1 day 9.30-5.00pm
Course Fee: $120
Applications Deadline: 25-Apr-2008

Feb 122008
 

GROWING WORLDS: TURNING YOUR STORIES IN TO GAMES
Presented by AFTRS LAMP, Australia Council’s Story of the Future and Film Victoria

So what makes a great game and what skills do creators of these experiences need in order to develop compelling commercially viable content for the future?

A seminar, interview and workshop for story-tellers interested in adapting their work for games.

When: Saturday 1st March, 2pm – 5pm
Where:
Screen Pit, ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
Cost:
$45, to Register Call: 03 9602 2300 during business hours to reserve your place. Payments must be received by 29 Feb prior to the event

The recent emergence of games as a storytelling platform is extending the familiar narrative family of books, plays, film and television. The next generation of games will rely on story, narrative and character development to immerse users inside the experience and allow them to live the story. Come and hear award-winning novelist, TV and games writer Matt Costello talk about the key ingredients of planning, writing, designing and structuring a compelling game, referring to the types of stories and characters best adapted from other media. The interview session will also include a look at role-playing game environments inside social virtual worlds, production methodologies, user-generated games and a market overview. Matt will be joined by speakers including Kurt Busch from Krome Studios who will provide an overview of the games development business and contextualise new creative opportunities in this area. Attendees will have the opportunity to workshop stories and games in a rapid development session. This is a must-attend seminar and workshop for creative writers, producers and broadcasters of every flavour who are considering turning their stories into console, online or casual games.
Matt Costello’s innovative work includes ground-breaking and award-winning novels, games, and television.

MATT COSTELLO – Writer and Games Designer, Polar Productions

Matt CostelloMatt Costello is based in New York, London and LA and has written ground-breaking and award-winning novels, games, and television. Matt has scripted dozens of best-selling games and of one Time Magazine said, “The story is delivered with unusual art.” He wrote the groundbreaking Pirates of the Caribbean 3 game across all platforms and has been commissioned to do the fourth in the series.
Since writing the critically acclaimed classic game The 7th Guest, he has scripted dozens of best-selling games such as Shellshock-Nam ‘67 (Guerrilla Games and Eidos), Bad Boys 2 (Empire) and 2005’s Doom 3 winner of an unprecedented five awards at E3 including the Game Critics Award: Best of E3. Just Cause, co-written for Eidos, debuted as the #1 game for Xbox 360 in the UK. Named ‘Best Adventure Game’ at the 2006 E3, it premiered on the US best-seller lists as the #2 Xbox 360 game.

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