Dec 122007
 

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Title: Detective Dale – TAS

Tagline: In a town with no hope, one no hoper dares to hope.

Project Description: Interactive crime/courtroom drama set in the sleepy backwater town of Jordanville “The Best Place in Tasmania to Live, Work and Play”. Rich local characters and relatively strange going’s on create an enigma spread across the web including the “Church of New Hope: Speed to Salvation”, where the audience are invited to join forces with Dale and uncover a truth stranger than fiction.

Target Media: Web, TV

LAMP VII Couran Cove

LAMP VII Couran Cove

LAMP VII Couran Cove

LAMP VII Couran Cove

LAMP VII Couran Cove

LAMP VII Couran Cove

LAMP VII Couran Cove

LAMP VII Couran Cove

Team Members © Producer Andy Wilson, Writer Ryk Goddard, Writer/Developer Shaun Wilson . Strict Copyright 2007

Guardian Mentor: Arse

LAMP Lab: Couran Cove, Queensland, November 2007

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?

Apr 222007
 

We had an overwhelming response to the call for submissions driven by the various seminars and workshops we held around the country over the past months. From nearly fifty extremely strong entries the ten judges have selected the final eight for the LAMP: Story of the Future to be held in Freycinet from 20-25 May.  The eight projects are listed below with brief descriptions in no particular order…

  • Thursdays Fictions
    You’ll Never Have Another Week Like This One! In order to enter the world of Thursday’s Fictions, you must respond the following  “You have five minutes left to live.  It is always said that you can’t take it with you, but what if you could?  What would you take with you?  What is important to you?  – NSW
  • p.u.l.s.e
    Take the pulse of the city through the wrists of writers, using sms. This is an entirely new service that builds upon the strengths and flexibility of mobile, locative, and social networking technologies, applied uniquely via collaborative inputs from a network of writers. p.u.l.s.e is an innovative collaborative writing project that explores the intersections of writing and mobile technologies.  – NSW
  • Tell Tales
    You are your own adventure. A new web-based writing game in which the participants develop their own take on the mystery story that they are presented with. – NSW
  • Get Carla
    “A beautiful girl is on the run with 100 grand.  Do you help her… Or turn her in?”
    An alternate reality game driven by a “true story” of a kidnapping that is an extension of a short film scheduled for shooting June 2007 – NSW
  • The Parcel
    Everyone has something to hide! The Parcel is an interactive cross-media murder mystery series set in the virtual community of Middlemania against the backdrop of the local council elections. – Tasmania
  • Mondo Froggo
    “Fun and frolics with three feisty frogs in a swamp.” Animation, interactive TV show which is a combination of adventure, story and game. – Tasmania
  • Captive
    A New World. A daring crusade. All in the name of friendship and freedom! CAPTIVE is a fun and exciting quest based online RPG for primary school children centred around British and Australian convict heritage in the 1820’s, taking history lessons into a whole new dimension… fun!  – Tasmania
  • Killer Gene
    ‘Killer Gene – who should control the code of life itself? – Victoria

The final list of mentors for this lab will be listed on the mentors main page. The participants and associated companies will be revealed on the residential follow-up projects pages.

Mar 072007
 

LAMP: STORY OF THE FUTURE RESIDENTIAL APPLICATION

The upcoming LAMP Story of the Future residential lab is scheduled for Sunday 20 May to Friday 25 May 2007 and will be held in the beautiful resort of Freycinet Lodge in Tasmania.

Freycinet

Applications open on Monday 5 March 2007. Please read the details below and download the application form here, which must be returned by Thursday 5 April 2007. Eight project teams will be selected by mid-April.

Costs, dates and location

The lab will be held from Sunday 20 May to Friday 26 May 2007 and will most likely be held in the beautiful resort of Freycinet Lodge in Tasmania. The Lab is presented by AFTRS in collaboration with the Literature Board of Australia Council of the Arts. The participating teams need only pay transport to and from the residential venue and a $100 admin fee per member. Accommodation, meals, mentoring (10 mentors/presenters), technical equipment, build developers, invited speakers and special events are all included as part of your attendance.

A number of travel scholarships will be available to assist successful teams with significant travel costs (ie from non-eastern states or regional areas).

More details in How to Apply

Oct 112006
 

The eight projects have been selected and confirmed for the next LAMP residential in Tasmania. We had an overwhelming response and the ten selectors were extremely impressed with the high quality of all thirty four entries. Below are brief descriptions of the projects in no particular order…

  • Mash-up TV
    An exciting comedy show broadcast live from inside a virtual world. Aimed at 18-26 year olds this service will allow viewers to appear on TV as their 3D avatars and also submit mashed-up video, music, chat and games.
  • Urban Anarchy
    A unique cross-media exploration of urban art and street culture. Alongside short videos and documentaries the online element features a virtual city block. The audience can contribute by submitting street art via mobile phones or creating art with the online tools.
  • The Deep Sleep
    The Deep Sleep is an animated neo-noir that allows a 15-30 year old audience to be part of the action. Searching for clues across interactive town maps, fictional websites, podcasts, enigmatic SMS’s and clues hidden inside the animations themselves, the audience try to uncover a range of mysteries.
  • Sold in Sixty Seconds
    Sick of fake, annoying, over-hyped commercials? Sold in Sixty Seconds is a revolutionary competition for consumers to capture, create and communicate a better ad for a leading brand. A completely participatory event that unleashes and rewards the best of user generated content whilst celebrating the history of advertising around the world.
  • City Games
    The City is a playground in which players use their mobile phones and other portable devices to take part in an interactive treasure hunt. Clues will be dropped into a weekly TV spot, podcasts, SMS and on a dedicated website.
  • Outside the Box
    How hard is it to find a copy of the documentary that everyone is talking about? Or to access a classic one from the past? Outside the Box is a new on-demand broadband service for downloading Australian documentaries. A portal where the public can find out about community screenings and social action; converse online with film-makers; and access the “making-of” and other behind-the-scenes information. The film library will range from documentaries made for TV broadcast and cinema to those outside the mainstream square.
  • The Abbey
    Ever wanted to really know what it is to be a nun inside an Abbey? This service runs in parallel with ABC TV’s The Abbey series and allows the audience to enter a virtual monastery to mingle with other spiritual seekers, chat, build, farm, pray and meditate.
  • Shorts
    Based around 3 minute cross-artform and digital performances, Shorts is a way that 14-30 year olds can take part in a virtual mobile festival. Participants are encouraged to make short performance pieces on their mobile video phones acting as both reviewer and reviewee.

The final list of mentors for this lab are also listed on the mentors main page. The participants and associated companies will be revealed on the residential follow-up projects pages.

Sep 252006
 

Thankyou to the almost forty extremely high quality entries for the next LAMP lab. The selected eight teams will be informed on Monday next week.

PREVIOUS DETAILS

The next LAMP residential lab will be held from Sunday 29 Oct to Friday 3 Nov 2006 in the beautiful resort of Freycinet in Tasmania. The Lab is sponsored by Screen Tasmania & Innovation, Science and Technology and subsidised by AFTRS. Chris Gallagher (Industry Development Officer, Screen Tasmania) said:

“This is a fantastic opportuntity for the Tasmanian Screen Industry and we look forward to the concepts and projects that will be created through the innovative LAMP development process.”

We are now accepting applications and welcome project submissions from all areas of the media industry. Please read the detail below and download the application here which must be returned by Sept 25th. Eight project teams will be selected by the end of Sept.

Costs, dates and location

Freycinet

The lab will be held on Sun 29 October – Fri 3 November 2006 at Freycinet Lodge in Tasmania. The participating teams need only pay transport to and from the residential venue and a $100 admin fee per member. Accommodation, food, mentoring (10 mentors/presenters), technical equipment, build developers, invited speakers and special events are all paid as part of your attendance.

Projects will be assessed on:

  • Level of innovation
  • Market focus & audience reach
  • Potential to benefit from LAMP process
  • Narrative depth
  • Suitability of project for cross-platform deployment: We are particularly keen on TV 2.0 (participatory TV formats), new global broadband cross-media services, services based on virtual worlds, 3G mobile and multi-user, online games. All projects should incorporate social networking and user-generated content elements.
  • Audience interaction and level of involvement
  • Mix and experience of the project teams

Requirements

Screen Tas Logo

We will require teams to be made up of 3 people maximum in the following categories:
1 – Creator – exec prod, producer, director, writer etc
2 – Designer – broadcast, brand, visual identity (It is obligatory to come with a visual designer for the build phase)
3 – Other craft – editor, writer, talent, sound, DOP etc:

The participating teams need only pay transport to and from the residential venue and a $100 admin fee per member. Accommodation, food, mentoring, technical equipment, build developers and special events are all paid as part of your attendance.
There will be range of Industry heads invited onto the final day presentations of prototypes & proof of concepts. Teams can designate stakeholders who can be invited to this.

Technology

Each team will have a G5 20″intel iMac (with extra monitors) complete with full Adobe, Macromedia & Apple production suites. Wireless internet access will be provided.

There will also be two high spec PC laptops for applications including Modelstream for OpenTV and MHP builds. A range of mobile devices, gaming and presentation equipment.

Aug 172006
 
The next LAMP residential lab will be held from Sunday 29 Oct to Friday 3 Nov 2006 in the beautiful resort of Freycinet in Tasmania. The Lab is sponsored by Screen Tasmania & Innovation, Science and Technology and subsidised by AFTRS. Chris Gallagher (Industry Development Officer, Screen Tasmania) said:

“This is a fantastic opportuntity for the Tasmanian Screen Industry and we look forward to the concepts and projects that will be created through the innovative LAMP development process.”

We are now accepting applications and welcome project submissions from all areas of the media industry. Please read the detail below and download the application here which must be returned by Sept 25th. Eight project teams will be selected by the end of Sept.

Costs, dates and location

Freycinet

The lab will be held on Sun 29 October – Fri 3 November 2006 at Freycinet Lodge in Tasmania. The participating teams need only pay transport to and from the residential venue and a $100 admin fee per member. Accommodation, food, mentoring (10 mentors/presenters), technical equipment, build developers, invited speakers and special events are all paid as part of your attendance.

Projects will be assessed on:

  • Level of innovation
  • Market focus & audience reach
  • Potential to benefit from LAMP process
  • Narrative depth
  • Suitability of project for cross-platform deployment: We are particularly keen on TV 2.0 (participatory TV formats), new global broadband cross-media services, services based on virtual worlds, 3G mobile and multi-user, online games. All projects should incorporate social networking and user-generated content elements.
  • Audience interaction and level of involvement
  • Mix and experience of the project teams

Requirements

Screen Tas Logo

We will require teams to be made up of 3 people maximum in the following categories:
1 – Creator – exec prod, producer, director, writer etc
2 – Designer – broadcast, brand, visual identity (It is obligatory to come with a visual designer for the build phase)
3 – Other craft – editor, writer, talent, sound, DOP etc:

The participating teams need only pay transport to and from the residential venue and a $100 admin fee per member. Accommodation, food, mentoring, technical equipment, build developers and special events are all paid as part of your attendance.
There will be range of Industry heads invited onto the final day presentations of prototypes & proof of concepts. Teams can designate stakeholders who can be invited to this.

Technology

Each team will have a G5 20″intel iMac (with extra monitors) complete with full Adobe, Macromedia & Apple production suites. Wireless internet access will be provided.

There will also be two high spec PC laptops for applications including Modelstream for OpenTV and MHP builds. A range of mobile devices, gaming and presentation equipment.

Don’t forget submission deadline is 25 SEPT 2006

May 242006
 

Business vs Creativity: Mobile and Broadband Production © David Gurney 2006.

Recorded live and unedited during the LAMP lab in Perth in May 2006 in front of the seven teams developing emerging media projects.

David GurneyDavid looks at the digital industry in his unique way pointing out both the immaturity in the marketplace and the key opportunities. He talks about key elements of repurposing content, massaging the content for each platform, how broadband and TV can work together by allowing audiences to participate effectively. David also looks at how mobile is often driving new players into the market such as Big Brother due to the high revenue returns.

“We know that interactivity changes the way the audience feels about your show…it becomes their show” as an introduction to his award winning Dog and Cat news service David evangelises about the real empowerment that can take place in the market. He continues by pointing out the levels of engagement inside services like Everquest that starts to blur peoples perception of real life and virtual world and suggests that people who are already involved in these immersive worlds are not going back to sitting and watching a film. It is possible customise these worlds and there is money being made often aimed at young kids and ethical issues are raised.

Davids central piece is a wryly humorous look at the true economics of making money from mobile content – at least one piece at a time! He finishes by showing demos of Hoota and Snoz and a range of other surprising successes globally that have brought much acclaim on his company Blue Rocket as well as their winning Milia 360 pitching entry Urban Anarchy.

PODCAST SUBSCRIPTION
All LAMP podcasts are also published through the iTunes store.

David Gurney is a well known creator of animated cartoons. He created, produced and directed Australia’s first fully 3D animated television series, Hoota & Snoz. The series has sold worldwide into over 100 countries. David is a prolific developer of cartoon characters and concepts and with his business partner Alicia Rackett, runs Blue Rocket Productions, an award winning cartoon studio based in Hobart, Tasmania. Other animated TV produced, written and directed by David include Time Cracks (2 series), Mörmel Spots (3 series), The Dog and Cat News (2 series), Bang the Cat (2 series), and short films The Further Adventures of Stafford the Prawn and Spikey Joe’s Truck. David was also creative director of The Hoota & Snoz Official Website and The Dog and Cat News Website which won Best of the Best and Best Children’s at the 2006 AIMIA Awards. David is also involved in the creation of mobile entertainment including an exclusive deal to produce all 3D animated mobile content for Manchester United. Blue Rocket’s mobile content is sold in over 37 countries worldwide.

Perth 9 May 2006
Click to listen

May 172006
 

We are all fully recovered from the intensive lab in Perth and thank you to all the mentors and participants who created seven remarkable projects – summaries of these are being unprotected through this week.
Team photos on each project by Catherine Gleeson

July 2-7 Lab – submission deadline 2 June
LAMP is calling for creative teams of three to submit cross-platform projects for two more labs in July and October. In order to maximise the diversity and quality of the experience at the July 2-7 lab in Sydney we are accepting submissions from independent production teams for four places alongside four from AFTRS teams. You can download applications forms from the ‘Apply Now’ link

LAMP is accepting project applications from all parts of the Australian media industry. Apply for these labs if you would like to deliver your concept on mobile devices, advanced television, broadband, games consoles and beyond. We look forward to hearing from you for any queries regarding the next labs.

The next residential lab in Sydney will be within 1 hour of downtown. The application form can be downloaded here. To be aware of the types of projects that are strategically important to us please browse this website and look at the selection criteria on the application form. You will find the process illuminating, informative and transform the real-world focus for your ideas.

The Lab is subsidised by strategic sponsors and AFTRS. Accommodation, food, mentor, technical equipment and build developers and special events are all paid as part of your attendance but a $100 admin fee per person is required for external teams. The date for the lab will be Sunday 2 July to Friday 7 July 2006 – keep an eye on the website for location updates.

Application process – submit by 2 June
Please either
– complete the form and submit to Tanya Vale in the LAMP office
Or
-send a digital version of the document to the LAMP project officer (Tanya) at lamp@aftrs.edu.au.

Next all-comers lab
We are planning another national lab for end of October in Tasmania. The applications for this will be announced and made available end of July.