2006 Jul Residential Mentors


Mentors on the 4th Live-in-lab in Sydney July 06

JACKIE TURNURE – Non-linear storyteller

Jackie TurnureWith script editing and writing experience in both traditional and new media, Jackie Turnure brings a unique perspective to the role of narrative in cross media production. For the last 15 years she has been working across film, television, games and online production, with a particular focus on animation and children??????s content.

Jackie received her Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communications) from Sydney College of the Arts and her Master of Fine Arts (Film Production) from San Francisco State University. She spent nine years in the US teaching screenwriting at New York University, Hunter College and the Academy of Arts College, San Francisco. During that time, Jackie wrote and directed eight short films and videos that have won awards and screened internationally.

After returning to Sydney, Jackie produced and directed three 3D animated kids’ games for PC, “Bananas in Pyjamas ” It’s Party Time”, “Oz – The Magical Adventure” and “Oz – The Interactive Storybook”. The games have won numerous awards and been distributed in 18 countries. Jackie lectures part time at AFTRS, was an industry mentor at the NSW Film and Television Office’s Indigenous Writers Workshop, ran a Game Design Workshop in FTI in Perth and gave a workshop on Alternative Narratives for the Australian Writer’s Guild.In addition, Jackie works as a script editor and story consultant on feature films, animated television series and animated games. She recently completed story producing and writing 3 episodes on Deadly, a half hour animated TV series based on the books by Paul Jennings and Morris Gleitzman. Jackie is currently script editing and voice directing Stolen Life, an animated feature produced in Machinima, written and produced by Peter Rasmussen.

JIM SHOMOS – Interaction Producer and Writer

Jim ShomosJim is the creator of the acclaimed cross-media service Forget the Rules. He devised the concept and format and with his partners Paul Baiguerra and Peter Dixon from Catfish they made a ground-breaking drama across mobile, broadband PC and TV. Jim also has an extensive business and marketing background.

Jim Shomos and Paul Baiguerra met at the Digital Media Conference run by Film Victoria on 1 July 2004. It was business at first sight, they say: by the end of the day, the basic outline for forget the rules was laid down. Paul got his business partner at Catfish, Peter Dixon, involved and Global Dilemma was born. Forget the Rules was Global Dilemma??????s first production. FTR is the first comedy/drama series in the world to broadcast all episodes on TV, broadband and mobiles. The first season was broadcast on Channel V/Foxtel, 3 mobiles and the FTR website. The 13-week season was made up of 3x3min episodes per week between 10 October 2005 and 8 January 2006. The 117 minutes of production represents the equivalent of 5 x 30min episodes on FTA TV.

In 1998, he studied writing and feature film production at AFTRS in Sydney. He has worked as a copywriter on Sale of The Century, a storyliner on Neighbours (15 hours credits) and is a published songwriter.

Jonathan Marshall – Technical Strategist

Jonathan MarshallJonathan Marshall is one of the key technical strategists in the field of interactive TV, having led the development of the BBC’s first groundbreaking services on DTT and Digital Satellite. Jonathan started his career at the BBC in 1991 as a recording engineer for BBC Scotland. He then left to complete a degree in Electronics and Music followed by a Masters in French and Management. By combining these skills he worked in Paris for IRCAM designing and implementing Digital Music Workstations for contemporary composers and performers to use.

Jonathan rejoined the BBC in 1996 working firstly on DAB and then Digital Television for the Research and Development department at Kingswood Warren. It was here that he developed the world’s first interactive TV broadcasts in MHEG. In 1999 Jonathan joined the newly created BBC Interactive TV department at Bush House, where he worked with the technical team in delivering a whole raft of services, including the BAFTA award winning Wimbledon Interactive and Digital Text services on the Sky Platform. This work cemented his reputation as one of the key technical strategists in the interactive TV field. Jonathan went on to become BBC Interactive TV’s main technical interface for all third party providers, testing and appraising their products, giving him an unrivalled knowledge of the interactive TV tools market.

Jonathan now works as a freelance Technical Development Producer working with a range of new media companies from start-ups to multi-nationals. As part of his work he delivers training courses both within the BBC and around the world to enable content producers to deliver world class interactive services using the latest technical innovations.

KEREN FLAVELL – Interaction Producer and Mobile Specialist

Keren FlavellKeren Flavell is an award-winning producer with over 10 years experience in interactive media production, documentary, radio and print, taking projects from conception through to production to sales and distribution. While heading up digital media production company, Springtime Productions, she won the prestigious Gold Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival – Best Entertainment Website for the ABC/Film Victoria Digital Media Fund Accord project Sounds Like Techno.

She also produced online documentary projects for SBS and Chunky Move. Keren??????s other credits include producing major websites for BMG, Universal Music and Sanity. Keren is frequently engaged as a consultant on interactive media production strategy and implementation and her clients include ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Jack Morton Worldwide, Southern Cross Cables, Royal Children??????s Hospital and MusicMate.

Presently she is on the Lab3000 steering committee and AIMIA Victoria sub-committee. Keren has been a speaker at events such as the AIMIA conference, AIDC, Adelaide Festival FutureProof and lectured in new media production at Victoria College of the Arts, La Trobe University and Victoria University.
She is course director of the Development for Mobile Content course, run by AFTRS. Keren is the convenor of Mobile Monday Melbourne networking event and hosts a weekly podcast called the Mobile Media Show as well as a regular guest position on technology show Byte Into It (3RRRFM).She also runs a mobile entertainment network blog called OMG.tv. Prior to launching into a career in new media Keren wrote a guidebook titled Camping and Tramping in Australia’s National Parks (Random House) that has sold over 20,000 copies and reprinted five times.

CATHERINE GLEESON – Interaction Designer

Catherine GleesonCatherine has been working as a Creative Director in print and new media since 1988. She has extensive experience in information design and visual communication. Her projects include: creative direction of visitor multimedia for the National Gallery of Victoria’s (NGV), Centre for Australian Art at Federation Square.

Past work includes consultation, creative direction and design on local and international projects for clients such as: the National Geographic (Washington); the Smithsonian Institute (Washington); the American Museum of Natural History (New York); Foster’s Brewing Group; Lonely Planet and ANZ.

Through her company Platform09, Catherine also maintains a separate creative practice. Past projects have included: collaborative, installation work for Experimental; motion graphics, animation and multimedia design for theatre, film and video.

SHIRALEE SAUL- New Media Producer

Shiralee SaulShiralee has been obsessed with digital media since she purchased her first Amiga. She was a founding Director of New Media Network, Australia’s first dedicated digital media gallery 1994-6, and Artistic Director of Experimenta Media Arts 1996-8. She initiated and edited ‘An Installation Publication’, with James Harley 1989-94, and edited MESH film/video/ multimedia/art journal 1996-8 and SPAM Online until 2000.

She has been a curator since 1984 and has curated numerous contemporary visual art, interactive media and screen arts exhibitions and screening programs. Shiralee most recently co-curated “House of Tomorrow” which toured nationally and internationally 2003-2005 (curated with Liz Hughes and Helen Stuckey), and ‘Strange Attractors’ — billed as Australia’s first on-demand film festival, for ABC New Media. She is currently planning ‘Space Invaders,’ a multiple media exhibition of international and Australian artists.

From 1999– 2002 Shiralee created and produced educational online resources through her company Orbis Media. These included the award-winning ‘Growing up at Old Treasury,’ and ‘Van Diemen’s Land’, an innovative online literacy resource using graphic novel and games concepts. She has since undertaken a number of contracts with ABC Online and SBS New Media. Shiralee was the creative director of ‘World Tales’ (2004) which was commissioned by the SBS-Film Victoria Accord and included major online, DVD and broadcast outcomes. She is currently co-producing an animation series for Rood Media.

Shiralee has provided a range of consultancy services to government and community-based arts organizations since the early ’90s. She has served as a project assessor for AFC and funding officer for Film Victoria. She is currently a member of Film Victoria’s DMF Evaluation and Advisory Committee and is undertaking a consultancy for ACMI’s GamesLab.

Shiralee’s own practice began in multiple-media installation and experimental media. She exhibited regularly in galleries and venues nationally and internationally until the mid-90s. Since then her focus has shifted to WWW-delivered works. She is currently exploring multi-nodal non-linear narrative through her ‘Museum of Dust’ project and is in pre-production for an immersive documentary, ‘The Ambassador’s Wunderkammer’. Some of her work can be viewed at http://www.a-website.org/memory/ or at the test-site for Museum of Dust http://museumofdust.blogspot.com/

DAVID GURNEY – Interaction Producer

David GurneyDavid 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), M????rmel 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.

GARY HAYES – Interaction Producer & Director LAMP@AFTRS

Gary HayesGary Hayes has been at the forefront of worldwide emerging media development and production since 1993. After joining the BBC in London as an editor he quickly moved on to lead the BBC’s development of the internet, interactive TV and emerging platforms from 95-04 as Senior Producer and Development Manager. The BBC grew from a linear broadcaster to world leader in cross-platform services during this period.

Gary devised & produced many of the BBC’s ‘firsts’ – Digital Text, the first broadcast interactive TV service – ‘Nomad’ the first live internet documentary – ‘X-Creatures’ the first broadband TV service and in ’96 introduced the first video and audio onto the BBC’s internet sites. He also produced and devised over 20 other eTV and broadband TV services including Top of the Pops, Travel Show, State Apart and several future BBC cross-platform navigators. Gary created numerous courses and seminars on Interactive thinking for linear producers, was active in the Imagineering and R&D depts and was a leading part of BBC strategy teams from 2001 in preparing for on-demand, cross-platform services. He also chaired the Business Models Group from 99-03 for TV-Anytime (the lead media-on-demand standards body).

Living & consulting in the US during 2004 he line produced Showtime’s PVR enhanced L-Word, as part of AFI digital labs and devised a range of new on-demand program formats for two national TV networks. Gary also produced & chaired conferences around LA including Hollywood industry panel seminars and Digital Days both looking at emerging media super-distribution models. He has presented at over fifty major international conferences and written several consultancy papers including US Interactive TV Advertising and more recently a report for the DTI on Personal Video Enablers for the UK media industry. He runs a blog on Media Personalisation, Digital Business and Creativity at www.personalizemedia.com

A specialist in personalised digital TV over broadcast and broadband networks Gary evangelises on the empowerment potential of non-passive media. As a published music producer, composer and performer he has had over 200 works performed live and on TV and Radio. Gary is also currently exploring the potential of shared social online virtual spaces for collaborative production, creativity and education.

PETER GILES – Head of Digital Media AFTRS & Producer LAMP

Peter GilesPeter has worked as the Head of the Digital Media Department since 1998 and has established Australia’s leading postgraduate and professional programs in Visual Effects, Interactive Media, Broadcast Design and Computer Animation. The Department has produced short films that have won both Australian and international awards for artistic and technical excellence.

Prior to joining the AFTRS Peter worked as Digital Media Manager for Metro Screen where he initiated programs to develop the skills of new and emerging filmmakers. He managed a wide range of innovative production workshops in partnership with organisations including the Loud Youth Festival, IBM, the Australian Film Commission, the NSW Film and Television Office, ABC Online, SBS TV, the Performance Space, the Australian Centre for Photography and the Australian Network for Art and Technology.

Peter has developed digital media curriculum and taught workshops at the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney, Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

Over the past 15 years Peter has produced projects for radio, television, film and interactive media. His video artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. Peter is a well known commentator on digital media and is currently the Chair of the Sydney Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH, the leading computer graphics industry body.


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