2005 Oct Residential Mentors


Residential mentors October 2005 Lab

Below are the mentors that took part in the Victor Harbour residential LAMP Lab from 9-14 October 2005

Raffi Krikorian – Technical Mentor

Raffi KrikorianRaffi Krikorian has been involved in the enhanced television space, specifically in the real-life implementation, deployal, and hacking of these projects while also remaining a strong consumer advocate for a better media experience. During his tenure as a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab he authored ‘TiVo Hacks’ for O’Reilly and Associates, the first book on taking apart and extending the Linux based PVR.

Raffi’s background work includes building large distributed computational engines, studying human sound perception in micro-gravity, and designing and studying large networks of small and embedded devices. While at MIT, he taught ‘How To Make (Almost) Anything’ ‘ a class in rapid prototyping, one week on a fabrication or computation mechanism.

He is currently the founding partner at Synthesis Studios, a technological design and consulting firm with extreme breadth with projects ranging from television to web crawling and aggregation, from embedded solutions to mobile media. The studios are currently developing open-source set-top boxes that will allow anybody to easily develop enhanced, interactive video content, and distribute it to consumers. Synthesis has also been asked to present blue-sky video and data scenarios to North American cable television providers.

Sohail Dahdal – filmmaker and new media artist

Sohail DahdalSohail Dahdal has been a leading force for the past 15 years in pushing the boundaries of new media to as many platforms and mediums as possible. Sohail has produced, designed, and engineered hundreds of DVDs, CD-ROMs, websites, installation and films, always with keen interest for bridging the gap between the new forms of interactive media and the traditional art of filmmaking.

As a director of 6moons Interactive, Sohail has the award wining online documentary Long Journey, Young Lives on child refugees – www.abc.net.au/longjourney, and the soon to be launched SBS TV and online documentary Swapping Lives on Islam & and the west from a youth prospective – www.sbs.com.au/swappinglives

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.

Mark Pesce, Lecturer Interactive Media

Mark PesceKnown internationally as the man who fused virtual reality with the World Wide Web, Mark Pesce has been exploring the frontiers of the future for over two decades.

The author of five books, Pesce is widely respected as a technologist, futurist, philosopher and thinker able to translate abstract concepts into concrete explanations. Mainstream publications such as Forbes ASAP, TIME Digital, WIRED and The New York Times have profiled him and his views on the interactive age. A well-respected journalist, Pesce has written for WIRED, Feed, Salon, PC Magazine, and serves on the editorial board of TRIP magazine.

From 1998 through 2000, Pesce chaired the Interactive Media Program at the University of Southern California’s world-renowned School of Cinema-Television. His mandate – to bring cinema and broadcast television into the interactive era – led him to create a program that encouraged creative vision and is now producing a generation of entertainment professionals shaping the media of the 21st century.

Pesce’s current projects include TRUE HALLUCINATIONS, an opera based on the life and death of ethnobotanist and philosopher Terence McKenna, and The Next Big Thing, a book chronicling the science, business and politics of nanotechnology.

Articles by Mark Pesce at AFTRS:

  • Piracy is Good? New models for the distribution of tv programming PDF
  • Open Source Television: Liberte! Facilite!! Egalite!!! PDF
  • Redefining Television PDF

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.

Christy Dena – Transmedia Storyteller

Christy DenaChristy is a world wide, leading practitioner and researcher in cross-media narrative, new media types and their creative application in emerging media. In this area she has contributed numerous articles and reviews to publications such as Australian Book Review, ABC Arts Online and RealTime.

Christy’s work has been referred to in The Age, Encore and in a recent report delivered at the European Commission DG Information Society. Her published articles have covered game-play, artificial intelligence and new narrative forms and she has written creative works for TV, theatre and multi-platform. Christy’s latest visionary work ‘The Villager Girl and the Teenbot’ bridges the gap between print and online chatbot technology.

In 1993 she was nominated for ‘Young Business Person of the Year’ and shortly after worked as a digital effects/TVC producer, business director and web developer. In 2002 she gained a postgraduate diploma in Creative Writing and is currently a Ph.D.candidate in New Media at the School of Creative Arts, Uni of Melbourne. She also teaches new media arts theory at Melbourne and Swinburne Universities, is on the Editorial Committee of New Antigone (a fully refereed international journal), co-edits a renowned site on new media arts, www.WriterResponseTheory.org, and runs a popular research blog, www.crossmediastorytelling.com.

Gary Hayes, 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 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 at www.personalizemedia.com and an Interactive producers site at www.garyhayes.tv.

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 ran his own music production business from 1984-89 and is currently working on several film scores.

Peter Giles, Head of Digital Media

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.



Malcolm Long, Director AFTRS

Malcolm LongMalcolm long is the Director of the Australian Film Television and Radio School and a part-time Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

He has been a consultant working in the area of media and communications business strategy and policy development. His clients have included major communications companies and media enterprises and Commonwealth and State government departments.

From 1993-98 Malcolm Long was Managing Director of SBS Corporation, Australia’s national multicultural broadcaster. Prior to this he was Deputy Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and before that Director of ABC Radio.

Mr Long is a former Chairman of the London-based International Institute of Communications and a former President of the Australian Museum in Sydney.

Ric Holland – Industry Liaison Mentor

Ric HollandIn recent years Ric Holland has focused his energy on building alliance partnerships and developing business activities in the latest wave of emerging digital media markets. Consulting to major brands in music production, wireless, broadband, games and CG content creation, helping to find alternate revenue markets, cross-media business models and creative concepts for digital interactive content.

He also lectures in Digital Media regularly at leading universities and private colleges.

His background as a Creative Director and Innovator over the past 25 years has given him unique in-sites and forward thinking when considering conceptual models, alternate market opportunities, audience behavior and technology innovation.

His career background spans the following: Creative Director for the User Centered Design (UCD) and Interactive Branding & Design teams at IBM”s eBusiness Innovation Centre :: Sydney, pioneering UCD methodologies, branding, human interface and usability engineering. Technology evangelist and Asia Pacific manager for MetaCreations Corporation, the software company that developed new concepts in interface design for 2D, 3D and web design/production tools. As director and Creative Director of Vision Graphics he developed advanced digital imaging techniques for the Professional Photographic industry, rapid development platforms for CD-Rom production, web galleries and portfolios. He evangelized the beginning of desktop video publishing in Asia Pacific with Radius and Supermac and spoke at many conferences in regard to new markets and technology.

As the founder and Creative Director of Extreme Digital, an award winning Digital Media and Graphic Design studio, he was one of the first in Australia to foresee and then realize the potential of digital imaging and interactive design and so winning respect among his peers for his innovative work over two decades.

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