2006 Oct Residential Mentors


Current confirmed mentors on the 5th Live-in-lab in Freycinet, Tasmania Oct 06. (The developers joining during the build phase are listed at the bottom)

John Buchanan – Entertainment Technology Professor and Researcher

John BuchananJohn Buchanan is a Professor at the prestigious Entertainment Technology Center of Carnegie Mellon University, and previously Head of Research at Electronic Arts (EA), the world’s largest games publisher. In 1985 John wrote a game that he released into shareware and received a check from Germany for 10 marks.

Realizing that game design was not his future he enrolled in a M.Sc. at the University of Toronto. In 1993 John joined the University of Alberta where he pursued his doctoral research in Non-Photorealistic rendering. His main learning from this research was that the role of a computer scientist in this area is to enhance the creative abilities of an artist, rather than to try to replace them.

In 1998 John worked at Radical entertainment for 5 months then joined Electronic Arts as head of the research group. His role as head of the research group then extended to Director, Advanced Technology (acting CTO). In addition to these roles John was always building and maintaining relationships with University researchers. In 2002 John was asked to take on the role of University Research Liaison Dude full time. He pursued this job for 4 years.

During John’s tenure at EA he grew very fond of visiting the Entertainment Technology Center in Pittsburg. He liked the basic premise of the program so much that in 2006 he joined the teaching faculty of the ETC. Currently John is the CS Pacific Rim professor for the ETC. He is residing with the Australia campus at this time. John is interested in the development of tools for rapid exploration of interactive world ideas. He believes that current prototyping tools are too far down the production pipeline and that more focus should be paid to pre-production tools for the industry.

RACHEL DIXON – Business VIP Presentor Mentor (final day)

rachel dixonIn conjunction with many years as an award-winning filmmaker, Rachel has been a developer, publisher and marketer of interactive media since 1993, when she formed the New Media Division of the national film and television house, Film Australia. After a year working for a San-Francisco-based startup that didn’t, she made an ill-considered move to be Head of Marketing with the Australian Multimedia Enterprise.

In early 1997 Rachel left the AME and formed Handshake Media Pty Ltd (www.handshakemedia.com.au), one arm of which is a consultancy advising on strategic development and marketing in new media, I.T. and telecommunications. She advises several publishers, I.T. companies, interactive media developers and government agencies, in areas as diverse as telecommunications, new media arts, and film and television development and financing.

With the production arm of Handshake Media Rachel is still active in feature film production. Her most recent film was “Risk”, starring Bryan Brown, Claudia Karvan and Tom Long. “Risk” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2000. Handshake Media currently has several other films in development with local and international partners. Rachel is also a founding Director of FIBRE Pty Ltd (www.fibre.org.au), Chair of Metro Screen Ltd (www.metroscreen.com.au) and a member of the National Executive of the Australian Interactive Multimedia Industry Association (www.aimia.com.au). She is a past director of several other government and private sector multimedia organizations.

Rachel has published one book and several chapters in anthologies on the business of interactive media, writes occasional columns for various magazines, and is a frequent speaker on technology and culture at seminars and conferences in Australia and the USA

MARC WALKER – Interaction Tech Director, ex BBC, TWTV CTO and founder A.C.G

Marc WalkerAfter graduating from the University of Surrey in the UK, Marc joined Bullfrog alongside games guru, Peter Molyneaux. They were at the forefront of PC and games development in the 90??????s, releasing groundbreaking games such as the God sim genre, Populous, Syndicate, Magic Carpet and Theme Park.

Following Bullfrog, Marc joined the BBC in various creative system development roles and then as the interactive technology manager for the BBC??????s Multimedia Centre, the Blue Skies digital media department for the corporation. The Multimedia Centre pioneered and prototyped interactive and digital TV in the BBC. He then went on to provide the interactive technology lead in BBC Factual and Learning pioneering and evangelising the use of interactive and Digital Media. Developing the Digital Curriculum concept and strategy Marc revolutionised the interactive education media space in the UK, which became a multimillion-pound project for the BBC and UK Government. The department went on to win the prestigious Royal Television Society Judges Award for exceptional services to television and education in 1999.

Leaving the BBC, took the challenge of building Two Way TV Australia as CTO in 2000, starting with four staff and taking the company to successful listing on the ASX in 2005. Under Marc??????s technology leadership TWTVA delivered several world firsts in interactive TV and continue to be respected as one of the leading independent interactive developers in the Asia Pacific region and the worlds leading interactive racing experts. Leading the establishment and expansion of TWTVA into Asia, delivering and leading the delivery of content in emerging technologies such as IPTV with the push for Triple Play solutions and SMS-TV, Marc was responsible for developing games and enhancing TV channels in the region with key IPTV solutions for PCCW in Hong Kong and StarTV.

Founding A.C.G. in August 2006, together with a number of leading and like minded creative developers, innovators and digital media evangelists from across the globe formed a company to deliver creative, technical, strategic, project management and business development skills for the telecommunications, marketing and media industry.

JENNIFER WILSON – Interaction Producer, Managing Director HWW

Jennifer WilsonJennifer Wilson has over 20 years in interactive consumer content and information services, from first building interactive voice response systems in the UK, through voting, banking, gambling and marketing services; online and on all forms of telephone, fixed and mobile.

She is currently Managing Director of HWW, a specialist content aggregation, syndication and digital publishing company, which provides the yourTime?????? products (yourMovies, yourTV etc). HWW is also a major developer of mobile sites, providing mobile publishing tools for hard-to-source content as well as building third-party mobile (and web) sites. HWW was recently purchased by ninemsn.

Jennifer holds a patent in the delivery of TV to mobile phones. She has a keen interest in social networking, digital public spaces, tribes, blogs and forums and the interesting digital world of Gen-C.

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.’Forget the Rules’ has just won, on 11 Oct 2006, the award for Best Format for Interactive Mobile TV in the annual MIPCOM Mobile TV Awards in Cannes. The awards considered 290 projects from 34 countries.

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 3????3min 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.Jim also has an extensive business and marketing background.

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.

DAVID COURT ?????? Director, AFTRS Centre for Screen Business

David CourtDavid Court is the founding director of the AFTRS Centre for Screen Business. David is an experienced industry practitioner who has been involved in the financing of more than a dozen film and television productions (including Strictly Ballroom, The Bank and the IMAX film Antarctica) and was the publisher of the authoritative industry newsletter Entertainment Business Review. He is a director of the licensed film investment company Content Capital Ltd. With KPMG, he conducted the feasibility study that led to the development of Fox Studios at the Sydney Showgrounds. As author of Film Assistance: Future Options (Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1986), he was the policy architect of the Film Finance Corporation, established by the Australian Government in 1988.
Photograph courtesy of QUT.

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.

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.

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.

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 Blue Sky 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 runs a blog on Media Personalisation, Digital Brands, New Media Forms and Creativity at www.personalizemedia.com

Gary is also currently building and devising commercial and game-like services for virtual worlds, having recently produced and developed both Telstra and ABC Second Life presences in Second Life. He runs classes in MUVE (multi user virtual environments) for cinematographers, designers, script writers and directors exploring the potential of shared social online virtual spaces for collaborative production, creativity and education. He also writes a popular, fictional MUVE blog JustVirtual. As a published music producer, composer and performer he has had over 200 works performed live and on TV/Film and Radio.

The Developers who lead the prototype build phase from Weds onwards

Anthony Eden is a digital and interactive developer and designer. His diverse career path spans traditional animation, film and online design, software development and project management.
Anthony has worked with Microsoft, Adobe, Disney and Cisco, and is a regular contributor to Flash publications including ‘New Masters of Flash’.
Anthony exploits his passion for mathematics and computational languages, always seeking to push the boundaries. He has a strong appreciation of Life’s natural environment and from it gains the inspiration to transform his world into a digital construct.

Matt is a multimedia developer who specialises in interactive media, a creative thinker with an eye for design, a background in programming and a passion for new technologies. Recently Matt has worked on various projects for companies such as Australasian CRC for Interaction Design, Blue Rocket Productions and various departments of the Tasmanian State Government, creating Interactive Web sites, CD roms, Educational resources and Prototypes of high end web applications. Matt is also a trainer of multiple disciplines in multimedia and revels in the challenge of staying at the forefront of an ever changing industry.

Matthew is an independent, Sydney-based creator of interactive media. His work emerges from a background in graphic design, and a passion for programming. He has provided content for Australia’s leading creative, development and media organisations – including the SBS and the ABC, most recently designing and programming tie-ins for John Safran’s Speaking in Tongues and Rural Area Nurse. In 2005, projects he worked on were the recipients of several awards, including two AIMIAs. An ongoing commitment to education, Matthew currently contributes to tutorials in Design Computing at the University of Sydney.

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