FRIDAY 3 APRIL 10am – 5pm @ AFTRS
The intersection between documentary filmmaking and games will be explored in this half seminar and half rapid development workshop, providing deep insight into the potential of Serious Games.
Both games and stories have long been recognised as powerful learning tools. Their combination in the 21st century has the potential to provide learning experiences that are collaborative and globally connected. What are the best examples of Serious Games and where are they heading? How can Serious Games be employed by educators, corporations or non-profit organizations?
Screen Australia and the ABC have recently announced a funding initiative in the area of Serious Games. This seminar will bring you up to speed with the latest developments in serious games and provide an opportunity to present your own concepts and workshop ideas with experts in an afternoon workshop.
- Marianne Webb – Inspire Foundation
- Rachel Perkins & Darren Dale – First Australians
- John Welsh – SYDAC.com.au
- Jennifer Collins – ABC Screen Australia Serious Game Initiative
- Sohail Dahdal – First Australians, Long Journey Young Lives
- Live link up with Tim Nixon Straylight Studios, New Zealand
- Gary Hayes – LAMP, ex BBC Serious Games & MUVEDesign
- Peter Giles – AFTRS
Rachel Perkins (Director), Darren Dale (EP) Sohail Dahdal (Online Producer) on SBS’s First Australians will talk about the online experience of the documentary series and explore the future possibilities of documentary games.
Marianne Webb is the interactive manager for Reach Out!, an online service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times. Marianne will talk about the serious game Reach Out Central that been part of an innovative online strategy to build community engagement by the Inspire Foundation.
John Welsh is the Development Manager of Serious Games at Sydac, a leading Australian simulation technology company. John will talk about the role of simulation and play in learning environments.
Gary Hayes runs AFTRS Laboratory for Advanced Media production and he will introduce the history of serious games, several he created at BBC before they were called Serious Games, a survey of future directions and cross over between games and documentary forms.
Jennifer Collins – Manager of Development, ABC TV (Jennifer, with Mike Cowap from Screen Australia, is running the Serious Games funding initiative currently calling for applications)
Tim Nixon – CEO Straylight Studios – Tim runs New Zealand based Straylight Studios an innovative games studio who specialise in ‘meaningful play’.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
By the end of this workshop participants will have had the opportunity to learn about:
- The various types of serious games: evolution of the form and the directions it is heading
- The global serious games community and online resources
- Documentary storytelling and its relationship to serious games
- Techniques to brain-storm, plan and document serious games ideas
- The links between documentary research and serious games
- User created games and managing online communities
The Australian Film Television and Radio School
The Entertainment Quarter
130 Bent St
Moore Park NSW, 2021
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