kids + vr? story & experience design 101 workshop
Interested in creating great VR story-driven experiences for kids, but have no idea where to start?
Join us at Childrens Media Conference 2017 for our VR 101 workshop and an exciting and thorough overview of what works (and what doesn’t) when designing for children in VR.
With mainstream brands already creating VR experiences for children – from Cartoon Network’s I See Ooo on Cardboard to Framestore’s Fantastic Beasts VR on Google Daydream, Google Expeditions in the classroom to Samsung Bedtime Stories for Samsung allowing a shared experience, this workshop will introduce you to the world of Virtual Reality and responsible storytelling for children.
You will experience examples of best practices in design from StudioLiddell to VRNI and Fountain Digital, and then it’s your turn to roll up your sleeves and have fun rapidly-prototyping a fun VR short, guided by experts and mentors in the field.
With so much VR and 360 content lacking story and experience – this is your chance to dive in as a newcomer and walk away knowing how to think for telling stories in VR.
Hosted by storycentral's Alison Norrington & Digital Learning Delivery's Ray Maguire, this will be an enticing and exciting overview as to considerations in structuring a story/experience whilst attempting to regulate and manage concerns over VR + Kids - we believe that many of these concerns can be constrained through smart design structure.
Ray spent 18 years at PlayStation, and now the education space, launching PS1, 2 and 3 along with countless groundbreaking games. Ray has served/serves on BAFTA Games Committee and is an advisor to Childrens Media Conference. Alison is renowned for her understanding of story structure, themed entertainment, audience behaviours and experience design. Together they are a dynamic team and excited to whisk you away to the challenges and excitement of creating amazing storycentric experiences for children in a VR environment.
If you’re ready for a fun-packed afternoon, you’ve come to the right place!
Tickets are only £30 - register at http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/sessions/open-to-virtual/
LONDON FILM SCHOOL : 5-DAY CROSSPLATFORM DEVELOPMENT LAB
The London Film School has teamed up with storycentral to bring you our first ever Crossplatform Development Lab.
This 5-day programme is open to writers, producers and directors working in television, film, advertising, branding, web series, games or any other creative visual medium. It’s your opportunity to experience, brainstorm and have fun with digital ideas around a current project. Gather your creative team, submit your project to us and you could spend five days developing your concept in an intensive bootcamp at LFS.
Created, designed and led by storycentralLABS Creative Director Alison Norrington, the Lab combines extensive masterclasses with expert innovators with a ‘games jam’ development approach. With the support and mentorship of high-level industry professionals, you'll learn how to define your target audience, identify fresh approaches to distribution and rollout, and integrate sustainable monetization strategies. This Lab follows similar succesful storycentral partnerships with CBS Interactive, SundanceTV, AMC and Singapore Media Academy.
We’ll introduce you to development executives who can help guide your strategy, audience engagement and digital extension ideas. You’ll get to collaborate with digital, storytelling and industry experts to develop your story, all while fine-tuning your market strategy for the digital age. The Lab will culminate in a pitch to broadcast and agency executives from mainstream commercial networks.
Building on the concepts introduced in Alison’s 2-day Crossplatform Storytelling, Development & Production workshop, the Lab will begin with a core understanding of story, character, genre and audience. The six teams will then explore the intersections of storytelling and technology and how to expand them over timelines, territories and audiences.
Industry experts will visit the Lab to offer a series of hotspot presentations, while hands-on exercises will provide the highly practical element needed to get your creative juices flowing. Real case studies from film and TV will include The Dark Knight, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, A.I., Hunger Games, Harry Potter and many more.
Themes explored over the five days will include:
- The fundamentals of story and why they’re more important now in the ‘Golden Age of Television’ and increasing sophistication of storytelling.
- Expanding your storyline over timelines, territories and audiences.
- Engaging audiences by elegantly combining story with experience design.
- Optimizing evolving and emerging opportunities with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and a host of upcoming Multi Channel Networks and digital extensions.
- Proving your concept, creating pre-awareness runways and converting your audience into loyal collaborators.
- User-generated content, the voices of many, participation and interaction.
Participants can apply as individuals, or as teams of up to four people. One project per team will be taken through to be developed in the Lab. Ideally each team will bring their writer and/or director.
International applications are welcome!
Our aim is to provide an incredible networking opportunity, one where you can meet potential collaborators and learn from your peers.
vR - FTW!
A story-driven VR Development & Production Programme : BoostHbg, Sweden - May-December, 2017
We are excited to announce our new VR Program, developed with BoostHbg for creators living and working in Skåne!
We are looking for 4 story-driven 360 °/VR concepts of between 3-8 minutes duration that can be prototyped or created within a SEK 50,000 budget.
The Program is a series of modular labs that run over an 8-month long talent and project development program for storytellers interested in producing a 360 °/VR narrative and include a 1:1 mentor and support over a virtual summer school.
Deadline for applications is 14th April and storytellers, filmmakers, writers, experience designers, artists and other creative professionals living and working in Skåne are welcome to apply.
There is no participation fee, although all successful applicants will be expected to cover their travel costs to attend the workshops.
The goal of the program is to develop 4 strong VR stories and creators and it is important that submissions can be realised using 360 °/VR storytelling.
VR - FTW! is a program developed at BoostHbg for creators living and working in Skåne. Built from a series of VR Labs that we ran through 2016 we were impressed and excited by the community of storytellers and artists who stepped forward to tell their stories in 360/VR environments.
The program comprises customized VR workshops, lectures and each of the 4 projects is assigned an industry expert as a mentor to work with you through to completion in November.
The training will be project led and applicants will receive a production stipend of SEK50,000, although the program is valued as a contribution of approximately SEK115,000 to support you and your project.
The program will cover core story & storytelling, why VR, ideation, immersion & experience design, introduction and hands-on with technology and hardware, storytelling, scripting and writing for VR, shooting in 360, prototyping and testing, editing, post-production, pitch training, opportunities to meet industry execs and attend industry events.
The program is designed to fully explore the immersive and narrative opportunities of storytelling and experience design in VR and with the support of international experts and mentors 4 projects will be taken through writing, design, development, prototyping and production to showcase their case studies at various industry events throughout the Program and with a view to a series of further industry events.
Who can apply?:
· You are living and working in Skåne and storytelling is your passion and you have an excitement and interest in creating story-driven experiences in 360/VR.
· We welcome writers, VR developers, game designers, 360° filmmakers, creative producers, graphic novelists and VR enthusiasts with the urge to create great content.
· If you have a processed/developed idea/script that you want to tell in 360 °/VR, where the story is the focus
· If you have a clear picture of why your story should be told in 360 ° / VR
· You are prepared to participate in all 4 workshops during the program period (the workshops are always scheduled for weekends and the ’residency’ is conducted with your mentor via Skype over the summer months).
Pssst: You do not need not be a technical professional but should have a basic understanding of how VR / 360 ° works.
NOTE. The program is conducted in English
How to Apply:
Apply with your CV/short bio, 3-4 page story/concept, experiential goals, audience demographic, previous experience in VR and VR stories that have been inspiring or influential to you.
Apply by email to: ansokningsportalen.se telling us why you’d like to be part of this program, what stage your project is currently at, why you’d like to tell it in 360/VR, a story description/overview, script samples (if available), brief budget/financial plan and a mood board of style, tone and inspiration.
Shortlisted applications will be interviewed via Skype on 26th and 27th April and the 4 successful applications will be announced and then expected to prepare written and visual materials between 28th April and 19th May in preparation for Lab 1.
More info @ : https://boosthbg.se/nyheter/ansok-till-vr-ftw/
virtual reality for children
The Children's Media Conference, Sheffield - 4th-6th July, 2017
We are thrilled to announce the birth of a new partnership - we will be working with The Children's Media Conference this year as Exec Producers of the new Virtual Reality conference thread for 2017!
Our mission is to bring together the most incredible brains around the exciting and challenging world of VR storytelling with a specific focus on children's content - a cohort that will come together at The Children's Media Conference and share, enlighten, excite and bring a cautionary tale (or two) to designing and writing for young minds in such an immersive medium.
With Google's "Pearl" being nominated for an Oscar, to the host of exciting VR films showcased at Sundance this year, it's no surprise that VR is on the rise - but amidst all the hype there is concern about the safety of VR for children - the use of headsets, ophthalmology questions, experiential considerations and the question of isolation rather than immersion. Samsung and BBH brought nighttime stories to life so that families can lovingly connect across any distance with their VR experience “Bedtime VR Stories”, but what else is out there for children who want to dive into great VR? And how can parents play a part in such a solitary experience?.
If you have a specific interest, focus or experience creating VR stories and experiences for children, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as we're currently curating some of the most interesting, exciting, challenging and groundbreaking conversations around VR for children.
We hope you're excited - we most definitely are!
'The Children’s Media Conference is the only gathering in the UK for everyone involved in developing, producing and distributing content to kids – on all platforms. We welcome delegates from film, TV, radio, interactive media, games, licensing, toys, book and magazine publishing, the arts and culture sector and educational media – with speakers from all those areas and beyond. It’s the only time when delegates from across the whole industry get together and it’s the best and most cost-effective way of meeting people to share insights and information relevant to your business.'
MASTERCLASS : TRANSMEDIA PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION
Singapore Media Academy, 4-5th April 2017
The world of filmmaking and broader content production has changed beyond recognition and the old rules need to be thrown away. This 2-day masterclass covers the storycentral practical approach to developing transmedia projects and presents a new model for filmmakers and content providers to connect with their audiences.
This is very much a pragmatic look at the latest methods, tools and best practices from someone with practical experience and insight into what it takes to effectively tells stories in today’s digitally connected word.
• Developing transmedia ideas from concept through development, what to look out for
• How to set up a transmedia production
• Working out the critical factors for achieving transmedia success
• How to define your success metrics, what to look for
• What skills will you need to make a transmedia production work
• What are the essential cost issues, where can you save money
• Developing a transmedia production plan before you start
• How to help large companies move into transmedia content production
• Securing funding for your transmedia productions
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Media Professionals, Producers, Marketers, Filmmakers
IMDA Talent Assistance Grant Registration Closing Date: 14 March 2017
For more information, click here
STORYCENTRALLABS @ CREATIVE CONTENT PRODUCTION
Broadcast Asia, Singapore - 31st May, 2016
storycentralLABS will be partnering with a well-known broadcast for their debut in the Asia region, as part of Broadcast Asia 2016's Creative Content Production Conference.
STORYCENTRALLABS @ LONDON FILM SCHOOL
London Film School, Covent Garden - 21st-22nd May, 2016
storycentralLABS & DR
Festival de Télévision, Monte Carlo - 14th-15th June, 2016
We're delighted to announce our newest partnership at the launch of the Festival de Televisions ConTech Academy. with Danish broadcasters, DR - home of epic shows such as The Killing and The Bridge.
- The lab is open to professionals, and young creators/ students over the age of 18
- Applicants must fill out an online Application Form with all the information requested. (No fee is required to apply)
- Application deadline is 5.00 PM GMT Friday May 20th, but successful participants will be informed within 48-hours
Selected finalist teams will be invited to join the Festival de Télévision Pitch Session & Prize Ceremony on Wednesday June 15 th at 4.45 PM to present their digital story extensions developed within the lab, in front of a Jury and the Festival ConTech Academy attendees and Media.
The winning team will receive a Grand Prize!
(A short and informal pitch training session on the morning of Wednesday June 15th will also be offered to the teams, to prepare them for their afternoon Pitch & Prize presentation).
Click on Application Form 2016 and sign up now. Application Form can also be found at http://www.tvfestival.com/491-
SPACES ARE LIMITED SO DON'T DELAY!
The lab is hosted by Alison Norrington in partnershi p with DR's Kare Poulson and mentors include storycentral friends Brian Seth Hurst, Annika Gustafson, John Heinsen, and Lorenzo Benedetti.
storycentralLABS & CBS Interactive
ITVFest, Vermont - September, 2015
We’re extremely excited to announce our 3 finalists for our upcoming storycentralLABS with CBS Interactive at ITVFestnext week in Vermont.
Submissions were only open to shows officially selected to screen at ITVFest and we went through many submissions before we finally agreed on our final 3, who will be taken through the storycentralLABS rapid prototyping/development workshop.