Brighton Digital Festival 2014
Monday 15 September 2014
A DAY OF TALKS LOOKING AT INNOVATIVE WAYS OF TELLING STORIES AND BUILDING AUDIENCES
Aimed at filmmakers and other content producers, this is a chance to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by digital platforms and tools in producing and distributing work.
Films at all budget levels are increasingly expected to be multi-faceted experiences, with viewers moving progressively away from ‘passive viewing’. Games, social media, apps and interactive platforms all provide new spaces and viewing experiences, but with all the competing ‘noise’, how can storytellers find and build their audience?
Presented by Lighthouse in partnership with Talking Point, and supported by Creative Skillset, this is a chance to explore the creative potential of new technologies when developing different kinds of film stories. We will be asking how filmmakers can be empowered to create active communities around their work and beyond, helping to build sustainable careers.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard – Co-directors, 20,000 Days on Earth
Visual artists Iain and Jane pioneered the use of re-enactment in contemporary art and became known for their recreations of highly-charged cultural moments. Music plays a significant role in their work, which includes many notable collaborations, such as a sound installation with Scott Walker at Sydney Opera House, experiments with subliminal sound with Jason Pierce (Spiritualized) and a video art work featuring the first ever on-screen appearance of rapper Plan B aka Ben Drew.
Iain and Jane will be discussing 20,000 Days on Earth, their first feature film, and its digital partner project, a groundbreaking user generated museum, which launches in September. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit. Backed by Film4, BFI, Corniche Pictures and Pulse Films, the film features Nick Cave alongside Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone, with an original score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Premiered at Sundance in January 2014, the film won the Directing and Editing Awards.
Anna Higgs – Commissioning Executive, Film4
Anna joined Film4 at the end of 2011 to head up groundbreaking innovation work. The first feature from her slate was Ben Wheatley’s film A Field In England, quickly joined by Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ‘45, Shynola’s Dr. Easy and Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard’s Sundance award-winning film with Nick Cave 20,000 Days on Earth among others. Anna was recently named as one of Time Out’s ‘Culture 100’, described as “the innovators, visionaries and pioneers behind what’s now and what’s next” alongside Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli and Steve McQueen.
Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier – Filmmakers, The Moo Man
The Moo Man is Andy and Heike’s second self-financed documentary feature. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2013 and Best Documentary at the BIFAs. Despite offers from UK distributors, Heike and Andy decided to self-release The Moo Man, using a crowdfunding campaign to raise the budget and social media to spread the word. The Moo Man went on to play at more than 100 UK cinemas with Andy and Heike also handling DVD & VOD. Andy has previously made a number of successful short films, and Heike’s traditionally financed German feature film Feindberührung won the PRIX EUROPA in 2011.
Matt Locke – Founder, Storythings
Before starting Storythings, Matt worked in digital media for over 15 years, including 7 years as Head of Innovation at BBC New Media, were he led many ground-breaking open data projects. He then went to Channel 4 in 1997 to lead their Education dept, and later, as Head of Multiplatform, ran the team that developed projects including Million Pound Drop, Big Brother, Skins and Misfits.
Hugh Garry – Director, Storythings
Hugh worked for 15 years as Senior Digital Producer for BBC Audio & Music, leading digital and social strategy for Radio 1 and other BBC Radio projects, including Radio 1 Big Weekend and A History Of The World in 100 Objects. He has worked with Storythings on projects for Google Creative Labs, Diesel, Channel 4, and most recently developed and delivered the social strategy for Jon Ronson’s film Frank for Film4.
Storythings is a company established to experiment with new ways of telling stories, through consultancy and production on major projects with new and established talent; through events and annual conferences looking at storytelling in a wide range of contexts and media; and through a series of objects and publications produced with some of the most innovative storytellers around.
Stephen Follows – writer, producer and teacher
Stephen has produced two feature films, over 100 short films and commercial work for a wide variety of clients ranging from computer games, technology and sporting giants. He has taught at film schools (NFTS, The Met Film School, Nashville Film Institute), weekend courses (Practical Producer, 7 Step Producer, Guerrilla Filmmakers Masterclass), and bespoke events (BFI, British Council, London Screenwriters Festival). Stephen is also a leading researcher into film data and statistics with his most recent study, into the gender of film crews, being widely reported in the national and international press.
Sarah Tierney – Founder, We Are Colony
Sarah is the founder of We Are Colony: a new VOD platform connecting great filmmakers to passionate fans, with a focus on earlier and deeper audience engagement, and the monetisation of alternative content. A former filmmaker, Sarah has produced film and television documentary and drama, including Oscar-nominated, BIFA-nominated and twice BAFTA-winning work. From 2010-2012, she was Head of Content at Twig: a digital education production and VOD distribution company, now sold in 50 countries and 15 languages.
Date: Monday 15 September
Times: 10am – 6pm, followed by networking drinks
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ
Booking: £15 / £10 Concession reframed2.eventbrite.co.uk
Event Hashtag: #reframedfilm
reFRAMED is supported by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund and is part of Lighthouse’s programme for Brighton Digital Festival 2014. Brighton Digital Festival is a month-long celebration of digital culture, run by members of Brighton’s arts and digital communities and supported by Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council.
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