VR at Reframed Talks, April 2017. Photo: Zoe Manders
VR at Reframed Talks, April 2017. Photo: Zoe Manders




Reframed is a project development programme, presented by Lighthouse Studio and Creative England, exploring immersive and interactive storytelling.

Learn about immersive and interactive storytelling at Reframed
Learn about immersive and interactive storytelling at Reframed

Bringing together storytelling and technological pioneers from the converging worlds of film, gaming and contemporary arts and media, Reframed provides structured learning and workshops, combined with high-level mentoring from industry experts (see Residential Contributors below), peer-to-peer support, and space to test and explore ideas in a stimulating, fun and collaborative environment.

In May, seven individuals/teams were selected to each develop a project idea working across interactive and/or immersive formats such as VR, games, augmented reality and 360°. By the end of the programme, these concepts will be developed into well considered and researched proposals, ready to be presented and pitched to potential funders and partners.

Over five residential sessions held at Lighthouse, running July-October, participants will learn about the fundamentals of story, technology and audience when working with immersive and interactive content, and gain an understanding of the current financial and distribution landscape.

Residential 1: 5-7 July
Residential 2: 20-21 July
Residential 3: 3-4 August
Residential 4: 20-22 September
Residential 5: 5 October

Elliot Hall, Tom Bowtell and Dr Ariana Ciula – Digital Ghost Hunt
Lucy Hammond and Esther Richardson – Traitor
George Butler, Adas Slezas, Olivia Madume and Szymon Wyrzkowski – The Digital Cocoon
Harmeet Chagger-Khan – Elixir of Life
Rachel Henson and Neil Manuell – Home Range
Steven Eastwood – Neurotribes
Dee Harvey – Hope is the Killer

Find out more about our resident’s projects and their experience on the scheme in our Reframed Project Development Programme blogs.

Catherine Allen – Virtual Reality Producer and Curator
Catherine specialises in immersive experiences for broad and diverse audiences. For the BBC, she has produced Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel, one of the BBC’s first VR documentaries, and No Small Talk, a 360° talkshow, aimed at young women.

Mark Atkins – Director, Crossover
Crossover is a international training organisation and production company, running labs and workshops for film/TV producers and directors, games developers, web designers. Mark also curates exhibitions and conferences on Immersive Media with international festivals and events such as Sheffield Doc/Fest, Bergen International Film Festival and The Global Health Film Festival.

Tom Millen – Director, Crossover
Tom specialises in the production and exhibition of immersive content at Crossover, and previously produced the Alternate Realities strand at Sheffield Doc/Fest, overseeing the production of the interactive exhibition, VR Arcade and year round cross-media training.

Robin McNicholas – Co-founder and Creative Director, Marshmallow Laser Feast
MLF is an award-winning creative studio, which has produced numerous large-scale installations, including live performances, VR and mixed reality experiences, and at the forefront of developments into multi-sensory narrative techniques.

Matt Locke – Director, Storythings
Matt is the founder of Storythings, a content studio delivering strategy and media projects for clients including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, Faber & Faber, BBC and Film 4. Previously, he was Commissioning Editor and Head of Multiplatform at Channel 4, and Head of Innovation at BBC New Media.

Simon WilkinsonCirca 69
Described by Cineuropa Magazine as “one of the most notable names in Europe to be dealing with VR”, Simon’s work incorporates audiovisual, installation, VR, electronic music, and online and performance mediums, and has been featured at Tate Modern as well as touring internationally. He guest lectures at universities worldwide.

Paul Hayes – Paul is an experienced programmer, creative technologist and developer, who worked on BAFTA award-winning projects as Lead Programmer at Plug-in Media, and now specialises in VR development including racing game Radial-G, motion control platforms for VR arcade machines, and installation Dark Ride for the Oculus Rift.

Nick Driftwood & Donna CloseDriftwood
Driftwood works with the art and technology of immersive cinematic experiences, and is run by filmmaker, writer and technologist Nick Driftwood, and producer, event-maker, strategist and curator Donna Close.

More speakers to be announced soon.

PHOTOS: The Residencies
Reframed Project Development Programme 2017

Reframed is run by Lighthouse as part of its Studio programme, and supported by the National Lottery through the BFI and Creative England, with additional support from the University of Brighton.

The Reframed Project Development Programme is sponsored by Unity Technologies, Make Real, Sony and Vision 3.

The Reframed Project Development Programme is part of a wider programme, which included a series of Reframed Talks and Workshops with leaders and innovators from the fields of film, games, sound, contemporary arts and media to explore emerging practices within the realm of immersive and interactive storytelling.

PHOTOS: Reframed Talks and Workshops 2017
Reframed 2017 – Talks & Workshops

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