Breaking the Fourth Wall At Sheffield Doc/Fest

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DocFestLogoGreat news! I’ll be taking part in a panel session at Sheffield Doc/Fest this year!

Back in 2012 we showed Renga there – which went down so well we added an extra show at very short notice. Definitely one of the most enjoyable film festivals I’ve been to. Just because it has ‘Doc’ in the title doesn’t mean that it focuses purely on Documentaries! The Crossover and interactive elements make it one of the most relevant conferences to anyone working in digital media.

I’ll be joining the panel:

Breaking the Fourth Wall: Audience Participation in the Digital Age

With changing expectations from audience’s of how they experience their entertainment, and pushes in what technologies allow audiences to take part in stories, entertainment will fundamentally understand who we are, who we are with and how we feel when we experience entertainment in the future. This panel looks at how audiences could take part in stories today from live, cinema theatre to children to horror, what technologies are available today for audiences to take part (from looking at the audience’s facial expressions, heart rate to tablets) and what opportunities that brings for content producers to deliver new types of entertainment. Curious minds are welcome.

Two of the panelists I know from previous conferences together and am very much looking forward to sharing the stage with them.  The incredibly insightful Julian McRea, Portal Entertainment, & the always lovely and entertaining Gawain Morrison, Sensum.

I’m very intrigued to find out more about Choose Your Own Documentary – lots very positive feedback across the web. I’m hoping to make one of the two performances on while I’m in Sheffield. Will be interesting to compare notes with Sam Smail, CYOD, as they face many similar problems to those that Renga faces.

Can’t wait! Come and join us all on Monday 9th June from 13.15-14.45 in the Millennium Gallery

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