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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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The best time to start a blog was 20 years ago, the second best time is today

So this web-marlarky is here to stay then 😉

It’s been around 15 years since I turned my back on websites after being scarred using HTML and javascript.  Apparently, it’s all different now and I can’t escape it any longer.  It’s not that I haven’t written networked games, administered web-servers, created online java applets, used web APIS and mobile apps – I just always felt much more comfortable having everything stored locally.

I can put it off no longer.  So this means javacript, HTML5, CSS3, node.js and all the other buzzwords that go with it.  It also means jumping on the cloud bandwagon.  I think the hardest part is to accept that I won’t know exactly whats going on under the hood, or where in the world my code and content are stored.  It’s a real mindset change.  Makes me think of this scene from Grosse Pointe Blank:

– Shakabuku.

– You wanna tell me what that means?

– It’s a swift, spiritual kick to the head that alters your reality forever.

– Oh, that’d be good. I think.

Embracing the web – oh, that’d be good I think.


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