My first love was a tape recorder and I used it to document and replay the best bits of my world. Upon leaving the farmlands I veered between brief careers in music, stone masonry and film making until an Apple Mac 660AV stopped me in my tracks in the mid 90’s and led me down the golden path to interactive media. Since then most of my waking moments have been taken up creating interactive stories and I dreamt up projects that will make good use of the crazy technology we surround ourselves with today. I currently run ‘Bellyfeel’, a new company based in Manchester dedicated to producing compelling stories in interactive media. Winner of 2 Webby Awards 2008 for Interactive Online film, Crimeface and winner of BBC ‘New IPTV Concepts’ at Content 360 MipTV 2008.
Submarine Channel is the world’s premiere destination for original transmedia dramas, documentaries and genre-defying entertainment. The future of storytelling is here. Free Your Screen! From studios in Amsterdam and L.A, Submarine Channel creates fresh content that exploits new technologies to tell stories in visually exciting, multiple format-friendly ways – including motion comics, online games, web documentaries, and video portraits about pioneering creatives from all over the world. The popular website SubmarineChannel.com streams authored content as well as the best in nextgen cinema by peer creators, attracting a global following of creative professionals across the spectrum.
GEBRUEDER BEETZ FILMPRODUKTION – Sonja Schmidt
Project FAREWELL COMRADES
Sonja Schmidt is a junior producer for cross media projects at Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion. After studying Media Management at the University of Applied Sciences RheinMain and Film Studies at the École Supérieure d’Audiovisuel in Toulouse, she joined the creative team of Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion in 2010. Ever since then she uses her experience from both worlds – new media and film – to create and produce exciting cross-media formats for a wide range of platforms – from documentary film and online to mobile and games. Currently, Sonja Schmidt is involved in the production of several projects, including “Farewell Comrades!”, “Iceland – Creative Hotspot” and “Empire Me”.
MICHEL REILHAC- ARTE : The Commandments of Transmedia
Michel Reilhac Executive Director of Arte France Cinéma and Director of Film Acquisitions for ARTE France. Michel was previously involved in theatre and dance; he directed several films and produced independently with his own company MELANGE established in Paris. Currently deeply involved in developing several ARG and Transmedia projects. He is one of the most insightful speakers on the New World of storytelling alive.
HELENA BULAJA a multimedia artist, and Transmedia Producers, film director, scriptwriter, designer. In 2000 Helena Bulaja started one of the most successful Croatian multimedia projects, animated and interactive adaptation of fairytales from the book for children “Priče iz davnine”, based on the Slavic mythology. With an international team of authors Helena Bulaja is developing her new project, experimental interactive documentary “Mechanical Figures”, inspired by the world famous Croatia-born scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla. The film will be released in different media: as a linear theatrical and TV documentary, a series of short films, as well as an interactive film for the Web and mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad. On the project she cooperates with the film director Terry Gilliam, musician and artist Laurie Anderson, performance artist Marina Abramovic, writer Christopher Priest, new media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, actor Andy Serkis, scientist and president of Kyoto University Hiroshi Matsumoto and others.
PRODUCER OF CROSSOVER UK, LONDON PARTICIPATED IN CROSSOVER PLAY, CROSSOVER
CANADA 2009, CROSSOVER AUSTRALIA 2009, CROSSOVER KIDS,CROSSOVER NORDIC 2008,
CROSSOVER CHANNEL 4, CROSSOVER UK 2007
Mark Atkin is the Director of Crossover and Head of the Documentary Campus Masterschool (www.documentarycampus.com), and as such has a broad knowledge of the European factual and transmedia industries. As a former Commissioner for TV and Online and Programmer of SBS Television, Australia’s multi-cultural public broadcaster, and with his recent work organising the international co-production market at the Australian International Documentary Conference, he also has a deep knowledge of the Australian factual and transmedia industries. Mark is also an International marketplace consultant for the Australian International Documentary Conference (www.aidc.com.au), running the coproduction market.
VLADAN NIKOLIC and JIM STARK
Zenith – A Film by Anonymous is a 2010 American psychological thriller about two men attempting to solve the same conspiracy theory. The title refers to a grand ‘Zenith Conspiracy’ formed by the film’s protagonist, Ed Crowley. The film also utilizes an alternate reality game and transmedia storytelling to augment its narrative. Zenith premiered at The IFC Center in New York City on October 1, 2010, and had an extended run in January 2011 at the Kraine Theatre with its distribution company, Cinema Purgatorio. All three parts have been made available as a free-to-share download at the BitTorrent powered distribution site VODO. Zenith was written and directed by Vladan Nikolic, and filmed digitally using the Red One camera.