Posted by Ian Forrester on , last updated

Advances in digital media creation and delivery have opened up the opportunity for content to be captured and combined to tell stories and create experiences in a flexible and responsive way. Object-based media architectures enable content atoms to be mixed and remixed algorithmically to provide variations including storyline, ambiance, timing and location. Technical and artistic contributors including the BBC have explored the feasibility and form of flexible media delivered over IP and composed in the moment.

This workshop will explore the potential to extend these capabilities and importantly to make them accessible to authors and producers to seed a community of practice. By enabling open experimentation across a broader skillset we hope to accelerate learning and craft development. We hope to foster excellence in storytelling and experience design in the genres that will emerge from this new form.

In this workshop we will pose the question: “Is it desirable and feasible for the community of technical developers and media explorers to build an open set of tools for use by storytellers and producers”. Can we pool our expertise and technologies to make a useable tool-set to foster the emergence of production craft and flexible media storytelling. We are hoping to bring together current contributors to the technology of object-based media and interested storytellers and producers to discuss the challenges and the will to make to such a toolset.

With the backdrop of the International Sheffield Documentary Festival we are running a workshop in the city on Monday 13th June, and are putting out a call for interested parties to work together with the aim of understanding how to develop tools which can benefit storytellers, designers, producers and developers. We are calling for people, universities and companies with an interest in this area to get involved.

Spaces are limited so we ask that you contact us through the Eventbrite link and we will take things from there.

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