July Update: My forthcoming project, Litopia, SWC, Ozco, Aphids, Coney, TMV, Crossover…

I’ve been a BAD blogger! It has been so long since my last update I need to list a few things I have been doing. I’ll list them in order of the most recent and upcoming, to the oldest (but still interesting!). 🙂

The most exciting news for me is the forthcoming announcement of my own creative project. I’ve created my own stuff before — like mini-ARGs, short films, and theatre shows — but I’ve mainly worked on others people’s projects for a while. Very soon I will be releasing a Teaser video for my project. As a way of preparing, I’ve created a Facebook Page and Twitter Account for my company, Universe Creation 101. I’ve created accounts for my company rather than for the individual project because it takes so long to build an audience, I don’t want to have to start all over again when my next one comes out (I have ones being gradually developed in the background too). So add zee FB and Twitter as they will be the first and main place I’ll be releasing info about the project… 😀

Also, tonight in the UK (tomorrow morning for me in Oz), I’ll be a guest on the amazing Litopia Radio Show. It is a writer-focused show, with a huge following around the world. The panels are a rollicking good time, so I’m looking forward to it! And I just may be giving a sneak peak into my creative project… 😉 *UPDATE* Here is the link to the show!

The Australia Council for the Arts commissioned me to write a couple of articles for their new initiative: Connecting Arts Audiences. The site is a “collection of posts […] commissioned to act as practical support to accompany the online audience engagement research”. My first article is about The Process of Creating Quality Transmedia Experiences, and my next one is about transmedia for event-based arts.

It was also announced that I am part of the Storyworld Conference: an event happening in San Francisco where “professionals from across the media spectrum to discover the creative—and financial—potential of transmedia”.  I am on the Conference Council. After the announcement there was, understandably, a bit of stink about the lack of female representation on the Council. I responded with a post: The Messages We Send Each Other. I’ll be coming over to San Fran for the event – so I look forward to catching up with many of you there! 🙂

I’m also excited to now be on the Board of Aphids. Aphids is “Aphids is an artist led cultural organisation creating collaborations across artforms and borders. Aphids’ projects sit at the nexus of contemporary music, performance, technology and site-specific practice.”

At my website You Suck At Transmedia, I published an interview with indie ARG developer Jan Libby (who also works on branded entertainment). She recently completed a “short story ARG” and shares great info on how the process changed for this length of time.

I also participated in Playful Secret Agent training run by Tassos Stevens of UK’s Agency of Coney. Tassos was a guest at the event I ran in January: Transmedia Victoria. It was SUPER fun, and very helpful to hear more about the systems and philosophies of Coney practice. I found their approach is the best I’ve seen in addressing ethics issues with pervasive experiences.

In April, I was the guest of Geek Girl Dinners Melbourne. That was a great night, where I chatted about the realities of my “career”.

I travelled to Phillip Island, Victoria, to be a mentor at the Crossover Lab funded by Film Victoria. The lab brought “together 24 documentary / factual film, games and digital media producers (12 from Europe and 12 from Australia), in two reciprocal cross-platform creative and commercial development Labs”. I have mentored at a previous Crossover Lab and I find their creative process really effective for getting the best out of people.

I also flew off to Marseille, France to present at the Transmedia International Masterclass. There is an interesting bunch of speakers. I presented on Writing , Designing and Directing Transmedia, and co-ran a workshop with Lee Sheldon. What was great about this event is that it was created especially for the local gaming students – to make sure they’re aware of and experimenting with transmedia early in their career. Awesome.

Near the end of May, I was “In Conversation with Matt Blackwood” at the Emerging Writers Festival. Matt spoke mostly about new technologies, as this was appealing to many of the participants. And I chatted about working in transmedia, and transmedia writing.

As you know, I ran an event called Transmedia Victoria in Jan. In March I held the first “travelling meetup”. This is a transmedia meetup that I curate, but is hosted by an existing community. The first was with the amazing Melbourne chapter of the International Game Developers Association. The night drew in over 180 people, the largest they had had and since then their numbers have increased. It was a fascinating night, with both speakers providing helpful insights into the process of working in franchises (Jarrad) and the process of creating theatre experiences (Carl). I also put up new presentations from Flint Dille (on writing transmedia worlds for games, TV & books) and Sue Maslin (on working with digital and TV). Check all the presentations out here.

Phew! I think that is it for now. I promise to be better at my updates.

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