Hats off to my mate Ester Harding for launching the Sydney Chapter of Storycode.
Storycode chapters convene real life events designed to educate, inform and connect creators of immersive and interactive stories. At the core of the Storycode movement is the willingness to make, experiment and participate in growing a broad and expansive discipline which will spawn new immersive experiences, stories and technologies.
Their second meeting was on Thursday 28th August and I successfully applied to be one of 5 pitchers at the event, presenting The Art of Perseverance.
My presentation is below.
There was also a fascinating presentation from Michael Hughes at Soap Creative who developed the transmedia campaign for the new Aussie flick These Final Hours. We then got the added bonus of seeing the film for free!
It was a successful event, with a good number attending and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces. I think the pitch went down well and getting to meet Paul Wiegard from Madman was a bonus. He seemed keen to meet up and let me hear his version of The Art of Perseverance.
Came across this great blog Humans of New York and a story about a artist persevering with his career – see below. I read the ‘About‘ section on the website, and that too revealed an interesting journey in the creators journey, so have cut and pasted that here too.
I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. I worked for several months with this goal in mind, but somewhere along the way, HONY began to take on a much different character. I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs. Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog. With over eight million followers on social media, HONY now provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City. It has also become a #1 NYT bestselling book.. It’s been quite a ride so far. Feel free to follow along.
It seems that the more I tried to make my life about the pursuit of art, the more money controlled my life: collecting unemployment insurance, the humiliation of borrowing money from friends and family, tossing and turning at night while trying to figure out how to pay the rent. To survive I had to work hard jobs and afterwards I’d feel too tired and too stressed to paint. It’s very hard to create under those circumstances. Creativity is a delicate process. Often times I wonder if I should have just pursued a career for the first half of my life, obtained some degree of financial security, and then transitioned into art.”
Streamed live on 10 Jun 2014
If you are a filmmaker or other individual working in the film industry, you are trapped in a paradox. It is a time of tremendous opportunity, yet also a time of great hardship. The tools for creation and distribution have never been cheaper, yet only an elite few can actually make a living. This roundtable will look at how things could be different for a much broader range of artists of all sorts. Could we create a system that allows many more artists to create much more work that could be enjoyed by a much wider range of audiences? What would be needed? How would that work?
It’s the best of times and the worst of times to be a filmmaker. Check out what Paul Schrader, Ritesh Batra, Melissa Silverstein, Scott Foundas, Mynette Louie, and Austin Kleon had to share with me about how we can ReInvent Hollywood to better serve the artist. Reinvent Hollywood – The Artists
Reinventors is a series of virtual roundtables done over the new medium of group video about how to fundamentally reinvent many of our 20th-century systems to work in the new realities of our 21st-century world.
Each session starts with an anchor interview of a remarkable “reinventor” who lays out his or her ideas on how to fundamentally reinvent a field, and that flows into a roundtable discussion with other experts and innovators who can build off those ideas.
The whole video conversation is streamed to a live audience through the web.
Reinvent America is the inaugural project that will launch in early 2013 and look at how to fundamentally reinvent America across many fields. How can we help the country make the transition to the all-digital, fully global, more sustainable world of the coming decades and take on the huge challenges that lie ahead?
If you’re interested in following this new kind of video conversation, get involved at: www.reinventors.net
The inaugural ScreenHub 2014 Salary Survey Report is the definitive online guide to Australian screen industry salaries, career drivers, job satisfaction, funding and future outlook perceptions.
The report analyses results from an online survey conducted in March 2014 which was distributed to the screen sector and garnered 382 valid responses.
The survey found the profile of a typical person participating in the screen sector is aged 40; could be either male or female; lives in Sydney; is highly educated with a minimum of a graduate degree; works for a privately owned small business not reliant on funding and services the Television sector.
They are employed as a Producer, earn on average $69,000 per annum and believe their earning capacity will increase on last year. They will tend to have more than one job but no more than two. The majority of their income will come from the screen industry.
Their average job tenure is 7 years having worked in the screen industry on average for 14.34 years. Every week they work on average 41.67 hours; are motivated not by money but by their passion for the screen industry and overall enjoy what they do.
Vincent Cassel in The Partisan
From the producers of Snowtown comes the tale of young Alexander who, raised to see the world through cult leader Gregori’s eyes whilst growing up in a commune, is starting to think for himself.
This is a lovely honest account of one filmmakers perseverance in filmmaking, and in life, from an early age to pre production his first feature film.
Article published in Medium
Author: Gregor Schmidinger Chief Executive Artist. Psychonaut. Aspiring Sex God. Working on my debut feature film
Publsihed: July 3rd 2014
When I was eight years young I first dreamed of becoming a film director. Fast forward 20 years to July 4th 2014 and I’m in the midst of developing my debut feature film — Nevrland. The following story tells this journey. But before we get started, use the bathroom and get a cup of coffee because this is one of those blog posts that gets tagged #longread on Twitter…….
PwC’s 13th annual Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook
PwC is pleased to present the 13th edition of The Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook 2014-2018, our flagship research report. The launch event will include revenue forecasts for eleven entertainment and media sectors as well as the results of our consumer and trend research.