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SATURDAY 20 MAY | 11:00 hs - 17:00 hs

with Victoria Mapplebeck, Award-winning Artist and Film Director &
Alison Norrington, Writer and Producer, CEO of Storycentral and Baby Isako Screenwriter of Venus Vs Mars.

More speakers to be announced at 
Baby Isako is an award-winning emerging screenwriter. Her stories are known for their unique themes, direct dialogue and richly detailed black characters. Among her best-known works are The Love is a Losing Game plays and Venus Vs Mars series . Isako received a number of accolades for this work. Winning best web series at the Screen Nation awards and having over half a million views online. The hit web drama has now been commissioned by Sky Living.  Her next sold out Play, Bag Ladies, divides its narrative between the past and present. In 2014, she released the Bag Ladies short film, which was screened at Festival de Cannes 2014 film corner and a official selection for the International Black Women festival. Currently Isako has taken steps into a new arena, the world of podcasting with her new podcast series Kinks and All.

Writing for different formats
As a writer and filmmaker that has experimented with different formats and platforms, Baby Isako will share her experience of writing across plays, short films, webs series, broadcast TV and podcasts.  She will focus particularly on the challenges and advantages of working online and through social media as well as the development of her award wining rom-com series Mars vs. Venus as a web series, which eventually transferred to Sky Living for broadcast. 
Victoria Mapplebeck is an award winning writer and director. She created Channel 4’s first interactive documentary series, Smart Hearts, in which web cams streamed live from the subjects homes for over 18 months. She has spent the last 15 years working in cross platform production and more recently has specialised in mobile filmmaking and producing online video with impact. Victoria is currently in production on Text Me an award winning interactive multiplatform arts project produced in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
Formats and Platforms are evolving all the time, creating new and exciting ways in which we can now design and produce content for delivery over the Internet, on tablets, mobile devices and for installations . How are these new platforms influencing the ways in which we tell stories, consume and become part of them? How have multiplatform commissioning processes evolved to reflect these emerging production models? Victoria will discuss her experience of working with broadcast and film commissioners on multiplatform formats but also explore the opportunities that now exist to create communities and  build audiences without a ‘central hub’.
She will present a case study exploring her recent Film London short film, 160 Characters, shot on an iPhone 6, this hybrid documentary received a Vimeo Staff pick. Since then it has received over 500,000 hits, 400 comments and over 6,000 Facebook Shares. Victoria will also introduce TEXT ME, her award winning interactive arts project written, directed and produced in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle. 
Alison Norrington is a writer/producer, Founder & Chief Creative Director of Storycentral, a London-based entertainment studio that incubates and develops ground-breaking transmedia properties with global partners in film, television, animation, publishing, advertising, branding, theme parks, Virtual Reality and gaming. Alison specializes in storytelling that amplifies fan incubation and engagement, experience design, extending IP & franchises, community build through story and storyworld strategy, incubation & development – all centered around a strong robust core of story architecture, theme, awareness of audience and experience design. 

Exclusive Inclusivity : Building Storyworlds, Experiences & Communities 
Alison will examine the strong evolution of dialogue between storytellers and audiences and how critical it is in the modern age for filmmakers and storytellers to be educated in cross platform narratives and interactive storytelling. Studios, networks and broadcasters know that audiences are responsive to narratives that weave an experience and truly put them in a character's shoes. The fundamentals of storytelling remain unchanged, however Alison will present a fresh approach to storytelling when viewed with a keen eye to audience, genre, pacing and platforms including:
  • The fundamentals of story, and why they’re more important now in this age of "increasing sophistication of storytelling."*
  • Expanding your storyline over timelines, territories and audiences.
  • Engaging audiences through combining story and gameplay.
  • How to prove your concept, create pre-awareness campaigns and work with your audience to convert them into collaborators
Don’t limit yourself to one course - take advantage of our bundles and book multiple courses at a discounted rate! 

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3 Course Days - £300 £270 (-10%)
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