Storytelling school

Launch of a centralized immersive storytelling lab for SA/NT First Nations creators

First Nations screen-makers in South Australia and the Northern Territory will have the opportunity to learn new skills in immersive storytelling in a new workshop launched as part of the interstate initiative centralized.

Presented by the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), Screen Territory, Screen Australia’s First Nations Department and AFTRS Indigenous, the Centralized Immersive Storytelling Lab 2022 will feature 18 First Nations practitioners working in teams of three to produce a prototype experience Working VR that could be presented as a proof of concept to future backers and investors.

VR specialists Tom Millen and Mark Atkin of UK team Crossover Labs will lead the six-day residential workshop from May 13-18 at SAFC’s Adelaide Studios production facilities and screen creation center .

Based in London, Crossover Labs is known for hosting high-profile, immersive exhibitions and industry conference programs around the world, including CPH:DOX, Copenhagen; EyeMyth, Bombay; the Bergen International Film Festival; World Health Film Festival, Barbican; Sheffield Doc/Fest and Electric Dreams at the Adelaide Fringe (2020-2022). They also produced the BBC’s first original VR commission Easter Rising: The Voice of a Rebelas well as a series of cinematic musical documentaries that have screened at MoMA in New York, as well as the Royal Academy of Arts and the Barbican in London.

In a statement, Millen and Atkin said they were excited to work with First Nations artists and storytellers to develop new virtual reality experiences.

“We are passionate about virtual reality because it offers a strong sense of place, emotional understanding and a sense of wonder and wonder and we look forward to seeing how these artists will use these qualities to express their unique worldview. and their creative vision, while forging a network of practitioners who can continue to collaborate for years to come,” they said.

Angela Bates, Screen Australia’s First Nations lead, said the lab reflected the agency’s ongoing commitment to fostering the next generation of First Nations storytellers.

“We know there are so many opportunities to create innovative screen content with these types of technologies and Screen Australia’s First Nations Department is delighted to support this program which will allow creators to expand their skills in this space,” she said.

AFTRS Director, First Nations and Outreach, Romaine Moreton, said involving First Nations people in digital media is “fundamental to the future of media creation in First Nations communities.”

“We are proud to support this program and to work alongside innovators in digital media and cultural space to further empower the self-determination and storytelling autonomy of First Nations people,” she said. .

The respective CEOs of SAFC and Screen Territory, Kate Croser and Jennie Hughes, also expressed their approval, looking forward to the chance to amplify the voices and stories of South Australian First Nations “at the screen in all its forms”.

“We are thrilled to be working again with our centralized partners to present this innovative and exciting program that will help First Nations creatives explore new ways of storytelling and new technologies to share their cultural perspectives and viewpoints with local and global audiences,” says Croser.

“We are also grateful for the philanthropic support of filmmaker and former SAFC Board Chair Peter Hanlon in bringing this program to life.”

Hughes agreed, reiterating the importance of the collaborative partnerships that Centralized helped create.

“Screen Territory is excited to continue working with our Centralized Founding Partners to bring this great new program to our First Nations Screen Makers,” she said.

“The centralization makes it easier for filmmakers from the Northern Territory and South Australian First Nations to work together and we are already seeing some exciting new projects being developed and new creative partnerships being forged.”

The Centralized Immersive Storytelling Lab will kick off with a free Immersive Storytelling Inspiration Day on May 13, featuring programs, interactive exhibits and talks, which will be open to all members of the South Australian screen industry. . More details about this event will be posted on the SAFC website closer to the date.

Find more information on how to apply for centralization here.