Talk on Cross-Media Entertainment at AFTRS

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School has asked me to come in a give a lunchtime seminar on Cross-Media Entertainment. It is for practitioners across the whole school but outsiders are welcome to come too. Tomorrow at 1pm. Apologies for the late notice as I was waiting for the very sexy poster that you see here. If you do come along and I haven’t met you before, come up and say hi!

AFTRS Friday Futures Poster



Virtual Store, Virtual Money, Real Book, Real Delivery to a Real Person (unfortunately)

Play Money pic from New World NotesJust received the delivery of my first in-world purchase: Julian Dibbell’s book on living off virtual money Play Money. I bought it and the virtual version at the virtual store with virtual money (Lindens) in the virtual world of Second Life. This is a bundled product where for 1 purchase I get the virtual and real version. I’ve argued for this bundling of products before on this blog & at industry talks. Good to see it happening.

Anyway, I received the book today and to my disappointment it was addressed to me. It would of been nice to have it addressed to my in-world name, Lythe Witte, with my real name in brackets so the delivery works. It would of been nice to have something to indicate the special way it was purchased, even a message from the in-world bookseller Falk Bergman (though he didn’t do the delivery, just facilitated the process). Anyway, I’m going to enjoy the book though. You can read the book online at Julian’s blog but I like reading real books.

Details about the virtual & real world purchase at New World Notes

TASSIE LAMP Call for Works/Teams



Discover emerging media opportunities and create compelling next generation media at the next Laboratory for Advanced Media Production residential, proudly supported by Screen Tasmania through the Department of Economic Development.

LAMP is designed to future-proof projects by guiding creative teams through the opportunities offered by broadband and IP television, web 2.0 social networks, mobile media, games, virtual worlds and non-linear storytelling. In the last 10 months LAMP has run four major labs developing over 30 projects in a process which has transformed the creative mindset of 92 people. AFTRS LAMP has worked with high level creative teams from ABC TV, News Interactive, Firelight, Bush TV, Movie One and a host of independents to workshop and prototype cutting edge services.

LAMP is now calling for creative teams from all parts of the Australian media industries to submit cross-media projects to its 5th lab to be held at beautiful Freycinet Lodge, Tasmania between Oct 29 – Nov 3, 2006. Participants will be led by Australian and international mentors with specialist skills in design, writing, business, user experience and technical aspects of cross media production. They will also use the latest software, develop an interest grabbing pitch and work with some of Australia’s leading cross media developers. LAMP is truly practical, production and market focused.

The submission deadline is September 25, 2006.