Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Directors challenged to create pocket sized films for mobiles

27.07.2004


Before long, the majority of mobile phones will have the capacity to show short films. If you want to be one of the pioneering filmmakers to make their mark in this new genre then Pocket Shorts, a new initiative supported by NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), the organisation that supports UK creativity and innovation, could be for you.



Pocket Shorts is a supportive environment, offering both generic filmmaking and technology training, while financially supporting the production of a short, or series of short films.

Filmmakers can apply for up to £2,000 in funding to create innovative short films in a new genre that is viewable on mobile phones and distributed via Bluetooth, WAP and Multimedia Messages (MMS).


Pocket Shorts is aimed at filmmakers who have graduated in the last five years, and now live in Yorkshire and Humberside, the North West and the North East. It is a partnership between NESTA and Short Circuits, who screen and commission short films, with Oyster Partners and Carbon Based Games as technology partners.

The initiative will develop this new distribution channel that will allow audiences to download the final films online for free or send it to other phones via MMS or Bluetooth. This will in turn create a new business model by providing a space for companies to emerge and promote their work to a global audience.

Pocket Shorts is an extension of NESTA’s Creative Pioneer Programme, which is designed to encourage the growth of a new generation of creative entrepreneurs. It will award up to eight individuals funding of up to £2,000, training sessions in filmmaking and the technology being used and an individual industry professional mentor. At the end of each project awardees will have produced one 1 minute long film (downloadable only from a WAP site) or four 15 second long films (which can sent from phones as well as downloaded).

The winners will be showcased at key UK film festivals in 2005.

For more information, and details on how to apply, go to www.pocketshorts.com. The deadline for applications is 5.30pm Friday 29 October 2004.

Prior to applying, interested filmmakers can find out more at workshops to be held in each of the three regions. Here, filmmakers can come and see examples of short moving image work, a demonstration of video phones, and find out about the distribution channels for the finished films.

Hugo Manassei, Director of the Creative Pioneer Programme at NESTA, said: ”Why follow the traditional routes and work as a runner for a film company or fight tooth and nail to promote your work independently at film festivals when Pocket Shorts offers an alternative? You could be one of the first pioneering filmmakers to work in a new genre that will continue to grow as fast as the accompanying mobile phone technology does. The support and training offered by Short Circuits as well as the provision of a mentor will also give you new methods of producing and promoting your films and let you develop your creativity.”

Joseph Meaney | alfa
Further information:
http://www.nesta.org.uk

More articles from Communications Media:

nachricht Product placement: Only brands placed very prominently benefit from 3D technology
07.07.2016 | Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

nachricht NASA Goddard network maintains communications from space to ground
02.03.2016 | NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

All articles from Communications Media >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

Im Focus: MADMAX: Max Planck Institute for Physics takes up axion research

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.

The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...

Im Focus: Molecules change shape when wet

Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water

In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...

Im Focus: Fraunhofer ISE Develops Highly Compact, High Frequency DC/DC Converter for Aviation

The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with partners have investigated how these materials can be used to make power...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

UTSA study describes new minimally invasive device to treat cancer and other illnesses

02.12.2016 | Medical Engineering

Plasma-zapping process could yield trans fat-free soybean oil product

02.12.2016 | Agricultural and Forestry Science

What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?

02.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>