Screen Explosion: Expanding practices, narratives and education for the Creative Screen Industries

Past Conference Details

Conference DateWednesday 17 June - Friday 19 June 2014
Conference LocationThe University of Newcastle – Newcastle, Australia
Conference ProgramConference Program (PDF)
Conference ProceedingsAnnual Conference Refereed Proceedings 2014


Personal or shared, networked, broadcast, cinematic or virtual we participate and are surrounded by an explosion of screens, screen narratives, practices and cultures. This conference is celebrating the multiplicity of screens and the impact they have on production and output in the Creative Screen Industries. We will be debating how traditional creative screen practices are endorsed, challenged, changed and reconstituted by the diversity of large and small screens, that are now common in our everyday lives. The Screen Explosion program will showcase 16 sessions on Australian and International Creative Screen Industries.

Creative Director of Innovation at the University of Newcastle, Jeff Julian is our keynote speaker. Jeff is a Futurist, he develops content & intellectual property for companies like Apple, American Express, Adidas and Nike. As a conceptual designer Jeff has worked with Hollywood’s ‘A-List’ including Ridley Scott, the Wachowski bros., David Fincher and Brian Singer. Jeff’s keynote will broaden the discussion about the global creative screen industries and Australia’s future.

The three day program showcases 35 presentations including international papers. Professor Frank Millward, UoN is presenting on London Memories, a participatory content project explaining the processes involved in capturing user content for online platforms designed to engage and grow community social networks where memories are associated with a site. From Spain, Elvira Calatayud is presenting on a webdoc OResponsables, in which we see a completely different perspective to that presented by the mainstream media about the Valencia (Spain) metro accident of 2006 in which 43 people were killed.

This is also the first year we have had an animation stream and Damian Candusso, CSU, who has worked as a Sound Designer on Lego Movie and The Great Gatsby, will address ‘The Battle of 3-D Film Volumes’. Jane Shadbolt, UoN explains the ‘Digital ± Analogue’ process of making stop motion animation and Steven Murdoch, Swinburne, is presenting on ‘Agent-Oriented Modeling in the Production of 3D Character Animation’.

The dynamic and expanding world of documentary narratives will be revealed through the sessions on New Documentary: New Methodologies and Database Documentaries. An Interactive Documentary workshop on Thursday afternoon will showcase the Korsakow open source software, lead by Dr Adrian Miles from RMIT. Please reserve your place to avoid disappointment.

Activities have been arranged for each evening including a Newcastle Creative Screen Industries talk followed by dinner at ‘The Edwards’ (local restaurant owned by a member of Silverchair). The conference dinner will be a highlight on Thursday evening at The Regal Cinema, where The Underground Epicureans will serve a 3 course meal and films will be screened during the courses. Samuel Hutchinson’s Honours films about Newcastle’s Creative Industries and Dr Donna McRae’s PhD film ‘Johnny Ghost’, will be screened. A short Q&A Donna will follow her film.

Dr Susan Kerrigan
ASPERA 2014 Conference Convenor

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