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DIYDays - Working with a Creative Technologist

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These slides were a part of a presentation given at DIYDays Conference on March 3rd in NYC at The New School. Most of the participants at the conference were story tellers and were interested in how to better work with technology to tell a story. Our goal was to help them know when in a project to start to work with a technologist, what to expect and where to find them.

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DIYDays - Working with a Creative Technologist

  1. 1. Working with acreative technologist with Mark Harris and Heidi Hysell
  2. 2. Who are we? Mark Harris Director of Platform Engineering Broadcastr mark@broadcastr.com http://www.broadcastr.com @megamarkharris Heidi HysellCreative Technologist / Software Engineer Future Future / Nickelodeon heidi@heidihysell.com http://heidihysell.com @heidihysell
  3. 3. First, what is a creative technologist?
  4. 4. What is a creative technologist?• Department Head (Brings their take on story) ◦ Cinematographer ◦ Art Director ◦ Sound ◦ Technology
  5. 5. What is a creative technologist?• Understands the limits and abilities ◦ Existing tools ◦ Custom tools
  6. 6. What is a creative technologist?• Can ask the questions you dont even know exist
  7. 7. Well, why do you need one?
  8. 8. Why do you need one?• Everything will be software
  9. 9. Why do you need one?• Everything will be software ◦ VOD / Second Screen experiences ◦ Tablet movies ■ Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore ◦ Interactive Books ◦ Web documentaries ■ Highrise collaborative doc ◦ Mozilla working to make movies that act like the web ◦ Vodo.net peer to peer film release ■ The Lost Children
  10. 10. Why do you need one?• Or if it’s not software, it will be created via software
  11. 11. Why do you need one?• All transmedia will include some sort of technology (web, apps and AR)
  12. 12. Why do you need one?• Even live events
  13. 13. Examples creativity+technologyIt has many different forms, but it all has the same outcome of getting the user to interact and see things from a different perspective.
  14. 14. Examples Epic Theatre + BroadcastrTheatre experience starts before you even get to the theatre Experience the content customized for your city
  15. 15. How to work with acreative technologist.
  16. 16. Working with a creative technologist.• Discuss project with open mind ◦ discuss main goals, don’t worry about the how, they will help you with that
  17. 17. Working with a creative technologist.• Value their input, partner with them
  18. 18. Working with a creative technologist.• Set expectations with budgets in mind at onset
  19. 19. Working with a creative technologist.• Agile, iterative development ◦ Requirements ◦ Use Cases ◦ Timelines and milestones
  20. 20. Where to find a creativetechnologist?
  21. 21. Where to find a creative technologist?• It’s hard.
  22. 22. Where to find a creative technologist?• It’s hard.• Extremely Competitive Market
  23. 23. Where to find a creative technologist?• It’s hard.• Extremely Competitive Market• Find a culture/creative match• Challenge the tech (more ways than one)
  24. 24. Where to find a creative technologist?• It’s hard.• Extremely Competitive Market• Find a culture/creative match• Challenge the tech (more ways than one)• www.storycode.org
  25. 25. Questions?

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