BSIN – Birmingham Screen Image Network

The next BSIN will be Thursday 26th June 2014

4-6pm

Gentlemen & Ladies,… This months BSIN for the usual informal discussion, networking, promoting, making friends and drinking tea & coffee.

NB – This months Birmingham Screen Image Network will be jointly hosted with Birmingham Music Network

Also included free of charge – entry to Creative Networks

Bring your friends and colleagues – build the network !

 

 

The next BSIN will be Thursday 27th March 2014

4-6pm

Gentlemen & Ladies,… This months BSIN for the usual informal discussion, networking, promoting, making friends and drinking tea & coffee.

NB – This months Birmingham Screen Image Network will be jointly hosted with Birmingham Music Network

Also included free of charge – entry to Creative Networks

Bring your friends and colleagues – build the network !

Also – This Months Creative Networks

CM March

High-End VFX for Low-Budget Movies
Speaker: Christian Lett – VFX Supervisor, BAIT Studiowww.baitstudio.co.uk

THURSDAY 27 MARCH 2014, 5.45PM UNTIL 8.45PMwww.creativenetworksonline.com

BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY, MILLENNIUM POINT, CURZON STREET, BIRMINGHAM B4 7XG
INCLUDING THE MUSIC NETWORK 4PM UNTIL 5.30PMwww.birminghammusicnetwork.com

BIRMINGHAM SCREEN IMAGE NETWORK 4PM UNTIL 5.30PMwww.birminghamscreenimagenetwork.wordpress.com

Christian Lett is VFX Supervisor at BAIT Studio, an award winning motion graphics, visual effects and animation studio based in Cardiff. Working across a variety of platforms, TV, film, music and advertising, BAIT works alongside others, enhancing their ideas, as well as creating complete concepts from scratch.
According to the trade body UK Screen, the VFX industry in Britain earned approximately £196 million in 2012/13. As the lead visual effects team for British sci-fi thriller ‘The Machine’ which is released globally this month, BAIT contributed nearly 250 VFX shots, playing a significant role in this now ubiquitous aspect of film-making. Christian will be talking about some of the challenges they faced and demonstrating their work which included matte paintings, set extensions, eye glows, explosions and green-screen car exteriors. Following a successful Premiere at the TriBeCa Festival, The Machine has gone on to win 3 BAFTA Cymru Awards, and was voted Best UK Feature at the Raindance festival. www.themachinemovie.com

THE MACHINE – in Cinemas/VoD 21 March and DVD/Blu-ray 31 March
Creative Networks brings together all parties involved in screen and sound media in the West Midlands, promoting both successful business development and collaboration.
5.45pm Registration followed by complimentary food/refreshments and networking in our Cafe
7.00pm Speaker Christian Lett 8.15pm Q & A 8.45pm Event ends
To join us for this FREE event, please register atwww.bcucreativenetworks.eventbrite.co.uk

or email creative.networks@bcu.ac.uk or call 0121 331 5400.
Alternatively, register online at our websitewww.creativenetworksonline.com

 

 

The next BSIN will be Thursday 30th January 2014

4-6pm

Gentlemen & Ladies,… This months BSIN for the usual informal discussion, networking, promoting, making friends and drinking tea & coffee.

Also included free of charge – entry to Creative Networks

Bring your friends and colleagues – build the network !

Also – This Months Creative Networks

CN Jan 14 front

Virtually On-Air How BBC local radio is being revolutionised

THURSDAY 30 JANUARY 2014, 5.45PM UNTIL 8.45PM www.creativenetworksonline.com

BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY, MILLENNIUM POINT, CURZON STREET, BIRMINGHAM B4 7XG

Virtually On-Air How BBC local radio is being revolutionised with the introduction of a new virtualised system

Speaker: Geoff Woolf, Technology Development Manager, BBC English Regions

ViLoR – Virtualised Local Radio                                www.bbc.co.uk/academy/technology

At November’s Creative Networks we heard from Graham Thomas about how BBC R&D is stretching the capability of broadcasting. In Birmingham’s Mailbox, BBC English Regions have been working on enhancing the tools used by programme makers. They’ve been developing a revolutionary new way to build a local radio studio. It will be a virtual radio station which is quick to install and can be set up anywhere where there is good connectivity. Geoff Woolf will explain the concept, how it works, why the BBC are doing this, the benefits, and where it could ultimately take the broadcasting technology sector.

Creative Networks brings together all parties involved in screen and sound media in the West Midlands, promoting both successful business development and collaboration.

5.45pm Registration followed by complimentary food/refreshments and networking in our Cafe

7.00pm Speaker Geoff Woolf   8.15pm Q & A   8.45pm Event ends

 To join us for this FREE event, please register at www.bcucreativenetworks.eventbrite.co.uk or email creative.networks@bcu.ac.uk or call 0121 331 5400.

Alternatively, register online at our website www.creativenetworksonline.com

 

INCLUDING THE MUSIC NETWORK 4PM UNTIL 5.30PM www.birminghammusicnetwork.com

BIRMINGHAM SCREEN IMAGE NETWORK 4PM UNTIL 5.30PM www.birminghamscreenimagenetwork.wordpress.com

What makes a good network?

Networking and Networks (groups)

What makes a Free, Effective or Enjoyable network? Are these three elements mutually compatible or maybe only one of these is necessary to attendees?

A recent article I read about networks by Caelan Huntress a digital producer in San Francisco looked at those who attend business focused networks as three general types of people.

Go getters – People who have become accomplished at networking.  They show up with lots of leads, and a bright attitude.  They also tend to receive most of the referrals.

Slow getters – People show up regularly, but their businesses are not doing well.  They do not give, or receive, many referrals.

No getters – People who show up to a networking group for the first time, delivers their pitch, and are affronted that nobody at the table wants to buy from them.  They don’t come back.

He continues that you should ‘Sell the network, not the networker’ because people don’t go to networking groups to sell each other their services, although many long-term group members do end up doing business together but only because a long-term relationship is developed, including familiarity and trust.

Local creative networks

Always looking for the network to reflect the most benefit to the attendees, we have regularly asked what makes a good network?

Fashion trends come and go and many creative sector networks have historically either; Formed because there was funding to do so, formed by funders to validate funding investment /spend or formed due to the desire to find funding- but is this the whole picture? Nearly all of these networks cease when the funding runs out.

The relatively new ‘craze’ for un-conference’ networking is hailed as a new concept. Birmingham Music Network by any measure of an ‘un-conference’ style is also then an ‘un-conference’ , the agenda has always been led by the attendees, it is a mutually beneficial and supportive network of individuals where they are given a platform to engage (Without been led), sme’s and larger companies as well as some public sector attendees (Though these tend to appear only to validate a position rather than offer tangible meaningful contribution to the network) . The network is an intentional community – it is there because people value it. Unfunded it has now been running 13 years – so not such a new idea then?

Similarly I set up Birmingham Screen Image Network off the back of the Screen WM supported RedRex network which was dropped when the regional screen agencies were axed. At the time I thought it was such as shame to let the momentum and platform that those members had given to the network go to waste, and so set up BSIN. Again there is no funding directive or policy agenda driving it, it uses the same model as BMN. Numbers fluctuate and it is hard to organise these events with all other more than full time commitments. But I see these platforms as essential to the creative sector. We are very grateful of the support that we receive since moving them to Birmingham City University at Millennium Point TEE department where they are hosted and teas, coffee and biscuits provided, and the networks in turn act as a great support to the excellent wider remit of the Creative Networks held each month.

What is interesting is the shift from those attending these networks over the last few years – from those seeking to find opportunities for cross sector collaboration or new markets, those who look to the networks to broker these relationships to develop their business into new areas and the attendees more recently who are asking a more fundamental question ‘Where exactly is my sector in the region’?  In many ways the severe cut or total wipe out of any meaningful investment into the regions creative sectors can be felt in this basic assumption that we still have one – to many of the attendees of these networks the sector is either invisible (Worrying) or we don’t actually have one in any meaningful tangible way anymore (Even more worrying). But given the desire to attend these networks (BMN 13 years active, regularly 20 – 30 businesses each month round a table and thousands of online subscribers) the networks play a vital part in holding them together in some tangible way.

The question:

As I am always trying to ensure the network is useful, relevant and free to access I am asking the questions for the development of BSIN

What makes a good network?

Why do you go?

And what do you want from a network?

 

Any comments welcome…

Creative Networks – March 2013

Next BSIN & Creative Networks Thursday 30th May

THURSDAY 28 MARCH 2013
5.45PM UNTIL 8.45PM WWW.CREATIVENETWORKSONLINE.COM

BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY, MILLENNIUM POINT, CURZON STREET, BIRMINGHAM B4 7XG
INCLUDING THE MUSIC NETWORK 4PM UNTIL 5.30PM

Including:
WWW.BIRMINGHAMMUSICNETWORK.COM

&

BIRMINGHAM SCREEN IMAGE NETWORK
WWW.BSIN.CO.UK

Theme this month;
Future Media Experiences in the Internet of Things.

Speaker: Jason DaPonte
Media experiences from weather reports, to cooking shows to documentaries, are set for a seismic shift as they become part of the Internet of Things – the network of connected objects and data that are communicating online.

As TVs, games consoles and other similar devices become connected, they will be able to provide us with more
engaging and personal experiences. Media and technology producer Jason DaPonte makes predictions about how this world will unfold.

www.entertheswarm.com

THE SWARM produces and designs digital content and services for the television, arts and culture sectors. The
company has worked with broadcasters and producers from over 20 countries on transmedia strategies and
productions. Before starting THE SWARM, Jason spent three years working in the midst of the mobile content explosion overseeing the content across the BBC’s mobile web, apps and messaging properties. Before that, he was an Executive Producer for BBC Online and a mentor/facilitator for the BBC Creative Network.

He has also worked in digital roles for: FOX, The Economist, Flavorpill, CitySearch, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and Dealtime.com. Jason was the Hearst Visiting Fellow at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Journalism.

Creative Networks brings together all parties involved in screen and sound media in the West Midlands, promoting
both successful business development and collaboration.

To join us for this FREE event, please email creative.networks@bcu.ac.uk
or call 0121 331 5400.

Alternatively, register online at our website www.creativenetworksonline.com

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Bsin 28th February 2013

The next BSIN is 28th February 2013

Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham

Check the FaceBook group, Eventbrite and Twitter for details. Find all details for event in this website.

Also check for the latest details of Creative Networks at BCU

BSIN January 31st 2013

The next BSIN is 31st January 2013

Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham

Check the FaceBook group, Eventbrite and Twitter for details. Find all details for event in this website.

Also check for the latest details of Creative Networks at BCU

November 2012 – Creative Networks

This Months Creative Networks sees the screening of the 50 minute documentary Last Shop Standing, a collaboration between award winning film company Blue Hippo Media Ltd and Proper Music Publishing Ltd, with the Director Pip Piper, plus Q & A time.

Last Shop Standing, inspired by the book of the same name by Graham Jones, takes you behind the counter to discover why nearly 2000 record shops have already disappeared across the UK. The film charts the rapid rise of record shops in the 60, 70 and 80’s, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies. Hear from over 20 record shop owners and music industry leaders as well as musicians including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon as they all tell us how the shops became and still are a part of their own musical education, a place to discover and cherish new bands, new music and why they might just have a brighter future. www.lastshopstanding.com

“5***** Brilliant” – Q Magazine

More…

Birmingham based Pip Piper has spent the last 15 years making films, in 2006 he set up BHM with Rob Taylor to develop larger commercial film projects, since its formation the company has become internationally recognised, winning awards for both documentary and feature film. Pip’s passion is to discover and tell compelling stories, develop and work with great talent and to create films that communicate with impact to audiences far and wide. He is also the CEO of the “Producers Forum” a member’s led film and media based organisation. www.bluehippomedia.com

Creative Networks brings together all parties involved in screen and sound media in the West Midlands, promoting both successful business development and collaboration.

To join CN for this FREE event, please email creative.networks@bcu.ac.uk or call Dave Taylor on 0121 331 5400. Alternatively, register online at our website www.creativenetworksonline.com

Where: 

BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY, MILLENNIUM POINT, CURZON STREET, BIRMINGHAM B4 7XG

What else is on?

THE MUSIC NETWORK 4PM UNTIL 5.30PM WWW.BIRMINGHAMMUSICNETWORK.COM

AND BIRMINGHAM SCREEN IMAGE NETWORK 4PM UNTIL 5.30PM WWW.BSIN.CO.UK

BSIN 29th November 2012

50 Kisses Film Script Competition

50 Kisses Film Script Competition
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Write a two page script, win an iPad, get seen by top filmmakers and get a cinema release… are you up for the 50 Kisses Challenge?

Our friends at the London Screenwriters Festival are delighted to announce their new initiative for screenwriters and filmmakers. 50 Kisses is an ambitious, crowdsourced narrative feature film project set to hit cinema screens on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Screenwriters Challenge

As with all great film projects, it starts with the script. And that’s where you come in.

The London Screenwriters Festival is looking for two page scripts that are set on Valentine’s Day or Night and feature at least one kiss. Despite the date, and the kiss, it doesn’t need to be a romantic comedy. Diverse perspectives and interesting creative choices are welcomed.

If you can write, and want to be part of this exciting project (and we think you should!), then submit your script to 50 Kisses via contests@londonswf.com before 29th June 2012. Entry is free and the top 50 scripts are guaranteed to be made AND released in cinemas. For full information, go to www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/50-kisses

The top 50 scripts will be announced on 30th July 2012.

Full terms and conditions are available on the website www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/50-kisses

Keep up with the news about the 50 Kisses project by joining the Facebook page www.facebook.com/50kisses

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