Online goes offline in future

The message of this year’s world new media festival at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, is that online will move into the real world of offline, according to one delegate.

Digital media consultant Stef Lewandoski, from Birmingham, attended the festival as part of a group of delegates from the West Midlands to bring back the latest in new media to the region. 

He reckons the next five years will see things like social networking moving into the realms of social responsibility and the real world offline.

Stef Lewandoski at SXSW

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The face of Facebook

The billionaire chief executive of networking site Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, talked about how his company is valued at more than just its $15bn price tag in making a keynote speech at one of the world’s biggest new media festivals, South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

He is just one of a series of top names at the festival which brings together people from around the world from all spheres of new media to learn about the latest technologies and trends.

A group of six from the West Midlands is in Austin to hear about what is new in new media to bring it back to the region.

Public relations consultant Ruth Ward and Maverick Television’s new media producer Nick Lockey from Birmingham were there to hear what the head of Facebook had to say.

Facebook ehief executive Mark Zuckerberg

Premiere film course

A film course, thought to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world, is offering a £100,000 budget to talented film makers to make a feature length production.

The MSc in digital feature film production at Staffordshire University, will give a team of seven of the best filmmakers from around the world £100,000 worth of budget and equipment to make a film of their choice, anything from a documentary to an action thriller. 

Andy Paton, senior lecturer in entertainment technology, said: “There are only a select amount of places on the course, basically one person for each role associated with filmmaking.” 

It is hoped the course, starting in April, will push the boundaries of digital cinema. 

For more see Staffordshire University.