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Posted 2007-05-27 by Tony Walsh
From May 16-26, I was fortunate enough to have been flown down to Australia from my home in Canada in order to share some of my new media / cross media / virtual worlds / alternate reality game learning at three separate events. I presented at the Museum of Sydney along with Gary Hayes and Guy Gadney, joined fellow instructors Hayes and Jackie Turnure at LAMP in a 1-day cross-media bootcamp for film and TV producers, and then joined Hayes, Turnure and a group of other mentors for "Story of the Future," an intensive LAMP retreat held in fabulous Freycinet, Tasmania aimed at pushing eight teams of heritage media producers towards innovative, cross-media formats and platforms.

I'd like to thank Gary Hayes, Peter Giles, and AFTRS / LAMP for arranging the junket, a highly productive working experience which reinvigorated me professionally. After 14 years in the new media business and several years in the cross-media business, I've become somewhat jaded. The LAMP residential showed me--through the eyes of the participants--that this stuff is still very new and magical. I worked closely with eight local teams, each of whom brought a high degree of enthusiasm, talent, and open-mindedness to the table. The mentors were absolutely top-notch personalities and professionals, and it was a real pleasure to be able to share mindspace with them. I learned a lot from the teams, and the mentors and am grateful to have made so many new friends. Keep your eyes on Australia, folks, there's some raging cross-media talent downunder eager to break out.
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