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New Creatives is an exciting talent development scheme that offers commissioning opportunities for emerging artists to create new work in film, audio or interactive media, designed for BBC platforms.

Calling the Shots is running the New Creatives project for the South West region, working with partner organisations Somerset Film (Bridgwater), Kaleider (Exeter), Create Studios (Swindon), Screen Cornwall (Redruth) and Watershed (Bristol).

Who can apply?
We’re looking for South West-based creatives between the ages of 16-30 who want to develop their original idea into a professional short film, audio or interactive media work.

New Creatives can come from any arts background (e.g dancers, actors, performers, musicians, writers, film makers, comedians, visual artists, animators, poets, storytellers and games designers), or non-arts backgrounds and you don’t need experience in film, audio or interactive to apply.  We positively encourage applications from artists of all backgrounds, identities, abilities and cultures.

What ideas are we looking for?
We want to see proposals for fresh, innovative short films and audio pieces which reflect, in some way, on the experience of living in modern Britain.  The ideas can be serious, comedic, absurd, challenging, provocative or abstract.  We’re looking for you to push the boundaries on what constitutes art, make people think, and encourage new ways of understanding the world and ourselves.

Audio Commissions
Audio Duration: 1min – 15mins
Support Package: up to £3.5k (varies depending on the complexity of the work)

We’re interested in works that represent creative storytelling in its broadest sense. We want stylistic innovation – for you to push boundaries and to create works that can surprise listeners with their inventiveness and ingenuity.


For Round 4 we have focus on audio storytelling along the theme of the Future and Forgotten Stories, to reflect the world as it emerges from lockdown and perhaps reconnects with the rest of the ’stuff’ that seems to have been swept aside.   Will everything return to normal?  Will we re-evaluate what we think is important? What does the Future mean to you?  What do YOU think needs to be said that’s not being said?  

We’re looking for fresh and exciting ideas for character–led comedy, web series pilots, new plays (duologues and monologues) and spoken word ideas from young writers or performers.  Alternatively, we would like to hear about sound art or soundscapes that could provide a counterpoint to today’s anxious, worrying world.  Treatments could feature archive, natural sounds, lost noise and the purr of everyday life that offer audiences chance for reflection.  We will consider spoken word, drama, comedy, soundscapes, performance, sound art, experimental documentary, music and any or all combinations that convey your creative idea in the best way possible.
Read the full Audio & Film Creative Brief here.

Film Commissions
Film Duration: 1min – 5mins
Support Package: up to £5.5k (varies depending on the complexity of the work)

In our film commissions, we’re looking for strong ideas for short form films, that can demonstrate the breadth of possibility offered by film, whether that be through stylistic innovation, experimentation with sound, image, structure, narrative and storytelling, animation, performance, scripted drama, dance, music or any other means.

For Round 4 we have a focus on the Future and Forgotten Stories, to reflect the world as it emerges from lockdown and perhaps reconnects with the rest of the ’stuff’ that seems to have been swept aside.   Will everything return to normal?  Will we re-evaluate what we think is important? What does the Future mean to you?  What do YOU think needs to be said that’s not being said? 

Remember that we will be looking closely at the practical side of producing your idea and particularly whether it will be achievable with social distancing measures in place. Large crews and casts will not be practical or safe in the current climate and the budget will not be able to sustain extended production periods to incorporate quarantine measures.  Do bear this in mind when applying, but don’t let it restrict your imagination, we will be able to help shortlisted Creatives develop their idea into a produce-able broadcast project. 

The challenge is to think laterally and use the restriction to your advantage; necessity truly is the mother of invention.  What could you achieve with one performer, dancer, actor, artist, musician?  How could you combine contributions from different people or different genres and artistic forms?  How can you bring viewers different and unexpected locations, worlds and perspectives whilst observing the new protocols? How can you utilise camera techniques, animation and editing to create illusions or bring scenes or performers together? 

 We envisage most films being 3 minutes long, however, if your idea warrants a longer film we are open to discussing this with you as long as it remains within the recommended budgets.
Read the full Audio & Film Creative Brief here.

Interactive Commissions
 

Opening 1st June 2020

The Process
 

  • Submit your application via the Submittable form. 
  • If shortlisted you will receive three days training at one of our six New Creative hubs around the South West region (whichever is closest to you). The sessions will cover ideas development and training in broadcast audio, and self-branding and marketing.
  • Developed ideas get pitched to the BBC and CTS execs and the best ones are commissioned.
  • Each commissioned New Creative will receive a budget, professional mentoring and support to produce a broadcast quality work.
  • Finished work is delivered to BBC and may be selected for a new strand, BBC Introducing Arts, which will showcase and introduce new artistic talent from across the UK via all BBC platforms – on BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC television and radio – and beyond.  We’ll look to identify the best platform for each idea. 

 View our FAQs here.

Who is involved in the New Creatives project?
 This is a unique partnership between the BBC, Arts Council England and five creative media production organisations across England, Calling the Shots (South West), ICA (London), Screen South (South East), Tyneside Cinema (The North) and the Rural Media Company (Midlands).

Applications for Round 4 (Audio & Film) will close on 12th July 2020 at 23:59.



 

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Who are we looking for?  

We’re looking for  South West based  creatives between the ages of 16-30  with original ideas for interactive  experiences.  If you are enthusiastic, curious, driven and have something to say then we are interested in working with you -  irrespective of your background.  

You may not consider yourself a  ‘Creative’  but you might tinker with tech in your spare time. You might come from a non-arts background, be an artist with little to no portfolio or you might be someone who is more established and is looking to take their practice in a new direction. Experience is no barrier.  What is important is your unique idea and your commitment to explore and develop this idea through a process of collaboration.   

We are looking for 12 people who have an idea that they are passionate about and that feature aspects of interactivity and immersion in different creative guises underpinned by technology.  They do not need to contain all of them.  We want to unearth new talent from all walks of life and commission doers by any name,  makers, creatives, artists - people self-motivated and ready to experiment. 

The Opportunity  

Calling the Shots (CTS) are partnering with the South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) and BBC R&D to offer an online creative development programme for a cohort of 12 x 16-30 year-olds from across the South West. 

The cohort will work in small groups to rapidly develop ideas into practical proposals for online interactive content. Each group will have a dedicated professional from the SWCTN to mentor and guide them through the process and provide support with collaboration and creative development. The process will be supported by producers from BBC R+D, SWCTN and Calling the Shots 

Each member of the cohort will bring their application idea to the programme and may choose to work collaboratively and combine their idea with others or work individually. The aim of the programme is to develop and test out ideas to produce a project plan to be assessed by a panel of BBC, SWTCN and CTS representatives with the chance to be commissioned.   

You must be prepared to share your idea, commit to a 3-day creative development process and to collaborate with other members of the Interactive New Creatives cohort.  

Due to the Covid-19 crisis the New Creatives South West Interactive programme has been redesigned for online delivery and online platforms. If restrictions ease, we will seek ways to work together physically in the future.  

What do we mean by Interactive art?   

  • Interactive 

Interactive experiences invite audiences to take part.  Viewers are no longer passive onlookers, they are actively encouraged to participate in the realisation or completion of the work.  

What is most critical is that feedback loop between creators and the audience. It is a back and forth where the audience responds to the piece and piece responds to the audience. This is interactivity.  

Interactivity demands participation and technology has giving us powerful tools to interact with each other and the world in new and exciting ways.  

  • Agency 

Interactivity can also offer audiences  agency - the freedom for audiences to make choices between options. Agency exists on a scale with a high degree of agency offering audiences a large number of impactful choices, and low agency offering limited choices with little to no impact.   

  • Immersion 

It is also important to consider interactivity and immersion in your interactive pieces. Interactivity and immersion are often confused because they are frequently intertwined. They are separate qualities. Immersion is the generation of emotions and feelings by a stimulus. For example, you may be sucked into a world created by a book, TV show or film, or be transported away in a VR headset. It may conjure sensations, but you cannot alter the stimulus. So pieces can be immersive while not being interactive. 

Your Idea 

We are looking for ideas that excite and engage audiences. 

You may explore text, film, animation, audio, spoken word, games, artefacts, objects, apps or websites. You may combine the physical with the online, you might use different forms of digital and non-communication to get audiences onboard – anything is possible. 

Try and explain your idea in a way that shows us its potential. You will need to consider your approach within the current social distancing guidelines what hard and soft skills/knowhow you can bring, what you don’t know and who you might need to work with to deliver the idea.  

Think about the type of equipment or software you would like to use and how this will work. Don’t worry if you do not know exactly how your project will be achieved, we will help you work this out during the development programme.  

If you have an existing idea that you think might be adapted to this programme, feel free to submit it, but express how it could be developed further by way of interactivity.  

Remember 

  • Interactivity is not limited to any one particular platform. Think about the delivery system for your project and how it enhances the audience experience  
  • We want projects addressing subject matter that you are passionate about and you are interested in exploring.  
  • We are looking for interesting pieces that address the theme without being pure journalism or current affairs!  

Due to current restrictions we are looking for work that explores interactive experiences that are not situated in physical space. Site specific work and installations will be challenging during this time, but we are still interested in the kind of opportunities they offer such as communal interaction.   

Judging Criteria 

When we  consider your idea we will be thinking about following qualities.  We do not expect your idea to encompass all of them at once. 

  • Relevance  

The idea and theme really matter to you and speaks to audiences/communities – however you might define it. Also, the idea and themes can impact people’s lives.  

  • Talkability 

Your idea’s ability to get people talking, trigger conversation and how shareable it is (not solely in the social media sense) 

  • Timeliness 

Is your idea time or location sensitive, does it have longevity or does it capture a specific zeitgeist, can it be scaled to reach more people? 

  • Originality:  

Ideas and execution that are novel, innovate and haven’t been seen this way before.   

  View our FAQs here.

Who is involved in the New Creatives project?
  This is a unique partnership between the BBC, Arts Council England and five creative media production organisations across England, Calling the Shots (South West), ICA (London), Screen South (South East), Tyneside Cinema (The North) and the Rural Media Company (Midlands).

Applications will close on 17th July 2020 at 23:59.




 

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