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Examples of ecologically sustainable projects powered by digital!

When people ask me about the Sustainable AmbITion strand of the Make:IT:Happen fund (part of the AmbITion Scotland programme designed and delivered by Rudman Consulting, funded by The National lottery via Creative Scotland) they are often curious about the sort of projects other arts, cultural and heritage organisations have undertaken where digital technologies are used to assist environmental sustainability. To get your creative juices flowing, here are some of the examples I usually share – please add others as a comment to this post as you spot them!

Regional Screen Scotland is in receipt of the first Sustainable AmbITion grant. Screen Machine is an 80-seat, air conditioned and 3D-ready mobile cinema which brings the latest films to remote and rural areas of Scotland. The Screen Machine delivers an important social role in taking new film releases to some of the most rural Scottish communities. Measuring the emissions of a programme will help to raise understanding of the low carbon agenda and also identify how Regional Screen Scotland can help manage and reduce emissions across its portfolio of activity. Digital technologies will be used to gather data from audiences and to create the algorithms and formulas for calculation of the CO2 footprint of audience and Screen Machine journeys.


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Five Minute Theatre wins a CATS award!

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UPDATED: 10.06.2012

Envirodigital’s 2011’s co-production with National Theatre Scotland Five Minute Theatre (#FiveMinuteTheatre) has been nominated for has won a Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland (#CATS12) in the Best Technical Presentation category.

The Stage quotes judge Robert Dawson Scott, theatre critic of The Times:  “For once, it wasn’t the pin point accuracy or the polished slickness of the endeavour that impressed: it was the sheer scale of the ambition which made Five Minute Theatre – 24 hours of uninterrupted, brand new theatre, streamed live from all over Scotland, to the world – such an astonishing technical triumph.”

Watch the case study we gave for AmbITion Scotland here.

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Digital Content – by anyone for everyone?

Artistic content and practice is going online en masse in May.

The Space has announced the 53 digital commissions that will go online between May and October this year. #thespacearts is a pop up platform that will provide interactive, engaging arts content online, on connected TV and on tablets and mobile to coincide with the Olympics and Cultural Olympiad. The Space is a £3.5m joint project between Arts Council England and BBC, and you can find out a little about all the commissions, which I’ll be really excited to see!

Its interesting that the competition, like NESTA’s £0.5m Digital R&D fund competition in England, was massively oversubscribed. 750 Expressions of Interest were submitted to ACE (490+ were submitted to NESTA), and in total, 61 ACE and NESTA projects in England have been given a chance to develop with £4m shared between them – 1179 have not.
So this is digital content by the chosen few, creating a fabulous showcase for England that will be available globally. But its not content by anyone/any cultural organisation in England for everyone. The sheer numbers of ideas presented to both these competitions proves to me that there is great hunger for digital development opportunities across the broad cultural sector, and that the cultural sector understands the opportunities for increasing reach, scale, impact and legacy that digitising content encourages. 

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Watch live streaming video from nationaltheatrescotland at livestream.com

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Theatre without walls (or doors – or any other barrier!)

[Update 10.06.2012 – Five Minute Theatre wins a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) – category best technological production.] The Stage quotes judge Robert Dawson Scott, theatre critic of The Times:  “For once, it wasn’t the pin point accuracy or the polished slickness of the endeavour that impressed: it was the sheer scale of the ambition which made Five Minute Theatre – 24 hours of uninterrupted, brand new theatre, streamed live from all over Scotland, to the world – such an astonishing technical triumph.”

Five Minute Theatre in an Hour!, is an AmbITion Scotland webinar, that explored the digitisation of live theatre content. Five Minute Theatre was an extraordinary piece of virtual and live theatre – work that I did as an Envirodigital branded project: working as producers together with National Theatre Scotland. Watch the case study as told by project creator Marianne Maxwell, National Theatre Scotland; media partner Robert Dawson Scott, STV and The Times theatre critic; and technical consultant/producer Hannah Rudman, Envirodigital, to find more out about this extraordinary virtual and live production.

In total during Five Minute Theatre, a twitter trend was created (#fiveminutetheatre was the top trend in Glasgow on the day) and there were over 6000 hours of theatre viewed online. To put that into context: NTS’s July touring production, Knives in Hens is 1.5 hour viewer hours. 6000 viewer hours online is therefore equivalent to 4000 people watching  a one and a half hr production (that’s equivalent to  around a sold-out 2 1/2 week run at a venue like The Traverse – a midscale scale venue).

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Reflections on Five Minute Theatre

We’ve also been busy consulting! Here’s a producer’s eye view report from the brilliant, live virtual theatre project on which Envirodigital were technical consultants, and co-producers.

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Live now – five minute theatre!

Since 5pm we’ve been webcasting a brilliantly innovative virtual, live theatre project.
National Theatre Scotland are celebrating being 5 years old with 24 hours of live theatre – by everyone, for anyone. Envirodigital are the technical consultants and part of the live production team!

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Five Minute Theatre – 12 days to go

I’ve spent the week on Five Minute Theatre, making sure that the people and the technologies are going to work just fine! We’ve done site visits to hubs like the CCA in Glasgow and Lemon Tree in Aberdeen and trained up roving crews at Howden Park (Livingston) Govan and lots more who will based in cars, driving round remote Scotland. Whilst we’ve focussed on the technology and the new processes that this introduces to the production and performance process of theatre, this project remains at its core a celebration of live theatre created in Scotland: its about live performance of engaging, exciting drama. Follow #fiveminutetheatre on Twitter for a glimpse of what the performers are up to as they count down to performance day!

National Theatre Scotland have blogged the process of the making of this project so that we can share the learning with other theatres. Here’s me talking about what I’ll be doing on the day!

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STV partner Five Minute Theatre

5mintheatrelogoNational Theatre of Scotland’s Five Minute Theatre project, on which Envirodigital are technical consultants, will feature over 1000 performers in eleven countries. Of the 235 successful entries, 202 will be performed in Scotland, thirteen across the rest of the UK, four in Europe and sixteen across the rest of the world. Not only will those crowd-sourced performance groups take part in an extraordinary 24 hour online broadcast of live theatre, taking place on Tuesday 21st June 2011, from 5pm until 5pm the following day, they will also find themselves the stars of STV.tv!

Of the hundreds of writers who applied to the scheme, those selected include poets, primary school pupils, teenagers, film-makers, families, community groups, visual artists, carers, professional theatre-makers and expectant mothers. Writers for the plays are based in Paisley, Paraguay, Govan, Milan, Orkney and New York as well as Brighton, Brussels, Shanghai, Mumbai, Livingston and Beijing.

STV will make the 24-hour event available to its online audience by streaming it live on www.stv.tv. The broadcaster will provide technical and studio facilities, enabling eight of the projects to be performed and recorded at STV’s studio at Pacific Quay in Glasgow. Rob Woodward, chief executive of STV, told The Herald: “This innovative 24-hour online broadcast is set to be a fantastic showcase of Scottish talent and originality.”

Last week, Envirodigital was part one of the trickiest meetings NTS has had for #fiveminutetheatre yet – Scheduling Day! From Audience Development Manager Marianne’s blog:

“It was all Countdown-esque number crunching and scribbles on the whiteboard. It was really hard work and felt like a cross between a Rubik’s Cube and a Sudoku puzzle, but we’re pretty confident that the structure we have in place and the balance between live and pre-recorded shows will work.”

Thanks Seth for this evocative picture: 5mintheatre

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National Theatre Scotland launch new virtual live theatre project

I’m delighted to announce that my other company#fiveminutetheatre! Envirodigital are consultant producers for Five Minute Theatre.

NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND MARKS ITS 5TH BIRTHDAY WITH A VIRTUAL 24 HOUR THEATRE PROJECT

Today, 25th February, 2011, the National Theatre of Scotland marks its fifth birthday by opening public submissions for a nationwide virtual theatre project as well as announcing details of a series of public platforms aimed at provoking and facilitating cultural debate.

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Envirodigital consultant producers of new virtual live theatre project

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We’re delighted to announce #fiveminutetheatre!

NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND MARKS ITS 5TH BIRTHDAY WITH A VIRTUAL 24 HOUR THEATRE PROJECT

Today, 25th February, 2011, the National Theatre of Scotland marks its fifth birthday by opening public submissions for a nationwide virtual theatre project as well as announcing details of a series of public platforms aimed at provoking and facilitating cultural debate.

Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director, National Theatre of Scotland commented: “Five years ago, we had no idea that anything we set out to do was actually possible. There was no such thing as an NTS show, an NTS event, or an NTS audience member.

“It is thanks to the talent, courage and inspiration of the people I work with – the artists, the designers, the truck drivers – and the hunger of the audience to be entertained, that any of this has been possible.  That on our fifth birthday we would have shows in Ullapool, New York City, Aberdeen and Edinburgh was unimaginable, but here we are!

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