What does the future look like for our industry?
Our aim is to spark discussion through a project we’re calling GPS2026. We’ve called it GPS because we’re looking at 2026 as GPS co-ordinates; knowing we’ll need to be nimble and make course corrections along the way.
Our goal in the first instance is to bring you inspiring and thought provoking speakers, who can help put the next decade in context, particularly against a backdrop of exponential (technology-driven) change impacting everything we do.
We’ll be engaging on diverse subjects; gender equity, representation and diversity, employment and of course new technology as we explore the future of storytelling.
SPADA 2016 kicked things off with a keynote address by futurist and thought leader Frances Valintine, and a Virtual Reality workshop, panel discussions, and demonstrations with leading New Zealand producers.
The NZFC also launched a pilot interactive storytelling fund in late 2016.
Activities in 2017 have included nationwide workshops with artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth and writer and creative producer Mike Jones both working at the cutting edge of immersive storytelling internationally, and an upcoming visit in May by science fiction writer and futurist Neal Stephenson.
Neal is an American writer, known for his fiction works, which have been variously categorized science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk. Stephenson explores areas such as mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about science, technology, and culture. In the past he has worked part-time at Blue Origin, Intellectual Ventures Labs, and Subutai Corporation. He is currently Magic Leap's Chief Futurist. In June of this year, HarperCollins will publish The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., a novel co-written by Stephenson and Nicole Galland. Various screen adaptations of his books are in the works including a film project based on his novel Sevenneves, currently under development by Imagine Entertainment and Skydance Media.