DIYDays is a roving conference for those who create which consists of talks, workshops, presentations and open sessions centered on creativity and storytelling. DIYDays strives to present discussion and debate while highlighting innovation.
On Saturday March 5th, DIY DAYS will return to the New School for a day of talks, presentations, workshops, open sessions as well as a new and improved incubator. Staffed by volunteers and free to all who wish to attend, DIY DAYS strives to provide open access to information, resources and networking. Past events have sparked collaborations between filmmakers, game designers, software developers, musicians and interactive designers.
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
Since we relay on the kindness, talents and generosity of volunteers to keep the events we do open and free we are currently searching for individuals who be interested in lending a hand. If you’re interested please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – subject line “volunteer for DIY DAYS NYC.”
LOOKING FOR INTERESTING PROJECTS
Are you working on something that you’re excited about? Are you willing to share your knowledge and experience? Did you spark up a collaboration at a past DIY DAYS event? We have a limited number of slots for those who wish to share what they’re working on and are passionate about. If you’re interested please drop us an email at email@example.com – subject line project for DIY DAYS NYC
This workshop will take you through the process of conceiving, developing and releasing an app for mobile platforms including the iPhone, Android, mobile web and other platforms. We will take a close look at the process of designing User Interface and User Experience. We will also look at the evolution of human interface interactions and where we are headed. What is the future of mobile devices, including the iPad, netbooks and smartphones. Particular focus will be on augmented & alternate reality design and building immersive worlds and transmedia integration.
The Crowd As some of you know, I recently completed a successful funding campaign using Kickstarter.com to raise the initial capital needed to get my new film, Jens Pulver | Driven, an intimate documentary about legendary UFC Champion Jens Pulver, off the ground.
The end result of the campaign was $27,210 pledged, my goal was $25,000, via 410 contributors, in 20 short… read more
Case Study: We Are the Strange M dot Strange reports – This was part of a presentation called “Adventures in self distribution” I describe the journey I took with my animated feature film “We are the Strange” From my bedroom to Sundance and beyond and back to my little studio again after turning down Hollywood deals and deciding to self distribute and make my films my… read more
Auto-tune The News – RADAR S3 ep 27 [vid] Started by Michael, Evan, Andrew and Sarah Gregory, Auto-Tune the News takes video clips of Politicians, Pundits, and Newscasters. The dialog of the clips is then Auto-Tuned transforming spoken word into singing. The goal of the project, is to not only add some humor to these normally dry, antiseptic broadcasts, but to make the information delivered fun and understandable to… read more
In the media industry, gatekeepers traditionally wield extraordinary power over creatives, as they hold artists’ dreams in their hands. This imbalance has led to a bizarre set of standard deal terms and practices that would seem absurd in any other industry. Now that artists have the power to reach their audiences directly, these old ways are obsolete. Before entering the film business, Brian Chirls worked in finance and construction and attended business school. In this session, he applies his “real world” experience to the problem of negotiating with investors, distributors and platforms, sharing stories of deals good and bad.
Workshop: “Who does business this way?!” – Lessons From the Real World
The ubiquitous nature of smart phones and location aware devices means transmedia storytelling can become a local and dynamic experience for the masses. This workshop by Ethan Rublee will serve as a rabbit hole into the technology behind AR and geo-locational platforms. Open source software, some programming gumption, and off the shelf hardware is all that is needed to experiment. Android phone app development will be thoroughly evangelized. Ideas on using local space to connect distant users will be explored. Show and tell includes AR on the Android, hacking the wiimote, anaglyph 3D, browser based AR, video see through head mounted displays, Google Maps api, and more.
A Return To Storytelling Fundamentals I have had several conversations with fellow filmmakers in the last six months around the idea that most American independent films are severely underdeveloped and suffer from extensive pacing issues. After making an honest appraisal of my own work, I have turned my focus from issues of discovery and distribution to that of creative development (and financing). It’s my humble… read more
DIY DAYS – the Realities of DIY – panel video Over the next few days we’ll be posting various videos from the DIY DAYS LA event. The day consisted of a number of keynotes (Robert Greenwald, Marshall Herskovitz), panels (Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting, Alex Johnson, Micki Krimmel, Mark Stolaroff, Ondi Timoner, Hunter Weeks, Saskia Wilson-Brown), case studies (M dot Strange, Arin Crumley, Lance Weiler), a series of special video presentations… read more
FINDING VALUE IN OPEN SOURCE Every minute of every day successful, talented, intelligent and often technically brilliant people give up their extremely limited free time to contribute to open source software. In August this year there were 1.2 Million code pushes to social coding site Github. Since 2008 open source operating system Linux has powered over 60% of web servers on the Internet. And, as… read more