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Wildscreen’s citizen journalism

23 October 2006

Forbidden Technologies has deployed its FORscene web-based post production platform for a second citizen journalism project, this time at the Wildscreen Festival for wildlife and environmental filmmaking.

The project is part of a panel session involving the BBC, Google UK, Natural World and Aardman Animations, discussing how the revolution of new viewing techniques such podcasts, blogs and mobile is changing the industry.

A Nokia N93 smartphone will be taken around the festival to video vox pops on a range of audience designated topics. Clips will be posted to the FORscene interface and edited using the platform. They will then be uploaded to Google Video and other locations on the web, before being exported to mobile phones through FORscene.

“The opportunities presented by new media such as podcasts, blogs, and in particular user-generated content over the internet and mobile phones, is having an increasingly significant effect on the industry,” said Paul Williams, researcher at the BBC. “The demo taking place at the Wildscreen Festival will show delegates just what can be done with this new breed of production tools.”

The Wildscreen Festival is an internationally acknowledged event, celebrating wildlife and environmental filmmaking to increase the global viewing public’s understanding of the natural world, and the need to conserve it. The Festival is being held in Bristol until 20 October 2006, and has incorporated a week-long programme of screenings, debates, keynote lectures, workshops, masterclasses and networking events.

“We are delighted to be working with Wildscreen, The BBC and Google on such a revolutionary project,” said Forbidden’s Stephen Streater. “The success of the Citizen Journalism project at IBC and this first for Wildscreen, really highlights the growth of alternative filming and viewing techniques and the revolutionary effect this is having on the production sector.”

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