StoryFutures Academy is supported by a number of high profile screen sector talent and companies, including supporters of the bid including award-winning actor, comedian and Royal Holloway Alumnus Sir Lenny Henry (Broadchurch), Oscar winning writer, director and producer, Asif Kapadia (Amy), BAFTA winning actress and Royal Holloway Alumnus, Georgina Campbell (Black Mirror), BAFTA winning director and NFTS alumna, Sarah Gavron (Suffragette) and Oscar nominated writer, producer and director, and NFTS Associate Director, Alex Garland (Ex Machina).
The bid is also supported by a range of world-leading creative company partners including: Imaginarium Studios, BFI, Sky, Punchdrunk, UK games fund, Rewind VR, McCann Erickson, Sony Interactive Entertainment, HTC Vive, Digital Catapult.
Watch Sir Lenny Henry’s video of support and read below why StoryFutures Academy has the support of leading talent to become the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling.
Sir Lenny Henry said:
“Britain has an amazingly rich heritage and strength in storytelling. Immersive technologies are an exciting new opportunity for us, but this new frontier for storytelling should be one that really reflects the wealth and diversity of our country’s talent. Royal Holloway and the National Film and Television School have brought together an extraordinary group of people and companies to move the needle along a bit with regard to egalitarian, creative storytelling in this new immersive space.
It’s not enough to put on a pair of glasses and look behind you. You’ve got to look to the side. Working together with this diverse and extraordinary group of people – researchers, artists, technologists and makers – we can tip the tipping point and really crack immersive storytelling in a way that is about and for all of us. That’s the brilliance of StoryFutures Academy and why I’m a proud supporter of this amazing initiative”
Sarah Gavron said:
“I am delighted to support the NFTS and Royal Holloway University National Centre for Immersive Storytelling. It will be exciting to explore how immersive can change the way audiences interact with stories. Having a national centre dedicated to this is an excellent idea”
Asif Kapadia said:
“I’m so excited to be working with the Centre! I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the equipment, having a play, making mistakes and experimenting to understand how immersive technologies can be used to push boundaries and create compelling stories in drama, documentary, short films, long form or gaming.” ”
Georgina Campbell said:
“I’m proud to be an advocate for the opportunities StoryFutures Academy presents for creative talent in immersive and championing the role of diversity in the immersive sector to create a new chapter in screen industries. I’m excited to be a part of StoryFutures Academy to explore the possibilities of immersive and place creative storytelling at the heart of these new technologies. Stories don’t belong to one particular platform – film, TV or otherwise. They grow and develop with creative freedom. They are essential to the human spirit – and vital to the UK economy. With the amazing array of talent and companies partnering StoryFutures Academy we will make immersive storytelling another British success story.”
Matt Brown, CEO of Imaginarium Studios said:
“What a fantastic opportunity to bring together technology and the art of storytelling. We are looking forward to helping students, writers, researchers and actors better understand how performance capture and immersive technologies such as Magic Leap can create new possibilities for connecting with audiences. Likewise we are keen to be challenged by the narratives the UK’s best creatives want to tell!”