Storytelling tools and platforms you need to know about
George Reese, Seeka TV | Kevin Barton, SnackableTV | Ajay Kishore, Stareable
Filmmaking in the digital age is more than shooting and editing. New platforms and technologies allow us to find and engage viewers in ways that weren’t possible a few years ago. What tools and platforms are on the cutting edge and how can you use them?
Moderator: Matt Vancil
Matt Vancil is an author, filmmaker, and narrative designer from Tacoma. A co-founder of Zombie Orpheus Entertainment and Dead Gentlemen Productions, Matt wrote and directed the Gamers movies and created the web series JourneyQuest. He wrote video games for mobile giant King, his work has been featured on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and he teaches filmmaking at DigiPen (aka “Nintendo University”). He would beat you at cribbage. You would beat him at chess. And probably cribbage.
George Reese has worked in television, film, and technology as an entrepreneur and independent filmmaker for over 25 years. He began his career working as a production assistant on Judge Wapner’s The People’s Court. Since then, he has started several companies and worked on dozens of productions in just about every behind-the-camera role imaginable. George’s prior company, Enstratius, was acquired by Dell in 2013. His feature screenplay Reconquista recently won Best Action/Thriller Script at the New Hope Film Festival.
At Seeka TV, George leads a team that seeks out the highest quality shows for the our platform. This team scours the festivals for the best of the best and brings them to Seeka TV. In addition, he serves as Executive Producer on select co-produced and original Seeka TV content.
Kevin Barton, SnackableTV
Kevin Barton has spent his life immersed in creative industries. He began his career at Universal Music Group Canada, where he went on to create the largest Urban Music department within Canada. Kevin’s efforts propelled the division’s sales to record numbers; what’s more, Kevin was a pioneer in experiential marketing, creating a template that would soon be followed by many major corporations in the nation.
In his time with Universal, Kevin grew adept at marrying music with video messaging to deliver dramatic marketing that captured audience attention and carried emotions along with visuals.
Kevin later stepped in to a role as head of Mobile Marketing in the Caribbean for Cable & Wireless. Kevin brought his unique take on marketing communications and content strategy to the task and redesigned the marketing department to better suit a fast-paced, high-noise environment. His efforts paid off as CWJ saw a 100% increase in average revenue per user.
Kevin’s passion for storytelling led him to pursue further education in film and photography, allowing him to focus on bringing his directorial vision to life. Kevin has refined his experiences and skills into a technique he calls “strategic storytelling,” bringing effective marketing and brand-building communications to the deeply connected and unceasingly skeptical audiences of the 21stcentury.
In his new role at Bell Media as Director of Programming for SnackableTV, a new mobile first short- form content platform, Kevin brings this unique perspective to the table in pursuit of building fresh, entertaining on-the-go consumable content for audiences.
Ajay Kishore is the founder and CEO of Stareable, the largest community of web series creators. Stareable.com is a discovery platform for independent television, meant to be a central place to find great new shows to watch. Our creator community forum connects web series creators to their peers so they can learn from each other and find potential collaborators. And we are excited to be launching Stareable Fest, a three day celebration in July 2018 in Tribeca of all things web series and independent television, focused on taking creators' careers to the next level.