Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 BIZ: VIDEO: Entrepreneurs of the virtual worlds unite: Think Avatar Land! The Disney park

Entrepreneurs of the virtual worlds unite: 
Think Avatar Land! The Disney park
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... leaders from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Lightstorm Entertainment kicked off the largest expansion in Disney's Animal Kingdom history with a ceremonial groundbreaking for the park's new AVATAR-inspired land with blue, Na'vi-inspired shovels
What does this mean to you?


The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media.
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Disney Interactive is one of the world’s largest creators of high-quality interactive entertainment across all current and emerging digital media platforms. Products and content released and operated by Disney Interactive include blockbuster mobile and console games, online virtual worlds, and No. 1-ranked web destinations Disney.com and the Moms and Family network of websites.


  • The Walt Disney Company  has a market value of $$153.92 billion.  
  • They could buy Linden Lab with their lunch money.
  • And buy Kitely with the tip.
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  • Disney is a master of promotion and promotable products.
  • They will probably start to build promotion 1-2 years before opening.
  • Avatars and Avatar worlds will get a lot of attention.
  • The news media will be all over it (news stories sell ads)
  • Disney will find all possible ways to exploit the story and contents.
  • They will protect their copyrights effectively.

  • If you can get a license to make virtual goods for them, you might do well. 
  • They will look for ways to exploit 3d printing.  

  • They really understand story.
  • They will look for ways to put the visitor in the story.
  • They will look for ways to exploit videos and video production.
  • How could you use their activity for your benefit?
  • Start brainstorming now. 
  • Pandora OARs.  
  • Action figures with real action on the screen.
  • Action figures with customized face and nameplate.
  • Customized action figures printed in 3d.
  • Videos with voicing produced by customer.
  • Videos with customized action figures.
  • Complete Pandora scenes printed in 3d.
  • Ask an avatar.  Phone in questions.  Avatar sends answer in video. 
  • Disney has people who are paid to be creative.  Maybe they want you.
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News and Notes

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Contests and dated calls/invitations

2014 Project SciFi Competition in partnership with Screen My Shorts and sponsored by the Parramatta City Council is giving filmmakers, Machinima makers and animators 30 days to write, shoot, edit, produce and upload a 3-10min short film with $5,500 (Australian Dollars) in cash prizes. -All films that enter into this years Project SciFi will be screened at Riverside Theatres.  Teams must register by 3rd October 2014 and nominate 2 scifi subjects that they would like to make their film about. For registrations visit ... 

Subjects for Machinima makers, 2014 Project SciFi Competition

  • Sci-Romance – Love between Aliens, Robots and more! (Can be Happy, Sad or Tragedy) 
  • Sci-Comedy – Science fiction that is humorous in nature. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a good example of SciFi Comedy. 
  • Save the Environment – A theme focuses on saving the dying planet and/or ecosystem 
  • Zombie / Disease – A theme focuses on the effect of a disease in the future. 
  • Apocalyptic / Post-Apocalyptic SciFi – Stories about the extinction or near extinction of humankind either by forces of nature or by our own means. Post- focuses on telling the tale of the survivors of an apocalypse. 
  • Spy-Fy – Science fiction about futuristic spies and espionage, and the effects of technological advancement on their professions. 
  • Super Hero – Stories related to super heroes who get their powers from technology or because they are from another world. Often focuses on futuristic superheroes. 
  • Robots / AI – Fiction in which the science of Artificial Intelligence and robotics is a central theme, typically relating to Robot stories. 
  • First Contact / Alien – This sub genre imagines the various scenarios in which humanity makes contact with other civilizations. 
  • Social Science Fiction - Fiction in which future societies are extrapolated, explained and often criticized, usually for the purpose of social satire. The social sciences are the overriding theme in this type of fiction; however, science and technology will usually play a central role in the structure of the extrapolated society.
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National Agenda 2014 focuses on the battle for control of congress midway through the Obama second term, with some of the biggest and most experienced names in American politics
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Midtown Arts Museum is launching its first participation storybuild on Monday, 9.1.2014, Wear Your Goggles to the Goldrush. All elements are ready for visitors, explorers and amateur sleuths to plunder. A storybuild mystery is not an event that is attended. Rather clues and story are collected, assembled and written by the participants who journey through it. It is writing via pictures and conversation - - the natural, entertaining and effortless way. Oakes Valley blog
Hypergrid address:  grid.kitely.com:8002:Oakes Valley  
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The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilization or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatographer...You decide.
Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014. Winners will be announced in December 2014.   
UWA Art & Film Challenges 2014 with L$1.03 Mil in Prizes, early entries 
And don't forget the many imagined borders, walls, that we make for ourselves.   Those are the worst kind.--TKR

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