AFF’s New Media Track invites some of the creative minds behind this emerging medium to Austin this October for a series of conversations on writing for the digital space, making a living in the world of new media, and using digital storytelling as a platform for launching your career in the world of film and television.
Check out the list of confirmed panels that will be featured in AFF’s New Media Track held on Saturday October 27 during the annual Writers Conference:
Digital entertainment company Rooster Teeth has created a media empire, staking their claim as one of the primary sources for new content in the world of original series, podcasts, online features, and everything in between. With what seems like an unlimited supply of fresh content across various media platforms, Rooster Teeth has become a major player in the digital storytelling industry. In this panel, we’ll sit down with a few of the company’s creatives and content creators to discuss their process for curating content and what’s next for the world of new media.
Discover more at RoosterTeeth.com.
Panelists: Burnie Burns (Co-Founder), Chris Demarais (Head Writer of Live Action), Miles Luna (Head Writer of Animation), Andrew Rosas (Head Writer of RT Shorts)
Video games have developed from small, linear play-through adventures to massive multiplayer games with open worlds and alternate endings. So how has this growing commitment to story changed the experience of writing for the medium? Join these panelists for a conversation on writing the modern video game and the challenges and opportunities that come with interactive storytelling.
Panelists: Susan O’Connor (Story Consultant, Netflix; Lead Writer, Torn (PlayStation VR); Story Consultant, Batman (Telltale); Lead Writer, Star Wars 1313 (LucasArts); Story Consultant, Dishonored 2 (Bethesda); Writer, Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics); Lead Writer, Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft); Writer, BioShock (2K), Emily Zulauf (Fiction Lead, Probably Monsters Games; Creative Development Associate, Pixar Animation Studios), Angela Petrella
Writers are rapidly finding new ways to break in and tell their stories. With the rise of emerging mediums, the traditional landscape of narrative fiction is changing. Learn how these panelists are paving new paths of storytelling and how you can do the same.
Panelists: Jon Cozart (filmmaker/musician comedian/content creator Paint), Bernie Su (creator/executive producer/showrunner Artificial, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved), Tyler Mitchell (Head of Imagine Impact)
Join Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, the creative team behind cult classics like Can’t Hardly Wait, Josie and the Pussycats, and A Very Brady Sequel and creators of the popular YouTube comedy series Liza On Demand starring Liza Koshy for an in-depth look into their career as writing partners. In this panel, the pair will discuss their writing process and the benefits and challenges of developing a project for an online platform after a longstanding career in the world of traditional features.
Check out Elfont & Kaplan’s Liza on Demand
The world of new media is drastically changing the landscape of the entertainment industry, offering new and unique opportunities to break in and share your stories. These digital media executives, producers, managers, and creators will discuss the future of online storytelling and give their advice for using new media platforms to help launch your writing career.
Panelists: Andrew Veeder (Creative Executive, Scripted, Stage 13), Fatimah Asghar (author If They Come for Us; writer/co-creator Brown Girls Web Series)
Writer Megan Amram has made a name for herself in the world of television comedy, writing for beloved series like The Good Place, Parks & Recreation, and Silicon Valley. Most recently, Amram has expanded her comedy writing to the world of digital media with her Emmy-nominated web series An Emmy for Megan that explores the minimum requirements to win an Emmy. Join Amram for a conversation on her successful career writing TV comedies and her recent transition into scripted digital series.
Check out Amram’s An Emmy for Megan
AFF will also be hosting a screening of the documentary Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Oh My God I Think It’s Over that follows the show’s final episode with co-creators Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom and filmmaker Katie Hyde all in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Series co-creator and star Rachel Bloom got her start through new media with her digital sketch comedy videos before moving into network television.
Check out Bloom’s F*** Me, Ray Bradbury
THIS YEAR’S PANELISTS INCLUDE:
Fatimah Asghar author If They Come for Us; writer/co-creator Brown Girls Web Series
Bernie Burns Co-founder/Chief Creative Officer, Rooster Teeth; creator Red vs. Blue; writer/actor Lazer Team
Deborah Kaplan co-writer Can’t Hardly Wait, Josie and the Pussycats, A Very Brady Sequel, Leap Year; co-creator Mary + Jane, Liza on Demand
Megan Amram writer/producer The Good Place, The Simpsons, Transparent, Silicon Valley, Parks & Recreation; actor/director/star An Emmy For Megan; author Science…For Her!
Chris Demarais Head Writer of Live Action, Rooster Teeth; co-creator/director Arizona Circle, Social Disorder, Day 5
Miles Luna Head Writer of Animation, Rooster Teeth; director