Creative Pioneers - starting out and the creative as entrepreneur by Creative England
May
28
1:15 PM13:15

Creative Pioneers - starting out and the creative as entrepreneur by Creative England

To succeed in the creative industries today, you need to have knowledge, practical skills and an understanding of business basics.

In this half day workshop, start-up expert Alison Branagan will provide a step by step guide on how to establish and grow a creative enterprise. The session will explore the practicalities of creative individuals as entrepreneurs, the HMRC and how to generate a vision for your business.

Alison Branagan, Visual Arts Consultant and Associate Lecturer

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Alison Branagan is an author, visual arts consultant and associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins. She has written several business start-up books and devised and facilitated numerous enterprise projects for business support organisations.

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Flatpack Festival 2019
May
1
to May 6

Flatpack Festival 2019

Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent).

But Flatpack is not just a festival – it’s also a state of mind. Actually, that’s overstating it, but it’s not confined to one time or place. The annual event was spawned from the year-round antics of 7 Inch Cinema, originally a mixed-media filmnight at the Rainbow pub in Digbeth. This grew to embrace inflatable cinema-tents, archive detective-work and DVD compilations, and ten years on we continue to produce our own projects and provide guest programming for others throughout the year. Recent collaborators have included Home of Metal, Green Man Festival, First Light, Birmingham International Dance Festival and the Independent Cinema Office.

Where

Flatpack Projects
Unit 304, The Custard Factory
Gibb St
Digbeth
Birmingham B9 4AA

Email: info@flatpackfestival.org.uk
Telephone: 0121 771 1509

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Branded Entertainment Workshop
Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Branded Entertainment Workshop

  • The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This workshop aims to inform participants about Branded Entertainment (BE) and to facilitate the potential of collaborating on BE projects.

About the Event

It is increasingly challenging for marketers to connect their messages to consumers. Consumers are exposed to marketing messages in all areas of life and are becoming increasingly resistant to established forms of advertising. Storytelling has long been understood as a valuable way of connecting to consumers and communicating key messages. This has led to the development of new ways of engaging with consumers such as branded entertainment. Branded entertainment has been defined as “the collaboration between a creative producer and a sponsoring brand in producing content that has the dual purpose of fulfilling the need to be a compelling stand-alone creative product, while serving a communications need for the collaborating brand.”

As a group of researchers who have been working in the area of marketing and consumer behaviour in film and television, we have observed the development of branded entertainment, noting the following:

  1. Developing projects that fulfil the communications objectives of brand owners while achieving the creative aims of creative producers and directors is challenging.

  2. Branded entertainment is not an extended form of advertising.

  3. When done well, branded entertainment projects can achieve creative objectives of the creative producers as well as the communications objectives of the brand and be enjoyed by audiences.

We will hold a workshop designed to showcase examples of branded entertainment where the creative content produced has legitimacy as a film, television show etc., while at the same time achieving the communications objective of the brand or organisation. The aim of the workshop is to inform participants about the potential of collaborating on branded entertainment projects. The workshop will take two hours and is open to all.

This will be followed by a project development lab, which should be applied for seperately through emailing your application to Branded.entertainment.uk@gmail.com. The project development lab will be open to creative producers and professionals from branding, marketing communications and sponsorship/ public relations.

The benefits of participation are the following:

  • To gain more understanding of the possibility of branded entertainment

  • To meet others interested in collaborating

  • To work through the challenges involved in developing such projects

Location:

Branded Entertainment Workshop:

The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen

Mockingbird House, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA

Monday 29th April. 10am-12pm

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PUNCH RECORDS HIT THE ROAD....“Welcome To MY City” tour.
Apr
17
7:30 PM19:30

PUNCH RECORDS HIT THE ROAD....“Welcome To MY City” tour.

Punch Records hit the road this April with their 3rd “Welcome To MY City” tour.

Known for their groundbreaking work with emerging artists and their ability to spot the next big thing, Punch have selected 5 emerging artists making waves in their local music scene and will visit each of their cities on tour, each event being headlined by the artists from that respective city.

The Flapper, Birmingham

Headline performance: Vital

With support from: Fred Fredas, China Bowls, Chiedu Oraka, Chesqua

About Vital:

VITAL is a Music Artist Born and influenced by his Wolverhampton and Jamaican roots, he is a strong believer in family morals and expresses this through his music and home life which is documented through his social media.

December 2016, VITAL released an e.p entitled "POWERS" that hit the iTunes Hip Hop top 20 charts, April 2017 VITAL decided to them put on his own SOLD OUT Headline show and brought the city of Wolverhampton together and the night was a success without fault.

Engineering and creatively directing his own music and videos has birthed much online and public success with approximately 2,000,000 Youtube views collectively including on his personal Channel. 5 music videos featured on Channel AKA and television appearances on MADEinBrum + BBC 1's Midlands Today.

Consistent support and radio play from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and WM. His music had led to iTunes releases, and the opportunity to travel and live in Spain for 3 months, Cyprus for 2 months and America for 1.

Performing on over 200 stages like MADE Birmingham 2016 + BBC Radio 1's BIG WEEKEND Festival 2016 with artists such as: Lotto Boyzz, JayKae, Dapz, Lethal B, Big Narstie, Dappy, Roxxan, Stylo G, Gappy Ranx, Spice, Alkaline, Black Ryno, Freddy McGregor, Stone Love, Serocee, Durty Goodz, Wiley, Scorcher, Tinie Tempah, Bashy, Mz Bratt & Marcus Nasty, Hopsin, Yungen, Invasion, StayFresh, Sneakbo, Mo Stack, J Hus + so much more. etc!

Having released #Clean Hearts Only in 2017 - the latest project, Vital then put on his 2nd headline showcases Clean Hearts Only 2018.

Soon After the BBC West Midlands gave VITAL his one Radio Show:

The Midlands Source, every Tuesday 7-10pm

All about Music, Arts & Culture in the West Midlands.

-95.6fm / DAB / Online / BBC Sounds App / iPlayer-

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Screen Central: First Monday get together and networking (EVERY FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH)
Apr
1
6:00 PM18:00

Screen Central: First Monday get together and networking (EVERY FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH)

Screen Central have a regular first Monday get together every month. Join them for a drink and meet other like-minded professionals from across the screen community in the West Midlands.

LOCATION: LG04, Zellig, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AT

For more details visit: www.screencentral.co.uk

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Brum Service Jam 2019
Mar
29
to Mar 31

Brum Service Jam 2019

Brum Service Jam is back and ready to represent Birmingham in the 2019 Global Service Jam.

Hosted by the Spaghetti Jams crew, (a collective of designers, creatives and changemakers) the Brum Service Jam is open to people from all walks of life, and offers a unique opportunity to meet new people, learn about and experience design mindsets, processes, and tools but most of all flex your creative muscles through some serious play.

The Service Jam is part of a global community of jams that will be taking place in over 100 cities around the world and throughout the weekend we link up with other locations around the world to say hello, hola or Nǐ hǎo, share ideas and even throw down a dance/drawing challenge!

We are excited to be hosting this year's jam at multiple locations, kicking off at Impact Hub Birmingham then moving over to Melting Pot, a new independent collaborative workspace tailor made for the creativity and the creative industries, situated right in the heart of Birminghams creative quarter; Digbeth.

To book your place go to Eventbrite

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Screen Central Presents: Making your first blockbuster with Paul Dudbridge
Mar
21
5:45 PM17:45

Screen Central Presents: Making your first blockbuster with Paul Dudbridge

  • The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Making Your First Blockbuster” is a brand new film-making book aimed at the intermediate/professional film-maker and is written by Paul Dudbridge. It covers writing, directing, cinematography, editing, special effects, visual effects, action, stunts, and working with firearms. The opening line of the introduction reads “I wanted to write the book I wish I had when I was 18.“

The new book is very conversational in style, and contains many helpful tools, tips, and techniques to help other film-makers coming up. The publisher, Michael Wiese Productions, also released titles such as “Save the Cat”, “Shot by Shot” and “The Writer’s Journey”.

Paul will be talking about his book and showing some clips. After the talk books will be available for purchase and he will be signing.

For more information on this event, you can visit the Screen Central website at: www.screencentral.co.uk

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Be More Birmingham
Mar
20
1:00 PM13:00

Be More Birmingham

Be More Birmingham is an unmissable event celebrating the city region’s creativity. Spanning film & TV, tech & digital and games, Birmingham is at the bull’s eye of the creative sector. Be More Birmingham will be celebrating the theme of ‘creative revolution’, shining a light on this vibrant, youthful and diverse city region.

Be More Birmingham will bring together SMEs, policy makers, broadcasters and talent within the creative industries for a day filled with high-profile keynotes and discussions. Hosted by BBC1’s Midlands Today presenter Elizabeth Glinka, with keynotes from the mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and an In Conversation with Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, this event will celebrate Birmingham’s creative past whilst looking ahead to its exciting future

When: Wednesday 20th March 2019

Where: The Gatehouse, The Bond, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5SE

Time: 13.00 - 19.00

BOOK TO ATTEND: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-more-birmingham-tickets-55643895389

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Screenwriters Forum presents: The Script Development Group
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Screenwriters Forum presents: The Script Development Group

Join Screenwriters Forum on the first Tuesday evening of every month (except Augusts, when everyone will be on holiday!) to gain mini-masterclasses from established industry professionals and to get the input of professional screenwriters, Screenwriters Forum members and other writers like you on your work and ideas.

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Our generous hosts are Birmingham City University and the venue is the prestigious boardroom of their Curzon Building (room C503), looking out across Millennium Point, Eastside Park and Birmingham City Centre. The venue is a short, well-lit walk directly from Birmingham New Street Station and Moor Street Station (about 10 minutes). If you’re thinking of coming, please notify our Chair Ian Kennedy (ian@iqkennedy.co.uk) in advance, as BCU’s security will be unable to allow admission to anyone who has not preregistered. So if in doubt, tell us you’ll be coming! That’s better than you arriving unannounced and unfortunately being refused entry. Arrive for 6.30pm so we can begin the sessions at 7pm. The sessions will run till around 9pm.

The sessions are built around the preferences of the attendees. Script Development Group attendees get to choose between many potential subjects and contributors for their mini-masterclasses, and to share any parts of their work that they choose to – or to simply go with the flow and learn from what other people share and the feedback they get!

The goal of the group is to secure every participant an industry commission, so that we can welcome them as a full SWF member. Feedback will be constructive and supportive but professional – if you’re keen on the idea of developing your writing in classes, but unsure that you’re ready to work towards becoming a recognised industry professional, you might prefer Ian’s open-access Creative Writing courses across the city.

The cost of the sessions is £15 per person per session, or £60 for five sessions if booked in advance. BCU’s Screenwriting students can enjoy a special discount – ask us for details.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our Script Development Group meetings soon! Email ian@iqkennedy.co.uk for further details.

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