StoryFutures offer funded training for Unboxed Festival project

StoryFutures are seeking diverse UK based storytellers to take part in a nationwide immersive project about our past, our future and our belonging.

The StoryTrails project is one of ten to be part of the Unboxed 2022 programme of events (formerly “Festival 2022”). The project will bring untold stories from the past to life through 3D internet using augmented and virtual reality to reanimate public spaces in towns and cities across the UK creating a free, entertaining and playful family-friendly experience.

Creatives will develop their innovative ideas using immersive technology in AR* and will receive fifteen thousand pounds reimbursement, full training in immersive technology and the opportunity to work with a team of high profile creative partners to bring to life in 3D ways the hidden histories and stories of the UK. 

There are thirty roles up for grabs involve the collection and curation of stories in 1 of 15 locations which are: 

Blackpool, Bristol, Bradford, Dundee (Scotland), Dumfries (Scotland), Lambeth (London), Lewisham (London), Lincoln, Newport (Wales), Omagh (Northern Ireland), Sheffield, Slough, Swansea (Wales), Swindon and Wolverhampton. 

Successful applicants will secure and edit interviews, 3D scan people and places and use film and archives from the BFI** and BBC. They will work alongside project partners, ISO Design and Nexus Studios to create a series of interactive emotional maps and historical mobile AR trails to showcase next summer as part of Unboxed. This festival will feature commissions designed to reach millions globally and showcase the open, original and optimistic creativity of the UK.

Applicants need not have any prior experience of working with immersive technology as full training, access to equipment and support throughout the production will be provided. An interest in the future direction of the media industry and a passion for storytelling is essential. 

The storytellers will need transferable skills from at least two of these areas: 

  • Factual storytelling 
  • Narrative development 
  • Working with audio equipment 
  • Working in local communities 
  • Working with archive video 

and meet the following requirements: 

  • UK National or permanent UK resident 
  • Registered as self employed or willing to do so before the project starts
  • At least 3 years experience of a professional creative media practitioner
  • A connection to one of the 15 locations listed above/ or be able to demonstrate your ability to tell community stories 
  • Ability to attend training and take part in the production schedule over the first half of 2022 (find out more).
  • Apply by the 15th November 2021 

Candidates from groups underrepresented in the creative industries are strongly encouraged to apply and potential immersive storytellers can register for a live information session webinar on 9th November 2021.

Unboxed started life as a festival originally conceived to celebrate the UK’s departure from the European Union.  The festival was commissioned in 2018 under Theresa May’s premiership. It has been endorsed and funded by Boris Johnson’s government and the devolved administrations in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.  It was formerly known as Festival 2022, and has caused a lot of debate and contention, especially amongst groups such as Migrants in Culture and has been dubbed by some as the “Festival of Brexit”.


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