Public Speaking & Training

From Google to MOMA, from the Lincoln Center to Cannes Lions, Francesca delivers keynotes, moderates panels and hosts workshops on a range of topics. These include innovation in storytelling, narrative journalism, artificial intelligence in art, virtual reality, the future of audio, creative audio, technology in education, location-based storytelling and more. Her audiences include journalists, filmmakers, technologists, academics and artists.

Topics

Experimental storytelling

  • Formats, techniques, interactivity, branching narratives.
  • What does “experience” mean in factual storytelling?
  • What are the elements you need?
  • What counts as factual if it’s a simulation of an experience?
  • How does voice/narrative/character fit in?
  • What about edits?
  • How long should works be?
  • What roles do embodiment and agency play?
  • What technology should you use for your immersive piece? Why use AR. VR, AI, interactive…? What are the unique properties of each? What are the practicalities when making these choices?

VR storytelling

  • VR workflow and pipelines from research and ideation to delivery.
  • What kinds of stories work well in virtual reality?
  • How do you tell them?
  • What aesthetics are possible?
  • What are the differences between 360 and “true” VR.
  • When should you use interactive or passive techniques?
  • What are VR workflow and pipelines?

Immersive & creative audio

  • Introduction to dynamic spatialised audio and binaural audio.
  • The technicalities and how to incorporate 3D audio into in storytelling.
  • Innovative forms and treatment in audio.
  • Scoring and sound design.

Journalism and interviewing

  • How to interview for video, audio, interactives, virtual and augmented reality.
  • Finding good stories and then, what to do with them.
  • How to focus your work, and maintain the focus
  • Types of narrative structures, and how use these within new/immersive technologies.

Hybrid storytelling

  • How and why to create works that merge fiction and fact.
  • How fictional styles can be used in non-fiction
  • How documentary and archive material work within fictional worl

Audio AR / geolocated audio

  • How to use make location based audio work.
  • The technical process and the specific storytelling techniques. 

Brainstorming and ideation.

  • Ideation sessions run for groups wanting original concepts. 
  • Testing concepts and prototyping.

Story development / Exec producing

  • Consultancy for individual artists and organisations for experimental and audio work.

Keynotes

  • (2020) Anima, Belgium
  • (2019) Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
  • (2019) VR Now, Germany
  • (2019) Mozilla Creative Media Award, US
  • (2018) Social Impact Media Awards Awards, US
  • (2018) Raindance Award, UK
  • (2018) WAN-IFRA, Europe
  • (2018) VR Expo, US (x5)
  • (2018) Information is Beautiful, UK
  • (2017) Raindance Award, UK
  • (2017) World Digital Media Award for Best use of online video, Germany
  • (2017) Lovie, Europe
  • (2017) Gold People’s Lovie for Virtual Reality, Europe
  • (2017) 13th Biennial of New Media Arts, Chile
  • (2017) Halo Award, North America
  • (2017) SND Digital Winner , UK
  • (2016) CINE Golden Eagle, US
  • (2016) Raindance Best Virtual Reality Film, UK
  • (2016) Association of International Broadcasting, UK
  • (2016) Lovies Bronze for Best Internet Video, UK
  • (2016) British Arrows Craft, UK
  • (2016) British Press Awards, UK
  • (2016) Amnesty Media Award, UK
  • (2016) British Journalism Award, UK
  • (2016) Chicken and Egg Grant, US
  • (2016) Tribeca New Media Award, UK
  • (2016) Whickers Award (Runner up), UK
  • (2015) European Media Award , Europe
  • (2015) ONA, US
  • (2015) Webby Award, US (x5)
  • (2015) Artangel Open Finalist, UK
  • (2014) Amnesty Media Award, UK
  • (2013) Tech City Insider, UK
  • (2013) Prix Europa, Germany
  • (2013) BBC Drama Awards, UK
  • (2013) Walkey Award, Australia
  • (2012) New York Radio Festival Awards, US
  • (2012) New York Radio Festival Awards, US
  • (2012) Sony Radio Academy Award, UK
  • (2011) TecCon Innovation Award, UK
  • (2011) Sony Radio Academy Award, UK
  • (2011) Technical Innovations Award (Nomination), UK
  • (2011) Arts Council Grants for the Arts, UK
  • (2010) Sony Radio Academy Award, UK
  • (2010) Radio Academy Award, UK
  • (2010) Radio Academy Award, UK
  • (2008) Sony Radio Academy Award, UK
  • (2007) Associate of Online Publishers, UK
  • (2019) Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, US
  • (2019) Harvard Nieman Foundation, Cambridge, US
  • (2019) Harvard Nieman Foundation, Cambridge, US
  • (2016) Union Docs, New York, US
  • (2015) EsoDoc, Tromso, Norway
  • (2015) University of Brighton, Brighton, UK
  • (2014) Christchurch College, Canterbury, UK
  • (2014) University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
  • (2013) Culture Hack, Cambriedge, UK
  • (2013) Guardian Masterclass in video and digital storytelling, London, UK
  • (2013) University of Bergen, London, UK
  • (2013) Gloucester university, Glouscester, UK
  • (2012) BBC World Service, London, UK
  • (2012) Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney, Australia
  • (2012) CultureHack, London, UK
  • (2011) Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
  • (2010) BBC Documentaries, London, UK
  • (2018) Convergence, London, UK

Moderating and Panels

  • (2019) AI and Art: MIT Hacking Arts; Cambridge; USA
  • (2019)  Harvard Nieman Foundation; Cambridge; US
  • (2019) IDFA, Amsterdam; Netherlands
  • (2019)  SXSW; Austin; US
  • (2018)  SXSW; Austin; US
  • (2018)  Skoll Foundation; Oxford; UK
  • (2017)  VR Days; Amsterdam; Netherlands
  • (2017) IDFA; Amsterdam; Netherlands
  • (2016) Werk It; New York; US
  • (2016) Human Rights Film festival; New York; US
  • (2012) Metropolis ; Copenhagen; Denmark
  • (2012) Third Coast Festival conference; Chicago; US
  • (2012)  WFMU conference; New York; US

Training & Teaching

  • (2020) MIT Open Documentary Lab;  Cambridge, US
  • (2020) Kings College London; London, UK
  • (2020) Electric Dreams; Adelaide, Australia
  • (2018) GDC;  San Francisco, US
  • (2018) Media Rumble; Delhi, India
  • (2018) MIT Open Doc Lab; Cambridge, US
  • (2017) Publish Asia;  Kuala Lumpur, Korea
  • (2017) Alt.barbican talk; London, UK
  • (2017) CPHDox;  Copenhagen, Denmark
  • (2017) News rewired; London, UK
  • (2016) Cannes Lions; Cannes,  France
  • (2016) Google; London, UK
  • (2016) Hacks and Hackers; London, UK
  • (2016) Google Brands and Reputation; Paris, France
  • (2015) Nordic Data Conference;  Olesund, Norway
  • (2015) XO Labs;  Nottingham, UK
  • (2015) Nordic Data Conference;  Olesund, Norway
  • (2015) XO Labs;  Nottingham, UK
  • (2014) iDocs; Bristol, UK
  • (2014) Learn Do Share; London, UK
  • 2014) MIT Open Documentary Lab; Cambridge, US
  • (2014) Power to the Pixel; London, UK
  • (2014) International Features Conference; Leipzig, Germany
  • (2014) iDocs; Bristol, UK
  • (2014) Future of Web Design; London, UK
  • (2014) British Burma Society; London, UK
  • (2014) IDFA;  Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • (2014) Learn Do Share; London UK
  • (2014) Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists VVOJ; Belgium
  • (2013) In the Field; London, UK
  • (2013) News Re-Wired; London, UK
  • (2013) Power to the Pixel; London, UK
  • (2013) Sound City; London, UK
  • (2013) Journalism.co.uk; London, UK
  • (2013) Journalism.co.uk; London, UK
  • (2012) FutureContent; London, UK
  • (2011) Nextrad.io; London, UK
  • (2011) Radio Festival; Manchester, UK
  • (2011) Media Festival; Manchester, UK