Be More Stoke

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Be More Stoke was an unmissable celebration of regional creativity and an exploration of the future of the UK moving image sector. The event took place at the former Spode factory – the filming location for BAFTA nominated Jawbone – and was a truly inspirational day featuring expert speakers from Film, TV, Games and Immersive Tech.

The event was rounded off with an exclusive In Conversation piece with Jawbone Producer, Mike Elliott from EMU Films.

Be More Stoke-on-Trent was delivered in partnership with the Platform and the Factory business development programme. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Local Enterprise Partnership.


10:50 Be More Creative

Welcome from Creative England and The Platform

11:10 Spotlight

Jamie Finlay (I Make Audio) explores the fundamental role of sound in film and games with live demo.

11:40 Be More Innovative

Insightful discussion around fundamentals of documentary development, production and distribution with Keith Farrell (Rabbit Punch Films), James Copson (Anattic Ltd) and Sofia Olins.

12:10 Break

12:20 Spotlight

Anna Mansi (Head of Certification, BFI) shares hints and tips for ensuring major budget savings with tax effective production.

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Spotlight

Dan Riley (Spearhead Interactive) shares the story of his award-winning business that is leading the way in the conception, creation and deployment of immersive and interactive 3D solutions and experiences.

14:15 Spotlight

Jo Booth (Social Media Makes Sense) discusses the integration of social media and TV and shares her expertise of running campaigns for acclaimed shows such as BBC’s Poldark and ITV’s Victoria.

14:45 Break

14:55 Be More Inspired

In conversation with Jawbone producer, Mike Elliot and Director, Thomas Napper discussing the experience on set whilst filming in Stoke-on-Trent.

15:30 Be More Connected

Join us for networking and drinks.