WHAT IS SCREEN LAB?
Screen Lab is a training and mentorship program that focuses on production and distribution of visual narratives across media platforms.
The Labs are designed for practicing visual storytellers working alongside top experts who help them navigate the markets beyond traditional photography and editorial media, such as broadcasting, film, art, and technology. The Labs explore the potential of participants’ projects and address their production, financing and distribution challenges.
Through the provision of practical tools, production resources, industry insights, funding approaches, networking and training, Screen Lab alumni emerge with new confidence on how to move forward with their projects, find support and collaborators with a different set of skills - cinematographers, coders, film editors, directors, audio engineers, photo editors, curators, and creative directors.
Available Screen Lab formats include Screen Lab Express (an intensive weekend to one week sessions) and the full-scale three-month program Screen Lab, that provides a simulation of the story production process. We have partnered with journalism and art schools in the US and internationally to produce our upcoming Labs In 2018-2019.
Current calls are posted on this page. Please, follow us on social media for up-to date announcements.
The long-term goal of the Labs is to develop and sustain a network of visual documentarians and artists in the ever-changing media landscape.
In our everyday practice as producers, editors and curators we encounter numerous storytellers with well researched and visually stunning narratives who are facing roadblocks at different stages of their production process. They get stuck as they lack knowledge of principles that guide markets beyond traditional photography and editorial media: broadcasting, film, art, technology.
As a small production team there are only so many original projects we can take on. We wanted to channel our findings obtained through trying a lot of different things - from installation and film, to interactive web and live performance - in a format that could benefit larger numbers of visual journalists and artists and not just the few that we get to work with. This is how Screen Lab came about.
There are currently no ongoing calls for upcoming Labs. Please, watch this space and follow us on social media for announcements.
PAST LABS & TESTIMONIALS
The Labs were launched in 2015 as part of Screen’s mission to support important multi-layered stories and, through innovative methods, help them reach diverse audiences around the world.
The inaugural Screen Lab was held in October 2015-January 2016 at the IFP Media Center and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, followed by the second lab held February-May 2016 at Central Working in London. Screen Lab Express-Australia was held in March 2018 at RMIT University in Melbourne.
"Screen Lab was a mind-blowing experience for me. Being exposed to such great projects in different stages and very prepared professionals has not only opened my mind to continue with my Condor project, but also to think completely differently about my next projects to come." - Joao Pina
"Screen Lab's success for me is centered on its role as an incubator for ideas; and a space for sharing the work on a deeper level than is normally possible with key industry professionals, as well as within the peer group. It has also been instrumental in raising my ambitions for the project." - Louis Quail
"I attended Screen Lab to workshop my transmedia project Gravity Is Stronger Here. The participants were extraordinary and the range of projects was impressive. It was an inspiring company. The core Screen mentors were critical and supportive with a keen sense of what was working and not working. The experience catapulted me into a workspace where I was motivated and equipped to make the best work I could. In the end, Screen Lab was an essential part of this project coming to fruition." - Phyllis Dooney
"Screen Lab was a game changer for me. I had too many thoughts and ideas on where to take my work that I couldn't get any one thing done. All of the wonderfully insightful teachers/lecturers who took part in the lab forced me to focus, helped me create a strategy, and continued the support long after the lab finished." - Justin Maxon
"Screen Lab facilitated a collaborative environment with talented artists and mentors that challenged my capabilities of storytelling and vision." - Kim Raff
"Attending the lab was an important experience which in short term permitted me to receive a huge amount of feedback from professionals with very different backgrounds. Was extremely helpful to share the lab with such talented photographers and artists and all questions and ideas received during it helped to understand better how the one see the project and which shape want to give it." - Katia Repina
"Screen Lab made me think in depth about my long term projects, looking beyond making images and into the contextual, organizational, production and promotional aspects. It focused seriously on making behind-the scenes links to professionals and institutions and offered guidance on funding and connections to places that could possibly get interested in my work. The sessions were extremely dense with information, with a lot to digest. Screen team made me realize that being able to talk about and contextualize my work in a relevant way is a crucially important aspect that I'm now applying to every one of my new and ongoing projects.
Screen strengthened my way of working, gave me a much more accurate view and context on the work I'm doing, and pointed out in detail the strengths and weaknesses of my existing approaches, opening up a whole new playing field for me to explore and work on. Oh, and I made great friends along the way, of course!" - Anton Kusters
"Screen has been, and continues to be, an incredible resource and network. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with a group of distinguished and exciting collaborators." - Monica Alcazar-Duarte