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Lauren Elizabeth Scime
Lauren Scimeon 15 November 2013
Transcript of Lauren Elizabeth Scime
Who is Lauren?
Lauren Scime is a cross-platform media specialist. She is a self-starter, entrepreneur, visual artist & tech geek who has the ability to both paint like Rembrandt and sling code like a cowboy can rope a steer. She can manage large teams, build custom web applications, customize and launch Wordpress websites in under a day, put up and manage forums, design ARG's, augmented reality games, mobile apps, produce and edit audio and video collateral, and even get stains out of carpets, should the need arise.
LAUREN MAKES WEBSITES
In 2006, Lauren co-founded Object Adjective (www.objectadjective.com), a web design and development company in San Francisco. She rocked out some hardcore apps and interesting projects, including sidereel.com from its inception, which was later acquired by Rovi, Inc. for $30mil. Lauren was also one of many great minds in tech who worked on developing Microformats as a better way for search engines to index information with proper taxonomy.
Lauren began working in tech back when she was a high school student volunteering at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where she learned Macromedia Director and collaborated to compose a CD ROM to teach kids about cancer so they would understand when their rustbelt peers "caught it." Later on, her project manager Robin would be her boss at SUNY Buffalo for the duration of her 3 year work study job that involved building and maintaining the university website. Small world. She continued to program, and design UI/UX for fun and profit in grad school...and the rest is history.
LAUREN TELLS STORIES ACROSS MEDIA & PLATFORMS
For the last 3 years, Lauren has held the title of CEO of Witchfactory Productions, LLC. During this time, she and her partner Philip Anthony Gable developed several natively transmedia properties, most noteworthy Adore, an urban fantasy geared toward a demographic of young pre-adolescent females. They partnered with Starlight Runner Entertainment and Jasmine Beckett-Griffith as the lead concept artist, due to her already profitable branded "fairy style" and $12 million / year annual gross sales in merchandise. Currently Witchfactory and Starlight are negotiating deals with several companies to produce this property across multiple media and platforms.
They also created The Rising, which has yet to find its niche in the market, though as an action/adventure narrative storyworld with elements of conspiracy and a high propensity for gaming, The Rising will eventually find its home in the entertainment industry as a large commercial property.
Other amazing, intricate properties have been developed, but you'll have to sign an NDA if you want to hear about em...
LAUREN HAS MAD SKILLZ - WHICH MAKE TRANSMEDIA / CROSS-PLATFORM DEV HER NATURAL CAREER PATH
Storytelling / World Building /Creative Writing
Web, Mobile & Print Design
Fine Art / Illustratrion / Character Design
Social Media Marketing / SEO / SEM
Sculpture & Special Effects
UI / UX both on the 'puter and in the field
General Tech Geekery
High Level Strategy
Convention Growth & Development
Hacking (yes I go to DefCon every year...)
LAUREN CAN BE STALKED ON THE INTERWEBS
Witchfactory website: www.witchfactory.com
Lauren has been lucky to work with awesome companies both as clients for her web development company and as a private contractor/consultant. She's been part of think tanks, hack-a-thons, and story hacks.
LAUREN BUILDS WEBSITES & DOES PRINT DESIGN FOR TRANSMEDIA PROJECTS IN LOS ANGELES...AND SHE BLOGS (SOMETIMES)
Lauren has had the blog Pixel Wicked (www.pixelwicked.com) for several years, since she moved to Los Angeles. While she's not the best at keeping up with blogging, the design and logo is cute at least...lol.
Also Lauren's designed and/or maintained websites, blogs, and forums for The Miracle Mile Paradox, Wyrd Con, and other side projects and conventions that focus on storytelling. Sometimes when she's feeling nice she will pop up a site for a project she digs as a way of helping out.
She has also spoken on the topic of transmedia and the future of entertainment at Annenberg School of Journalism's Hollywood 3.0, Wyrd Con II, and presented Witchfactory's property Adore at Storyworld in 2010.
LAUREN WORKS WITH ART NON-PROFITS & CURATES EXHIBITIONS
Lauren was an artist in residence at Root Division, a non-profit San Francisco gallery from 2007-2009, during which time she exhibited her work there regularly, as well as at other galleries both locally, nationally, and internationally. She curated several exhibitions at galleries including Root Division, one notably called Algorithmia, which included an international cast of artists and conceptually framed around bridging the gap between art and technology. Her own piece in this show was an installation wherein videos playing changed according to the number of people entering and exiting the room, using a Make Controller programmed in Objective C.
LAUREN DOES SOME WEIRD PROJECTS JUST FOR FUN
Lauren makes fun stuff. She has friends over for zombie photo shoots, makes weird videos that bridge programming syntax with silent film cliches, writes weird music, and takes apart anything that isn't nailed down...toasters, Speak & Spells, cheap Casio keyboards...you name it, she's bent it and reconstituted it...
LAUREN MAKES ART
Lauren got her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2006, where she studied painting, cross platform media (or "new genres" as it was called back in those days), and all the while worked as the Audio/Video Tech who fixed cameras and set up presentations for non-technologically inclined students and professors. She also studied music production and designed custom instruments with Martin Schmidt of Matmos during this time. Oh yeah, and she did a lot of graphic design and web dev to offset the costs not covered by her scholarship. Prior to this, she received her BFA from SUNY University at Buffalo Suma Cum Laude in Painting. She also studied sculpture extensively - she knows how to cast metals and weld like Rosie the Riveter. Her work can be seen in sculpture parks and museums.
CEO, Witchfactory Prodcutions | Transmedia Producer
415.722.1323 / lauren@witchfactory,com
LAUREN HAS WORKED WITH SOME COOL COMPANIES OVER THE YEARS...
Film / Video Production
Adobe Creative Suite (All software and versions)
Post Production / Editing / Color Correction
Teaching (college level, community ed, & kids)
Microsoft Office Suite
Prezi (because it's cooler than PPT)
Art Exhibition Curation
Kicking ass and taking names....lol