About Convivial Studio
Convivial Studio is a pre | pro | post production facility.
Our interdisciplinary areas of expertise encompass: storydevelopment, digital storytelling, short and feature-length documentary, interactive | transmedia design and digital media education. We focus our media services in local and global education, documentaries and documenting sustainable community efforts.
Our studio goal is to provide quality production services, education and support to filmmakers and non-profit organizations to achieve their web presence goals. We offer media professional services of digital media content design and production of multiple formats including the web, interactive media and transmedia forms of hybrid media.
Convivial’s current focus is producing "Letter From Cloudcroft" a first-person documentary account of the secret confluence of international events in historic New Mexico. This documentary is in development and production with rich social |transmedia components.
Convivial is pleased to announce our feature documentary "Letter From Cloudcroft" was selected by the San Francisco Film Society for fiscal sponsorship.
In their collaborative partnership over the past 18 years Antelles & Hess are experienced in all stages of documentary filmmaking, encompassing pre/pro/post production. Convivial excels at diving into the breath and scope of documentary content, discovering core stories and weaving a narrative foundation while extending story threads via transmedia elements.
Convivial's 2010 New Mexico | New Visions Documentary Award afforded Antelles and Hess abundant opportunities to coalesce their experiences and skills in storytelling.
Biography of Patricia (Gian) Antelles
For the last twenty years, Ms. Antelles collaborations include convergence media labs, creating innovative interactive multimedia media designs and products based on narrative storylines. Duing LUAU (see below) in late 198s0-early 1990's she devoted all her time to creating narrative forms spread across multiple media platforms, now called transmedia. The majority of this work was done via protoypes and NDA work. Today multimedia, digital media and transmedia is in the public arena everday. Filmmakers like George Lucas and insitutes like the Apple Multimedia Lab, many member from MIT, pioneered this work.
Ms. Antelles was selected for an innovative graduate program at Mills College in a Comparative Interdisciplinary Media Studies Program. As a graduate fellow, Ms Antelles worked with a team of instructional designers receiving an NSF Grant, for “Interactive Square One TV,” a program from Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) in Boston. With the Mills team, she repurposed a massive series of videotapes into thematically accessed content and developed new interactive games. Milton Chen, then at Harvard now at educational nonprofit The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), was her advisor. Based on her work with CTW Ms. Antelles was selected as Co-Director for a unique collaboration between LucasFilm and Apple Computer (LUAU). For the next few years, LUAU developed a number of seminal interactive media prototypes between the worlds of designers in the digital world and the converging world of film and video production milieu such as: “Paul Park Ranger & The Mystery of the Disappearing Ducks,” “Life Story: The Story of the Discovery of DNA,” with Adrian Malone Productions for the A&E network. During LUAU Ms. Antelles divided her time between at The San Francisco Apple Multimedia Lab and LucasFilm in Marin. After these efforts, Lucas Arts spun off as a separate division and she continued to produce story-driven multimedia products there. After early work at LucasFilm, LucasArts Learning and Lucas Attractions, Ms. Antelles participated in the development of the educational nonprofit The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Moving to independent productions Ms. Antelles co-produced CD-ROMs “Journey to the New World: Ellis Island,” and “Creation Stories From Around the World,” for Warner New Media.
In the 1992 Ms. Antelles founded Convivial Studio in San Francisco relocating to New Mexico in 2000. Leading collaborative teams Antelles produced interactive convergence media prototypes focusing on narrative storytelling, personalization, narrative game experiences, time-based pre-visualization workflows, collaborative digital media asset management and online social networks. Ms. Antelles has also worked with technology research tanks such as Microsoft Labs,Continuum Research (now Corbis), Interval Research, NTT, NEH, NSF, Kodak and Apple Media Developer Group.
Ms. Antelles continues to write and produce narrative storylines for digital storytelling venues on multiple media platforms. Creating location-aware “narrative navigation” scenarios for hybrid platforms. In 2009 Ms. Antelles and Ms. Hess were selected for the NALIP Producer’s Academy. In 2010 they won the New Mexico | New Visions Award for their personal historic documentary based in White Sands, New Mexico.
Ms. Antelles is currentlyparticipating in Milagro at Los Luceros, a collaboration between Robert Redford and the State of New Mexico, writers workshops sessions “Designed Obstacles,” under the creative direction of award‐winning writer/director Joan Tewkesbury.
Biography of Melinda Hess
Melinda Hess’s career has spanned over 25 years in the film, video and interactive multimedia industries. She began her career as a news cinematographer for an ABC television affiliate. After attending NYU Film School, Ms. Hess became a film editor, winning several awards for short and long form documentaries for both independents and television networks.
For many years, she edited a series of PBS documentaries made in collaboration with major museums; all of these films included original film footage, archival footage, numerous narrative techniques and original music. These credits include: “In Our Own Time” for Art of the Western World PBS series, “Merchants and Masterpieces” for Metropolitan Museum of Art & PBS, “The Vever Affair” for Smithsonian World & PBS, “Light of the Gods” for National Gallery of Art &PBS. With Director Meryl Joseph she edited “Into the Mainstream” (1988) and “City Farmers,” (1996) CINE Golden Eagle Award, which aired on Nickelodeon and Learning Channel. Collaborating with a team of film and video artists, Melinda co-produced, directed and edited several segments of a 16mm / interactive laser videodisc art project entitled “The Erlking,” exhibited at MOCA, the Whitney Museum Biennial, the Jewish Museum in New York, and the Beauborg in Paris in the late 80’s.
Moving west to San Francisco in the early 90’s,Ms.Hess began her collaboration with Patricia Gian Antelles of Convivial Design Studio. As Director of Time-Based Media, Hess guided all nonlinear media post-production. She directed a team of editors and animators creating digital storyboards, animatics and movies for a media series of titles targeted for girls 7-12years old and later purchased by Mattel.
Since 1999 in New Mexico, Ms. Hess has incorporated her cinematographer roots into video productions. Convivial has produced, directed, filmed and edited several documentaries for New Mexico communities, non-profits and educational organizations. Hess & Antelles filmed, edited and produced a multicamera production of an instructional dance DVD. Collaborating with a research institute, Convivial designed a Media Preservation Master Plan for preserving and digitizing over 8,000 hours of a multitude of analog and digital video formats spanning over thirty years. Convivial's video restoration, color correction and editing services have resulted in finished products for DVD, broadcast cable-TV and online.
Convivial is named after Tools for Conviviality (1973). I first read Ivan Illich during my undergraduate studies. Upon graduation I assisted in the establishment of a community school and took Ivan's ideas with me. I discovered Illich's argument for the creation of convivial, rather than manipulative institutions. Building of societies in which modern technologies serve " interrelated individuals." Sound like the web? I wonder what Illich would say about the proliferation of online learning and interactive media environments as connected informal mass communication.
≥≥ Tools for Conviviality: The entire text of another of Illich's most important works, the most general statement of his view about technology. 1970s.
>> Fan Ivan Illich on Facebook!
• >> Scary School Nightmare - great short video exploring Illich's ideas around schooling on YouTube.
• >> Thinking after Illich
• >> ivan illich: deschooling, conviviality and the possibilities for informal education and lifelong learning. Illich's "learning webs" mentioned and much more by Mark K. Smith.
• >> Tools for Conviviality - Ivan Illich
• >> A Voice for Conviviality Remembering Ivan Illich 1926–2002 By Jerry Brown in Utne magazine March/April 2003.
• >> Ivan Illich on We The People, By Jerry Brown.
• ≥≥ Remembering Ivan Illich by Peter L. Berger.
• >> Ivan Illich: Very useful page with links into key obituaries and to his writings. Includes e-texts of Deschooling Society and Tools for Conviviality. Useful timeline of Illich publications.
• >> Ivan Illich: writings on the web: Useful listing of links from PreserveNet.
• ≥≥ Ivan Illich: Observations on the Tools of Industrial Institutions and the Changes Needed to Achieve Sustainability and Independence. Don Ferris covers Tools for Conviviality and Energy and Equity in relation to modern times such as our with globalization and sustainability as daily concerns. Fifteen years before globalization became a buzzword, Illich wrote about it.
Ivan Illich Biography (1926 - 2002)
Ivan Illich was born in Vienna in 1926. He studied theology and philosophy at the Gregorian University in Rome and obtained a PhD in history at the University of Salzburg. He came to the United States in 1951, where he served as assistant pastor in an Irish-Puerto Rican parish in New York City. From 1956 to 1960 he was assigned as vice-rector to the Catholic university of Puerto Rico, where he organized an intensive training center for American priests in Latin American culture. Illich was co-founder of the widely known and controversial Center for Intercultural Documentation (CIDOC) in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and since 1964 he has directed research seminars on `Institutional Alternatives in a Technological Society', with special focus on Latin America.
[from: Ivan Illich: Energy and Equity. London: Calder & Boyars, 1974.]