B3 Media welcomed some of tomorrows' rising stars in November for the 2017 rendition of our TalentLab programme consisting of representatives across VR, short form, documentary, performance art, feature and animation – we loved spending time with them all!
So say hello to Imwen Eke, Jum Faruq, Gloria Huwiler, Soraya Syed, Roxana Vilk, Riyadh Haque, Zainab Balami, Omari Swantson-Jeffers, Mei Leng Yew, Raisah Ahmed, Magali An Berthon, Hari Ramakrishnan, Marcus Thomas and finally Faisal Metalsi.
TalentLab 2017 participants were put through their paces across a week of seminars and workshops by a group including TL alumni, animators, directors, producers and writers. We kicked off the week with a very special warm up session from life coach Jackee Holder followed by workshops with sound expert Larry Sider, the tech savvy Jacob Sam La Rose, VR expert Alex Lambert and producer Hank Starrs amongst others.
We invited past participants who kindly spent time sharing their artists' journeys with us as they all wanted to meet the new group. We welcomed back Writer Selina Lim, Writer/Director Sami Abusamra, Writer Divya Ghelani, Visual artist and filmmaker Riffy Ahmed, Poet/Performer Roger Robinson, Writer/ Performing Artist Yolanda Mercy and filmmakers Nosa Eke, Afia Nmruka and Dean Anderson. B3 sends them all a huge Thank You as the room fizzed with almost kinetic power when the old met the new!
The second half of the development week took it up a notch with our very special Guest Mentors Nelson George (writer/producer - The Get Down) and Effie T Brown (producer - Dear White People[feature])! Both Nelson and Effie took the cohort on serious journeys of self discovery getting to the core of their projects ready to bring them to life with opportunities to pitch and gain constructive feedback.
As we enter Phase 2 the group will now work on, and resubmit their projects - those getting through will be shortlisted for development.
Good luck to the TalentLab 2017 cohort; it’s been an amazing journey so far and we’re excited to see where the next few weeks takes us!
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