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January 17, 2017

Livity launches Creatives in Residence programme

Creatives in residence

In February 2017, Livity will handpick five talented creatives to join our community for three months! The winning five will have completely free access to desk and meeting room space, support with their projects, an opportunity to collaborate on Livity projects and free exhibition space too. We are looking for the best talent to share our space and be part of our office culture.

We are looking for Filmmakers, Photographers, Animators, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, Artists, and Creatives to join us. Simply let us know more about you and your business and we’ll get in touch if we think you are the right fit for the Creatives in Residence programme.

Office space – Use the Livity office as a workspace as well as for meetings and exhibitions, from Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Mentoring – 3 months mentoring from the Livity team to help with your personal and business development
Skills – Book time with our experts in finance, design, strategy and more, to produce tangible outcomes that take your business to the next level
Inside access – Be the first in line to access paid opportunities at events, shoots, and on client work

How to apply:

– Send us your portfolio / examples of your work
– Tell us how would this opportunity help you (200 words)
– Tell us what requirements you have with the space, and how you practice as an artist
– Let us know what other commitments do you have

Please send all applications to gillian@livity.co.uk.

July 28, 2015

How ‘Sense8′ mirrors our own digital lives

‘Sense8’ may be set in a world of sci-fi and fantasy, but are we really that far from being able to see the world through the eyes of others?

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Hailed as the “most promising sci-fi show since Lost” that has the potential to “change Hollywood”, Netflix’s latest original drama offering ‘Sense8’ looks set to further the streaming service’s dominance over its major broadcast network rivals.

Directed by the Wachowskis (The Matrix and Cloud Atlas), the show boasts impressive visuals that sweep across often breathtaking landscapes, following the individual lives of characters from locations as far reaching as San Francisco to Mumbai to Mexico City to Seoul.

The fun of ‘Sense8” is in the idea that all eight character leads in the show are connected by a telepathic link. This ability allows them to see the world through each other’s eyes, infiltrating each other’s thoughts, accessing each other’s emotions and harnessing their individual knowledge. A Chicago cop suddenly finds himself seeing the world through the eyes of an Icelandic girl playing a DJ set in London. A scientist in Mumbai finds herself in the bedroom of a gangster in Berlin. So on and so forth.

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March 19, 2015

Achieving an even life balance

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If they had told me when I left for Uni that I would be lucky enough to work & live in different countries I would have never believed it. But as one of my friends back in Spain says: “The world is there, and it’s there to be seen”.

So as I was getting to my last year of University I set myself a goal, which was: “I can’t spend the next 10 years of my life in San Sebastian. I need to go and see what else is out there”.

This trip has taken me to: London – Madrid – San Francisco (US) – Saudi Arabia – and currently London again. Who knows what other destinations are still waiting for me out there. But although it’s great to travel, work and live in different countries, but what really matters is all the free lessons you learn along the way.

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January 20, 2015

I kick balls, deal with it

 

January. Let’s face it – it’s the two-face of the calendar months. On the one side it’s the start of a new year, a fresh start, fresh horizons. Wehey! But, on the other side it’s blimming cold, grey and dismal (grismal) and you can feel pretty low in energy. I was veering more to the latter side, until an advertising campaign gave me a huge dose of energy, optimism and Wehey! at full pelt.

It was the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign by Sport England. It’s a campaign that aims to get women in the UK more active, as two million fewer females, play regular sport than males.

The first time I saw this ad, I was transfixed. To the soundtrack of Missy Elliot’s ‘Get Your Freak On’ you see women of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, abilities and ages getting well and truly stuck in to an array of different sports.

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January 16, 2015

Cyberbully: a very real issue facing the social media generation

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Channels 4’s one-off drama ‘Cyberbully’ touched on a very real issue facing the social media generation. What happens when your seemingly private digital property gets into the wrong hands? Within minutes of watching I’d triple checked my social media accounts were private and by the end of the show felt a strong desire to destroy anything I own with a camera on it.

As Casey, the star of the show’s computer is hacked anonymously we see the risk facing all of us over-sharing online. If you say a few bad words about someone in a message, the recipient then holds that information, stored on their device for them to use as they wish. What happens online, stays online.

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September 12, 2014

Living With The Audience

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They say that in order to be truthful you should write about what you know. Well, professionally the only jobs I have ever known have been within the account management teams of marketing agencies.

During that time, apart from a few exceptions, I’ve always felt a bit removed from my client’s audiences. Although the teams I’ve worked in have always recognised the importance of having good audience insight, it’s not always possible to get that access due to budget or time constraints.

Luckily for most agencies one-thing clients don’t lack is data. They usually have reams of the delightful stuff and as most agency folk know that’s like good dust, as in there somewhere could lie the answer to the challenge you’ve been set.

But data is only really half or maybe two thirds of the story and you need to test you thoughts with real people and gather actual truths.

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August 27, 2014

Diversity Is A Mind-Set

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The issue of diversity in the creative industries is one that has drawn much attention in recent months. Comedian Lenny Henry has been leading the charge for BME representation in television, whilst radio presenter Iain Lee has been making ill-considered asides on-air in relation to black and Asian radio shows. Even the high-profile resignations of politicians in recent weeks have raised questions around diversity and representation at the top level of government.

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August 19, 2014

When Giving Up Is Not An Option

photo (11)Working with young people, though incredibly rewarding, can often be a challenging job. Working on the ground level requires large amounts of energy and investment for what can be an emotionally draining role. Recently, I had a couple of encounters which reminded me exactly why it is I do what I do. Read More…

July 25, 2014

The 6 questions every brand should consider before making the leap into content marketing

We’ve always believed in the power of great content, but embarking on a full-scale rolling content strategy is a big move and not to be taken lightly. Our Creative Director Callum McGeoch thinks there are 6 questions every aspiring brand publisher and marketing director should ask themselves before making the leap into content.

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At Livity we’ve been banging the drum for quality engaging, entertaining, useful original content ever since persuading Lambeth Council to bundle all its youth messages into a single, sustained youth co-created entertainment title – Live Magazine – nearly twelve years ago. Soon after that we helped Talk To Frank, PlayStation, MySpace and Three mobile collaborate with Channel 4 on the world’s first multi-platform interactive TV drama. And ever since, alongside our more traditional campaigns, we’ve consulted on, devised or delivered rolling digital content and brand publishing strategies for Penguin Books, Barclays, Fabric, BAFTA, Public Health England, Network Rail, O2 and many others.

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May 15, 2014

New YouTube intro films: The pros and cons

Dwain Lucktung, Senior Content and Community Manager at Livity and somewhereto_ checks out the latest YouTube feature…



Exciting news – Google have released a new feature that allows you to automatically add an intro video up to three seconds to the start of every video on your YouTube channel. Whether it’s a promo sting, an outtake/snippet of things to come or a (very) short call to action, it’s a brand new step towards helping YouTube creators/producers/content managers with their own brand recognition. Read More…