University of the West of England
Charlotte Crofts is a creative producer and Associate Professor in Filmmaking in the School of Film and Journalism, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol.
Charlotte's practice research project, funded by DCRC and a UWE Spur Early Career grant, resulted in the award-winning Curzon Memories App which was developed with Jo Reid from Calvium using the AppFurnace app development software. Visitors explore the cinema with a mobile handset that uses their GPS position and QR codes to trigger interactive site-specific media content to enhance knowledge and understanding of the exhibits. The app won the best multi-media production at the BUFVC Learning on Screen Awards 2013 and was selected for AppCircus.
The Curzon Memories project also features the Projection Hero installation, made with Tarim from Media Playgrounds, which is a miniature cinema which you can manipulate with your smartphone. The installation situates the users as a projectionist and explores the dying art of cinema projection in the digital age. The focus of the project lies in the innovative application of mobile technologies, designing positive user experiences and contributing to DCRC's research into the aesthetics of locative media. The app has now been published on iTunes App Store and Google Play. Tarim and Charlotte have since gone on to collaborate on a smaller version of this called The Fleapit.
Charlotte’s next project was part of the AHRC REACT Hub ‘Heritage Sandbox’ scheme to develop 'City Strata' a new mobile curation / authoring platform which enables users to explore different layers of Bristol’s heritage, going back to the first maps of the city in 1750. The platform aims to allow developers to create different layers or ways of experiencing the city, that their users can then enhance by uploading their own content. The platform was protoyped with the 'Cinemapping' layer – which provides a way of navigating the city and experiencing Bristol’s cinematic heritage in the spaces where it actually happened. This developed into The Lost Cinemas of Castle Park App, which explores over 100-years of cinema-going in Bristol City Centre, from the ghost of Robert Partington-Jackson, the murdered manager of the Odeon, Union Street, to Cary Grant’s childhood cinema on Clare Street.
Charlotte was the academic partner on another REACT collaboration with studio resident Tim Kindberg called Nth Screen: a new platform for sharing synchronised video across multiple smartphones' and Nth Camera (with DCRC director Mandy Rose) a platform for filming sychronously across multiple smart devices.