Studio Bento is a digital studio in Melbourne, Australia that specialises in film and video productions. Projects include TVCs, documentaries, interstitials, web-series, hype reels and branded content that are distributed across TV, Internet, DVD, Smart Phones and Cinema. .
Studio Bento is managed by producer Lester Francois who has a background in narrative and factual entertainment. In addition to traditional media he is currently developing cross-platform projects for the web and mobile apps
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Game Loading is a feature length documentary currently in production.
The film charts the rise of a new wave of independent game developers in Australia and around the world. A seismic shift in the game space has enabled small teams and solo developers to create the games they want to make, get them to players directly and build communities around their games.
This digital disruption to game development has shaken the industry and has made it possible for indie developers to compete with traditional larger studios. In the spirit of movements like the French New Wave, the Punk New Wave and the Grunge scene, hundreds of indie developers have sprung up around the world making innovative games and expressing their voices like never before.
Game Loading is exploring this rise in indie game development around the world. The film follows a handful of Australian indie developers over a year as they struggle to bring their creations to life as well as following developers in the US, South America, Europe, North Africa and Canada. Academics, journalists, and successful indie game developers also feature in the film as they make sense of what changes have occurred to make it possible for this new underground industry rise, grow and thrive.
The film is being produced by indie filmmakers and gamers Lester Francois and Anna Brady through their production company Studio Bento.
The film will be completed in 2014. More information»
Meet the team
Lester Francois has been producing film and TV projects for over ten years working in narrative fiction, factual entertainment and documentary. Seeing a shift towards emergent screens Lester began producing content for the internet in 2000 and has been part of a variety of dynamic online campaigns. In 2011 Lester formalised this passion for film and digital culture by taking part of the Crossover transmedia workshops in Melbourne and Sheffield and is currently developing three projects to be delivered across a variety of platforms including iPads, smart phones and old fashioned TV.
"Cinematic stories don't just exist on TV or in traditional theatres any more. Today's audience want to connect with what they have just experienced in the cinema, they want to chase it up on their iPhones on the way home or on their iPads in bed. The key thing though is that they are not replaying the story but to continuing it."