Hi there! I'm amusement academic and digital experience designer. 

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I produce media experiences for amusement and education (video, virtual reality), and have over a decade of media production experience creating TV commercials, TV series, documentaries and media campaigns. I'm also finalising a PhD which defines what consumers want from a virtual reality entertainment experience–check out the model I’ve created which displays the outcomes here!

I can help you create experiences.

I've also been interviewed on most major TV networks in Australia, on over 30 radio interviews and several online and print features. I've delivered conference presentations, two TEDx talks, several articles and book chapters about my research in VR, rollercoasters, theme parks, amusement and distraction, and I still have a lot more to say.

 

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The conversation

Rollercoasters have come a long way since the theme park rides of old, as thrill-seekers and park operators look for the next big thing.

The trend in the early 2000s was for higher, faster and loopier rides that arguably peaked with the 206km per hour Kingda Ka rollercoaster at Six Flags, New Jersey, in the United States. At 139m (456ft) it’s currently the world’s tallest rollercoaster. More

 

Gizmodo

Movie World on the Gold Coast is set to unveil this year a large, bright-pink rollercoaster they are promoting as "the greatest attraction the Southern Hemisphere has ever seen". Fan sites are abuzz with speculation as to the kinds of launches, twists and soaring hills it will deliver, and the park is almost certainly anticipating their own thrilling bump in revenue, which a new rollercoaster always brings.

But do we ever actually stop and think about what our obsession with these iconic rides actually means? More

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ENTERTAINMENT VALUES: HOW DO WE ASSESS ENTERTAINMENT AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Book chapter, Anderson & Burt (2017) “Screaming On A Ride To Nowhere: What Rollercoasters Teach Us About Being Human” 

Society has never been more thoroughly manufactured toward driving endless consumption. This fact is perhaps nowhere more visible than in its manufacture of both the need for excitement and an abundance of forms for filling that need. We are groaning under the weight of endless media-hyped thrills, promises of rip-roaring sensations, and fears. Think of the last movie trailer that didn’t promise an explosive and shocking narrative, the most recent ‘television event’ that didn’t threaten to rock one’s lounge chair, the news broadcast that didn’t foreshadow an environmental apocalypse or some similarly dire outcome. In such an environment one would rightly expect people to abandon their remote controls and newspapers in favour of a soothing cup of tea, yet...more


INNOVATIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Book Chapter, Klopper, C & Burt M. (2017) "Virtual Reality in the classroom and the mandate to bring edutainment to adult learners"...more

 

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