The Hands-on Virtual Reality Weekend is your chance to get your hands on 360/VR gear and experiment with storytelling. Virtual reality is the hot new buzzword in film. Come explore the hottest new innovation in visual storytelling with Raindance.
Unless you have been living in a cave without internet access you will know that VR [virtual reality] is the biggest innovation in filmmaking since the advent of online film distribution that started on 15th February 2005 with the launch of Youtube.com.
Long considered the dream of geeks and techno dreamers, Virtual Reality burst onto the scene in the late 1980s. Back then the technical capabilities did not match the aspirations of afficionados and it quickly died. In the intervening years Virtual Reality was kept alive by the USA military, the NASA project and Walt Disney – all of whom researched technical solutions and did exhaustive studies of the effect of Virtual Reality on viewers.
Now it’s back: companies like the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift and their Story Lab, Nokia, Microsoft, Samsung and a host of others are pouring big bucks into Virtual Reality. They are developing the technology, and more importantly for independent filmmakers, the content this new advance is screaming for.
What you will learn on the Virtual Reality Weekend
Until 2015 VR was only accessible to those with access to expensive equipment. Our tutors will demonstrate current equipment and show you how to make a low budget 360/VR film. Participants should bring a wifi enabled smartphone in order to experience VR themselves.