Ziqi Wang talks with filmmakers Pierre “Pyaré” Friquet an Ando Shah about their virtual reality projects and how their films create immersive storytelling.
Ready for an unforgettable ride? Fasten your VR headset as Courtney Gardner shares her first experience with VR in The Wild Immersion at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film’s director, Adrien Moisson, takes the journey too, sharing with Courtney his views about the potential for VR technology to create new forms of compassion and empathy—in this case around the needs of large animals around the world.
As virtual reality develops into a viable technology for immersive storytelling, today’s filmmakers are witnessing the birth of a new, perhaps more inclusive, form of cinema. Reporting on VR from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Rebecca M. Alvin, explores how the doors are open for a much more diverse group of creators and a wider range of stories to tell.
Annie Berman, named one of The Independent’s ten filmmakers to watch (2016), is a media artist living and working in New York City. Her background in photography and psychology inspires work about visual culture, virtual realities, and the changing media landscape. Her films, videos, performances, and installations have shown internationally including at the Museum of Modern Art’s Doc Fortnight, Rooftop Films, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger Berlin, Kassel Hauptbahnhof, and the Rome Independent Film Festival where she was awarded the Best Experimental Film Prize. Recently, Annie spoke with The Independent’s editor about her newest VR project—an exploration of the possibilities and limitations of virtual reality through the aftermath of Second Life.
Courtney Sheehan reports on digital media pioneer Katerina Cizek, who has brought a new documentary project to the Toronto International Film Festival. Cizek is leading the co-creation of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, a research center for emerging new media technologies. Sheehan discusses Cizek’s newest film project and the exciting innovations in documentary filmmaking that are being explored.
Filmmakers Lily Baldwin and Saschka Unseld make our 10 filmmaker to watch list in 2017 for their innovative virtual reality experience, Through You. The have combined their talents in dance, film, and technology to tell a story that explores love and memory over decades of time.
Film Critic Maddy Kadish details new advances in virtual reality storytelling through her highlights of the Immerse section at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
Staff writer Maddy Kadish explores a new ‘reality’ taking the Festival circuit by storm.
In its 10th year, Sundance’s New Frontier section abounded with cutting edge technology and immersive, VR experiences. Neil Kendricks and Maddy Kadish wore the headsets, goggles, and assorted cutting-edge tech in order to leave Park City momentarily behind and glimpse the future of storytelling.