Jan 30 A New Language in Filmmaking: Virtual Reality


SECTION New Frontier Panels

RUN TIME 90 min

Friday January 30, 2015
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
New Frontier Microcinema
573 Main Street, 2nd floor
#VRFilm #ArtFilmWeekend

Over a century has passed since the advent of film, allowing filmmakers to continuously hone, craft and form the language of cinema, as well as pass those teachings on to the new crop of filmmakers. Virtual Reality, on the other hand, has only recently been birthed, and with it, a completely new language and approach to storytelling. Learn from the top directors working in this medium, as they take you through their journey of failures and success in virtual reality storytelling.

Join Chris Milk (director, An Evolution of Verse, Sound and Vision, Wilderness Downtown), Rose Troche (director Perspective, The L Word), Saschka Unseld (director The Blue Umbrella, story consultant to Oculus) and Glen Keane (animator, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Duet).

Artist Bio

Chris Milk’s work straddles experimental genres and unfamiliar mediums, turning emerging technologies into newfound canvases. In recent years, Milk has focused on using cross-media innovations to enhance human storytelling. The Johnny Cash Project, The Wilderness Downtown with Arcade Fire, and Sound and Vision with Beck use breakthrough technologies to tap into the intensely personal, emotive power of music and create visual experiences that are globally interconnected, yet individually meaningful for each participant. Rose Troche is an award-winning writer, director, and producer of film, television, and New Media. Her works include Go Fish, The Safety of Objects, The L Word, Concussion, and much more. Her career began in experimental film, and she is pleased it is finding its way back with Sugar, a multipart narrative experiment that will begin production in early 2015, and with her collaboration with Morris May on Perspective. Saschka Unseld directed & produced numerous award-winning shorts and commercials before joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2008. During his six years at Pixar, he worked on Toy Story 3, Cars 2 and Brave and wrote and directed Pixar's The Blue Umbrella. Recently, Saschka became the Creative Director at Oculus Story Studio to help shape the future of VR storytelling. @saschkaunseld A 38 year veteran of Disney Animation, Glen Keane is most noted for animating legendary characters such as Ariel, Pocahontas, Beast, Tarzan, and Rapunzel. In 2012, Glen left Disney to pursue further artistic exploration. He recently partnered with Google ATAP to create the latest Spotlight Story “Duet”, an interactive film for mobile, set for a wide release in early 2015. @glenkeaneprd Max Rheiner is a senior lecturer at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), who has been teaching in both the bachelors and masters programs for the Department of Interaction Design, since 2006. He received his Diploma from Zurich University of the Arts in the field of New Media Arts, in 2003. The main areas of discipline that he specializes in are Embodied Interaction and Physical Computing. Of these topics, he conceived and developed the Physical Computing Laboratory for the Department of Interaction Design that has been running since 2006. His research and artistic interest center on interactive experiences which utilize methods from Virtual/Augmented Reality and Immersive Telepresence. Moreover, his artistic work has been recognized and exhibited in a number of international and well-renowned venues such as Biennale Venice, Italy, Ars Electronic Linz, Austria, and Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan. Yelena Rachitsky is the Creative Producer of the annual Future of StoryTelling (FoST) summit, an invitation-only event that gathers top executives, marketers, creatives, and technologists with the vision and influence to change how people communicate and tell stories in the digital age. Along with FoST, Yelena is also a consultant for Sundance New Frontier, working with both the institute and the festival. Prior to her work in innovative storytelling, Yelena produced a feature entitled "Let's Ruin it with Babies" and spent four years in the documentary division at Participant Media (Food Inc, An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman).