VR Comes to AFI Fest

The American Film Institute announced the details for State of the Art – Innovation, Storytelling and Technology, this year’s showcase dedicated to immersive storytelling and virtual reality (VR) on November 7 and 8 at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi.

The two-day event will include panel discussions with leading artists, interactive installations and VR stations accessible to festival attendees. State of the Art will take place throughout locations in The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. Admission to all panels and events is free for festival guests and passholders.

“The evolution of art is currently being driven by strides in technology, and visual storytelling is our world’s most dynamic example,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, director of AFI FEST. “AFI FEST’s State of the Art showcase will bring audiences and storytellers together to experience and understand some of today’s most cutting edge work.”

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7
Immersive Storytelling Case Studies

Led by the creative talent behind some of Google’s latest Jump projects and Spotlight Stories, this is an in-depth conversation about the development and production of 360-degree and VR films. Panelists include Jessica Brillhart (Principal Filmmaker, Google Jump and Director of WORLD TOUR), Karen Dufilho-Rosen (Executive Producer, Google Spotlight Stories) and Todd Makurath (President and CEO, Bullitt and Executive Producer of HELP).

Filmmakers Virtual Reality & Immersive Storytelling Toolkit
This is a creative and technical guide to immersive storytelling for independent filmmakers, with panelists including filmmaker Janicza Bravo (HARD WORLD FOR LITTLE THINGS), Daniel Burwen (Director of Experience, Jaunt VR), Shannon Gans (New Deal Studios) and director Matthew Gratzner (THE MISSION).

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8
Capturing VR Picture & Sound

A conversation about the cameras, microphone systems and rigs that filmmakers use to shoot and edit VR content will feature panelists Joe Chen (Vrse.works), Patrick Meegan (Jaunt VR), Scot Stafford (Creative Director, Sound & Music for Google Spotlight Stories) and Doug Riggs (Baron VR). The panel will be moderated by Glenn Kiser (Dolby Atmos).

The New Virtual Reality Studios

A conversation with the VR studios developing cinematic projects and films with Hollywood and independent filmmakers will include panelists Tamsin Glasson (Vrse.works) and David Rosenbaum (Jaunt Studios).

IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING AND VR FILM SHOWCASE

VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) FILMS:

EVOLUTION OF VERSE
– A photorealistic, CG-rendered 3D Virtual Reality film takes the viewer on a journey from one beginning to another. DIR Chris Milk. USA

THE MISSION
– With immersive 360-degree shots, THE MISSION follows the adventure of a WWII Special Operations team that is dropped into a raging battle on the Eastern Front. DIR Matthew Gratzner. USA

WALKING NEW YORK
– Vrse.works and The New York Times come together to capture the birth of a new, large-scale street art installation in New York from renowned French artist JR. DIRS Chris Milk and Zack Richter. USA

WORLD TOUR – A journey through the vast experiences of our world. DIR Jessica Brillhart. USA


IMMERSIVE PROJECTS

HELP – The first live action project from Google Spotlight Stories, HELP uses immersive 360-degree technology to drop the viewer into downtown Los Angeles during an alien attack. DIR Justin Lin. USA

THE FORBIDDEN ROOM – A LIVING POSTER
– Initially designed to promote Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin’s new film, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM, this looping collection of moving, morphing posters suggests an anachronistic collision between digitally corrupted video files and a damaged silent-era film print. DIR Galen Johnson. Canada. This project can be found at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres from Nov. 7-12.

POSSIBILIA
– In this astonishing interactive narrative film by acclaimed directing duo, The Daniels, the tumultuous lives of two quarreling lovers unravel and participants choose how any given scene will play out from 16 parallel universes. DIRS The Daniels. USA. This will be on display at The Hollywood Roosevelt from Nov. 7-12.

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