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Intro to VR

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

About the Course

This course will give you a good overall understanding of the Virtual Reality landscape and specifically how to approach this new medium from a narrative and storytelling perspective. You will also learn about the entire production and post production process involved in creating a 360 video.

What you will learn
This course will introduce you to the creative considerations involved in developing VR content, and the workflow involved in shooting and editing a 360 video, which is viewable in Head Mounted Displays such as the Oculus Rift and Gear VR.

You will:

  • Learn how to adapt the production and post production workflow of a traditional (anamorphic) film to accommodate the 360 rig
  • Have a chance to experience Samsung’s Gear VR, Google Cardboard and the HTC Vive, and also see a demonstration of how a 360 video is shot and stitched.
  • Hear a detailed case study of VR Noir: A Day Before the Night, an interactive VR crime thriller.
  • learn about the current applications of VR and its potential for future development.

Why do this course? 
To get up to speed with VR!

We are so accustomed to watching films for so long, creating something new like the VR experience is going to require a whole new toolkit. Robert Stromberg, Maleficent Director.

Panoramic (360) video is going to be a big part of VR because it offers the kind of complexity that you just can’t simulate using the highest end GPU’s. John Carmack CTO, Oculus

Level of experience
This is an introductory course into the practicalities of creating VR content however a level of filmmaking competency in traditional media platforms is assumed.

About the Tutor: Nathan Anderson
Starting off life in Film and TV in the 90’s, Nathan transitioned over to digital at the height of the dotcom bubble and has forged a career in multiplatform and transmedia. Working with brands and companies such as Foxtel, Disney, ABC, BBC and NBCU, Nathan has produced digital properties across all known platforms. In 2015, he co-founded Start VR and is now their Executive Producer and COO. His latest VR credit includes being the EP and VR Showrunner on VR Noir: A Day Before the Night that was showcased at the VIVID Sydney 2016 Ideas Program.


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