Virtual reality (VR) is the new frontier for filmmakers. With the advent of this new medium experienced documentary filmmakers suddenly find their knowledge and experience wanting. The International Documentary Association is stepping in to help nonfiction filmmakers get up to speed on how to use VR technology to tell a story by hosting a workshop at the Impact Hub in Los Angeles.
The workshop is specifically designed to give these filmmakers practical knowledge in every major aspect of crafting VR documentary. The workshop will cover current tools, emerging techniques and methodologies, as well as the ethical concerns surrounding this rapidly evolving medium. Attendees will get a deeper understanding of what VR is and what it is not, and how documentary techniques and goals can be applied to the VR medium.
On Friday April 22, preceding the workshop on Saturday April 23, attendees will have the opportunity to experience a range of dynamic VR works in preparation for the workshop the next day.
The workshop will be led by Jeff Fitzsimmons, Kelly Fitzsimmons, Brad Lichtenstein, founders of VR company, Custom Reality Services and Julie Young, a producer at Emblematic Group. They are the team behind the Planned Parenthood collaboration Across the Line, which premiered at Sundance and was shown at SXSW, Tribeca and a host of other film festivals in 2016.
You can sign up for the workshop here.