26th January – our first Media Showcase took place in The Tank Studio. Central to it were the exploration of media and culture which include different communication techniques as our Transnational Subjectivity essay films and Exploring Digital Culture academic conferences and subjective experience in World of Warcraft.
Doing what you love not always means that it is enjoyable all the time.
The essay film, for me, is one of this challenges which trigger interest and fear in the same time. Because it freely uses different approaches, combines video, music, voice… it is difficult to master the genre and create meaningful piece of work without losing the concept in the open fragmented structure. There is freedom to experiment, but this have to be premeditated, each decision carefully considered because the smallest detail mistaken could ruin the whole film.
Exploring Digital Culture module: final task was to deliver public conference as a group about the affect in World of Warcraft. My group’s presentation can be reviewed here:
‘VR is a machine but through this machine we become more compassionate, more empathetic, we become more connected. And ultimately, we become more human.’
Following from my last post I continue to explore the possibilities around the VR technology. Some of them include:
- Spatial storytelling – the richest content, but still some limits of cinematography toolkit
- Shared immersive experience
- Extremities of experience
Few of the challenges:
- Moving (dizziness)
- Few of the established storytelling tools apply
- Passive vs. interactive storytelling
There’s a monster hiding in the mirror
When I lean in closer, he comes nearer.
He looks deep into my eyes and sees the fear inside me
About being an old school nowadays when everything is being uploaded on the ‘cloud’ … Well, it happened to be my spontaneous, ‘knee-jerk’ reaction.
If you are part of Master programme, you probably know that Study leaves are just another opportunity to catch up with some additional research. I was reading some articles and browsing videos about Virtual Reality storytelling, particularly the 360º filming when I found this original 360º book idea which inspired me to create one. Because everyone who saw it seemed to like it a lot, I decided to post short and easy tutorial of the creating process.
To become more familiar with ‘the art and tech’ of VR storytelling I explored some short 360 films online and watched couple of conferences where these were introduced to wider public. Some of the names working in this area I have been listening and learning from are Neil Smith, Matt Celia, Jordan Service and the most inspirational one, personally for me, Chris Milk.
My research on the filming now continues its course to 360 and some tips about it included in the next short online course I am undertaking: ‘VR photography and video. The basics with Ben Long’