Who is the VR workshop for?
The VR workshop is intended for everyone with a strong interest in audiovisual storytelling. The medium is still going through its experimental stage: little has been established as rules and conventions of the format.
That is why we think the best way to get fresh new ideas, is to gather a crowd of talented enthusiasts as diverse as possible, coming from any background or field of expertise.
Please do not refrain from applying because you lack former experience with filmmaking: you will find out that most of the traditional filmmaking rules are made obsolete by this new format, levelling the field for everyone.
How will participating benefit me?
You will receive a thorough introduction and go through hands-on training, and put what you learn to practice by participating in the production of two or more VR short films. All this will happen within the timeframe of only 8 days : needless to say, it will be an intensive week. This will help creating a positive atmosphere among similar-minded people, leading hopefully to longer term collaborations as well.
As production teams will be formed organically, the workshop will prove a great way to refine your skills and knowledge in any role you wish to fulfil in the filmmaking process. We also believe in a hands-on, "learn by doing", "fail fast" approach to learning, rather than anything lecture-based, which often adds unnecessary complexity to the production process and stifles the creative mind.
What is included to the price?
Registration fees are used to cover various expenses that include equipment, facilities, set design and catering. Though we cannot guarantee accommodation, we will do our best to help you find an affordable place to stay in Helsinki.
The workshop's equipment will enable you to try out different VR cameras and gear (see the next question). In order to create visually appealing films the workshop also provides funds or materials for each production team's set design. We want to see you shine on the screen!
Catering will cover breakfast and lunch. Our venue also has a kitchen in which you can store snacks and soft drinks.
What kind of equipment will there be available at the workshop?
The workshop wants to introduce a diverse solutions of recording VR image. We will have different models of all-in-one 360° cameras (such as Kodak Pixpro, Ricoh Theta S and 360Fly) as well as rigs that combine of six or more action cameras. We also showcase an alternative one or two camera set up, which enables you to shoot VR even with your own DSLR or a cinema camera. This way, even though we want to assure you that the equipment is not everything in VR filmmaking, you will get to compare the results and choose one for your own purposes.
We offer trackless dollies, monopods, and other camera rigging systems to support your cinematographic vision. We also have a range of different lighting equipment, which will be at your disposal. Naturally, the workshop also offers the necessary sound recording equipment and the VR headsets. Our post-production stations each have stitching, editing, sound design, colour correction and game engine softwares in them.
Please note that the list of equipment available will be updated and specified later. We also like to stress that the workshop warmly welcome participants bringing their own VR equipments as we have limited resources.
Is VR video production similar to a 'normal' video / film production process?
Yes, it can be divided to:
1. Pre-production (Screenwriting tips from Quora)
2. Production (How not to suck at VR)
3. Post-production (stitching, editing, sound design & colour grading)
4. Screening (Several platforms support VR videos that can be viewed with VR goggles or other handheld devices)