Teaching Narrative Design for VR at IFP Made in NYC Center in October/November

NYC friends–I am teaching again at IFP Made in NYC Media Center again–it was really well received last time. I took suggestions to heart–so this time around, I’m expand the number of sessions and am offering time to view VR prior to the class to facilitate class discussions. This is really about storytelling– VR is an evolving language, so we will be learning and thinking together–though,  I have some ideas! Bringing in embodied cognition concepts from Damasio and queer phenomenology from Sarah Ahmed. empathy 2
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#Partnership with #IntelStudios for the making of #Queerskinsark

Things like this don’t happen to people like us.

 

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It is a dream come true to announce that Queerskins: ark created by Cyril Tsiboulski and me in collaboration with talented choreographer Brandon Powers is being co-produced with by INTEL STUDIOS.

We are truly appreciative of their willingness to push artistic innovation in VR and to support challenging, complex stories like this. We shot in LA last week on the largest 3D volumetric capture stage in the world with the Intel Studios team and ourIMG_1813 NY based team many of whom have been part of QS since episode 1: producer and mother of dragons Kathleen Fox, DP Cory Allen, Actors Michael DeBartolo , Christopher Vo, and new LA friends EcoVR (sound engineering). Coming Jan 2020.

Final Rehearsal Before Queerskins Ark Volumetric Shoot

Final rehearsal prior to shoot in LA. with Choreographer Brandon Powersand dancer/actors Christopher Vo and Michael DeBartolo.

Although Queerskins: ark VR is a continuation of our Peabody Futures of Media award winning first episode, it is designed to be a stand-alone piece as well. In this episode, Mary-Helen, Sebastian’s mom finds his diary while putting away things from a box of belongings shipped back with his body to Missouri. Reading it, not without some misgivings, she allows herself to imagine him alive and in love.  It is our intent to use the special affordances of VR to create new forms of intimacy, connection and understanding through our storytelling. We do not tell you how to feel about two male lovers’ intimate dance, but whatever you decide, however you move, coming close or staying at a distance, will influence how the dance appears. It is, in essence, a kind of collaborative choreography. 

Gorgeous photos by Asya Gorovits.

L.A. here we come! 3D Volumetric Shoot Next Week

 

Excited to soon announce our co-producing partner for Queerskins: ark VR. Truly amazed by their support of ground-breaking, emotionally complex storytelling in VR. Although a continuation of these stories, episode 2,  Queerskins Ark is designed to be a stand-alone piece as well. In this episode, Mary-Helen, Sebastian’s mother finds his diary while putting away things from a box of belongings shipped back with his body to Missouri. Reading it, not without some misgivings, she allows herself to imagine him alive and in love.  It is our intent to use the special affordances of VR to create new forms of intimacy, connection and understanding through our storytelling. We do not tell you how to feel about two male lovers’ intimate dance, but whatever you decide, however you move, coming close or staying at a distance, will influence how the dance appears. It is, in essence, a kind of collaborative choreography. We are so pleased to be working with Brandon Powers who created the dance based on Sebastian’s diary entries that I wrote 2007-2013 and dancer/actors Michael DeBartolo and Christopher Vo.

Here is a link to Michael speaking the text. https://soundcloud.com/illya-szilak/i-could-die-here associated with the segment of dance above.

“…I awoke with a feeling of expansive contentment, as if I were awash in a warm ocean. I felt dissolved—as if that light had worked on me, burnishing the surfaces so they glowed. I felt that even if I strove to see, I would not discern where my glimmering body stopped and the atmosphere ceased. To be–so uncontained, to not have to worry about the edges of things—what is this but the definition of “joy?”