The Sundance Institute is looking to encourage Virtual Reality filmmakers. The organization has partnered with virtual reality firm Jaunt to fund VR film making technology. Sundance Film Institute has announced six month residency that will help virtual reality filmmaker to make VR films.
This new program will run under organization’s New Frontier program, which is known to support independent artists working towards music, film and tech. Sundance partnership with Jaunt will allow artists participating in this program to use VR camera hardware and software of Jaunt. This is a great deal for filmmakers, who are trying to convert their idea to 360 degree film, as the VR cameras are very expensive.
Cliff Plumer, the president of Jaunt Studios said in a press release, “Virtual reality represents an entirely new medium for entertainment and media, one where creativity is the new currency, artistic vision trumps tradition and immersion intensifies viewer emotions,” he added, “As we drive forward our mission is to empower the next generation of artists and filmmakers. The launch of the Sundance Institute New Frontier/ Jaunt VR Residency is further proof that cinematic virtual reality is a major force in the evolution of storytelling, and of our commitment to get this technology into the hands of cutting edge filmmakers and storytellers.”
Lynette Wallworth is the first artist selected to participate in this program and the name of three more participants will be announced in few months. The four participating artist of this residency will get a grant, which will allow them to produce their own VR short films.