Virtual Reality: Immersive 360 Video Storytelling
Date: March 26 - March 30 Location: Fields Art Building
Fields Art Building
Virtual reality gives you the ability to expand your digital presence by immersing your audience in an interactive, hands-on environment. With major brands like YouTube, Facebook, CNN, and the New York Times all developing platforms to support 360 video, VR is rapidly becoming accessible to the general public.
We would like to invite you to join us this Spring Break, March 26-30, for VR: Immersive 360 Video Storytelling. The five-day workshop will be co-facilitated by Ben Ross and Matt Ross (’17) and held in the Fields Center for the Visual Arts Computer Lab on the undergraduate campus. It is sponsored by Information Technology and is free to Lewis & Clark students, staff, and faculty. We have a limited number of spots reserved for students nominated by faculty or supervisors.
Over the course of the workshop participants will receive both seminar style and hands-on training in the essential skills for producing virtual reality 360 video. It is recommended to those interested in VR content creation, particularly those pursuing careers in journalism, new media, marketing, communications and PR, publishing, education, and web publishing. Over the course of the week you will:
Learn the fundamentals of immersive content and experience a variety of 360 VR experiences
Understand the different tools and software available to you to begin producing VR content
Work hands-on with a range of VR cameras and learn the technical elements behind successful VR experiences (camera movement, avoiding motion sickness, and spatial audio)
Learn to shoot VR video and stitch it together using Adobe Premiere, Mettle Mantra VR, Mocha VR
Learn to record spatial audio to match the immersive environment of VR video
While you will learn basics of VR content production, participants must be comfortable with technical subjects and learning in a fast-paced environment. VR video and audio equipment is provided, but you are required to bring your own pair of headphones. Knowledge of Adobe Premiere is helpful, but not required, and you are encouraged to bring an external hard drive for storing large video files (format your drive for Mac). Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional questions about the pace or content.
Virtual Reality (VR) is here to stay and it is growing, and this is your chance to catch it ahead of the curve. Spots are limited, so register or nominate one of your students today!
Ben Ross is an artist, filmmaker, and visual storyteller specializing in immersive and experiential media. He has produced documentary work in Uganda, Burma, and throughout the United States, focusing on marginalized stories and their intersections within broader social, cultural, and environmental contexts.
With a background in photojournalism and ethnographic documentary storytelling, Ben applies an investigative and culturally sensitive approach to create a framework for subjects to speak and be heard on their own terms.
In the last two years, Ben has explored the evolving tools of virtual reality and other immersive mediums to break down barriers between his audience and the subjects he documents. After spending nearly two years working for VR-pioneer Chris Milk and his production company, Vrse.works (now Here Be Dragons), he split off to found Co.Reality. Co.Reality is currently in-production on a range of projects including immersive installations, VR documentaries, and branded content.
Matt Ross (’17)
Matt Ross is a musician and visual/performance artist based in Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. He studies theatre at Lewis & Clark College with a concentration in performance. His upcoming thesis installation (April 2017), produced by Co.Reality, combines Virtual Reality and live, site-specific theater. This and other upcoming projects focus on separating time from space and finding the creative crossroads between art, social justice, and intergenerational trauma.