Sundance Breakouts: Four VR Case Studies

Special Event
Theater 6:30–9pm
  • Regular $25
  • Media Center Members $15

What does it take to create great virtual reality experiences?

During this panel, we'll bring together the creators of four outstanding VR pieces from Sundance:

Giant (Milica Zec & Winslow Porter)

Waves (Ben Dickinson)

Perspective 2: The Misdemeanor (Rose Troche)

Kiya (Jamie Pallot/Emblematic Group)

From concept through production, we'll talk through the process of creating compelling VR work: what inspired the experience, what they learned works best in the medium, the biggest challenges they faced, what they would have done differently, and what they're most excited about moving forward. 

Hosted by Virtualize, a VR content agency based in NY, this panel aims to demystify VR and what it means to create in the medium.

The event will include four case studies followed by a Q&A.

6:30pm – 7:00pm – happy hour

7:00pm – 8:30pm – panel

8:30pm – reception

About the Speakers:

Milica Zec is a New York City-based film and virtual reality director, editor, and screenwriter. Her directorial debut in the virtual reality medium was a short narrative piece called, “Giant,” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival New Frontier 2016. Since its premiere, “Giant” has been lauded as a seminal expression of the potential of virtual reality as a storytelling vehicle. 

Milica has been collaborating for 9-years with the performance artist Marina Abramovic on numerous projects, including MoMA’s “The Artist is Present” show, and the successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign for Marina Abramovic Institute, for which Milica directed and created ten videos. milicazec.com

Winslow Turner Porter III (Producer, Co-Creator) is a Brooklyn based director, creative technologist and producer who has always been fascinated with the possibilities of how the intersection of art and technology can elevate storytelling. With over five years of experiential and digital agency experience, he has created experiences for TED, Google, Delta, Diesel and Merrell as well as worked with the who’s who of creative coders, having produced Tribeca Film Festival Transmedia award-winning virtual reality documentary CLOUDS among other internationally acclaimed projects. carbonpictures.com

Benjamin Dickinson grew up in Wheaton, Illinois.  He moved to New York City in 1999 to attend NYU's undergraduate film program.  After graduation he and some friends from school started Waverly Films in a warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where got his start directing music videos for DFA records artists such as LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture.   He makes commercials sometimes.  His acclaimed first feature film FIRST WINTER premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.  His new film CREATIVE CONTROL premiered at SXSW 2015 to rave reviews, and will be released theatrically by Amazon Studios and Magnolia on March 11, 2016.  He recently made his first foray into VR w/ Reggie Watts on a project called WAVES.

Rose Troche is an award winning writer, director and producer of film, television and new media. Her work includes; Go Fish, The Safety of Objects, The L Word, Concussion and much more. She has been working in VR since 2013 and has written and directed the series Perspective. Chapter 1, The Party and Chapter 2, The Misdemeanor both premiered at The Sundance Film Festival. Sugar, a multipart narrative experiment that Troche conceived of produced, wrote and directed will be released in April of 2016. In addition to working on the VR series LGBTQIA, Troche is also working on her 4th feature film, This Is Not Me, to be released in early 2017. 

Jamie Pallot is co-founder of Emblematic Group, pioneering producers of virtual reality news and non-fiction. He was formerly Editorial Director of Condé Nast Digital, where he won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence, overseeing web sites including style.com, epicurious.com, and concierge.com and launching the company’s first iPhone and iPad apps. Pallot has led major digital initiatives at Time Inc., Microsoft, and NewsCorp, as well as editing The Virgin Film Guide in the U.K. He is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair and has written for The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar.

About the Moderator:

Jess Engel is a virtual reality producer and content creator at Virtualize. There she produces both branded and original content VR content. Their latest collaborations include the launch of VR fashion video, Unstitched, during NYFW and GIANT, a VR narrative experience which premiered to positive reviews at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Previously, she was the Creative Executive at Electric City Entertainment in Los Angeles. There she worked on critically acclaimed films such as Derek Cianfrance’s THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES and Tim Burton’s BIG EYES.


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