Virtual Reality Master Class: Business, Production, and Distribution

Special Event
Theater 10:30–4:30pm
  • Regular $300
  • Media Center Members $200

Back by popular demand!

Learn how to create Virtual Reality projects from conception to distribution, a full course in immersive design, the business of VR and the ins and outs of this emerging production specialty. Instructors with experience creating live-action and computer generated 360° experiences will take you through the pre, production and post process for VR and give you an overview of the business models and distribution opportunities for this exciting new platform.

Students will leave understanding:

–The production process for live action and computer generated VR filmmaking

–The strategies, business concepts, and models for creating a successful VR production.

–The differences between traditional filmmaking and VR filmmaking

–The players, hardware, software and distribution channels in the VR marketplace

About Datavized:

Datavized is a New York City-based immersive design studio focused on WebVR and data visualization in 3D 360° environments. Our mission is to push the creative and technical boundaries of immersive media production and to apply the skills and techniques of interactive visual storytelling to the visualization of data. We create virtual experiences with real impact. http://datavized.com


Debra Anderson

Chief Strategy Officer & Founder

Debra Anderson is a Producer/Director specialized in digital storytelling and media impact. She builds data-driven, researched based approaches to immersive experiences. Debra’s VR directorial debut, In\Formation, is a two-part (25 min) immersive documentary about the emerging power of VR to inspire empathy in its audience and will be available for free download or streaming for iOS and Android devices, viewable on Cardboard. She founded the innovation consultancy Culture Shock in 2007; presented groundbreaking interactive works with NFB at Sundance New Frontier (2012), Tribeca Storyscapes (2013-16) and curated arts/tech projects at Volta Art Fair NY & Switzerland (2010-14). Debra designed and instructs the first Big Data: Consumer Research undergraduate survey course at The New School for Public Engagementt.

Hugh McGrory

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Hugh McGrory brings expertise in film production, imaging and technology to the world of immersive media. He was a Partner at Culture Shock, consulting for clients including Vimeo and The National Film Board of Canada, and played a pivotal role in the Andy Warhol Film Digitization project. Previously, Hugh cofounded the Belfast based film and animation studio Make.ie, was a Teaching Fellow at the Queen’s University of Belfast (Film Studies), Executive Producer for NI Screen/UK Film Council Digital Shorts, and completed a Nanoimaging Residency with the CINEMA Microscopy Lab at Yale University.

Brian Chirls

Chief Technology Officer & Founder

Brian Chirls is a recognized innovator in the independent film world. He was recently the Digital Technology Fellow at POV, a position funded by the Knight Foundation. He has developed innovative models for interaction, data visualization and content authoring in virtual reality. Brian has helped to create a new genre of interactive video pieces and software libraries that demonstrate ways to combine the interactivity and connectivity of the web with the aesthetic power of cinema and his work has been presented at CPH:DOX, IDFA DocLab, SXSW and Tribeca Film Institute. 

Image: In\Formation, a VR film directed by Debra Anderson, produced by Hugh McGrory, a datavized production.

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