“Storytelling Science” : Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Hackathon

A Workshop Dedicated to Science and Interactive Storytelling

This year CineGlobe, in collaboration with Festival Tous Ecrans, is organizing a one-of-a-kind Hackathon around the storytelling of science. Young Swiss filmmakers, scientists and technology experts will combine their skills to create cinematic projects for the “Oculus Rift” VR headset. Science and cinema have converged in virtual reality, a new narrative form which is revolutionizing our way to tell stories. The spectator is set at the heart of the story, an experience which is now totally immersive.

This event aims to produce stories from science and science from stories. The projects realized will be nourished by the expertise of CERN, the Tribeca Film Institute, BBC Storyville, and other actors in the interactive domain.

After a first, purely transmedia hackathon organized in 2014 with the Tribeca Film Institute, this second edition concentrates specifically on the creation of projects for the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift.

The Hackathon has been officially launched during the CineGlobe Festival in March. Prestigious invited guests, specialists in transmedia and new technologies have been present for diverse presentations on these new narrative forms.

Over the course of six months, the Hackathon participants will develop their projects at the Idea Square of CERN, a new laboratory and incubator for technology projects. The Hackathon takes place over 5 weekends util November 2015. During each weekend, an expert offers a workshop or masterclass on a different subject linked to new forms of narrative and interactive storytelling.

A work session also takes place during the Industry Days at Locarno, and the final project presentations will occur during Festival Tous Ecrans, in November 2015.

Hackathon Schedule

28 – 29 March 2015
Intro to the Oculus Rift and formation of groups, project conception

25 – 26 April 2015
Project architecture, first concepts

23 – 24 May 2015 :
Finalizing scripts, planning for summer production, workshop on shooting in 360 degrees

8 – 9 August 2015 (during the Industry Days of the Locarno Film Festival – for more details)
Realization of prototype

26 – 27 September 2015
Final presentation, assessment and feedback in preparation for Tous Ecrans

7 – 8 November 2015
Final project presentation during Festival Tous Ecrans

 

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