Includes All Access Pass to Camden International Film Festival

Spend two days learning how to plan, shoot and edit 360° video for VR headsets and social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Then connect with leading VR creators at the Camden International Film Festival.*

With the launch of a new generation of VR headsets and 360° camera rigs, VR is going mainstream. Filmmakers and journalists are experimenting with these technologies to create a more visceral and immersive sense of “being there” than ever before, but they are still developing the creative techniques that will make VR distinct from film as a storytelling medium.

This unique 2-day crash course will allow filmmakers and other media artists to become part of this rapidly-growing field. It will introduce participants to the latest production equipment and post-production workflows for producing 360° nonfiction video, as well as creative strategies for immersive storytelling and an overview of the landscape for funding and distribution.

Day 1 will feature an introduction to 360° camera systems and workflows, as well as an opportunity to shoot 360° video in the field under different conditions.

Day 2 will involve stitching (using Kolor autopano, After Effects), editing in popular NLE systems (Premiere, FCX, Da Vinci Resolve), and processing footage to be played back on VR headsets. We will review distribution platforms across 360° video content (YouTube, Oculus Store, white label apps) and tools for app authoring and prototyping (InstaVR, WondaVR, Viar360, VR Doodler). We will also view and critique the latest VR documentary and journalism.

Following the 2-day crash course, participants will have an opportunity to attend the Camden International Film Festival and connect with some of the world’s leading VR artists and practitioners through exclusive Q&A sessions. The 2016 festival will feature the inaugural Storyforms exhibition -- a showcase of VR and immersive documentary.

* This workshop was created in partnership with the Camden International Film Festival. Tuition includes an All Access Pass (worth $195) to the 2017 Camden International Film Festival, Points North Forum and Storyforms exhibition of immersive storytelling. Recognized as one of the top 12 documentary film festivals in the world, CIFF brings the finest nonfiction cinema to the coast of Maine, showcasing over 80 documentary feature and short films from around the globe each fall. The Points North Documentary Forum, which runs concurrently with the festival, is dedicated to providing emerging documentarians with opportunities for professional development and creative inspiration. Programs include the Points North Pitch, masterclasses, workshops, panels and one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s leading funders, distributors and producers. Past participants include representatives from HBO, A&E, BBC, Participant Media, Al Jazeera America, Discovery, PBS, Ford Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Vimeo and Kickstarter.


Karen Vanderborght

Karen has spent the last two years working as a Creative VR Director for the National Film Board of Canada and Radio Canada, and she is currently co-developing an interactive VR project for the UN with Eyesteel Films. Her independent experimental work screened extensively in the international festival circuit, as well as in museums and galleries, like Rotterdam Film Festival, Reina Sofia Gallery, San Francisco Film Festival, and many others.

Karen has worked as a curator and creator of media art in Europe, and a DOP and editor for over 15 television series and documentaries. Her early interests in interactive technologies and her professional video career converge in her goal to develop a new visual language for VR/AR experiences and take stories to places where they have never been gone before.

Course Dates

Sep 13 to Sep 14



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