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VR Workshop

Screen South is running a Professional Development Workshop in Virtual Reality over the weekend of March 17-18 which is supported by Arts Council England and Kent County Council and run by Simon Wilkinson CiRCA69.

Screen South & the Ignition Network present
‘Maximising Immersive Opportunities’
A VR & AR Workshop Programme
Creating and Presenting VR & AR

Saturday-Sunday 17th and 18th March
UCA Gallery, Tontine Street, Folkestone

Over two days, artists, curators and technicians will explore opportunities to get creative with virtual reality and augmented reality content using Unity games engine.

Limited places are available. To attend the event, please contact barbara.welch@screensouth.org or call Screen South on 01303 259777.

What does Virtual and Augmented Reality offer for storytellers and artists? Screen South is excited by the possibilities immersive tech can bring to Filmmakers and Creatives across the audio visual spectrum – from animation to dance, from live action to creative visualisations or spoken word. Pioneering companies such as CiRCA69, curious directive and AΦE are the forerunners – creating immersive, digital shared experiences for this new medium. Interested to learn more? This two-day workshop teaches you how to make creative digital content for immersive technology.

This masterclass will focus on using AR and VR as new storytelling mediums. By the end of the workshops participants will have a good understanding of unity, sufficient enough to continue learning on their own via the development of their own ideas and projects.

  • Day 1 will focus on VR production using Unity and looking at VR storytelling as part of a Transmedia toolkit. Participants will learn how to create immersive interactive worlds.
  • Day 2 will continue this learning but shifting the focus onto creating augmented reality using Unity.

Participants should bring their own laptops installed with Unity version 5 or higher; and should install and register to be ready to begin using the software straightaway on Day 1.

The workshop is led by Simon Wilkinson, a British Transmedia artist. His work incorporates audiovisual, installation, virtual reality, electronic music, online and performance media, often combining all of these forms simultaneously. Wilkinson describes Transmedia as the ‘practice of telling a story through multiple platforms, so that, for example, instead of making a website ‘about’ the theatre piece, the website becomes an embedded part of the narrative.’ He often uses Transmedia platforms in order ‘to disrupt consensus reality and immerse audiences in experiences which blur the line between truth and fiction.’