Past events

DocLab Live: Immersive Showcase 22 Nov 2016 at 20:00

Immersive storytelling is going through an unprecedented evolution. But where does the hype end and do new art forms take shape?

Industry Session: Putting Your Audience in the Story 22 Nov 2016 at 12:00

Virtual reality pioneer Zillah Watson tells you all about storytelling in emerging consumer technology.

Industry Talk: The (Un)defined Business of Interactive 22 Nov 2016 at 15:00

With over 10 years of digital non-fiction art production behind us, this talk explores future developments of interactive storytelling and how to fund it.

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This year DocLab Academy participants can choose between three hands-on workshops by inspiring VR pioneers.

Alongside the festival program, DocLab Academy offers a training program for new interactive talent from all over the world. This program includes panels, network events, expert meetings and the a series of hands-on workshops. DocLab Academy events are invitation only.

This year, DocLab Academy workshops include:

Reframing: interactive VR for non-fiction  By Oscar Raby and Katy Morrison

How do we create stories based on engagement, as opposed to stories we merely look at? In Virtual Reality the user is the cursor, and what you DO is what you get. This workshop will be a short exercise in interactive, process-based VR documentary. Instead of creating virtual reality with a 360 video camera, this workshop shows you how to scan objects and people to create an interactive digital model of the world around us.

Thomas Wallner: ARTE 360 VR Video platform and Liquid Cinema
360 video is one of the most used techniques to create virtual reality films. Join Thomas Wallner of DEEP as he gives a hands on experience of the ARTE 360 VR Video platform and Liquid Cinema an advanced VR video authoring tool that gives VR filmmakers new tools to tell their stories.

Web VR Production with Brian Chirls
Learn how to make your own VR experiences with absolutely no budget. Creative technologist Brian Chirls introduces the basics of VR production and design, followed by a hands-on workshop on how to build and deliver a virtual reality prototype for Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard. Basic JavaScript coding skills are helpful but not required. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop and a smartphone. A Cardboard VR headset will be provided.

DocLab Academy is an initiative of IDFA’s new media program DocLab and Flemish Arts Center De Brakke Grond. The program is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Amsterdam Fund for the Art, The Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Creative Europe Vlaanderen and the Netherlands Film Fund.

Event information

  • When: 2015-11-21 at 09:00
  • Venue Name: De Brakke Grond
  • Venue address: Nes 43, 1012KD Amsterdam
  • With: Thomas Wallner, Oscar Raby, Katy Morrison & Biran Chirls