If you've been thinking about taking the plunge into VR storytelling, now is a great time to do it. Two big forces in the industry—Google Daydream and the Tribeca Film Institite—have teamed up to support VR storytelling in a big way. Managed by the TFI Immersive Films Program, a new VR Lab is looking for creative teams to submit projects that fit the theme of 5 Elements of Nature. What does that mean, exactly? According to a TFI announcement:
From ancient civilizations and outer space, to our bodies and daily consumption, we want you to activate your senses and use the 5 marvelous elements of nature (EARTH, WATER, WIND, FIRE, SPACE) to explore futurism, politics, reality, fiction, or any topic you are passionate about...We are looking for pieces that excavate the different facets of nature through journeys into various cultures, mythologies, fables, and wonders.
If this trippy description resonates with you, get to applying, because the rewards are numerous. Five teams will be invited to attend a VR Lab in New York City end of July (expenses covered for domestic travel). The lab will be a two-day training in VR fundamentals to get you up and running, and then you will have until the end of the year to complete it. To help, each team will receive $40,000 toward production, a Yi Halo camera as well as free unlimited stitching via Jump, and Google technical support.
Teams of 3-5 with diverse backgrounds—both culturally and technically—are encouraged to apply and the majority of members must be based in the U.S. The online application is very straightforward and you have a month until the mid-June deadline, so read the FAQ and go for it! Good luck.