Innovation Studio


Projects On View

Collisions (VR, Sundance/Skoll Stories of Change)

Lynette Wallworth & Nicole Newnham

Performing Statistics/Windows from Prison (Photography, Print, VR)

Mark Strandquist

Oakland Fence Project (Interactive Photography & Augmented Reality)

Wendy Levy, Anselm Hook, AnneMarie Cordeiro, JJ Harris, Brittani Sensabaugh, Chris Johnson & others

The Deeper They Bury Me (Interactive Web Doc, National Film Board of Canada)

Angad Singh Balla

Selected Projects, Google VR, Expeditions and Spotlight Stories

Friday, June 10, 2016

11:00am – 12:00pm

WORKSHOP: What Works in VR Storytelling

What kind of stories actually work in virtual reality? What questions should we ask before we start experimenting? How are folks across disciplines using Cardboard as a resource and what does the future hold for VR?

WIth Todd Shaiman, Head of Content Strategy, Google VR
Karen Dufilho-Rosen, Executive Producer, Spotlight Stories

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12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunchtime DEMO & DISCUSSION: Collisions

Collisions is a virtual reality film experience like no other, exploring the collision of science and spirit. It is a virtual reality journey to the remote Western Australian desert, led by Martu elder Nyarri Morgan, at a moment of complete and utter transformation. It has screened at Sundance, in Davos at the World Economic Forum, at the Skoll World Forum – and many other international venues. Hear about the evolution and impact of this groundbreaking project, along with the myriad challenges that come with early adoption of new technology.

Nicole Newnham, Producer of Collisions

2:45pm – 3:45pm

WORKSHOP: Expeditions

Expeditions is a collaborative Virtual Reality platform built for classrooms. Google worked with teachers and content partners from around the world to create more than 150 journeys intended to immerse young folks in fresh new experiences. Using a tablet, teachers guide students wearing VR viewers. What’s YOUR Journey?

Sarah Steele, Google VR Program Manager

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

11:00am – 12:00pm

WORKSHOP: Join the Virtual Reality Revolution: How to Make Your Own VR Film

Forget what you know about films, gaming or documentary—everyone agrees that VR is a new medium with a whole new set of rules that haven’t yet been developed. VR filmmaking is still in the trial-and-error stage. Come learn a little about a lot.

Phil Collis, Creative Director, Skoll Foundation

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12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunchtime DEMO & DISCUSSION: The Deeper They Bury Me

Having spent over 40 years locked in a prison cell for a murder he maintains he did not commit, Black Panther activist Herman Wallace says he’s been buried deeper than most on earth. In interactive web doc The Deeper They Bury Me, you’ll hear what it is like – directly from Herman – to feel caged for one’s political beliefs and how to maintain sanity though four decades of solitary confinement. Hear about the feature film Herman’s House, why the director chose to build on online platform, what kind of impact might participatory web media have that other kinds of stories could not?

Angad Singh Balla, Director, Herman’s House and The Deeper They Bury Me.

3:00pm – 4:00pm

WORKSHOP: PHOTOGRAPHS THAT MOVE: Performing Statistics/Windows from Prison & Oakland Fence Project

This workshop focuses on two projects that represent Interactive Photography on steroids. Windows From Prison* is an ongoing project that uses photography as a way to connect incarcerated men, women, and teens to their past while creating space and humanistic entry points for students, faculty, NGO’s, family members of incarcerated individuals, former prisoners, and policy makers to engage with the sources, impacts, and alternatives to mass incarceration. Oakland Fence Project is designed as all-Oakland, all-the-time, open-source experience. – an app that reads the pixels in a 6-foot image and triggers a video story in your hand.

Come break it down with award-winning Project Director Mark Strandquist and A/R Developer Anselm Hook.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

8:00pm – 12:00pm

First come-first-served viewings of Collisions

Open Office Hours: Creative Tech Consultations with Mark Strandquist, Emma Raynes from Magnum Foundation’s Photography, Expanded Program, Mary T. An from NAMAC’s HatchLab and others.