28th SGIFF: Future of Cinema | Connecting Through VR
In this panel, we delve deeper into how VR technology expands the horizons for filmmakers and storytellers. From social commentaries, to thoughtful narratives and provocative documentaries, the innovation seen from storytellers these days transcend film, television and other traditional forms of media. They are now modes of delivering information, entertainment and comprehensive experiences to the people who are seeing it, making the connection with audiences all the more meaningful.
Sandra Rodriguez is a Canadian filmmaker, creative director (interactive/film) and sociologist of new media technology. As a filmmaker, she has directed, written and produced award winning documentary films, broadcasted and exhibited internationally, before pushing creation into the interactive realm. Today, she heads the Creative Reality Lab at EyeSteelFilm, an Emmy-awarded company based in Montreal.
Born in Australia, Aaron Wilson has made numerous short films that have screened at more than 100 festivals, and acquired numerous international sales and awards. His short film Feng (Wind) was awarded Best Short Film at the Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival in 2007. In 2013, his first feature film, Canopy, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. His recent VR projects include Nowtalgia, an installation piece with the Melbourne International Film Festival, and Passion Kitchens, a VR film project made for the Singapore Tourism Board.
Imraan Ismail is a US-based writer, director and visual artist whose films have been shown in film festivals around the world including Sundance and Cannes. He was nominated for two Emmys for The Displaced (2015) — a VR film that was shot in war zones. Recently, he just finished the VR documentary film, The Protectors, co-created with Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow.
Lionel Chok has been actively involved in creating digital content for television, cinema, the web, mobile and theatre since he started his career back in 1995. Almost 20 years on, he decided to upskill himself in tech by specialising in Augmented and Virtual Reality. Today, he not only runs his very own startup, iMMERSiVELY, which specialises in Immersive Technologies, he is also a contributor for VR at Forbes Asia, and a much sought after speaker and presenter in AR and VR.
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