Screen NSW & ABC announce first slate of ‘360 Vision’ VR productions

Following June’s 360 Vision VR lab held earlier this year in June, six VR projects have been announced by Screen NSW and the ABC.

Sydney-based VR artist Lynette Wallworth will mentor all six projects through this early stage of development.

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Due to the success of the 360 Vision lab, a second lab will be held in 2017, expanding to two days of masterclasses, demonstrations, presentations and workshops with high profile international and Australian VR practitioners. Again, the lab will be held at the Carriageworks, taking place on the 29 and 30 March.

The selected projects for 2016 are:

Aussie Cops
Genre: Narrative Comedy
Company: Hardy White Pictures
VR Company: Paper Moose
· Writer/cast: Seaton Kay-Smith
· Director/cast: Nick Hunter
· Producer: Michelle Hardy
Synopsis: Aussie Cops is an Ozploitation comedy series about two very fair-dinkum cops investigating a grisly murder. A locked door murder of sorts experienced in 360 degrees from the point of view of an inquisitive new recruit.

The Hold Up
Genre: Narrative Comedy
Company: Jungle FTV Pty Ltd
VR Companies: Cutting Edge, Nylon Studios, Panavision Australia
· Executive Producer: Chloe Rickard
· Producer: Sarah Nichols
· Director: Scott Pickett
· Writer: Charlie Garber
Synopsis: A young man’s preference for the ‘real’ over the ‘virtual’ is put to the test when his life is threatened by two ethically conflicted bank robbers.

Colony: Departure
Genre: Drama/Science Fiction
Company: CuriousWorks Incorporated
· Writers: S. Shakthidharan, Rosealee Pearson, Elias Nohra
· Sound Artist, Composer: Leah Barclay
· Producer: Vanessa Hyde
Synopsis: Colony: Departure is a VR experience about one Australian family over fifteen generations, from pre-colonial times to an imagined future. It immerses audiences in migrational journeys to and within Australia, told from the perspective of our shared past, present and possible future.

Genre: Drama/Thriller
Company: In Cahoots Creations Pty Ltd
VR Company: The Pulse
· Producer: Rosie Lourde
· Producer: George Kaceviski
· Writer: Rosie Lourde
· Adviser: Rose Troche
· Adviser: Mike Jones
Synopsis: 50 years from now, society is fractured and rapidly disintegrating. A virus has made the human race infertile: but you are born and must survive.

Into the Prehistoric Aquarium
Genre: Childrens/Factual
Company: Erth Visual &Physical Inc.
VR Company: Handmaid Media Pty Ltd
· Director: Samantha Lang
· Director: Scott Wright
· Producer: Gemma Pepper
Synopsis: Moving from the depths of the ocean floor you will swim towards the surface, encountering a range of prehistoric marine creatures of the deep.

The Church
Genre: Drama/Horror
Company: Proxi VR Pty Limited
· Writer: Harrison Norris
· Director: Guy Norris
· Executive Producer: John Gregory
Synopsis: The Church is a 5-7 minute long, slow-building psychological horror experience, created specifically for VR headsets. The viewer accompanies a repairman who is called to a rural church; realising too late that he’s been lured into a horrifying trap.

Screen NSW has also announced development funding for three additional VR projects, involving the practitioners behind Redfern Now and Deep Water, Cleverman, Holding The Man and The Sapphires and Avalon Now, broadcaster Yumi Stynes and Indigenous director Darlene Johnson.

The First Artists
Genre: Arts
Company: Blackfella Films Pty Ltd
VR Producer: Fergus Pitt
· Executive Producer: Liselle Mei
· Producer: Darren Dale
· Producer: Troy Lum
· Director: Liselle Mei
· Writer: Liselle Mei
· Writer: Jacob Hickey
Synopsis: This is a journey into the most extraordinary and unique art galleries anywhere on earth. Australia is home to the most extraordinary and unique art gallery anywhere on earth. 100,000 sites. 50,000 years of history. Countless stories. To most Australians, this is a hidden world. Unseen. But imagine if this gallery could be opened up. To anyone. At anytime. Anywhere. Imagine being taken on a journey deep into the world of Aboriginal rock art to meet the ‘First Artists’. For the first time, Virtual Reality can make this journey possible. For all Australians.

Cockatoo Island Ghost Stories
Genre: Drama/History
Company: Yumi Stynes
VR Company: Triggar
· Writer: Yumi Stynes
· Producer: Bruce Walters
· Director: Darlene Johnson
Synopsis: What can the ghosts that lurk on Cockatoo Island teach us about our history? Cockatoo Island has ghosts. Virtual Reality goggles allow you to see them.

Company: Goalpost Pictures
• Producer: Liam Heyen
Synopsis: 360 exploration of the world of Cleverman

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