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Raindance VR Masterclass: 1-to-1, the Power of Intimacy in VR + Live VR Shoot


Monday, June 5, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (BST)

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Virtual Reality has emerged as a new artistic medium and a creative platform. From storytelling to developing intimacyhow can creators leverage the true power of VR? Join us to learn from the masters in this field.

Virtual Reality gives us an opportunity to connect with other people or re-connect with ourselves in a much more fundamental, intimate way. Whether you’re a filmmaker, film student, media professional or an agency creative, Raindance VR masterclasses provide you with the knowledge you need to start crafting powerful experiences in VR. Our goal is to inspire creators across all mediums—filmmakers, artists, writers, illustrators, creatives, game designers, musicians and more—and help them to connect, learn and bring their creative ideas to life.

In this masterclass we will discuss one-to-one performance in 360 video and VR. It is an approach that encourages audience intimacy with the subject. From VR auto-portraits – where a person tells their story directly to a 360 camera as if they are looking into your eyes – to performance art or acoustic gigs, the effect can be highly intimate and deeply absorbing. We will also discuss the capture of VR poems, lectures, talks and reporting, using a 360 camera. At the heart of the masterclass will be your chance to witness a live shoot and edit of a short performance by a guest artist to demonstrate the challenges, and potential, of capturing both video and audio in this nascent format. You will also get to meet other performers, including the actor Sid Phoenix, and talk to them about capturing performance with 360 video. The masterclass will be a chance to view, and discuss, Sid’s recent poetry in VR in collaboration with

Louis Jebb, CEO and founder of, one of the pioneer companies in the making of news documentaries in 360-degree video, will host the masterclass. Chris Timpson, co-founder of Aurelia Soundworks, one of the leading specialists in ambisonic and 3D audio mixing, will describe the principles of capturing and editing sound for 360-degree video. Filmmakers who have collaborated with in preparing content specially for the masterclass will talk about their experience in transitioning to storytelling in 360 video.

At the end of the masterclass, you will come away with knowledge about:

  • The power of "close field" one-to-one storytelling or performance in 360 video  acting, poetry, lectures or keynote addresses – where the performance gains from being filmed up close and personal in the context of the performer's natural habitat.

  • The intimacy of eyeball-to-eyeball communication in 360-degree video, where you are the camera, and the performer or educator is performing for you.

  • The power of 360 video to capture incidental detail of venue or setting.

  • The power of audio in 360 video.

  • How you can make the most of consumer 360 cameras, VR plugins on industry standard software packages and audio to create impactful video formats for the purpose of social engagement, reporting or teaching.

Before and after the masterclass we will do hands-on VR demos of one-to-one performance in 360 degree video – featuring poets, artists, cooks and musicians. You will also get the opportunity to engage with the speakers and guest performers, and ask them questions.

Who should attend?

This masterclass is open to film-makers, educators, journalists and enthusiasts who are interested in the creation of VR auto-portraits, or soliloquy in their storytelling. You don’t need previous experience with the concepts, tools or resources of VR. Just bring your enthusiasm to learn more from the masters in this field.


About the speakers


Louis Jebb, Founder and CEO

Louis is founder and CEO of, a pioneering company in the production of news content in Virtual Reality since 2014. Jebb is an ambassador for Journalism 360, an initiative to share knowledge and best practices in immersive journalism backed by Google News Lab, Knight Foundation and the Online News Association. is co-developing Svhere, a machine learning-enhanced platform for news content in VR, with funding from the Google Digital News Initiative Fund.


Chris Timpson, Co-founder of Aurelia Soundworks


Chris is a sound designer and mix engineer with a specialism in Spatial Audio for both multi-speaker and headphone listening. His experience in this area is unique – having worked with immersive sound projects for several years he is one of the leading specialists in ambisonic and 3D audio mixing. Chris is co-founder of Aurelia Soundworks, a world-class VR sound company and creative content studio based in London and Los Angeles. He also Spatial Sound Director at EarFilms, pioneers in cinematic storytelling purely using 3D sound.


Sid Phoenix, Actor and Performer

Born in London to a French father and American mother, Sid Phoenix grew up primarily in Brazil. He has also lived in Kenya, Uganda, Istanbul, and Paris, returning to London in 2007 to study acting at The Poor School. Since leaving the school he has given critically acclaimed performances at The Southwark Playhouse, Riverside Studios, The New Diorama, The Roundhouse, and many others in roles as diverse as Dionysus in The Bacchae and Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby.

Sid's recent film work includes Stephen Frears' Academy Award-nominated Florence Foster Jenkins (BBC FILMS, PATHÉ, QWERTY FILMS) in which he plays Corporal Jones alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. This is the second time he has worked with Frears, the first being as Tony in The Program (WORKING TITLE, STUDIOCANAL), with Ben Foster and Jesse Plemons.

Sid has just completed filming the lead role of Mel in RAV1043 (XFILM, 2017) alongside Fleabag's Sian Clifford, and is attached to two feature films from the directors Carl Strathie and Tom Large respectively.  Aside from conventional acting work, Sid is one of the writers for The New Establishment, and is writing a musical called Trying to be Better, which examines the separation between what society tells us we should feel and what we actually feel through the stories of six friends navigating the modern world. His slam poem, #HeForShe, was screened at The London Short Film Festival in January. He has also partnered with to create a one-man Virtual Reality experience testing the boundaries between VR and live performance.

Ben Cohen and Anatole Sloan, co-founders of Zoya Films

Ben and Anatole are directors and co-founders of Zoya Films. Zoya’s work ranges from digital advertising through to documentaries and music videos. Their clients include Amazon, Just Eat, New Look and Stowford Press. Specialising in targeted social media promos, they are exploring VR as an exciting new tool to engage with audiences.


Mária Rakušanová, Director of VR and New Media at Raindance

Mária has been on a mission to bring immersive experiences to millions of people worldwide. Between 2014 and 2016 she led VR programmes at Samsung where she successfully launched the most widely available family of VR products, including the Gear VR powered by Oculus and Gear 360 camera. Currently she consults with VR studios and startups, and leads VR and New Media at Raindance where she also curates experiences for Raindance VRX Awards and the 25th Raindance Film Festival. One of the most humbling and inspiring aspects of this mission is working with VR creators from around the world, championing their work and helping the next generation of talent to be discovered.

Have questions about Raindance VR Masterclass: 1-to-1, the Power of Intimacy in VR + Live VR Shoot? Contact Raindance

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WC2N 5HE London
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Monday, June 5, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (BST)

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