Los-Angeles based immersive artist Chris Milk will be in London this week to give a talk on the creative and emotional possibilities of virtual reality, at the BFI London Film Festival.
If you can't make it, you can see his TED talk about the subject here.
As part of the Festival’s new LFF Connects programme, Milk’s talk is intended to stimulate new collaborations and ideas by exploring how film engages with other creative industries.
“We’re standing at the precipice of some new beginning,” said Milk. “A revolution in how we interact with media and story. Artists and technicians are together beginning to unlock VR as a medium for art and narrative. Every day we’re learning more about it, what it can be used for, and how it can stir the soul. This is an exciting time.”
Milk first gained recognition working in music videos, and today his work extends to documentaries and digital installations, with partners as diverse as Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Beck and the United Nations. Using cross-media technologies to expand the narrative and enhance the audience experience, the BFI said Chris’s experimentation marks him as a true pioneer.
At BFI Southbank, on Monday 12 October Milk is due to talk about the creative and emotional possibilities of VR filmmaking and what he believes it has the capacity to deliver. Two of his films, Waves of Grace (which takes the audience into communities ravaged by Ebola), and Clouds Over Sidra (below, which follows a Syrian refugee in Jordan), are using VR to change policy and raise awareness for humanitarian efforts.
There will also be an opportunity to experience the creative VR content made through Milk’s virtual reality production company, Vrse.works at a free VR exhibition, Power to the Pixel: The Cross-Media Forum (PttP) held in association with the Festival and running from 10-16 October.
Taking place at BFI IMAX, it presents the latest in VR and immersive storytelling, offering 16 projects from some of the world’s best VR creators.
The Vrse.works experiences, which will form part of the Virtual Stories exhibition, also include Evolution of Verse (a photo realistic CGI-rendered film that takes the viewer on a journey from one beginning to a new beginning), and Catatonic (an immersive journey through an insane asylum, top).
Liz Rosenthal, CEO & founder, Power to the Pixel, said, “Virtual Reality offers a powerful and radical new tool for storytellers, filmmakers and artists to engage audiences. Power to the Pixel is honoured to feature Chris's astonishing work in London's first major virtual reality exhibition of 16 projects from the world's leading VR filmmakers and artists. [It offers] audiences a unique opportunity to experience an immersive journey into the world of VR storytelling spanning fiction, documentary, animation and art.”