#VRsuchskaninchen: Five items to read, watch and listen to

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Whatever you want to do with VR, just don’t do this.

Diving headfirst into that VR rabbit hole, I was given a lot of great VR examples that helped me understand the issues and possibilities of this medium. This list was curated with the help of those people who first introduced me to VR production, so please enjoy their wisdom as did I.

1. The woman pioneering VR cinematography

This 30 minute Youtube video is a great primer for everybody coming from regular framed video production – it was the first thing Linda gave me to watch when I started at Vragments. Jessica Brillhart is Google’s Principal VR filmmaker. She has developed a unique system for working with VR cinematography, that will really help you understand how different this medium is from ‚normal video‘. With Daydream as one of the first VR Youtube-style platforms in the making, Google is at the vanguard of VR production – Jessica Brillhart is good part of the reason for that.

2. The 360° storytelling that just works

Getting started with 360° and VR production can be frustrating, as a lot of productions are using interaction, 3D models and special effects, that are not a basic skill for anybody who just wants to experiment with the format. “Leaving Ammergau” is a great example of good storytelling within 360° video, no (extensive) special effects needed.

3. The guide to help you through your first production

You have understood spheric media, you got your story, your cameras and your POIs and then? Just as every regular video journalist knows his storyboard, shooting schedule and equipment list, so should one working with 360°. A bike lock can be your best friend, when leaving your camera in a public place to shoot a scene and hiding somewhere to be out of the picture, and so can this tutorial on immersive storytelling help you as a guide when producing in 360° or for VR.

2. The podcast to cultivate your newfound obsession

When you really needed something, people used to say, „there is an app for that.“ Nowadays, when you really want to obsess over something, there is a podcast for that. So if VR experiences aren’t mind-blowing enough for you, listen to Voices of VR to have a few more people in your head talking about it.

5.  The game to play to pretend it’s for research

All work and no fun? Absolutely not. VR is a truly new media experience and game developers have been keen to start working with it. While playing VR table tennis may not really help you with your own production ambitions, but be great fun, the game VR Noir can do both. Again a great example of VR storytelling, but this time combined with highly addictive adventure game play. You have been warned.

Thanks to my VR spirit animals Linda, Stephan, Marcus, Maren and Winnie for your fantastic tips, guidance and the great pleasure of working with you!

And if you, dear reader, still haven’t gotten enough of VR content and literature, check out the fantastic list of Europe’s 1st VR Journalism Hackathon by Vragments.

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