Sheffield Doc Fest – Crossover Summit: The New Language of VR

In a medium that breaks the fourth wall, where traditional film language seems to no longer apply, how do we create emotionally engaging stories? Is VR the inevitable evolution of film or is it an entirely new medium that marks a total departure from conventional cinema? Can some of the vocabulary of conventional film be ported to VR or will it be necessary to invent a completely new visual language?

The Crossover Summit returned to Sheffield Doc/Fest on Saturday 6th June 2015, featuring a whole host of creative speakers who shared their insight into the hottest and most interesting areas of interactive design, production and distribution today. The day long conference inspired through sharing knowledge on a wide range of the latest advancements in technology and informed audiences on how these will impact and inform the future of documentary film making.

This year in the Summit, we learnt about access to digital media from the world’s youngest continent – Africa – and discovered a multi-platform response to the rape crisis in India. We experienced serendipity, made Twitter poetry and find out how documentary is becoming a significant part of the games industry.

This was followed by the VRfternoon, totally dedicated to the affect that Virtual Reality is having on the world of factual storytelling.


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