PROJECTS

WORKSHOPS & CURATION

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EIFF 2019

Edinburgh International Film Festival invited THE OTHVRS to facilitate a hands-on owrkshop at EIFF Youth HQ.

Together with the EIFF Youth, we learnt about the basics of VR; we found the rules, broke the rules, and co-created together. The narrative-led piece was produced and shot in just one day by the team in St John's Church.

The final film was screened to audiences on the 29th June 2019.

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SUBMERGE: BIDAF '19

Submerge: Bristol International Digital Arts Festival took place 1st - 10th March 2019 featuring diverse artists and musicians working at the edges of digital arts, electronic music and live performance. 

In these sessions we explored the potential transformative experiences have, and how to use virtual reality as a space to explore new ways of connecting with others, using the backdrop of the immersive experiences at Submerge. 

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Virtual Witness

Intimate and emotional stories inside VR: a free and informal workshop for everyone and anyone. Explore the medium's unique abilities to capture intimacy and emotion.

Looking into the specific Personal and Confessional nature of VR, and its ability to give space to witness the accounts of others.

 

The group got to know some key works, discuss VR’s unique emotional impact as a medium, and make a Lo-Fi VR experience themselves.

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BDF VR: IT'S NOT FOR ME

Let's talk about our gripes and reservations about VR. We explore this conversation and critique of the modern generation of headsets, with our pop-up photography studio for Brighton Digital Festival 2019.

From tight Velcro straps that can be a nightmare for those with natural hair, ponytails, and traditional or religious headwear, to unresolved concerns about hygiene, make up, glasses fogging up, eye-line and head and neck weight-loading for different bodies, the current generation of headsets are giving many people the impression that VR is simply ‘not for them’.

See Gallery here

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SQUIFF '19

QIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival) was formed with the aim of adding to the exciting and growing amount of queer film stuff happening around Scotland. 

THE OTHVRS projects were screened alongside some amazing VR heavyweights. We got to embrace the benefits of hearing positive feedback in-person from audiences then-and-there.

Pervasive Media Studio

THE OTHVRS run topic-based series' of Workshops developed to be accessible and inclusive to  underrepresented newcomers to VR and 360 film. The workshops aims are often to demystify and democratise the tech and explore new forms within the medium.

These workshops are based in The Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio.

Contact us to enquire about future workshops

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VR Theatre Curation

The Limina VR Theatre hosted a special curation from THE OTHVRS co-founder Tessa Ratuszynka for Pride Month in Bristol July 2019.

If you've missed the screenings you can watch and read about some of the curation online:

Virtual Drag 

Authentically Us

Through Darcelle's Eyes

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RIGA IFF & RISEBA '18

We were honoured to be invited to the gorgeous city of Riga for this years brand new Riga IFF Goes VR program at the International Film Festival, and to Riga Digital Forum, a new technology film festival located at RISEBA, a University of Business, Art and Technology.

THE OTHVRS delivered two talks at the venues during our stay.

The following day, Tess and Fi joined Riga IFF, the Wims, and Alex again as mentors and judges for the 24-hour Hackathon.

360 VIDEOS

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THE LOCKDOWN RESOLUTION

The Lockdown Resolution combines 360° video and live performance to take the audience on a virtual tour led by three young Bristolians, for whom the pandemic offered welcome respite. The Lockdown Resolution is about the quandary on so many minds: should we ever go back to the way we were before?

The Lockdown Resolution was created entirely during the pandemic. This hybrid performance can be enjoyed either in person at Arnolfini with 10 people socially-distanced or remotely from home.

THE OTHVRS supported the VR element of the project. Performers took part in a series of Zoom workshops on 360 Filmmaking, and received in-person support when they began self-shooting.

The final piece was edited and hosted by Fi Nicholson.

COMMISSIONED BY IN BETWEEN TIME FOR IBT21 THE RUPTURE. 

https://inbetweentime.co.uk/whats-on/the-lockdown-resolution/

Showing at The Arnolfini 14th-17th July 2021.

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Sit atop Ladye Bay and enjoy the view as Freya narrates the classic retelling of Little Red Cap by the Brothers Grimm.

Made for the "LOROS VR For Good competition", Little Red Cap is a meditative experience, designed with those in mind watching from home, a hospice, or a hospital environment. 

Watch it here.

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BEDROOM FREQUENCIES

Bedroom Frequencies renders a virtual reality experience of a biographic narrative about a young girl growing up in a strict and violent household. Going out, partying or attending mixed gendered environments were prohibited, and with the rest of the home hostile, the girl had nowhere but a small bedroom. It was here she found a safe sense of freedom - performing in front of the mirror, using the body and sound together in synchronicity to combat feelings of trauma and isolation. A space for imagination and dreaming, where she would formulate stories of love and passion, in the hope that one day her thoughts could breed a different reality.

 

This virtual reality experience conveys sound, light, textures and movement, whilst giving the audience agency to roam freely within the interiors of imagination.

THE OTHVRS edited this piece with the artist. The work premiered live as part of Take Me Somewhere Festival 2021.

A TRAMWAY PERFORMANCE NOW COMMISSION / PREMIERE

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27th-29th May 2021

'Paranormal Anxiety' is a supernatural and experimental piece, externalising the internalised world of our narrator, as she spends a long night in a strange bed.

 

Made exclusively for Veer TV's #ThroughHerLens event, this project was produced, shot, and edited in two days.

Watch it here.

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GIMME ONE VR

GIMME ONE is a virtual reality documentary experience telling the story of five members of the UK ballroom community which examine ideas around cultural appropriation, the preservation of safe spaces and the power of identity and self-expression.

 

The documentary listens to the burgeoning UK community of this international movement as they explore sexuality and gender through dance. Their self-expression is seen through dance using digital volumetric and motion capture techniques, visualising the unique voices of this vibrant subculture.

THE OTHVRS supported with Post-Production.

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Screened at:

  • DOK Neuland exhibition at DOK Leipzig 2020
     

  • BFI LFF Expanded 2020
     

  • Bogotá Short Film Festival / Festival de Cortos de Bogotá BOGO SHORTS 2020
     

St Pauls Carnival '18

Coverage of the 50th anniversary of the beloved St Pauls Carnival in Bristol in 360 degrees - Wade through the crowds and experience the unique and vibrant culture and atmosphere the festival brings to the city.

Captured for historical purposes and shot by members of THE OTHVRS June Workshops. This shoot was an outcome of a series of "Liveness & VR" workshops.

Watch it here.