VR: The Future of Storytelling?

This week we checked out the latest in the virtual reality world. Although expectations may have been that I would end up in an embarrassed crumpled mess on the floor – like this poor guy:

… the resulting experience was dramatically different.

What we witnessed is tech that is on the brink of being able to create a totally immersive way of consuming content. The possibilities for the gaming market are obvious and already being explored to a certain degree. What’s intriguing is the ways we can explore narrative storytelling and other areas in the “non-fiction” space.

Documentary

The ability to get up close and personal not only with a subject of a film but the ability to explore their world through “your own eyes” gives another dimension for an audience to learn about a character and their story.

News reporting

This could be a game changer. What is it like on a boat full of refugees, being shelled in the heart of Aleppo or stuck in the jungle in Calais? It’s very difficult to honestly put yourself in these people’s position, VR has the ability to change that and drastically increase the impact ‘the news’ has on individuals.

Live performance

As referenced in one of Samsung’s TV commercials this year, the ability to “be at” a concert or gig is quite remarkable and as artists opt for professional VR production of their gigs the popularity of this will grow. However even more powerful is the ability for a fan to be in the studio with their favourite artist, or have an individual performance being sung only to them, one on one.

Celebrity access

As we grow more invasive and the audience demands ever increasing access to celebrity’s lives, creating VR content has the ability to transport any fan to be face to face with their idol. This has huge potential both for the celebrity and/or brands associated with them.


I think it is still a short way off becoming everyday mass market technology for film – the cost, size, comfort and audio of virtual reality would suggest we are a couple of product cycles away. I feel it is a chicken and egg situation with VR content producers and the VR audience. Would a brand/broadcaster/producer pay millions of pounds to create amazing content for a limited audience? Will the audience adopt VR if there is a lack of engaging, entertaining film and video?

Although the tech is certainly impressive and increasing possibilities to create captivating content I feel for the next year or two VR will remain predominantly for short form video and as an additional feature on larger projects. However with the rate at which things change and develop I think we will know by the end of 2017 if VR really is going to be the next big thing.

Internship (Paid Job Opportunity)

At Objekt Films we really value our interns. We see them as a way to find the next influx of employees, help us grow our company and deliver work we’re proud of.

As an intern at Objekt Films you will have the opportunity to develop and learn a variety of skills.

We are looking for people who are excited about a role that challenges them, and who’ll embrace the opportunity to work at Objekt Films.

We want people who share our sense of commitment to the projects we run, and who are willing to go the extra mile to deliver the best possible work.

The internship is aimed at anyone who is interested in a career in branded content, production, film, TV or agency land.

You don’t need a degree or to know people in the right places to work at Objekt Films but you do need to be hard working, passionate and driven AND possess the following skills:

Required Skills

The perfect intern fulfils most of these key skills

  • Can come up with ideas and enjoys thinking creatively
  • Excited about being part of a team and getting stuck in
  • Comfortable with juggling a variety of tasks simultaneously
  • Understands the importance of deadlines
  • Can follow a brief
  • Attention to detail
  • Enthusiastic and proactive

The right person for this role will have passion for creating amazing video, and an appetite to learn more about the production process. Ideally, they’ll have some experience with some aspects of video production, e.g. camera work or editing – but also be keen to expand their knowledge in different areas.

The work will vary significantly from taster tapes and mood reels for pitches, to films, online TV shows and campaigns that reach millions of people. From pre-production brainstorming, logistics and planning, through to working on set, and then finally putting everything together in the edit, we work across all stages of video production.

There will be opportunities for our interns to get experience of a range of different roles in production and post-production – camera operation, sound recording, editing, motion graphics, sound mixing and colour grading.

To apply please send a CV, examples of work you think best represents your skills and a covering letter saying why you want to work with us to makenoise@objekt.co.uk.


About Objekt Films

PUNCHING THROUGH IN A NOISY WORLD

Objekt Films is a creative studio of dynamic young filmmaking talent. We are:

  • Bold – we say Yes & love the New
  • Noisily Entertaining
  • Great to work with

We tell stories on screen which people love to share.

Bringing a wealth of experience to our business is our Chairman, David Frank (RDF Media, Zodiak Media, TRX).

In short, fresh young ideas combined with extensive production experience.