VR + Positive Change: Real World VR & Transitions Film Festival
Join Transitions Film Festival and Real World VR for two special panels, Q&A session & a VR film showcase. We will discuss topics ranging from preserving indigenous languages, the future, technology, disruption, poverty, water level rising, Antarctica, our oceans, conservation, rainforests, politics, future of events and more.
Real World VR is one of Melbourne’s flagship XR-VR/AR/MR events for virtual, augmented and mixed reality. Join us in discussions to explore how new forms of media can be a force for good.
Having gained a following since launching in 2016, the event showcases some of the most inspiring social enterprise & impact driven leaders working with new technologies in Australia.
Previous guests have included Oculus, Facebook, Google, Bob Brown Foundation, Marc-O-Matic, VRTOV, ABC, SBS VR, Start VR, MIFF VR, Film Victoria, Jumpgate, Humense, Staples VR, Melbourne University, Ballarat Tech School & many more award winning filmmakers & producers.
– Thomas Kinsman – Australian Conservation Fund “Daintree: A Nature Legacy”
– Helen Nias – “Save Sydney”
– Cassie De Colling – “Uku360”
– Anna McCracken – Disruptive Business Network (Colab: Phoria)
– Joel De Ross – Rock Against Poverty / Metavents
– Moderator – Leah Bunny
Thomas is a videographer working on changing the political landscape and creating impact awareness of conservation for the Australian Conservation Fund on the Daintree Rainforest.
SAVE SYDNEY is a collaboration between Helen Nias and Kelsey Shanahan, developed during Academy Xi’s VR Design course 2016-17. The course encouraged us to focus on intuitive, ‘native-VR’ designs and seamless onboarding. Helen Nias is a Digital communications and marketing professional and producer of virtual reality short films.
JOEL DE ROSS
Joel currently leads the technology strategy for Vihara Foundation and Rock Against Poverty, a charity event initiative comprising of 50 charity events in 25 countries, with a target to raise $1 Billion annually for disaster mitigation and poverty alleviation projects.
CASSIE DE COLLING
Cassie is an award-winning Australian director with a knack for impact-driven storytelling. She works around the world on projects spanning across documentary, advertising, and 360º / VR. Her approach is meaningful, brave and reflective. Creating real-life beautifully observed films that inspire contemplation and connect us to new perspectives.
VR FILM SHOWCASE:
– Daintree: A Nature Legacy
– A Thin Black Line
– Save Sydney
– I Saw The Future
DAINTREE: A NATURE LEGACY
Take an intimate journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Daintree while listening to the story of the forest’s indisputable importance to Australia and the world, as the oldest surviving tropical rainforest on earth. Narrated by scientist, politician and environmental campaigner, Mike Berwick, this visually stunning and inspiring experience recounts one of the greatest ecological battles ever fought in Australia’s history when the Daintree came disastrously close to destruction. This immersive and emotional story highlights the need for a new generation of national laws. Because we need laws that protect life, not allow it to be destroyed.
Australian Conservation Fund
A THIN BLACK LINE
For young Patima, the war had always seemed a distant threat. But when the bombs reach her hometown, she is forced to flee; leaving her father behind.
The bombing of Darwin in 1942 was the first and largest aerial attack on mainland Australia during the Second World War. As bombers strafed the lightly defended city, nearly half the civilian population fled southwards in the belief a Japanese invasion was imminent. Amongst them was Indigenous filmmaker Douglas Watkin’s mother, just five-years old at the time. An animated documentary in interactive real-time Virtual Reality, A Thin Black Line invites the audience to step into a pivotal event in the history of one family, and a nation, as seen by a young child. Directed by ATOM award-winner Douglas Watkin, with art by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee and produced by award-winning VR studio VRTOV, A Thin Black Line tells the story of a family’s struggle to stay together in the face of war.
Immerse yourself in this extraordinary adventure and share a new perspective of the underwater world. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and experience the virtual reality films for themselves. Uku means to dive. Uku360º is a series of 360VR experiences that explores our intrinsic human relationship to the ocean and it’s inhabitants.As humans we have a deep subconscious connection to the ocean. Although it is a place we cannot breath, it is a place many of us are drawn to for different reasons. It is time for us to switch off your mind and connect with some of the world’s most majestic animals.
Cassie De Colling – Director
One of the problems with getting people to care about climate change is that we can’t immediately see the negative effects of our lifestyle choices. SAVE SYDNEY is an interactive room-scale VR game, which simplifies the effects of climate change and sea level rise in order to show that our choices do make a difference to the future of the planet. In SAVE SYDNEY, players find themselves inside an apartment which they can’t leave because the city’s flooded, and the water is higher than their windows. As they complete simple actions like recycling and turning the AC off, the water level goes down and eventually they’re able to leave the apartment. If only it were that simple in real life…
Helen Nias Director & Kelsey Shanahan Producer
I SAW THE FUTURE
In 1964, Arthur C. Clarke, the co-writer of Stanley Kubrick’s on 2001: A Space Odyssey, reveals his vision of the future. By revisiting the signal transmitted by the first cathodic images, this VR experimental film literally plunges us into the sound and visual matrix at the heart of this achive. I Saw the Future allows spectators to submerge themselves in a three-dimensional space echoing the futurist predictions of a visionary and humanist scholar.
François Vautier – Director
More VR films showcased on the night.
Door & Bar opens at 5:00 PM
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Virtual reality film showcase
2 x Panels + Q&A from 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM
8:45 PM – 10:00 PM – Virtual reality film showcase + networking
VR film showcase – register for film sessions on the night).
Real World VR would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri Tribe people as the traditional owners of the land.