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Immersive Cinema & Explorations in VR Content Creation (Wellington)

September 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


As the next big disruptor of Hollywood cinema, virtual reality is not so much a brand new technology, but one that the cinema has been in the process of becoming for a very long time. Join Raqi Syed as she explores how various international film movements intersected with the work of George Lucas and early VFX pioneers in the 1970s to pave the way for a new kind of cinematic storytelling.

Kevin Romond of Weta Digital will detail his exploration of techniques for producing VR content, sharing insights while walking through 3 proof-of-concept projects. Hear his techniques for producing stereoscopic 360 video, including the trial and error leading to the construction of a 6 camera stereoscopic camera rig. Two of the projects presented used a real-time game engine for content creation; one making use of performance capture techniques to produce a virtual talk show, the other an immersive and plausible space to experience artworks as real objects.

Raqi Syed began her career at Disney Feature Animation on films such as Meet the Robinsons and Tangled. She then went on to work as a Senior Technical Director with Weta Digital on Avatar, The Planet of the Apes films, and The Hobbit Trilogy. She is currently a Lecturer at Victoria University School of Design. Raqi’s research is primarily focused on the relationship between digital technology and narrativity. Her work as a Visual Effects Artist informs her critical writing about cinema and how new technologies continue to shape our contemporary understanding of storytelling. Her current research pivots around the idea that new mediums like virtual reality must draw upon and extend the tradition of established media such as literature, theater, and film. Her essays have appeared in TechCrunch, Vice: Motherboard, Quartz, and Avidly: A LA Review of Books Channel.

Kevin Romond is currently a supervisor at Weta Digital with 17 years experience producing computer generated visual effects for feature films. His credits include King Kong (2005), Avatar (2009), Avengers (2012), The Hobbit series, and many others. Kevin is a part time lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Media Design. Kevin’creative practice has recently been centered around content creation for head mounted displays and VR; developing expertise in 360 Stereoscopic video production, motion capture virtual production, and interactive content generation using game engines.



September 12, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Level 2, 40 Taranaki Street
Wellington, Wellington 6011 New Zealand