Master Series Class with Thomas Wallner

Thursday, October 13

This intimate professional development series focuses on the craft and art of documentary media. Celebrated documentary filmmakers and other acclaimed pros (including editors, cinematographers and sound design) share their expertise and experiences. For more on the DOC Institute’s Masters Series, click here

Evolving a New Language for Cinematic VR

Over the past ten years, writer, director and producer Thomas Wallner has consistently applied his award-winning creative vision to push the limits of both traditional and interactive non-fiction. Founder of DEEP Inc. and a leading figure in international documentary, Wallner has been at the helm of numerous award-winning films and non-linear productions (see project list below).

In this intimate and eye-opening Master Class, Wallner will explore the challenges and opportunities of using VR in a cinema context. In a medium that breaks the fourth wall, where traditional film language seems to no longer apply, the overarching question is how to create truly emotionally engaging stories. Is VR the inevitable evolution of film or does this medium mark a departure from conventional cinema and require an entirely new visual language? Wallner will discuss the unique attributes of VR, how they fundamentally differ from conventional film and how this affects the storytelling process.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a true master in the evolving language of cinematic VR.

Projects include:
*Late Fragment, Canada’s first interactive feature drama, produced by the NFB and CFC
*The Guantanamo Trap and Before the Final Curtain FallsHot Docs Special Jury Prize winners

*Emmy-award winning genre-benders Fallen and Regenesis which propelled Alternate Reality Gaming into the Television mainstream
*Polar Sea 360°, an extensive multi-platform project that produced the worlds first long-form 360° documentary

Wallner is a recipient of numerous honours including two Emmy Awards with a total of five nominations, three Geminis, a Rose d’Or, two SXSW Interactive Awards, two Webbys and two CNMA’s.

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016,  6:30pm – 8:30pm (Doors at 6:00pm)
Location: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto
Price: DOC Members: $40 / Non-members: $55  / Students (with valid I.D.): $30  / LIFT Members: $40

Thomas Wallner is a producer, writer, and director working in film and interactive media. In addition to producing innovative cross-media properties for television, he has written and directed eight award-winning feature documentaries that have been broadcast in more than 30 countries. His last two features The Guantanamo Trap and Before the Final Curtain Falls both won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs.

Thomas Wallner is a rare example of a creative filmmaker who is truly at home in the interactive media world. He brought the underground genre of Alternate Reality Gaming into the Television mainstream, culminating in the Emmy Award winning genre-benders Fallen and Regenesis.

In 2007 Thomas Wallner pushed the boundaries of nonlinear story telling even further by developing the story concept for Late Fragment, Canada’s first interactive feature drama produced by the National Film Board and the Canadian Film Centre.

Currently Thomas and his team at DEEP are focussing on developing the language for cinematic storytelling in VR. To meet this exciting aesthetic and technical challenge, DEEP is developing LIQUID CINEMA, a software platform and toolset that allows filmmakers, producers and broadcasters to create and distribute story based 360 and VR content across the web, mobile and VR devices.

The narrative innovations built into LIQUID CINEMA build on  insights gained on numerous groundbreaking VR productions such as Polar Sea 360°, an extensive multi-platform project that includes a 360 video iOS and Android app and the world’s first long-form 360° video documentary to compliment the 10-part ARTE/TVO series for The Polar Sea.

Additional credits include interactive adaptations of the CBS/CTV police drama Flashpoint, the CTV Space / SyFy Network drama Sanctuary, TVO’s Empire of the Word and the M.I. High Game for BBC while ongoing distribution of Total Drama Island – Totally Interactive! (Teletoon, Cartoon Network) now includes over ten million registered players.

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