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Excited to share our latest 360º video, created in partnership with YouTube:
"Love is All Around: A Horror Story"

What is your worst fear? Ours is rejection.
Please watch and share.

It's staged in the round like a play and best viewed in VR — to watch on the Gear VR, download it: http://bit.ly/2f5yIpy
(You can watch this YouTube link on your cell phone and move the phone around.)

It's one of the first videos out there with spatial audio, meaning you can turn your head and hear it — check out Tyler's how-to at http://nofilmschool.com/2016/10/detailed-guide-to-spatial-audio-for-360-video-using-mostly-free-tools

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A month ago, YouTube asked Ephraim Walker, Lisa McFadin and I to come up with a concept for a short 360º horror story based on our greatest fear. What can be scarier than rejection? Lisa wrote an outline and I conceived of a story set not as a film but as a play. Because VR is so live and experiential and we had access to a set with a light board, it made a lot of sense to stage actors in the same space and pretend they are in different ones, which works great in VR.

We got a green light from YouTube less than a week before the last available slot they had. I didn't know if we could make it, but we pulled together a production with the help of Damon Jamal (who also ran camera), Nir Netzer, and Dondria Nicole. I flew down to LA. We did a rehearsal. We were filming.

In our 6-hour block, we set up the space and shot seven takes of the 3.5-minute scene. Thanks to Michael Hammond, Charissa Saverio, Wally Hooks, Rhym Guissé, and Ben Morrison for jumping on at the last minute, knowing your lines, and performing beautifully. Thanks to Rob Wadleigh, Jose Campos, and Eszter Tóth for your positivity and making everything run so smoothly.

We got the astounding 8k 360º stitches back from Google Jump a day later. Tyler Straub, an incredibly talented sound designer, was excited to try his hand at creating a spatial audio soundscape, which has just recently become supported. It's amazing — you can turn your head left and right and hear where things are.

So take a look and let us know what you think. I know it was an awesome learning experience for me. The theater production mostly works great, but I wish I'd turned down the lights fully on the initial part of the set to cue viewers earlier that they should be looking elsewhere. In the future (I will definitely direct another VR production in this style again) I also want to create more distinct soundscapes for each part of the stage.

Thanks to Calliope Porter for holding your ground and telling me how much work needed to be done on the first draft of the script.
Thanks to Kari Alison Hodge for your help.
Thanks to Isaac Sparling and Dustin Boyer — you know why.
Thanks to Robb Godshaw and Audrey Ida for use of Langton's fiber internet to grab 200gb of stitched footage.
Thanks to Steve Parker for pulling through at the last minute with your computer and incredible hospitality.

Take a look!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd-W_t7_AMw
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Hello!

I wanted to share a film with you: Lily in the Grinder is a kaleidoscopic, surreal film exploring sex, death, existence, and time, set to an original string quartet score. It was a finalist for HBO Project Greenlight and has screened in over 20 festivals around the world.

It just went live on Vimeo and can be seen at https://vimeo.com/121448728

Thank you!
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A RED Scarlet camera package starts at $14k. One year at AFI is $43k. Consider the tables to have fully turned. http://bit.ly/v0gFyn
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We are looking for a super cheap way to make 4-foot alphabet blocks for the playa. We've tossed around 4-foot cardboard boxes, PVC pipe, connectors, and fabric...it's all quite expensive. Any ideas?
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