Virtual Reality Filmmakers Have a New Competition

If you’re going to be a virtual reality filmmaker, it helps to have a place to showcase your content and have your ideas seen and nurtured. That’s where the XR Alliance comes in, with a new competition that will give VR filmmakers a place to get their idea of reality out.

“We are looking for amazing writers to nurture into the next generation of XR storytellers.”- XR Alliance Competition website

Standing for “Xtended reality,” the XR Alliance supports content creation that pertains to virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. The XRA has identified that the main problem facing the AR/VR industry is inadequate content offerings.

To that end, the XRA is creating a screenwriting content for interactive and linear extended reality experiences to encourage content creates to “break rules and explore the limitless potential that immersive mediums have to offer.”

We aim to spark great XR Content. The right content has the ability to fuel XR adoption. Great content starts with a great roadmap.

The contest welcomes any genre, but scripts must be no longer than 10 minutes long and come with a log line and story synopsis. Creators are also encouraged to submit supplemental material that will help pitch the idea to the contest. These can include storyboards, story paths, 3d models, and any other supporting material that can help tell the story. The XRA will even accept scripts that aren’t written specifically for VR, but could be translated to the medium with some adaptation.  Moreover, while most contests have a minimum age requirement of 18, the XRA is looking for that next generation of storytellers, so there is no age restriction or nationality requirements.

We empower our creatives with tools and templates. We support them to develop their best possible work and pair community selected winners with a mentor.

The prize?

Winners will be invited to participate in the Alliance’s XR Development Lab, located in Palm Springs, CA, where they will be receive one on one training with paired mentors with experience in the VR field. There will also be interaction with high tech VR companies like  Google, Within, Technicolor, Unity, and more.

To help, the XRA has created a storytelling resources page, which offers templates and tips on how to develop a story for the extended reality culture. “Here is a vault of resources to facilitate the story development process,” says the XRA Site.

“Many writers who are less familiar with VR and AR/MR content may be intimidated by the multitude of new tools and technology that make this content possible. We’re here to help.”

And while those immersive story telling templates are available to help develop your story, the XRA says that none of them will be required for review of your submission.

To submit your free entry, head over to the XRAlliance website here. All submissions must be in PDF format, with supported material provided via linked download. Enter by September 30th 2018. Winners to be announced by November, 2018, and the workshop takes place in December.

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Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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