17 August 2016
Whenever we think about virtual reality (VR), we generally think about enriched media or immersive gaming experience but it is also true that VR can be used for a lot of different purposes as well. And it is the same thing which the world's hottest VR startup Oculus wants to show through its newly announced "VR for Good" initiative.
As part of the initiative, Oculus is offering a chance to budding filmmakers, high school students, and non-profit organizations to come up with VR content reflecting its true potential. To begin with, Oculus has launched two pilot VR programs named 360 Filmmakers Challenge for Students and 360 Bootcamp for Nonprofits.
In the first program, Oculus has partnered nine San Francisco Bay Area high schools with professional filmmakers. Their aim is to create 360 movies about their communities with a length of up to 3 to 5 minutes. Oculus is providing them with all the essential tools like Samsung Gear VR, the Galaxy S6, and Ricoh Theta S 360 cameras. They will also have access to editing software as well as mentors. It is a six weeks long program and once it is over, the short movies will be made available on Oculus Video and Facebook.
The second 360 Bootcamp for Nonprofits program is at much higher level with more ambitious goals. It will start in Summer and 10 nonprofits will be partnered with 10 rising filmmakers. They will also have to create 360 videos and will get to be a part of a two-day bootcamp at Facebook HQ from July 26th to 27th. Oculus will also provide them with all the required tools like Nokia OZO cameras, travel budget, and one-on-one mentorship. The videos shot during the program will be showcased at the Sundance Film Festival 2017.