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18 and 19 October / 9.30am - 5.30pm / £50

Crossover Labs is excited to be hosting the 2-day Oculus Rift Crossover Hack at FACT in Liverpool on the weekend of 18 and 19 October, supported by Creative Skillset, Oculus VR, FACT, Sheffield Doc/Fest and BBC North. 

The hack will bring together filmmakers, artists and Unity developers to collaborate and build original factual stories for the Oculus Rift VR headset. We’re looking for 8 creative people from each background to come together over the weekend to collaborate and create new pieces.

The event will be led by Oscar Raby (creator of Oculus Rift documentary Assent and winner of the Interactive Audience Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest) and Crossover’s team of specialist mentors along with Matt Ratcliffe from the brilliant Masters of Pie studio. The first day will see you learning the skills you’ll need to create a story for Oculus Rift, finishing with commencement of building your project before its completion on the second day.

This hack is an excellent opportunity to get hands-on experience of developing content for a platform that is revolutionising the media landscape. With Oculus VR’s acquisition by Facebook and other major hardware manufacturers moving in to the space, VR offers storytellers, developers and artists a whole new platform with which to work. Major content makers from film, television and games are beginning to work with Oculus Rift and having the skills and understanding to create work for VR will put you at the forefront of a new, developing and potentially lucrative market.

Spaces for the hack are limited to 8 per team role so don’t hesitate to register for this fantastic opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology, learn essential skills and collaborate across disciplines to create new projects. 

This scheme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Funds.

Who Should Attend

We’re looking for visual storytellers, ideally filmmakers, to join with artists from any creative discipline and software programmers.

Storytellers
With VR as the coming force in media platforms it’s vital that the UK film industry has storytellers and filmmakers versed in creating stories that can exist in a 360 immersive world. We want 8 filmmakers to join us to learn how to craft a narrative for VR and utilize the strengths of this new platform.

Artists
Any artist creating work that could be used to create a story-world is who we’re looking for. Be it photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, abstract painters; whatever your style, we’re interested. We look forward to experiencing immersive worlds of Russian constructivism or comic book fantasy equally. Artists will need to bring their tools (cameras, tablets, laptops etc) with which to work and create content for the projects.

Developers
The underlying driving force behind Oculus Rift content is its software engine and the developers powering it. Although Oscar will provide a basic framework with which to build on we need developers to reengineer it to tell new stories. You’ll be required to bring your computer with you.

Everyone needs to bring a phone (Android or iOS) with gyroscope and wi-fi connectivity.

For the full schedule and to book a place at the event, artists and developers should visit the Crossover website. To ensure the lab has the highest quality output there is an application process for storytellers. The deadline to apply is Monday 13 October and if you are successful you’ll be asked to pay the application fee. Click here to apply.

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