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Canon Workshop on Shooting Cinematic VR | Sundance Film Festival 2022

As part of the virtual Sundance Film Festival, Canon partnered with VR expert Matt Celia on a workshop on Cinematic Storytelling in 180° VR.

Celia, the co-founder and creative director of Light Sail VR, offers up his best creative techniques and technical tips for filmmakers new to immersive entertainment.  The primer, streamed in 180° virtual reality, features some excellent takeaways for cinematographers and directors looking to try their first VR project.

Some of these tips include:

  • Be careful with motion or you risk making viewers sick. Keep a level horizon and use smooth, slow forward or upward motion.
  • Find creative ways to light your scenes. Practicals can be great tools to add dimension to your scenes.  You can also paint out lights by shooting clean plates.
  • Use 2D cameras to capture close ups for picture-in-picture frames. This technique allows you to vary your framing when shooting VR.

Canon recently introduced the EOS VR System, featuring the new RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens for stereoscopic 3D 180° virtual reality capture, and this workshop demonstrates how this lens simplifies immersive filmmaking.

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Written by Clint Milby

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