Media Arts students and staff have just finished filming on Revolutionary Acts, a project using the new Ladybug 3 360° camera. When complete, the production could potentially be New Zealand’s first 360° video drama. The technology is similar to that used by Google Street View, and allows viewers to experience a self-directed spherical vision of the filmed narrative.
Revolutionary Acts is a whodunnit murder-mystery, set on a film set. It was written, produced and directed by Joe Citizen, and filmed by Master of Arts student and moving image technician Paul Nelson. A key group of Media Arts student volunteers assisted – Holly Laverick (props and art direction), Jess Rix (production manager), Davis Boyce (key grip and actor), Lance Chapman (cinematographer), and Jared Constable (microphone technician,) who worked under the supervision of Kent Macpherson (sound).
Actors were coordinated by local director Alec Forbes, and street theatre performers by Free Lunch Street Theatre Company.
It is intended that the interactive film be made available via iPad or other tablet platforms, and it is being produced as part of a multi-disciplinary collaborative research project known as the Interactive Immersion project.
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