The first artist inducted into the program in November 2015 was Australian interactive artist, Lynette Wallworth, with her now critically-acclaimed project, Collisions. Seen as a major move towards establishing VR as a reputable medium rather than an experiment, Collisions quickly became the face of how narrative, storytelling and emotion can be heightened in VR. Regularly seen by world leaders, and premiering in January 2016 at both The World Economic Forum at Davos and at the Sundance Film Festival, Collisions is just one example of how powerful VR experiences can encourage understanding and change on a global scale.
As part of the Residency, artists receive a grant to make their virtual reality short films, as well as receive post-production support and access to the industry’s most advanced tools: Jaunt’s award-winning professional cinematic VR camera, Jaunt ONE, as well as its suite of production pipeline tools, and Jaunt Cloud Services (JCS), which include cloud-based stitching and rendering.
Through this collaboration, Jaunt and Sundance Institute are creating a community of collaborators across diverse disciplines to push the boundaries of story. As the only end-to-end, hardware and software solution for shooting, producing and distributing VR content, Jaunt Studios is pioneering the future of storytelling through cinematic virtual reality. The Sundance Institute New Frontier program supports and fosters independent artists working at the convergence of film, art, media, live performance, music and technology. The three new projects entering the program span several genres.