The Sundance Institute has launched a six-month cinematic virtual reality residency program with Jaunt Studios, the production arm of the Palo Alto-based VR shop Jaunt.
Part of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier program, the New Frontier/Jaunt VR Residency Program will allow four selected residents the opportunity to cultivate innovative narratives through advanced resources in cinematic VR production, while learning from leading experts in the field.
Participants in the residency program will also receive a grant in order to develop their VR short films, alongside post-production support and access to Jaunt’s suite of production tools and its professional-grade Jaunt One camera.
The first of four filmmakers selected to participate in the six-month residency program is Australian documentarian Lynette Wallworth through her Collisions project, which focuses on the intersecting story of an Aboriginal elder in the remote Pilbara desert in Western Australia and the advances of Western science and technology.
Three additional artists will be selected to participate in the coming months.
“The launch of the Sundance Institute New Frontier/Jaunt VR Residency is further proof that cinematic virtual reality is a major force in the evolution of storytelling, and of our commitment to get this technology into the hands of cutting-edge filmmakers and storytellers,” said Cliff Plumer, president of Jaunt Studios, in a statement.