December 21st, 2017
Jump is Google’s platform for professional VR video capture. It combines high-quality VR cameras and automated stitching that simplifies VR video production and helps filmmakers create amazing content. We launched the Jump Start program so that creators of all backgrounds can get access to Jump cameras and bring their ideas for VR video projects to life.
We’re wrapping up the year for the Jump Start program, and it’s been great to see the diversity of creators around the world using Jump cameras for a whole range of projects, everything from Lions in Los Angeles to a tour of the ancient Roman Forum to a sci-fi movie set on a futuristic Lunar Base. You can check out some recently published pieces on YouTube. We also just announced our third round of Jump Start participants. Let’s take a look at the cool stuff they’re working on.
Aidan Brezonick (Director), Justin Benzel (Author), Ivanna Kozak (Producer, Laïdak Films), Antoine Liétout (Producer, Laïdak Films), and Ivan Zuber (Producer, Laïdak Films)
Locations: LA, USA; Chicago, USA; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France
The team is working on a story set in the French countryside. It follows Henry, an aggrieved inventor struggling to overcome the laws of physics by reversing entropy.
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Alvaro’s the co-founder of the Family Reunions Project. He’s working on a collection of immersive experiences centered on undocumented immigrants.
Amaury La Burthe
Location: Toulouse, France
Amaury is creative director of Novelab/Audiogaming. He’s working with Corinne Linder on a hybrid live action and CGI project about modern-day circuses.
Location: Ithaca, USA As a filmmaker and sociologist, Becky is creating an interactive journey through the history of burlesque dance to discover its impact on U.S. culture and women’s sexual empowerment.
Location: Puerto Rico
Carmen Guzmán is a Puerto Rican filmmaker based in NYC. She’s exploring the impact Hurricane Maria had on Puerto Rico’s communication systems and culture.
DimensionGate (Ian Tuason)
Location: Toronto, Canada
Ian Tuason, founder of DimensionGate, has showcased his work at the Cannes Film Festival, and is shooting the pilot episode of a VR horror serial.
Dominic Nahr and Sam Wolson
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Dominic and Sams’s film will explore the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.
Location: Oakland, USA
Fifer’s project will traverse the many offshoots of our lingual creation myth in a delicate interactive dance between viewer and journey.
Location: Eugene, USA
The interdisciplinary arts collective Harmonic Laboratory is documenting TESLA: Light, Sound, Color, an original 90-minute theatre performance on the elusive physicist and inventor, Nikola Tesla.
Location: Brooklyn, USA. iNK Stories is a Story Innovation Studio. They’re working on the immersive experience Fire Escape and the large-scale VR installation, HERO (premiering at Sundance).
Location: San Francisco, USA
Lisa is producing “Keep Tahoe Blue,” a look at the successful environmental monitoring organization. It’s a piece on community, volunteerism, and making a difference.
Location: Brooklyn, USA
Lizzie co-founded AROO, a feminist VR collective. A documentary filmmaker, one of Lizzie’s current VR projects explores the human/animal relationships within a wolf sanctuary.
Majka Burhardt and Ross Henry
Locations (Respectively): Jackson, USA; Chagrin Falls, USA
Majka and Ross share a VR journey about the power of one mountain and the water that takes you from the summit of Mount Namuli, Mozambique to the Indian Ocean.
Location: Venice, USA
More than 50 creators are coupling neurofeedback with stunning VR video to unlock creativity by training people to consciously control their state of mind in any environment.
MeeRa Kim & Michael Henderson (Arbor Entertainment)
Location: Los Angeles, USA The Arbor team is working on several projects including a 360 exploration of dance and music from the 1920s through present day.
Location: San Francisco, USA
Noam is a producer and National Geographic Explorer. Her team will use VR to get an inside look into the life of a Kyrgyz nomad as he pioneers a new adventure sport: horse-backcountry-skiing.
Location: Columbia, USA
The StoryUP XR team is creating a brain-controlled VR experience where you conduct a handbell orchestra with your positive emotions.
Location: Whistler, Canada
The team is working on an experience that will you on a guided heli-ski trip deep into the backcountry. High adrenaline, no crowds, and all the untouched powder you could ask for.