2019 Taipei Film Academy VR Panel - Taipei Film Commission
Ever since the beginning in 2014, Taipei Film Academy has been working to continually elevate not only the quality and scale of the classic series, it has also been pursuing diversity and keeping abreast of the ever changing industry. In its 6th edition, 2019 Taipei Film Academy has added a new series to the curriculum; VR Panel. The Panel invites award-winning content creators, producers, international VR programmer, headset developer and interactive experience designer, assembling professionals of different expertise, and starting a conversation between different parts of the industry. The participants will be able to look into the new ways of storytelling and content creation that are rapidly moving forward, learn more about the current status of VR narrative industry as well as the future directions for VR projects at international film festivals, and learn about a future in which new media storytelling integrate with technology. First few people to register for the panel also has the chance to experience award-winning VR projects for free. Seats are limited, register now!
II. Important Timeline
1. Forum Date:
Sep. 11th (Wed) Experience Session 13:30 – 18:00
Sep. 12th (Thu) Panel 1 09:00-12:00 ; 13:30-16:30
Experience Session – Taipei Film Commission
(1F, No. 630, Guangfu S. Rd.)
Panels – The One at Taipei 101
(4F, Taipei 101 Shopping Mall)
3. Registration : Aug. 8th (Thu) – Sep. 8th (Sun)
4. Acceptance: Participants will receive confirmation email with a serial number after successful registration.
5. VR Experience Session registration: Aug. 8th (Mon) until full
III. Eligibility Criteria
1. The Panel is open to public. Filmmakers, students and all who are interested are welcome to register.
2. Participants who have registered successfully will receive a serial number and the link to VR Experience Session via the confirmation email. You can only register for the Session with your serial number.
1. Please go to Event Registration Website of Taipei Film Commission：Registration Link
2. Please register to become a member, go to Event List and select VR Panel to fill in the registration form.
3. Those successfully registered will receive a confirmation email that contains a serial number and a link to the Experience Session Registration Form.
4. Participants will be able to register using the serial number. Time slots are limited. The Form will be closed once every time slot is registered. Those successfully registered will receive another time slot confirmation letter.
1. Panel 1: VR Narratives and International Film Festivals
Panelists: Heng Sung, Jongsuk Thomas NAM, Estela Valdivieso Chen, Hsin Chien Huang
Taiwanese VR narrative content and interactive experiences have been on a winning streak at international film festivals. What kind of stories or experience need to be told or reproduced with VR? What kind of projects or creators are festival programmers looking for? How do traditional filmmakers or producers step into this competitive, free and relatively new industry? What kind of domestic, international or even cross-industry resources can be used by creators? What kind of content can VR lovers expect to see in the near future? The Panel invites a VR director, a producer, an international film festival programmer, and an interactive experience designer to join the conversation from different parts of the industry. The participants will be able to benefit from the panelists’ experiences, and look into different thinking of VR creation.
2. Panel 2: From VR to XR and beyond: Demystifying Immersive Media and Technologies for Storytellers
Panelists: Sten-Kristian Saluveer, John D. Canning, Tommy Chang
With a wave of cutting edge innovations from higher resolution and exponentially cheaper headsets, and the boom of growing content 2019 has proven that immersive media is here to stay. And whilst virtual and augmented reality are becoming household buzzwords, still a few find their ways around the maze of rapidly changing technology to understand the possibilities, limitations and tricks of the trade to produce engaging and high quality content in virtual and augmented reality. The panel brings together celebrated VR technologist, an executive producer of interactive and immersive media and a festival programmer for VR content, to give the audience the state of VR / and XR as well as deconstruct the biggest opportunities and pitfalls in immersive storytelling. Expect deep insights into the growing content ecosystems, the growth in location based VR (LB), introductions to the latest technical advancements and workflows for storytellers, and case studies of eye catching and impactful immersive media productions across the globe.
3. Experience Session
(1). Your Spiritual Temple Sucks
Mr. Chang arrives to his “Spiritual Temple” in the afterworld, a place that represents one's destiny. To solve his marital crisis and financial problems, he summons his guardian- The Thunder God, to modify the temple from the ground up. It turns out to be a big mistake...
(2). The Missing Body Ep1
The Missing Body Episode 1 is an interactive surreal VR experience created by director Hsin-Chien Huang, winner of Best VR Experience at the 74th Venice Film Festival, and music by Lim Giong, winner of Prix Du Jury Cannes Soundtrack Award at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Based on the history local to Taiwan, the story is from director’s childhood memories which depicts the reduction of humanity by the military government during the martial law, the colonial culture as well as the digital era into a story beyond reality.
(3). To the Moon
To the Moon uses images and tropes from Greek mythology, literature, science, sci fi space movies and politics to create an imaginary and dark new moon. During the 15-minute VR experience, the viewer is shot out from earth, walks on the surface of the moon, glides through space debris, flies through DNA skeletons and is lifted up the side and then tossed off of a lunar mountain.
(4). Mr. Buddha
Tung, Ching and Ni stole a precious piece of antique, and despite being in the same getaway car, the gang is divided about what to do next. Inside the enclosed vehicle, the viewer connects with the outlaws in their final journey as the story unfolds through VR in a long take. This approach provides viewers with a more intimate experience with the production, and creates stronger tension than what could have been achieved with conventional editing.
(5). The Making Of
The Making Of is a pseudo-documentary shot with a 3D VR 360 camera that shows the filming of a fictional production both before and behind the scenes. The VR camera takes the view of an art director of a fictional production - Spy's Romance, who tries to guide performers into the right moment through an "immersive" method.
(6). Eleven Eleven
Their fate has been decided, but how you watch is up to you. Eleven Eleven is a groundbreaking entertainment experience that puts you in the center of the story. Follow six main characters as they count down the last 11 minutes and 11 seconds of life on the island planet of Kairos Linea.
1. John D. Canning
Chairman of the New Media Council for the Producers Guild of America
Executive Producer for VR, AR and Interactive for Digital Domain
Former VP of Interactive Experiences for NBC Entertainment Digital
John brings a career that has spanned the technology and methodology for creating and delivering media, games, and immersive experiences, from concept to consumer, and customer to his role as Executive Producer for VR, AR and Interactive for Digital Domain.
John has endeavored to help companies and causes not only tell their stories through dynamic media but also leverage disruptive and transformative technology, to maximize the creative impact.
John also serves as the Chairman of the New Media Council for the Producers Guild of America representing the interests of producers of broadband video, games, transmedia, iTV and VR/AR content in the entertainment industry.
Previously, John was the VP of Interactive Experiences for NBC Entertainment Digital, where he developed native interactive experiences, be they 2nd screen, social media, or virtual reality for some of the largest shows on TV, such as The Voice, World of Dance, America’s Got Talent, Blindspot, Blacklist, and more.
2. Sten-Kristian Saluveer
NEXT at Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes Head Of Programming
Founder and CEO of Storytekk
Sten-Kristian Saluveer is an audiovisual media innovation and policy strategist, audiovisual producer, and content & technology entrepreneur focusing on bridging Asia with Europe and the impact of technology to the content industry. He is the Founder of Storytek /storytek.eu/ (http://storytek.eu/) - a mediatech accelerator and innovation agency bringing together deep audiovisual sector knowledge, technology and funding with a selection of hand-picked global tech entrepreneurs, storytellers & content creators, and investors.
Sten frequently consults local and international policymaking organizations including the Estonian Ministry of Culture, Startup Estonia, as well as the European Commission. He also co-authored the report for the industrial media & technology strategy for Europe by Special Advisior Klossa to the Vice President, Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip.
Over the years has served as film programmer, industry lead and mentor and expert for Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the Udine Far East Film Festival, Ties That bind and several others. Sten has also pioneered Estonian-Asian co-productions including with Laos, Japan and South Korea. Most recently he works as the Head of Programming NEXT at the Marche du Film of Festival du Cannes.
3. Heng Sung
Founder and CEO of RUMU Innovation
Heng Sung started his dedication in 2006 in interactive design study and new media art creativity. He had been invited to many phenomenal art activities: Beijing Summer Digi Fest., 404 international Fest., Brazil FILE PRIX LUX, Argentina TSONAMI Buenos Aires International Sound Fest., and TodaysArt Festival in Netherland.
He founded Rumu Innovation in 2017, leading the team to integrate the interactive tech and aesthetic sense. Their service covers the field of digital interactive marketing, education and entertainment art.
4. Jongsuk Thomas Nam
Managing Director of NAFF, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1968, Thomas immigrated to USA in 1980. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland at College Park, USA in 1993 with a degree in Communication Arts/RTVF, NAM returned to Korea in 1995 and worked as an assistant director in KIM Hong-jun’s Jungle Story (1996) before joining Busan International Film Festival (BIFF, called as PIFF then) in 1997 as a curator for KIM Ki-young Retrospective. He subsequently served as the festival coordinator and the senior manager of Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) before becoming the General Secretariat at Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) from 2001 to 2004.
Thomas joined Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in 2007 as the festival consultant and, since 2009, has been the Managing Director of its film industry program, Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF). He is also the programmer of films from English-language territories since 2017 and have launched and curated AFTER DARK, a genre film section at Jio Mami Mumbai Film Fest, India, since 2015.
Thomas has served as a jury in numerous film festivals including Berlin, Sitges, Fantastic Fest-Austin, Warsaw, Hawaii, Vesoul and Yubari, as well as being the panelist/mentor at Sitges Pitchbox – Catalonia, Spain; Int’l Film Expo – Manila, The Philippines; Black Nights Industry Days – Tallinn, Estonia; Nordic Genre Boost – Haugesund, Norway; SAFF – Singapore; FEFF Focus Asia – Udine, Italy; Blood Window – Buenos Aires, Argentina and TIFFCOM CoPro Connection – Tokyo, Japan, among others.
5. Estela Valdivieso Chen
Founder and CEO of SERENDIPITY
CEO of SERENDIPITY, started her film career working on Tsai Ming-Liang and Ang Lee’s Films. She founded the company to produce innovative productions with new technology and explore the future of storytelling. She is also a managing partner of an arthouse film production company HOUSE ON FIRE, to produce quality international feature film co-productions.
6. Tommy Chang
Head of Technical Team
HTC Content Center/Production
Tommy Chang received his Master degree in the Department of Graphic Communication and Arts from National Taiwan University of Arts. He studied in the Department of Applied Mathematics at Feng Chia University and obtained his BFA from the Computer Arts at the Academy of Art University. Now Chang is Chief Technical Director at HTC VIVE ORIGINALS. He has a lot of work experience in the field of technology such as technology manager of interactive game at Creative Toy Technology Company, project manager at QPIX Animation Studios, adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Digital Multimedia Design, National Taipei University of Business. He also worked for EA Tiburon as technical animator.
7. Hsin Chien Huang
Digital Content Creator
Huang is a content creator fluent in both digital technology and traditional art. Having previously worked with media artist Laurie Anderson on her first interactive CDROM Puppet Motel, Huang had also worked for Sega and Sony as art director. Founded Storynest in 2001 to convert traditional art forms like photography, storytelling, and music into new hybrid presentations through the usage of digital tools.
VII. Other Information
1. All personal information gathered will only be used for Taipei Film Academy – VR Panel.
2. The Panel will be held in both Mandarin and English, on-site interpretation in Mandarin will be provided.
3. Photo-taking, video-taping and sound-recording are prohibited during the Forum
4. Participants must follow the rules and regulations of Taipei Film Academy, those who violate the rules and regulations may be disqualified.
5. Those who register for VR Experience Session should attend on time. Please call the contact below before Sep. 10th if you wish to cancel the registration. Any participant who is absent without cancellation can be disqualified in any future events organized by the Commission.
6. Taipei Film Commission reserves all rights of participant selection and Panel arrangements.
7. If work and classes are suspended in case of force majeure such as natural disasters (e.g. typhoons), announced by Taipei City Government during the Forum, the courses of the day will be canceled.
8. Please refer to the Taipei Film Academy Website or contact International Department of Taipei Film Commission at:
02-2709-3880 #127 Ms. Hsieh