September 14, 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm
MFA Interaction Design
136 W 21 Street
New York, NY 10011
Virtual reality has taken the world of filmmaking by storm. How do you tell a story differently with VR than other technologies? What unique opportunities does it offer? What constraints exist? How do the lessons from filmmaking translate to the design of other products and experiences in this new realm of VR? Join us as we talk to Milica Zec and Winslow Porter, the creators of Giant, a virtual-reality (VR) short narrative that transports the viewer into the experience of a family struggling to survive in an active war zone. Giant draws from the experiences of Zec, who grew up in war-torn Serbia. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival's 2016 New Frontier exhibition.
Milica Zec is a New York City-based film and virtual reality director, editor, and screenwriter. Giant is her directorial debut in the virtual reality medium. Milica has been collaborating for 9 years with the performance artist Marina Abramovic on numerous projects, including MoMA’s The Artist is Present show, and the successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign for Marina Abramovic Institute, for which Milica directed and created ten videos.
Winslow Turner Porter III is a Brooklyn based director, producer and creative technologist, specializing in virtual reality and large-scale immersive experiential installations. Winslow has always been fascinated with the possibilities of how the intersection of art and technology can elevate storytelling. Winslow started out as a feature film editor, but pivoted into art/tech after Graduating from NYU Tisch’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in 2010. With over six years of experiential work under his belt, he has helped create interactive art experiences for Google, Delta, Diesel, Merrell and Wired, to name a few. Winslow also produced the Tribeca Film Festival Transmedia Award-winning documentary CLOUDS, among other acclaimed new media projects. Since 2015, Winslow has been a member of NEW INC, the New Museum’s art, technology and design incubator program. Giant is Winslow’s 5th virtual reality project.