360 training

All storytellers and content creators are desperate to find new and better ways of engaging the audience more deeply than ever before. And what could be more engaging than taking the audience away from their screens and transporting them to right there on location? That’s 360 Immersive Reality film-making.

But what kit do you need to shoot professional 360 IR video? Can you tell conventional narrative stories in a 360 film? How do you shoot, light, sequence a 360 film? Are 360 films actually films at all?

And what is the difference between I.R., V.R. (virtual reality) and A.R. (augmented reality)?

Missing out on 360 storytelling is to give a massive advantage away to your competitors. Whether it is from selling a house, showing off an impressive location or facility or placing your viewer right in the middle of your documentary or drama film, 360 film-making has the potential to really disrupt conventional storytelling.

But the journey is not easy. The kit is not a simple evolution from conventional cameras. There are massive challenges on set during the filming process. There are massive workflow challenges. And how does the audience even get to ‘see it’ once we’ve put ourselves through all of that?

This intensive one day course will demystify the equipment, the storytelling and the whole production and publication process.

We’ll look at the various kit at all kinds of price points - including the new 360 cameras that plug into your phone. We’ll explore the challenges on location with camera placement, sound, lighting, movement, camera operation and much more. We’ll ask how the immersive reality changes how we approach conventional narratives and how we can use the medium to push the storytelling boundaries.

We’ll look at the post production process and compare workflow between self contained cameras and 360 filming ‘rigs’. And we’ll have a quick tour of the various ‘publication’ options and throw ourselves into some cool examples that have already been made as well as discussing how 360 content can be ‘integrated’ with conventional content on ‘conventional’ platforms.

This isn’t just a very informative day, you’ll need to make sure you wear some sturdy shoes as we’ll be ‘travelling’ to some amazing places as well!

The course will deal with:

  • What is 360 and what is the difference between IR, AR and VR?

  • Who wants 360? Who should have 360?

  • What is the appetite for 360 and what role does it play?

  • What kit do you need?

  • The difference between prosumer 360 cameras and 360 filming rigs and arrays

  • How to use 360, what stories it works on and what are its limitations

  • How to tell a story, guide the audience, edit the pictures and follow a narrative arc

  • What software do you need?

  • What is the workflow and the process?

  • How to publish and distribute 360 effectively.

Please bring:

Your smartphone.

A map to get home!

Getting there

This course will be held at The Bridge, 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0NQ

About Dean Arnett

Dean Arnett is an international award winning, self-shoot documentary producer. He has worked all over the world, most notably for the BBC and Discovery.

He is also an award winning media trainer, designing and delivering film and editing courses for video-journalists and self-shoot producers.

In 2014 he was awarded the coveted, ’Rising Star award’ at the 2014 Canadian International Film Festival for his BBC documentary ‘Burying the Past'.

He continues to shoot documentaries and deliver training for broadcast and commercial organisations all over the world, including: the BBC, Discovery, Thomson Foundation, Dropbox, Canon Europe, Press Association, The Frontline Club and many others.

Find him on Twitter @deanarnett.