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Tickets for the 10th Anniversary Digital Storytelling event on Virtual Reality available! September 26 2016

Digital Storytelling is very happy to announce the availability of Early Bird Tickets to the upcoming 10th Anniversary Event Universes of Virtual Reality on Saturday November 19 at Filmens hus, Oslo. Early Bird Tickets are available as first come first served, and are limited to 100 seats. Our previous events have sold out so we encourage those who would like to attend to purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment.

A unique opportunity to experience diverse VR content.
Virtual Reality has the power to transport the user to real and magical places and offers new possibilities for content creation in many industries. One of the major challenges for VR is that you have to experience VR to truly understand its potential. Telling stories in this new medium is equally challenging. The Digital Storytelling: Universes of Virtual Reality will give you access to some of the best works in this medium available and get you started in understanding how to create and market VR experiences. We will show you a variety of VR from around the world and Norway.

Our Speakers
The keynote for the event is on the making of the award winning short film, “Pearl”  and 360° storytelling by Academy Award winner, Creative Director and co-founder of of Google Spotlight Stories Jan Pinkava and Scot Stafford, Creative Director of Music and Sound for Google Spotlight Stories. The event will also feature an exclusive preview on an unannounced upcoming Google Spotlight story.

Academy Award winner and renown VFX supervisor and artist Kevin Mack will present "The Art and Science of Virtual Reality" and VFX guru Greg Downing of xRez Studio in Los Angeles will speak on the topic Cinematic VR. Executive Producer Elijah Freeman from Crytek will present on the Playstation VR launch title "Robinson: The Journey", and there will be a Pecha Kucha style presentation of Norwegian VR, and a panel discussion on "Presence and Narrative in VR”.

The plenum sessions will be relatively short to give ample time during the day for delegates to experience a wide variety of VR content and uses at a number of stations located in the spacious lobby of the cinema.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Digital Storytelling and 10 years of possibilities in the Art and Science of Visual Effects and Communication.

Our Partners
The event is arranged in collaboration with the NFI:LAB at the Norwegian Film Institute and with the support of Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology.

About Digital Storytelling
Since 2006 Digital Storytelling, together with its partners has delivered world class seminars, masterclasses and workshops on the creative use of technology in film, television and games.


Tickets to the Norwegian VFX 2015 event on sale! October 11 2015

Digital Storytelling is very happy to announce the availability of Early Bird Tickets to the upcoming Norwegian VFX 2015 on December 5th at Westerdals Oslo ACT, Campus Vulkan. Tickets are available as first come first served and are limited to 100 seats. The previous events have sold out so we encourage those who would like to attend to purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment.

About the event

Since 2006 Digital Storytelling, together with its partners has delivered world class seminars, masterclasses and workshops on the creative use of technology in film, television and games.

While ten years ago little VFX work was done  in feature films and television in Norway, this year's event celebrates the work of Norwegian VFX professionals on a wide range of projects. From the international blockbuster “Pixels” with work by Storm Studios, to the Norwegian Academy Award candidate film “The Wave” with VFX by Gimpville  as well as the celebrated TV series “The Heavy Water War” and “Occupied” with visual effects by Storyline Studios, and the viral online hit and one-man production “Dawn of the Planet of the Zombies and Giant Killer Plants on Some Serious Acid” by Alf Løvvold.

The event is arranged with the support of Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology and NFI:LAB at the Norwegian Film Institute.


Images courtesy of Fantefilm Fiksjon and Storm Studios.

Speakers

ESPEN NORDAHL
has an impressive resumé with years of experience working for companies like Weta Digital and MPC on movies like World War Z, The Hobbit and Iron Man 3. Espen is Head of CG at Storm Studios, making sure the work produced there always comes out at the highest quality possible. Espen was the VFX Supervisor on Pixels.

MAGNUS PETTERSSON
is the brain behind most of the effects produced at Storm Studios. He has worked on countless movies and commercials. After working out of Mexico for a few years, Magnus is now back at Storm Studios. Magnus was responsible for solving all the technical fx challenges on Pixels. 

LARS ERIK HANSEN
has produced and supervised VFX on 15 feature films and a great number of TVCs the past 13 years, including Max Manus, Kon-Tiki, Børning and The Wave. He takes great pride in being the first person in and the last person out on all the productions he is supervising. Lars Erik is always looking for smarter and more efficient solutions to production challenges, and is the lead architect behind Gimpville's unique hardware infrastructure.

ALF MARTIN LØVVOLD
is an experienced VFX artist and aspiring director from Norway. He is also a co-founder of Gimpville, an award winning VFX and animation studio in Oslo, Norway. He has worked on numerous commercials and features for the last 13 years, including Max Manus, Kon-Tiki, Børning and The Wave. Nowadays, he's further developing his own spare-time project to materialize into a short or - Hollywood feature film.

IVAR RYSTAD
is a seasoned and experienced VFX Supervisor hailing from the cold north. Working at Storyline Studios in Oslo, he has been guiding vfx-heavy productions through from on set supervising to finishing for many years. His latest work includes the tv series "The Heavy Water War" and "Occupied", and also the feature film "Operation Arctic".


Guardians of the Galaxy Masterclass tickets available! October 10 2014

Digital Storytelling is very happy to announce the availability of Early Bird Tickets to the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy VFX Masterclass on November 22nd. These tickets are available as first come first served and are limited to 100 seats. The previous masterclass sold out so we encourage those who would like to attend to purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment.

About the masterclass

The masterclass will be given by Theodor Groeneboom of Framestore CFC and Otto Thorbjørnsen. Theodor won the Visual Effect Society (VES) Award for Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture for his work on Gravity, and many will remember his Masterclass on Gravity earlier this year as well as his presentation of his work on Avatar at Digital Storytelling 2010. Otto Thorbjørnsen has worked in VFX since 2005 and outside of Norway for the past 2,5 years on films including Gravity, The Great Gatsby, Thor 2 and most recently Guardians of the Galaxy for Framestore (CFC). He is now back at Storm Studios in Oslo.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Masterclass is designed primarily for film and VFX professionals, but the more than average film enthusiast might enjoy looking behind the scenes to see how these cutting edge visual effects were created.

This masterclass aims to give an exclusive insight into creating believable characters such as Rocket Racoon and Groot, and bringing life to the alien world of Knowhere. From early collaboration with the film-makers to the design process of the characters, their appearance, movement and attitude; to the complex task of executing over 600 vfx shots on schedule.

The talk focuses on the challenges associated with creating a lead digital actor in a major blockbuster.

Key points to take away :

  • Creating Rocket Racoon and giving him character and life.
  • Designing and working with Knowhere - A giant alien world floating in space.
  • The technical challenges of always upping-the-game in a Marvel film.

The masterclass is arranged with the support of Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology and the NFI:lab at the Norwegian Film Institute.

Images courtesy of Marvel Studios and Framestore.

Masterclass tutors

THEODOR GROENEBOOM
Theodor has spent the past 13 years creating visual effects for commercials, broadcast television and feature films. For the last 5 years he has been with Framestore in London working on films such as Avatar, Gravity and Guardians of the Galaxy. His post production work on Gravity earned him a Visual Effects Society award for "Outstanding Compositing In A Motion Picture Feature" at the 12th Annual VES awards in Los Angeles. As well as an Oscar for Best Visual Effects given to the Framestore Gravity team. He's currently working as a compositing supervisor on an upcoming Marvel movie.

OTTO THORBJORNSEN
Otto has been part of the Norwegian Visual Effects industry since 2005, working as a compositor and supervisor at Storm Studios on a number of feature films and commercials. He has worked abroad for the past two and a half years on films such as Gravity, The Great Gatsby, Thor 2 and most recently Guardians of the Galaxy for Framestore (CFC). Otto returned to Norway in August of this year and will try to bring international experience into Norwegian productions. 


Tickets to the Gravity Masterclass now available March 14 2014

The first event of 2014 of the new Digital Storytelling is a two hour Masterclass on the making of Gravity with Theodor Groeneboom.