First Winners of Samsung VR Film Contest

First Winners of Samsung VR Film Contest

Create a 60-second virtual reality film for a chance to win $10,000. That’s the idea behind Samsung’s “There in 60 Seconds” contest, launched last summer as an way to generate quality VR content for their Gear VR hardware. Fast forward a few months, and the winners were recently announced, each one receiving the cash prize, and inclusion on the Gear Indie section of Milk VR, as well as at the Sundance Film Festival. We are very excited to see that two of the winners are SkyBox Studio Customers – RYOT and Spliced Films. Congratulations to all!

The winning films:

En Pointe by Spliced Films

“After being cut from the ballet, a young woman stays late at the theater and dreams of her perfect performance. The film is shot in 360 2-D as a virtual reality experience. It is also mixed in 3D 5.1 surround sound that plays directionally in relation to the user’s head position.”

Ghats on the Ganges by RYOT 

“Join RYOT in 360 VR as we flow down the shores of the Ganges River and walk along the steps of its numerous Ghats. These Ghats have held spiritual and cultural significance for centuries as spaces where people worship deities, bathe, and cremate the dead. Ghat cremation ceremonies hold profound spiritual importance, as the dead are officially released from the process of earthly reincarnation. Strolling alongside these cultural sites gives us a unique insight into the rich history of India and its people.”

Cardboard City by Kiira Benzing of Double Eye Productions

“Peek inside the enchanted studio of Brooklyn-based stop motion animator Danielle Ash.”

The Survival Tree by Tripp and Jenna Watt

“Shortly after moving to L.A. to pursue her music career, Paige’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Devastated by the news, Paige decided to make a “Prayer Box” and hike her prayers for her mom to the highest point she could climb. Paige has now hiked to this spot over a hundred times.”

Shoes by Panomalna aka Moses Bravo

“Your Gear VR goggles just teleported you to beautiful Budapest, the capital of an Eastern European country. As you tour the city, you come across something odd on the bank of the Danube river: 60 pairs shoes made of iron. As you stop to investigate, you get teleported again. Now you are at the same place but back in the winter of 1944. You are one of the many Jews the local Nazi party herded to the riverbank. You live in a ghetto during the past few months, you are scared, hungry, and cold. You fill one of the shoes. To your left and right your wife and children the others. Facing the river you hear gunshots and your family members are killed one by one. One last shot, and your life is over. Fortunately the nightmare ends and you are back to present-day Budapest. What will you learn from your dream? Will you stand up against hate, persecution, and discrimination?”

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