Mind Hopping: 360° filming to experience stories

Project partners: VIDAVEO and the University of York 

VIDAVEO is an interactive and creative video production agency. Originally from York, VIDAVEO founder Adam Gill has filmed in Africa, Asia, the USA, Europe and the Middle East. 

In collaboration with the University of York’s DC Labs, the project developed new non-linear narrative storytelling techniques using 360° filming. The project used interactive mind hopping techniques to cast the audience into the mind of the characters, hear their inner voice and control their gaze for a truly unique immersive experience.

During the R&D process, the University of York provided technical support on 360° filming and programming, as well as access to their studios and office space. Technical tests were conducted and a workflow was established to allow the filming to be scaled to a larger production. A script was written to accommodate the mind hopping technique which involved creating multiple versions of the story, each based around a particular character. 

A combination of 360° filming and actor-mounted footage was combined to create the ‘subconscious imagery’ composed of both graphics and live action. The imagery helped visualise what the characters were feeling, thinking and their interpretation of what was being discussed.  

The project identified that as well as the potential use in drama, the mind hopping technique could be utilised for training and immersive experiences in other sectors. VIDAVEO are now planning to create a singular working example of mind hopping that will clearly demonstrate its capabilities to potential clients. 

Adam Gill, Director and industry partner says:

“The project primarily focussed on exploring the mind hopping technique for immersive storytelling experiences in the performing arts sector. Through this process we have also identified potential uses of the technique in immersive training, education and information experiences for clients in the heritage, education and business sectors. We have taken on two interns from SIGN (Screen Industries Growth Network) to help explore this further.”

Categories: Film