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ROOMS – People, space and changed realities

Zipfel, C; Reed, L


C Zipfel

Luke Reed
Senior Lecturer in Music Technology


Film University Babelsberg
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“ROOMS” is the first Cinematic VR film (CineVR) of the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany). Directed Christian Zipfel, the award winning 360 documentary lets the audience immerse themselves in five “archaic”, often private, yet culturally significant spaces. The film challenges its audience to question: “what fundamental meaning for humanity hides behind the walls?”
Reed acted as the lead audio consultant and steered the project from pre-production to distribution, guiding practices of the production team surrounding the audio recording, post-production, and emerging exhibition standards for spatial audio in CineVR. The project developed the working methods of audio recordists, editors and sound designers in this nascent media format. Notably, new understanding was uncovered surrounding optimised methods for versioning and localisation (dubbing) for CineVR for international distribution. The project has since informed Reed’s IEEE paper “Audio Reproduction for VR Cinema – position paper”.
"ROOMS" celebrated its world premiere in 2018 at the 75th Venice International Film Festival and was nominated in the category "Cinema VR - linear competition". It later won the “Prix Immersion” at the Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema.
Other showings:
"Adelaide Film Festival - VR Competition", (AUS) 10.10.2018-21.10.2018;
"BIFF Busan International Film Festival - VR Competition", (KOR) 04.10.2018 -13.10.2018;
"59th Thessaloniki Film Festival - VR Competition", (GRC) 01.11.2018-11.11.2018;
"FILMZ Festival of German Cinema - VR Showcase ROOMS", (DE) 08.11.2018;
"Short Film Festival Cologne N ° 12 - VR Competition", (DE) 14.11.18-18.11.2018;
"VR showcase at Galerie Cinema", (FR) 01.02.2019;
"20th Landshut Short Film Festival - VR Competition", (DE) 20.03.2019-25.03.2019;
"11th Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen - VR Competition", (NL) 03.04.2019-07.04.2019;
"Publication in the VR section of ZDF Kultur on", (DE) 06.02.2019 (NB: player doesn’t support spatial audio formats).

Digital Artefact Type Other
Publication Date Feb 6, 2019
Institution Citation Zipfel, C., & Reed, L. (2019). ROOMS – People, space and changed realities
Keywords cinematic VR, 360 film, spatial audio, 3D audio, ambisonics, film practice, filmmaking, international cinema, documentary
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Additional Information Corporate Creators : Film University Babelsberg


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