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This course will give you a good overall understanding of the Virtual Reality landscape and specifically how to approach this new medium from a narrative and storytelling perspective. You will also learn about the entire production and post production process involved in creating a 360 video.


This course will introduce you to the creative considerations involved in developing VR content, and the workflow involved in shooting and editing a 360 video, which is viewable in Head Mounted Displays such as the Oculus Rift and Gear VR.

You will:
  • Learn how to adapt the production and post production workflow of a traditional (anamorphic) film to accommodate the 360 rig
  • Have a chance to experience Samsung’s Gear VR, Google Cardboard and the HTC Vive, and also see a demonstration of how a 360 video is shot and stitched.
  • Hear a detailed case study of VR Noir: A Day Before the Night, an interactive VR crime thriller.
  • learn about the current applications of VR and its potential for future development.
To get up to speed with VR!

We are so accustomed to watching films for so long, creating something new like the VR experience is going to require a whole new toolkit. Robert Stromberg, Maleficent Director.

Panoramic (360) video is going to be a big part of VR because it offers the kind of complexity that you just can’t simulate using the highest end GPU’s. John Carmack CTO, Oculus

STUDENT FEEDBACK “Great to experience a variety of VR then be able to reflect on Principles that you could see applied during lectures. Appreciated that budget and market was dealt with - great overview”. “The lecturers were really great. It was more informative than I expected and the lecturers were so generous with their advice…The best AFTRS course I’ve done” LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE
This is an introductory course into the practicalities of creating VR content, however a level of filmmaking competency in traditional media platforms is assumed.
This course is only open to students aged 18 +. If you are under 18, you will not be eligible to attend this course.

Shane Produced his first television show in 2012, and since then has worked on a myriad of TVCs, television shows and short form content. Having worked professionally as a Production Manager, Producer, Editor, Assistant Director, Director, Software Engineer, and Research Consultant, Shane found VR to be the focal point of his varied experience in media. He currently produces cinematic VR content at the Pulse and has written a manual on how to record and edit 360 degree VR films. tarting off life in Film and TV in the 90’s, Nathan transitioned over to digital at the height of the dotcom bubble and has forged a career in multiplatform and transmedia. Working with brands and companies such as Foxtel, Disney, ABC, BBC and NBCU, Nathan has produced digital properties across all known platforms. In 2015, he co-founded Start VR and is now their Executive Producer and COO. His latest VR credit includes being the EP and VR Showrunner on VR Noir: A Day Before the Night that was showcased at the VIVID Sydney 2016 Ideas Program.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: open@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 065 281

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If a participant wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee. For more information on AFTRS Open's policies, including refund policies, please see our policies page.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.