Unlock the secrets to creating compelling narrative in immersive worlds. A Belfast XR Festival event.
What is the process for creating an immersive experience? Learn the unique considerations when storytelling with immersive and interactive worlds. Gain practical tips and insights into pre-production and workflow pipelines in this panel with leading industry experts Dee Harvey, Vincent Kinnaird, Lucy Baxter and Chaired by Professor Paul Moore.
Lucy Baxter is an XR filmmaker and Film Practice Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. Before joining QUB in 2018, Lucy ran a London based production company and created fiction and non-fiction content for platforms and broadcasters which included Channel 4, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Open University and The Cabinet Office. Her work as producer has won BAFTA and RTS awards, and been runner up for the Japan Prize and Learning Onscreen Awards. Lucy recently created the Mental Abuse Matters project and wrote, produced and directed an animated piece in collaboration with Enter Yes, and a VR short drama in collaboration with Retinize and Hanna Slattne. She is currently distributing the VR piece into then Health, Social Care and Justice sectors through start up Sensalience with digital health entrepreneur Elaine Bousfield.
Dee Harvey is a filmmaker specialising in VR and 360 filmmaking. She’s a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Interactive Telecommunications. Her creative focus is on using emerging technologies and storytelling techniques to find and tell the stories that would otherwise be missed. She is a Future Fellow of Future Screens NI. She has just completed LOSS, a short verbatim documentary about late-term pregnancy loss, a co-production with Uppercut Creative in Vancouver. She co-wrote and directed IF, a VR 180 film about infertility, that was commissioned by YouTube in 2018. It was shortlisted for the Royal Television Society NI awards in 2019. She has recently joined Quotidian - Word on the Street as a Creative Technologies Researcher.
Vincent Kinnaird has been making film, broadcast TV, commercials and documentaries for distribution, primarily throughout Europe, for many years. Salient credits include the critically acclaimed 'Burning of Bombay Street' and 'Summer on Rathlin' He has won prizes such as the BAFTA Kodak short film award, with 'Lladia', and screened at Cannes and LA festivals with drama 'The Linnet'. In 2022 he launched his feature documentary, 'Fr. Des - The Way he saw it' at Galway Film Fleadh, following its preview at Docs Ireland the previous year. With the support of Future Screens NI and Ulster University, Vincent made Total Immersion and has just completed his first commercial VR film for European renewable energy giant ABO Wind. He also loves using vintage film cameras and projectors.
Professor Paul Moore joined the University of Ulster in 1999 and has since been active in the development of the creative arts and industries policy and strategy in the University. He was head of the School of Creative Arts and Technologies from 2008 to 2017 before serving a short period as Head of the School of Communication and Media. He is now Director of Future Screens NI, the AHRC funded creative industries cluster for NI and is a Co-Director of Ulster’s Creative Industries Institute (CII). He was awarded a personal Chair in 2009 becoming Professor of Creative Technologies and was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship in 2014.
The Belfast XR Festival is proud to include Mental Abuse Matters and Total Immersion in this year's programme.