Samsung’s Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) has been one of the forerunners in the resurgence of virtual reality (VR) technology. With news expected (but not guaranteed) of a consumer version reveal at the Oculus Connect 2 event this week, Samsung has announced the first challenge in its Gear Indie Initiative, titled “There in 60 Seconds.”
The competition will challenge emerging VR filmmakers to create immersive, 360-degree videos that are just 60-seconds in length taking viewers to a place in the world that is special and unique to them.Entrants will have the chance to win a $10,000 USD cash prize, as well as have their content featured on the Gear Indie channel, which launched on Samsung Milk VR last month to showcase content from the ever growing indie VR filmmaker community.
Three established VR filmmaking professionals will act as mentors and judges throughout the process. They are, Jason Rubin, the head of Worldwide Studios for Oculus, Nancy Bennett, the chief content officer at Two Bit Circus, and Anthony Batt, the cofounder and executive vice president of WEVR.
The official submission portal will open on Sunday, 1st November 2015, and then on Tuesday, 15th December 2015, the top five submissions will be announced.
VRFocus continue follow any news and updates on the Gear Indie Initiative and report back.