TimePlay and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today announced the selection of three student filmmaker finalists in the Vista Project, a new big-screen interactive storytelling competition for students.
The three finalists selected by the judges are:
Ian Job, a student at Africa Digital Media Institute in Nairobi, Kenya
Shane Murphy, a San Francisco State University student in San Francisco
Jon Navarro, a student attending Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York
The top two completed shorts will be screened for the exhibition community and media at CinemaCon in March 2017 at TimePlay's suite. The winner will receive a $5,000 grand prize, with the runner-up being awarded $2,500. Both films will also be showcased in select theaters following the movie industry event, held each year in Las Vegas.
"We congratulate Ian, Shane, and Jon as they enter the final round of competition in the Vista Project," said cinema industry pioneer Bud Mayo, the founding chair of the Vista Project student filmmaker competition. "In conjunction with the creative technology development team at TimePlay, these three finalists will each create 10-minute film shorts that combine great storytelling with cutting-edge, next-gen interactive technology. This innovative approach will allow moviegoers to make key decisions about the plot via their Smart phones that influences the on-screen action and fosters additional audience engagement."
TimePlay's technology transforms a Smart phone into an input controller, which connects to the action on the big screen, creating two-way interactivity. Moviegoers participate in an entirely new, shared entertainment experience that connects the audience in shared experience within the theatre auditorium.
"The Vista Project is a unique platform for showcasing TimePlay's interactive cinematic mobile technology," said Jon Hussman, CEO of TimePlay. "We are delighted to participate, in conjunction with SMPTE, as the technological partner in the inaugural year of this student competition."
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