WALKING WITH GRACE, launching a new VR documentary series
Organized by: FORM follows FUNCTION
WALKING WITH GRACE, a historic walking tour & fundraiser!
April 05, 2016
FORM follows FUNCTION (FfF )in collaboration with Visual Communications & LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, present “Walking with Grace”, a 360° VR narrative documentary highlighting places and streets of Little Tokyo through the perspective of Grace Chikui, a blind woman and long-time resident. Using 360° video and spatial audio, this 7-minute documentary will invite the audience to better understand what it is like to navigate the physical environment of Little Tokyo through Grace’s particular view. With select audio interviews, the piece will reveal the common places of the neighborhood through Grace’s memories as a child growing up in the area and her daily walk.
Walking with Grace will premiere as an exclusive preview at the 32nd Annual LA Asian Pacific Film Festival in April 2016; it will be a first-time VR presentation for the film festival, and will be the launch of a new VR doc series for FfF focused on women’s perspective of places.
Here’s how the documentary will be presented at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival:
The VR system - a Gear VR headset, headphones, and SubPac wearable - will be presented on mobile viewing kiosks strategically placed throughout the festival. Spatial audio and tactile feedback with the SubPac wearables will be utilized to 1) help understand with sensory vibrations what it is like to navigate the physical environment of Little Tokyo without the ability to see, and 2) to reveal the common places of Little Tokyo through Grace's specific lens walking the same route daily with visible memories as a child growing up in the area.
The presentation will consist of a mobile kiosk with Gear VR headsets that will circulate throughout the 5 venues of the festival (Little Tokyo/DTLA, Koreatown, and West Hollywood) and will continue to be shared throughout special events in and around Little Tokyo and Downtown Los Angeles.
FORM follows FUNCTION (FfF) is a place-based media collaborative based in Los Angeles creating unique documentaries that advocate for places since 2011. FfF is an independent collaborative running on love: love of architecture, architecture history, the built environment, and people who help make places unique. While some projects are funded by individual and grant-funded commissions, most collaborations with larger visions like this need a collaborative audience to make it happen. Given the new developments in VR technology, software and equipment, we are seeking monetary support for the distribution of Walking with Grace to a worldwide audience. We feel it is crucial for a VR women-focused series like this to be accessible to as many people as possible.
FfF believes this work is only as powerful as its audience. Your support will help launch the distribution of "Walking with Grace" on multiple platforms in the Summer of 2016, including a 360° web player and mobile applications (ios/android) with added interactive features highlighting historic sites in the documentary with archival photos and media.
Your generous donation will go toward the following:
More VR headsets for the exclusive preview at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. These VR headsets will be used for the continuation of the women-focused VR doc series and shared with Visual Communications for educational purposes.
- 3-4 VR Headsets ($100 each)
- 3-4 Samsung Galaxy S6 Mobile Phones ($500 each)
- Software needed for a custom VR web player and mobile applications (ios/android)
- 3DCeption software (audio workstation) license fee ($1500)
- Unity movie texture plugin ($125) for custom VR player.
- Stipends for a women-led team designing, programming, and developing the 360° web player and mobile applications, researching local histories through archives and recording oral histories, graphic design, motion graphics, PR work, and strategic partnership development.
Current collaborators include:
- Visual Communications
- LA Asian Pacific Film Festival
- Little Tokyo Historical Society
- Asian Pacific Islander American Historic Preservation Forum
- Japanese American Community & Cultural Center