VR Play making – professional development opportunity

Director Wanted

The Core at Corby Cube and LIVR supported by Arts Council England are delighted to offer the below opportunity for an aspiring or early career theatre or film director.

As a result of a last minute cancellation, we have one place available for a Director to take part in a Virtual Reality Play making project taking place in October 2021.

Local Corby based writers have been developing 5 x 10 minute plays that are designed to be experienced as a VR experience via a VR headset or on a smartphone and are written to be site specific and performed in outdoor locations.  As a director joining the programme, your role will be to bring the work to life for the digital platform with professional production support from LIVR and mentorship from an experienced theatre director to help you along the way.

Key Dates:

As this is a last minute offer, you will need to get up to speed quickly with the existing script assigned to you and will be expected to work from the date of appointment with the writer to develop the script ready for the production shoot.

6th, 7th and 11th September 21 – Full Days – Training and Preparation for Production Week. Under the mentorship of industry professionals working for LIVR, you will learn what is possible from VR capture and what effects and post production elements can be used to enhance the work.

4th to 8th October 21– Rehearsal Week with professional actors. You will have time slots in The Core’s rehearsal spaces to work on the script with professional actors. The play that you would be working on will have no more than 2 x characters max.

11th to 15th OctoberCapture Week. You will have time in this week to capture the final 10 minute play with the production team from LIVR. Shoot slots for 5  x 10 minute plays will be spread out throughout the week most likely you will have one whole day of capture time in this week.

15th to 31st October – Editing. There will be sessions in this period to look at the specific final edit of your piece. Exact schedule is TBC and there will be a mixture of online zoom sessions and in person sessions.

You will be expected to take critical feedback on board from the mentor, producer and production team and are encouraged to be as daring and as experimental as you can, embracing the full potential of the 360 VR platform and working hard to get the best possible end result for your piece.

Fee: This is a professional development opportunity. The fee for involvement is £1500 inclusive of travel and other expenses with an anticipation of approx. 80 hours commitment over the entirety of the project.

The Candidate

Ideally we are looking for someone who is interested in pursuing a professional career as a theatre or film director or who has a specific interest in the Virtual Reality medium and who would benefit from this experience. You would ideally have a little bit of experience as either a theatre director or as a film maker/camera operator, though we will of course consider applications from interested parties with little or no experience.

You should be available to work in person in Corby on the dates mentioned above but the schedule will be flexible and part time on the dates mentioned.

To Apply

Please send your relevant CV and a covering letter to [email protected] by Wednesday 1st September 21. In the covering letter please let us know:

  • How this opportunity would further your career or future job opportunities?
  • What work experience you have that would be beneficial to the role or indeed if you don’t have any experience but are interested in learning from scratch.

We are an inclusive organisation, committed to fair recruitment, induction, training, succession planning and equality of opportunity. We particularly welcome applications from those whose backgrounds are currently under-represented in the Arts. We want to encourage socio-economic diversity within our workforce, as well as representation from Black, Asian, or other Minority Ethnic groups and/or people who identify as D/deaf and disabled.