Warwick Gold - Australian Rodeo in Virtual Reality
In October 2015, ABC R+D collaborated with ABC Regional staff to co-produce a five minute VR experience that takes viewers backstage to Australia’s most famous rodeo at Warwick in regional Queensland.
This project was conceived as a first step for the ABC into the VR space, allowing us to dip our toes in the water and try to understand the value of this emerging technology for storytellers and media companies. Created as an on-the-job training exercise with Australian VR company Pixelcase, we gained great insights into some of the production challenges involved in making VR stories.
The following notes provide more information on how Warwick Gold - Australian Rodeo was made, along with some key takeaway learnings for content makers and storytellers who'd like to a basic introduction to this particular level of production of 360 video and VR.
The production crew at Warwick Showgrounds (L-R): Carsten Reimers, John Colebrook, Emily Bissland, Cassandra Hough, Dan Battley, Chris Lewis. Photo by Astrid Scott
Capturing the learnings of setting up the shot filmed in the farm yard. Sketch by Astrid Scott, photo by Chris Lewis
Emily, Dan and Chris setting up the camera rig for the kitchen scene with help from Carsten. Photo by Astrid Scott
Getting ready to ride in the saddle bronc competition. Photo by Chris Lewis