Breaking Down The Business of Producing Virtual Reality & 360

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Zeke Thomas

Webinar hosted by: Zeke Thomas

EP- Clients: Paramount, Legendary, Outside TV, YouTube & More at Ego 360

Zeke Thomas is an Executive Producer at Ego 360, a filmmaker, and on-camera talent with over a decade of experience in the entertainment and advertising industries. You may recognize him from ad campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, sketches on Conan, and viral videos that top over 100 MM views across Youtube and Facebook. At Ego 360 he specializes in immersive storytelling in spherical environments in narrative, branded, and unscripted. Founded in February of this year, Ego 360 has already amassed an impressive client list including: Legendary Pictures, Nerdist Industries, VidCon, Youtube, Outside TV, and Paramount Pictures just to name a few. Prior to his work at Ego 360, Zeke served as creative producer and interim creative director for Defy Media's Break Youtube channel. In addition to his duties at Ego 360, he also serves as a Consulting Producer at BlackboxTV Studios where he wrote and produced a zombie musical comedy in association with Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment. He's currently in writing and producing season one of Get Jacked! for Clevver/DEFY which combines pop culture and fitness based comedy. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

We've brought in Zeke Thomas, a VR producer who recently did the 360 experience for HAPPY DEATH DAY for Universal & Blumhouse and who's clients include: Paramount Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Nerdist Industries, VidCon, Youtube, Outside TV and more. Zeke will be breaking down the business of VR/360 in this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar. 

Billions of dollars have been poured into Virtual Reality & 360 spherical capture, but is there really a business for this form of storytelling? If you're already filming in VR/360 or are interested in pursuing this medium, it's important to understand not just the craft, but the business of it.


What You'll Learn

  • A Quick Review of Terminology
    • What is the difference between VR vs 360 spherical capture?
  • The Current VR landscape
    • How people are consuming your work?
    • Why VR/360? (Commercial, Science, Training, Tourism)
    • Cinematic VR narrative vs VR Gaming
  • Monetizing Your Content
  • Working with Clients
    • Regular framed content vs VR
    • Who's paying for it?
    • Expectations
    • Analytics
  • How to line out a VR Budget
    • Estimating Delivery Times
    • Departmental Considerations
    • Art Department
    • Post Production
    • Sound Design
  • How Budgets and timelines affect the project?
    • Examples: The Gold Standard in VR - Help
  • How to Respond to an RFP for 360/VR
  • Production - How do I shoot my crazy idea?
    • How creativity will inform your cost?
    • Lighting
    • Who is this for and where will it live?
    • Types of rigs
    • Lens and stitches
    • Camera technique
    • The Importance of Locations
  • Post-Production
    • Transitions/Cuts
    • Color grading
  • Unity and Unreal engines
  • An in-depth Q&A with Zeke Thomas!

About Your Instructor

Zeke Thomas is an Executive Producer at Ego 360, a filmmaker, and on-camera talent with over a decade of experience in the entertainment and advertising industries. You may recognize him from ad campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, sketches on Conan, and viral videos that top over 100 MM views across Youtube and Facebook.

At Ego 360 he specializes in immersive storytelling in spherical environments in narrative, branded, and unscripted.

Founded in February of this year, Ego 360 has already amassed an impressive client list including: Legendary Pictures, Nerdist Industries, VidCon, Youtube, Outside TV, and Paramount Pictures just to name a few. Prior to his work at Ego 360, Zeke served as creative producer and interim creative director for Defy Media's Break Youtube channel.

In addition to his duties at Ego 360, he also serves as a Consulting Producer at BlackboxTV Studios where he wrote and produced a zombie musical comedy in association with Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment.

He's currently in writing and producing season one of Get Jacked! for Clevver/DEFY which combines pop culture and fitness based comedy.


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