New Cinema: The Future of Digital Storytelling


Eyebeam held a large-scale, team-based digital storytelling event at its Chelsea, NY exhibition space from December 13th-Dec 16th.  The project was organized in collaboration with The Creators Project, a global arts and technology from Intel and Vice, and award-winning visual effects company Framestore.

The event, dubbed "New Cinema", was the first event concentrating on team-based brainstorming, design, and systematic development of new hybrid digital storytelling methods which can shape the ways in which we think about possible futures of cinema. All projects were realized by unorthodox methods and takes on fresh creative coding approaches, commercial and open source software and hardware hacks, and "creative misuse" of the latest camera, sensor and computer technologies. 

Eyebeam and The Creators Project curated five cross-disciplinary teams consisting of creative coders, conceptual artists, 3D/CGI/Special FX and cinema technology professionals as well as directors, cinematographers, editors, scriptwriters, and musicians/sound designers. The teams spent three days in Eyebeam’s Chelsea exhibition and fabrication space developing their initial prototypes, working with cutting edge tools, and exchanging ideas with other teams. A public exhibition of the completed projects was exhibited at Eyebeam from January 29th-February 3rd, 2013.


Project "In Opsis" combined concepts which influenced the development of Director’s Mike Cahill’s (“Another Earth”) new feature length movie “iOrigins”. Team: Mike Cahill,  Rylan Scherer, Anton Vade Marini, Brian Chasalow and Golan Levin.
Both of his films received the Alfred P. Sloan Feature film prize in Sundance film festival, awarded for movies focusing on science or technology.

Project "Before the Flood”. Team: Ramsey Nasser, Nick Hooker, Nick Fox-Gieg, MIke Woods and Mike Mellor.
“Before the Flood” is an interactive cinematic experience exploring a subterranean world

Project “Dance like Michael Jackson”. Team: Supermarche (Ariel Shulman, Henry Joost), Aaron Mayers, Lauren McCarthy and James George.

Project “We Make the Weather / Before the Flood by Bridge Group”. Team: Karolina Sobecka, Greg Borenstein and Sofy Yuditskaya.
“We Make the Weather” is a breath-controlled installation inspired by Hurricane Sandy. Use your breath to control a ghostly figure trying to cross a never-ending bridge.

Project “Flatland”. Team: Ryan Staake and Zack Lieberman.

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Project Created: 
December 2012
People: Julia Kaganskiy, Marko Tandefelt, Pat Jones
Research: Vision
Project Type: Film