We Caught Up With Our 'The Walk' Competition Winner To Talk About Breaking Into The VR Industry
19-year-old Nils Söderman got right in the centre of the future of film
Last year, MTV Breaks launched a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get a young filmmaker their big break not just in the film industry but in the ground-breaking medium of virtual reality.
Inspired by the Joseph Gordon-Levitt film The Walk we teamed up with Sony Pictures to fly one lucky creative out to Culver City, LA to attend a one week, hands-on training programme with Create VR to master the technology of the future.
We asked budding film-makers to tweet us their VR movie pitches. The lucky winner was 19-year-old computer graphics student, Nils Söderman from Sweeden! His pitch, “a guy waking up to find his bed levitating 300ft above ground”, caught our eye so we jetted him out to LA to give him the opportunity of a lifetime.
We caught up with Nils after the experience to see how he got on:
What first made you decide to enter the competition?
I've been really interested in virtual reality since they first announced the Oculus Rift a few years ago. So, when I heard about this competition I saw it as a great opportunity to get to travel to LA and learn more about the virtual reality landscape.
How did you feel when you found out you had won?
Oh man, that was so amazing! I was almost in shock, and it felt kind of unreal.
Had you ever done anything like this before?
I had never tried or worked with virtual reality before this, it was all a first time.
What was the best thing about the experience?
The best part of it all was getting to meet all the amazing people over at CreateVR and to learn about virtual reality and its possibilities.
What did you learn that you think will be useful in the future?
I learned a lot about VR which, I think, will help a bunch in the future since I'm currently studying animation and computer graphics for games. And I believe VR will be huge in the gaming industry within just a one or two years.
How would you recommend MTV Breaks to someone thinking about entering?
Go for it! You have absolutely nothing to lose. You could be the next MTVBreaks winner and get an unforgettable experience!
If you want to get your big break, keep your eyes on mtvbreaks.tv. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – follow us to hear all about our next opportunities. RIGHT NOW we’re looking for a visionary director and master DJ to join us for this year’s Isle of MTV Malta. It could be you this time…