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Since last year (and specifically in this case, last year’s Sundance Film Festival), virtual reality has exploded. 2016 really was the year that the technology was truly pushed on the consumer level and filmmakers/artists started experimenting with the possibilities even more. But could 2017 be the year of an audience breakthrough for VR? And could it happen at the Sundance Film Festival this upcoming week? Senior Programmer and Chief Curator of Sundance’s New Frontier, Shari Frilot, sat down with No Film School and gave them a sneak peak into some of the highlights from this year’s New Frontier VR program. From a VR palace, narrative and documentary experiences to even augmented reality, this year’s festival is poised to be an exciting one for the new technology. Check out the highlights over at No Film School!

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio have officially begun and so has our obsession with watching athletes compete in sports we otherwise usually don't give a second thought. But do you ever stop and think about how you consume those images and that footage? Who and what is bringing us these twirling gymnasts, suave fencers and washboard ab’d swimmers? Well, Canon is trying to pull some strings and become the camera of choice for these Summer Games. With the Associated Press using Canon exclusively and Reuters heavily armed with their equipment, it is safe to say we will be digesting a lot of Canon shot images over the next few days! To be precise, 1600 lenses and 950 DSLR bodies are stocked at the Canon Professional Services Depot in Rio! Check out more images of the massive arsenal of Canon equipment here!

Currently working on a science or technology themed narrative feature script? Well, there’s good news out of the grant department! The Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant and Fellowship is now accepting applications online until September 6th. For the grant, $20,000 in cash support will be provided to screenwriters as well as a fund of $5,000 for collaboration with a science advisor. The fellowship will provide access to a Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Creative Producing Lab, Summit, or Sundance Film Festival, $10,000 in support and $5,000 for a science advisor. Sundance Institute stated:  “We are looking for a diversity of stories that not only highlight science (which can include math, technology, medical research, as well as other sciences) as a central component, but also go beyond that thematically to engage us with strong characters and an engaging story. While biopics and historical films are welcome, we also encourage you to think outside the traditional mold of what a science film is, in terms of using the science/technology as a backdrop for stories about individuals, how it influences their lives, relationships, and unique perspectives.”  Read here for more info on the grant and fellowship rules and rewards as well as the eligibility requirements. If you qualify and are ready, click here for the online application! Good luck!

While crowdfunding could be the catalyst that helps make your film a reality, it can also be the downfall of your final production. Even if your campaign is a success, there are still a lot of mistakes to be made after that initial excitement period! Indiegogo's Head Film and Creative Campaign Strategist, John T. Trigonis, created a Film Courage video and shares his six major mistakes filmmakers can make when trying to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. From relying too much on influencers to setting your goals too high and having no audience, check out the things to avoid when going down the crowdfunding path here.

A new study from theatrical analytics company Movio has just found out that people under the age of 25 are going to the movie theater 8.5% more frequently than those over 30. With that discovery, the millennial moviegoing experience has been broken down even further - from seeing horror films more and indie films less, check out the full breakdown and infographic here!

Still trying to figure out a way to finance your next film? Procrastinating a bit? No problem! No Film School has you covered with their extensive list of all Summer ’16 grants that filmmakers should know about! It takes some persistence in getting the hang of successfully applying to grants, but hey, you have to be prepared to start somewhere! From documentary to narrative opportunities, there’s something for all niches of the industry. You can check out the super detailed, massive list here! What are you waiting for?! Get applying!

Documentary films exist to show us some form of reality. But what if they could start showing us things in a way we’ve never seen? What if they could show us a reality that looks like something out of this world? That’s what Jake Oelman wanted to do - so he trekked through the Colombian jungles, following his father Robert Oelman, a macro photographer. His quest? To not only capture his father’s work but to also discover the most insane insects of the Amazon. His documentary Learning to See (which recently premiered at SXSW) takes these subjects, both the stinging and flying variety, and magnifies them in order to show these exquisite, strange little creatures in a way we’ve not seen before. This portrait reminds us of the most important battle of all: the world against mankind’s harmful influence. No Film School interviewed Oelman and producer Jerry Aronson and discussed what goes into making a macro documentary. Read here to get the scoop!