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Sam Weston, Producer at Mutiny Media

Lift-Off caught up with Sam Weston and Mutiny Media, to discuss 360/VR production and his advice to the next generation film makers.

Mutiny Media is a revolutionary production company born out of a desire to make beautiful engaging VR & digital content for all. They are a production company providing crew, equipment and post production solutions enabling the creation of immersive 360 VR content, explosive features, fantastic commercials and cutting edge documentary. Mutiny Media is a outstanding team of film producers, software developers, editors , equipment specialists and creatives who are changing the way that your creative vision is made into a reality.

So Sam, how did you get involved in 360/VR production?

The topic has always been of great interest to me but for a long time it seemed that the technology
simply was not here yet, at least not accessible on a consumer level. Things seem to have changed
around 2013-2014 and ever since then exploring techniques and VR solutions has been on our
agenda every single day of work.

What does your day-to-day consist of?

Assisting existing clients and pursuit of new ones as well as editing, stitching, colour grading and
managing the hire department.

What have been the most challenging and most enjoyable jobs you have worked on?

I find that the most challenging jobs are often also the most enjoyable ones. One that will stay in my
memory for a long time was the piece we did for Twine, a virtual reality experience that allows you to
learn about the life of a WW2 Veteran who used virtual reality to revisit the French town of
Armentières which he helped to liberate in 1944, days after the Normandy Landings. It was a
challenging but rewarding project and I hope to work on similar projects in the future.

What was the biggest hurdle you have faced as a company?

Finding out at the last minute before the shoot that there is virtually no light in the scene. We were
shooting with a GoPro rig so that was bad news! But we managed to make it work in the end.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

Freedom to tell creative stories using a relatively new medium, the bridge between conventional
techniques of storytelling and new, unexplored and wild territories. It’s absolutely fascinating.

What is your favorite film and why?

Coffee and Cigarettes directed by Jim Jarmusch. I don’t think I need to justify this answer.

What makes a film stand out to you?
Clear vision and broad target audience without compromising artistic integrity.

If someone wants to pursue a career in Production, how would you recommend they go about it?
Be patient and try to find yourself in environments filled with people you look up to. Don’t make the beginner mistake of going in with too much ego and not enough hard work and determination.

 To find out more about Mutiny Media visit their website