BeVRR (pronounced “beaver”), a 360/VR production company in Singapore aspiring to build the cultural center not only in southeastern Asia but in a global context, is taking actions toward their visions. The first step of the plan is a 2-day VR course (soon to open in October) they’re collaborating on with Singapore Polytechnic, a top-ranking polytechnic in the nation. Always inspired by the story behind BeVRR’s establishment and their continuous efforts to realize their ambition, VeeR is honored to be a part of the movement via sponsorship.
The open course serves the purpose of educating filmmakers and vloggers interested in creating VR, or businesses ready to expand their operations by mobilizing VR marketing. The course examines cinematic VR through theoretical studies, hands-on project planning and shooting, as well as peer critique. Besides gaining a comprehensive understanding of VR cinema, participants of the course will also be able to work with affordable VR equipment and carry out their own projects.
The initiation of the project symbolizes the significant leap BeVRR has taken since when it was a fledgling pursuing a new technology trend. Upon this opportunity, VeeR interviewed Ellie Ngim——co-founder of BeVRR——once again on her company’s persistent journey of VR production.
Ellie herself took a winding course to a career in VR filmmaking. Though always identified films and media as her passion, she made compromises to pursue a path in finance for practical reasons. Behind her, she’s left a powerhouse-studded career trajectory, among which are Citibank, Deutsche Bank and PwC, to name a few. She never forgot her initial commitment to film production, and bowed out as the pressure of juggling a high-maintenance position and working part-time as a film producer became overwhelming. During this period, she managed to produce the award-winning “Lollypop Love” and “Will You Be My Valentine?”.
After taking a headlong plunge into filmmaking, she joined forces with Singapore’s film veteran Bert Tan, whom she had worked with on previous projects, and deems as her mentor when she was new to media. It became an easy decision for Ellie to join Bert’s company, Bert Pictures, where she managed feature films.
One and a half year in, she’s spearheading a regional powerhouse of a VR company that has established a network of partners in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam and Europe; collaborated with Google on livestreaming the 2016 Singapore National Day Parade in 360; more recently partnered with Grey Group on streaming the South East Asian Games (SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017), first of its kind in Asia.
BeVRR is currently working on an international co-production with Hollywood and Europe of an international Network on VR science-fiction series. Its next steps constantly keep us on the tip of our toes.
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