Verizon’s RYOT entertainment studio and the Independent Filmmaker Project (“IFP”), today launched a new initiative for storytelling forms developed exclusively for the 5G mobile network. With it’s ultrabroadband capabilities, carriers like Verizon believe 5G will enable new and interesting applications, including new entertainment experiences.

RYOT is a part of Verizon’s Oath digital media unit and is labeled as a “next generation motion picture studio.” RYOT opened a new production facility to serve as a hub for experimentation with new storytelling forms designed to leverage Verizon’s Ultra Wideband 5G network. The production facility is next to Verizon’s 5G Lab on its Playa Vista campus. The facility gives storytellers access to Verizon’s Ultra Wideband 5G network so that they can experiment with CGI, augmented and mixed reality, volumetrics, and motion capture so they will have access to a wide variety of applications using the next-generation standard in mobile telecommunication.

“Artists, filmmakers, creators — these will be the people who define the future of 5G storytelling,” said Hayley Pappas, RYOT chief content officer, in a prepared statement. “It will be the stories they tell and the experiences they create that invite us into a wholly uncharted territory and shape our understanding of what it means to consume and engage with a story in 5G. RYOT could not be more thrilled to partner with IFP to launch the Next Generation 5G Storytelling Initiative — a space to educate and incubate the boldest and most daring creators of today as they develop the stories and formats of tomorrow.”

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IFP will begin accepting submissions for the 5G Next Generation Storytelling Initiative starting Oct. 10, with a deadline of Nov. 16. According to a press release, the ideas that have ambitious scopes and conceive of form factors distinct from what has historically been possible, including new types of graphics and interactivity will get the highest priority. Ten (10) projects will be selected to participate in a lab intensive at the Made in NY Media Center later this fall.

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