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Making Vertical Video Multifunctional with Clwstwr

73 Degree Films have officially been selected as part of this year's Clwstwr cohort, which will fund 33 projects focussed on innovation in the screen and news sectors in Wales.

73 will be focussing on the potential multifunctional uses of vertical video, investigating where else VV can thrive outside of social media apps such as Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok.

3 images of a mobile phone playing a vertical video
The project will utilise 3 new vertical short films.

I was invited to an event at Facebook HQ last October during the London Film Festival. Here Anna Higgs, the Head of Entertainment Media Partnerships (Northern Europe) at Facebook led a session looking at the benefits of vertical video. I thought to myself, 'why is no-one doing anything amazing with this? Okay, cool. We will.'" - Rob Corcoran, 73 Founder.

The project will use 3 brand new short films, produced in January of this year as the basis of the research. These vertical films were created locally in Wrexham with support from Scott Fitzgerald, Katie McGrane, Owen Jones, Sasha Duchnowska, James Stevens, Harrison Ridley and Todd Edwards. Continuing work with ProRecordings' Harrison Ridley, Rob will lead the project in Wrexham and Cardiff between now and December.

We're super excited to be part of Clwstwr and can't wait to eventually share our triptych of short films in new and exciting ways with audiences! We're fully committed to pushing for innovation in the screen sector, so to be selected really justifies the past 3 years of hard work.
2 crew members get ready to shoot a scene outside an office in Wrexham
Sasha and Katie prepping for a shot at The Foundry in Wrexham.

Clwstwr is an ambitious five-year programme to create new products, services and experiences for screen. Clwstwr is led by Cardiff University in partnership with University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

"We have companies from film and TV, gaming, immersive technology, journalism, theatre, festivals, green energy, healthcare, music, visual art and many other creative sectors coming together with the shared ambition of making Wales a leader in media innovation." - Professor Justin Lewis, Director of Clwstwr

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