Saschka Unseld
Creative Director, Cofounder, Passion Pictures, Oculus Story Studio
Biography
Saschka Unseld is a German-born director and writer who cofounded the Academy Award–nominated animation studio Soi, where he directed and produced numerous award-winning shorts and commercials before joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2008. During his six years at Pixar, he worked on Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Brave and wrote and directed the short film The Blue Umbrella. In 2014, Saschka became Creative Director at Passion Pictures for Commercials and cofounded Oculus Story Studio, where he now helps explore the future of VR storytelling and directed their very first VR experience, “Lost.”
Saschka Unseld
Creative Director, Cofounder, Passion Pictures, Oculus Story Studio
SPEAKER FILM
Saschka Unseld — Uncovering The Grammar of VR
Saschka Unseld — Uncovering The Grammar of VR

In virtual reality, you are at the center of every story. Saschka Unseld, head of Oculus Story Studio, wants to keep you there, experiencing virtual worlds directly, with characters who interact with you in real time. You read a book and you watch a film, but in virtual reality, you experience a story. It's told through your senses, and Unseld and his team are now discovering what that meansÑhow characters should react to you, how to make your experience interactive and responsive. It's a learning curve that's just beginningÑbuilt on a heritage of storytelling but breaking down the fourth wall in a new way. Unseld will be sharing some of what his studio is learning at this year's FoST.