The VR experience plays with a unique blend of traditional notions of cinema and audience participation. It's interactive, but there aren’t branching storylines based on your actions. Because of the immersive nature of VR, you feel you’re really there, the characters are compelling and invite you into their world and communicate directly with you which allows the audience to develop a deeper sense of empathy.
Darnell and his co-founder Maureen Fan, formerly VP of games at Zynga, have a favourite example of how they think VR differs from other media.“Instead of branching narrative or branching plot, we do branching emotions instead,” said Darnell. Both Fan and Darnell are intrigued by the science and psychology of this new medium, and its impact on storytelling mechanisms.
“ ASTEROIDS! Is a natural progression for Baobab Studios in showing the potential of VR and how it's the ultimate medium for emotionally invested, compassionate and extraordinary storytelling,” explains Maureen Fan, CEO and co-founder of Baobab Studios. “We’re so excited to reveal the full episode in Park City where festival audiences will experience firsthand the incredible journey virtual reality takes you on. There’s really nothing else like it.”Announced back in December it made it's debut at the The Sundance Film Festival. Baobab Studios have now released a 360 degree “sneak peak” as to what further adventures await and will be released later this year.
The 74th Venice International Film Festival, held from August 30th to September 9th, 2017, is a milestone for virtual reality filmmakers and is the festival’s first-ever competition for films made in VR.
For this year’s competition, Venice Film Festival established the “Virtual Reality” category, which means that all “Big Three” film festivals are accepting VR entries. 4 out of the 22 finalists worldwide were from China. Among them, Pinta Studios debut film “The Dream Collector”
Mexican animation studio Anima Studios creates its first VR short working with Ventura Entertainment by developing the creative idea and supervising the production of the new VR ride, Cantinflas Presents: The Time Machine.
The Mexico City-based animation company Anima Studios (Ánima Estudios) is Latin America’s foremost animation house who developed and supervised the production of the VR ride in collaboration with amusement park giant Ventura Entertainment. German VR ride companies Ambient Entertainment and VR Coaster were also partners on the project.
From the Virtual Reality Company (VRC), the animated series has been titled “Raising A Ruckus” and tells the story of of two siblings on a magical adventure with their mischievous pet dog Rukus that can transport them to fantastical worlds. The trio travel the world during the course of the series and have all sorts of incredible adventures together. The experience transports viewers into a prehistoric world, as they chase Rukus with skeletal versions of dinosaurs appearing, braving a raging river, to discover it was all part of Rukus’ magical plan.
Sketchfab's Lily & Snout is the “world’s first WebVR short” and a 360-degree CG animation designed to showcase the online 3D Model-Sharing platforms new audio support.
The 90-second short is a brief snapshot in the life of a girl and her pet dragon – it uses Sketchfab’s new audio features both for the soundtrack and positional sounds, with the latter helping the viewer know where to look.
It was created over a period of eight weeks in partnership with new collaboration platform Artella, and produced by Artella founder and former Disney and Pixar animator Bobby Beck.
An immersive, animated VR Short Movie. Crafted by the artists, animation storytellers of Penrose Studios “The Rose And I” is about a lonely Rose living in the unlikeliest of places, and join her as she transports you to a brand new universe of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss. .
'Pearl' released in May 2016, is one of Googles Spotlight Stories where storytelling and VR meet. It just became the first virtual reality project to be nominated for an Academy Award, making it the first Oscar nominated film done in VR. This is Osborne’s second nomination. His first was for 2014’s short film “Feast,” which went on to win the Oscar for best animated short film the following year.
“Pearl” tells the story of a single father raising his young daughter. Her name is Sara. Pearl is the name of the car and their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a Sara and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.