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'The Rose and I' by Penrose Studios 

  • By levi brocklehurst
  • 25 Jul, 2017

An immersive, animated VR Short Movie. Crafted by the artists, animation storytellers of Penrose Studios.

'The Rose and I' by Penrose Studios
'The Rose and I' by Penrose Studios

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. .


The short movie is a touching adaptation of "The Little Prince" from Penrose Studios which allows users to observe the bond between a rose and its caretaker on a asteroid floating through space. When watching “The Rose and I” with a VR headset and positional tracking, viewers can walk around the asteroid and explore it from all angles.

The Rose and I
The Rose and I

The VR experience transports the viewer to the centre of a solar system with a brownish moon at the middle of the scene, a short distance away from the viewer. Behind sits an Earth-like planet that provides an excellent and much needed sense of depth. You are able to walk around and explore the moon, where all the action takes place.

The story itself is quite simple, we are introduced to the main character, who looks at this stage a lot like the main character in The   Little Prince, when he pops out of one of the craters on the moon. Walking along the surface, the planet rotates slightly with him leading to the crescendo – where he meets his friend, the Rose. What happens next is an beautiful exchange. 

The animation is crisp and precise, with a textured style that gives the characters a sense that they jumped right out of the page, with lots of details that give reason to watch it again and again. The film is set at a scale which plays extremely well – and provides a sense of wonder that enchantment.  

The soundtrack plays a major factor in creating an experience that felt natural and truly immersive and used real sounds to compliment the natural feel of this technology. For example, the movement of the main character and footsteps were recorded by tapping a clay pot – and then reinforced by creating a planet that had a sense it was made of clay. 

All in all, It's a beautifully simple, incredibly immersive and impressive experience that should have you coming back for more. You'll need to watch it several times to appreciate that each time you watch it it will give you a different experience.


The Beautiful 'The Rose and I'
The Beautiful 'The Rose and I'
Films like this are exciting because they feel unlike most of what's going on in virtual reality today. Chung said. "We wanted to make something that was gentle, and put the story and the art first." His team, which includes specialists from Oculus, Pixar and Dreamworks, had to do a lot of work to make this experience feel fluid on mobile. They had to overcome the lack of positional tracking, but also deal with the fact that PC's use 150 times the computing power of a phone-based Gear VR. The solution involved a lot of tricks, but also leaving a lot of things out altogether. “The simpler you get, the better,”. 

The Rose and I is only the beginning. While Penrose is not ready to reveal much more about forthcoming projects, Chung did mentioned his excitement regarding the ability to “work with many different headsets,”.  Shared experiences “are going to be huge,” says Chung, “we have always loved sharing stories with people.”

Before starting Penrose, Chung served as head of film and media at Oculus, where he also co-created the Oculus Story Studio. Penrose released “Rosebud” through a dedicated app called “Rose” on the Gear VR’s Oculus store, and the company plans to release additional content through the app in the future. 

Penrose Studio’s first film is an incredibly promising look at what is to come for VR filmmaking. 



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