‘Fall In Love’: Will This Virtual Reality Program Make You Fall In Love?
Tool of North America, Mark Zuckerberg-owned Oculus and director Kevin Cornish today are launching an experiential virtual reality effort, Fall in Love VR, which was inspired by The New York Times‘ article “The 36 Questions That Lead to Love” and Arthur Aron’s study entitled "The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness.” Fall in Love VR was shortlisted for a Cannes Innovation Lion at this year's festival. So what’s it all about?
Fall in Love uses VR in a way to… Read
‘Dragonflight’ Breathes New Life Into VR With Oscar-Winning VFX Team, Former TV Land President Larry Jones
It’s a company of re-invention. Many of the former VFX artists from the bankrupted Rhythm & Hues and behind such Oscar-winning or nominated fare as The Matrix trilogy, Life of Pi, the first Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman and the former president of TV Land have joined hands in Blackthorn Media to create a new level of VR. The first big project is Dragonflight, which just launched worldwide this past week on three different VR platforms and… Read
STX Entertainment Teams With Google To Introduce, And Produce For, VR Channel
STX Entertainment says today that it has forged a virtual reality alliance with Google to launch what they call a “pay-per-experience channel” for “high quality, mobile VR.”
STXsurreal, created after STX bought Surreal Inc. about a year ago, will make several live-action, scripted VR series. They’ll be available on the channel, which will be on Google’s Daydream VR platform.
STXsurreal Co-Presidents Andy Vick and Rick Rey say in a statement that they sold to STX last year… Read
CAA Signs First Fully Virtual Reality Director In Kevin Cornish
CAA has signed its first fully Virtual Reality director. Kevin Cornish, who has established himself as a leader in directing high-end, cinematic VR, putting together content for brands ranging from IBM, Google, Oculus, Discovery, MTV, AT&T, Ram Truck and AMD and has worked with such talent including Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss, has signed with the agency. It will also rep his company Moth + Flame, a full-service virtual reality agency.
Cornish is currently in production… Read
‘Black Mirror’ stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Mackenzie Davis On Immersive Sci-Fi Sets And Socially Important Storytelling
The only episode of Netflix anthology series Black Mirror ever to offer a happy ending, “San Junipero” has been widely celebrated by both critics and the viewing public since its release last year, as a socially important and otherwise enrapturing piece of art. Starring Gugu-Mbatha Raw and Mackenzie Davis, the episode—nominated for two Emmys, including Outstanding Television Movie—centers on a budding romantic relationship between two young women in a virtual reality… Read
Multi-Platform Series ‘Back To Earth’ Allows Users To Navigate With Tokens
EXCLUSIVE: A new series that will exist on multiple platforms and allow users to sway storytelling outcomes using proprietary game tokens is about ready to press play. 3Six Media Group LLC and New Mexico’s Blockspace Media are producing Back To Earth, a dystopian world game where the few human survivors of a technology gone awry battle aggressive, brain-dead, animal-like beings. The series will exist on several platforms and uses apps, websites, physical locations… Read
Star Wars Virtual Reality Attraction Set For Disney Resorts
A virtual reality visit to the Star Wars galaxy is planned for Disney resorts in California and Florida. “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire,” produced by Lucasfilm and ILMxLABVR in collaboration with VR startup The Void, will open to the public at two new VOID Experience Centers at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season.
Described by The Void as a “first-of-its kind Star Wars experience,” the attraction “will… Read
‘Detroit’ Director Kathryn Bigelow On Impactful Storytelling
“It's a matter of what is the message, not necessarily the delivery method,” director Kathryn Bigelow said Friday speaking to attendees at the AT&T SHAPE Tech and Entertainment Expo, about the importance of storytelling in bringing awareness to humane issues.
For Bigelow, an important issue to highlight was the protection of elephants against the ivory trade. Before the panel — led by Greg Hittleman, Director of Communications of the Enough Project, which supports the end… Read
Ted Schilowitz Named First ‘Futurist In Residence” At Paramount Pictures
Ted Schilowitz, an expert in emerging technologies, has been named the first-ever Futurist in Residence at Paramount Pictures and will jointly report to Chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos and COO Andrew Gumpert. What is a ‘futurist in residence’? He is someone who works with technology teams — and Schilowitz will do just that with both Viacom and Paramount — to explore all the latest efforts in tech with an emphasis on virtual reality/augmented reality.
While he will work with… Read
Nora Kirkpatrick & RYOT Readying Interactive VR Comedy Series ‘Door No. 1’ For Hulu
EXCLUSIVE: The creative team behind Hulu’s five-part sketch VR comedy Virtually Mike And Nora is now mounting a VR comedy series for the platform network called Door No. 1, which is pushing the interactive envelope further. Door No. 1 is a narrative, choose-your-own-adventure, VR comedy series about going to your 10-year high school reunion. It is being done exclusively for Hulu as an advertiser-integrated VR app series and is from Nora Kirkpatrick (The Office), who stars… Read
Doug Liman Goes VR With ‘Invisible’: “I Thought People Could Do Better”
To gain some insight into the career and ambition of director and producer Doug Liman—a multifaceted, endlessly inquisitive artist—take a look at his second directorial effort, Swingers, the classic comedy starring a younger Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn that launched his career. A tinkerer by nature, Liman understood that there was a different way to make an independent film, for much less money, while creating a more immersive experience.
With Invisible—his latest… Read
AMC & SundanceTV Up Mac McKean To EVP Innovation
AMC and SundanceTV elevated Mac McKean to the role of EVP Innovation, where he will spearhead the development of the next iteration of multiplatform products, experiences and content for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. He is based in New York and will report to Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.
McKean had been SVP Digital Media, where he led and will continue to oversee digital and gaming initiatives at the networks, which have found success… Read