Ali Wong To Star In Baobab’s Next VR Project ‘Bonfire’
EXCLUSIVE: Ali Wong, the stand-up comic, writer and actor, has been set to provide the lead voice in Bonfire, the next VR project from Emmy-winning VR/AR producer Baobab Studios.
Baobab co-founder Eric Darnell, who co-directed and co-wrote all of the Madagascar films as well as Antz!, wrote and is directing Bonfire, which is being billed an an absurd alien adventure. Wong plays Debbie, the robot sidekick to Space Scout 817, like Boabab’s previous interactive experiences… Read
Eminem’s VR ‘Marshall From Detroit’ Sundance Title Releases Today
EXCLUSIVE: Eminem and Felix & Paul Studios' VR experience Marshall From Detroit, which premiered at Sundance, is being released this morning. The project, which was one of the more high-profile New Frontier offerings this year in Park City, is a 3D 360-degree virtual reality film starring Marshall Mathers (Eminem) and Sway Calloway. It was directed by Caleb Slain and was done with Félix Lajeunesse & Paul Raphaël in conjunction with Facebook’s Oculus.
The project releasing… Read
‘Roma’s Alfonso Cuarón On Redefining Cinema In A Netflix Age & Lamenting Negative Oscar Campaigns
What is cinema? It's a question Alfonso Cuarón has been compelled to answer for as long as he has been making films. Is it a grand theatrical presentation, carefully calibrated and shielded from a home entertainment audience for the longest time possible, or is it much more democratic than that; accessible and open? Is it shot on celluloid and projected such that the tangible sense of each and every frame creates a kind of magic, or can that magic still thrive even when… Read
SXSW Film Festival Sets ‘Pet Sematary’ As Closing Night Film, Unveils Slate Of Midnighters, Shorts, And More
The SXSW Film Festival has added more to their already robust lineup including the world premieres of the forthcoming remake of Pet Sematary and the horror The Curse of La Llorona as well as a screening of the series finale of Comedy Central’s Broad City and the second of season of YouTube’s Cobra Kai. In addition, they have unveiled a massive slate of Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts, Episodic Pilots and Virtual Cinema Projects. The 26th edition of the South by Sou… Read
VFX Supervisor Roger Guyett On The Thousands Of Character Models Crafted For ‘Ready Player One’
Between Saving Private Ryan and Ready Player One—the critically acclaimed adaptation of Ernest Cline's 2011 novel—VFX supervisor Roger Guyett has been along for the ride on two of the most demanding projects of Steven Spielberg's career.
An entirely different animal than the former picture—a 1998 war drama which won five Oscars—Ready Player Onewas "a really complicated movie to make." Containing close to 1500 digital effects shots, the film was crafted through a… Read
Maria Bello Virtual Reality Project ‘The Sun Ladies’ Sets Limited Run At UCLA
Actress and producer Maria Bello is bringing a virtual-reality project to UCLA for a limited run.
Dean Teri Schwartz and the Department of Theater at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television present a Special Event: Maria Bello's The Sun Ladies VR Project, which premiered at Sundance last year.
The Bello-produced project is an immersive, seven-minute, live-action documentary embedding theatergoers with a troop of Yazidi women fighters. After ISIS solders invaded… Read
OBB Pictures Teams With Octi For Augmented Reality Push
OBB Pictures, the production company behind the Kevin Hart LOL Network interview series Cold as Balls and Netflix’s upcoming Historical Roasts starring Jeff Ross, has signed a deal with augmented reality video company Octi to create content across digital, social and traditional platforms.
The strategic partnership will kick off with an event in March at SXSW, with the first phase including delivering the latest AR experiences to initiatives within Octi and OBB's partners… Read
Paramount’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ Franchise Inspires Location-Based VR Game
The immersive entertainment company Nomadic and virtual reality games publisher VRWERX are teaming to develop an adrenaline-laced virtual reality experience based on Paramount's hit film franchise Mission: Impossible.
The location-based game, which is scheduled to open next spring in Orlando, will bring groups of players inside a mission and give them the vicarious thrills of pursuit — running, jumping and interacting with objects in a physical space that’s enhanced… Read
Dreamscape Immersive To Open Its First VR Venue In Westfield Century City
Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR startup backed by some of Hollywood's heaviest hitters, will open its first venue this month at the Westfield Century City mall.
The opening marks the start of a period of expansion that will bring four stand-alone and in-theatre VR experiences to the Dallas/Ft. Worth and the New York/New Jersey metropolitan areas, and to Columbus, Ohio.
Dreamscape’s partner, AMC Theatres, plans to open these VR experiences in mid 2019.
‘The Limit’ Trailer: Robert Rodriguez Puts Virtual Reality To Action
“Look me in the eye when I’m talking to you,” says the “super assassin” played by Michelle Rodriguez in this trailer for The Limit, but you might need goggles to get the most out of her demand: The Limit is Robert Rodriguez’s 20-minute Virtual Reality action film first teased last spring at Mip TV in Cannes.
The Limit, co-starring The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus, comes from STXsurreal, the VR and Immersive content division of STX Entertainment, is available starting… Read
DevLab 2018: RYOT, Kaleidoscope & Oculus Reveal VR/AR Incubator Participants
EXCLUSIVE: RYOT, Kaleidoscope and Oculus have revealed the 11 teams selected for DevLab 2018, which brings together emerging VR/AR artists to cultivate new work, explore novel ideas and “create the future of immersive experiences.”
Chosen from more than 200 application received, this year class includes Lucas Rizzotto and Aidan Wolf; Hal Kirkland and Julia Sourikoff; Bob Stein and Joshua Portway; Mercedes Arturo and Alethea Avramis; Tupac Martir and Sergio Ochoa; Rosie… Read
Oculus Co-Founder Brendan Iribe Leaving Facebook, Which Is Discontinuing Movie Rentals On The Rift – Update
UPDATED to add analysis and news of Facebook shutting down Oculus Rift movie store: Brendan Iribe, who co-founded Facebook’s VR unit Oculus in 2012, announced he is leaving the company.
While Iribe’s Facebook post (read it below) on Monday doesn’t refer specifically to any of the recent turbulence hitting the parent company, his exit follows those of the founders of Facebook-owned Instagram, and WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum in recent months. While still a colossus… Read