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Location-based VR Startup Dreamscape Immersive Expands Executive Team

Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR startup backed by some of Hollywood's biggest players, has recruited executives with experience in marketing and retail as it prepares to bring its interactive experiences to audiences around the globe. Former Fandango executive Adam Rockmore joins Dreamscape Immersive as senior vice president and global head of marketing and communications and Sonos’ Ron McJunkin was named the new senior vice president of global retail stores… Read

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Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment

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Darren Aronofsky’s three-part virtual reality series Spheres will make its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which also will mark the debut of the final chapter of the series, narrated by actress Millie Bobby Brown. Brown, who received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role as Eleven on the Netflix series Stranger Things, lends her voice to the actual first installment in the trilogy, Spheres: Chorus of the Cosmos, which explores the sounds of the… Read

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“Lawnmower Man” Director Brett Leonard Shooting Scripted VR Series “Hollywood Rooftop”

The director whose 1992 cult film The Lawnmower Man helped bring virtual reality to the cinematic mainstream is working on a new project that he hopes will spark a new wave of VR storytelling. Brett Leonard’s latest endeavor, Hollywood Rooftop, is a scripted project that’s being shot simultaneously as a 10-episode virtual reality FragFilm and as a traditional 2D feature film. It combines aspects of movie-making — a character- and dialogue-driven narrative — with the… Read

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Paramount Partners With Gfycat For Immersive ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ 360Loop GIFs

Everyone loves a good GIF, but what about a GIF that gives a full, 360 degree immersive GIF? Gfycat has done just that by reinventing the standard 2D GIF with 360Loop. To launch their new venture, Gfycat has partnered with Paramount Pictures to launch an exclusive series of 360Loop GIFs for the forthcoming action pic Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Launching today, 360Loop is a media format that puts the viewer at the center of the content, with the action wrapping around… Read

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Alexander Rodnyansky Launches AR Content, Action On Saddam Hussein Interrogation Pic ‘Debriefing The President’

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EXCLUSIVE: Alexander Rodnyansky, the producer who in the past unveiled Leviathan and Loveless here, is back at the Cannes Film Festival to launch a new company. AR Content is designed to invest in strong scripts and source material, aimed to exploit the demand for global-minded commercial content. “Everybody wants great material, but nobody wants to investing in developing it, and so that is why I decided that will be my focus,” Rodnyansky told Deadline. “Developing great… Read

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Brie Larson Lends Voice To VR Series ‘Space Explorers: A New Dawn’ From Felix & Paul

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Before Brie Larson blasts off into space in Marvel’s forthcoming Captain Marvel, she’ll be taking another intergalactic adventure in the virtual reality series Space Explorers: A New Dawn. The Academy Award-winning actress will narrate the first two episodes of the VR series from Felix & Paul Studios. Produced in conjunction with Facebook's Oculus with participation from NASASpace Explorers made its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. "I am… Read

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Universal, Felix & Paul Launch ‘Jurassic World: Blue’ VR Experience

Are you ready to face a velociraptor eye to eye? Thanks to Universal Pictures and Felix & Paul Studios, you’ll get the chance to have a prehistoric adventure with a new virtual reality experience called Jurassic World: Blue. Universal has collaborated with Felix & Paul for a brand new VR experience that will coincide with the release of the new Oculus Go standalone VR headset. The new VR experience also debuts ahead of the release of  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on… Read

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‘The Caretaker’ Filmmakers Launch VR Company Hidden Content At Tribeca

EXCLUSIVE: Filmmakers Jacob Wasserman, Adam Donald, and Ant Gentile announced today the launch of Hidden Content, a full-service virtual reality company. The news was unveiled at the Tribeca Film Festival with the world premiere of their first project The CaretakerThe horror anthology series is a narrative 360 Cinema project created by Wasserman and Donald, as well as filmmaker Nicolas Pesce. The project stars Adelaide Clemens, Tom Lipinski, Clara Wong and Diana… Read

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Patti Smith Narrates Darren Aronofsky’s VR Experience ‘Spheres: Pale Blue Dot’

American singer/songwriter Patti Smith narrated an episode of Darren Aronofsky’s virtual reality experience Spheres. The three-part series, which is directed by Eliza McNitt, made headlines earlier this year when the VR financing and distribution venture CityLights announced it would acquire Spheres in a seven-figure deal. That represented a milestone for the emerging medium, which had never sold at a major festival. Jessica Chastain narrated the first installment, Spheres… Read

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VR Experience ‘Vestige’ Acquired Ahead Of World Premiere At Tribeca Film Festival

The virtual reality documentary Vestige has been acquired by U.K.-based distributor Other Set ahead of the project’s world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, a sale that marks the third virtual reality experience to be acquired at a major film festival. Vestige takes the viewer on a journey into the mind of Lisa as she remembers her lost love, Erik. Within an empty void, fragments of past memories appear of their life together. As participants explore these… Read

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STXSurreal Unveils Development Slate With Ed Helms, Dave Bautista, Peter Berg, And Kevin Smith’s ‘Jay And Silent Bob’

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STXsurreal, the VR and immersive content division of STX Entertainment just unveiled its new its VR slate which contains several new, original short-form series in development, including a new comedy series from 'The Office' star Ed Helms, an untitled Dave Bautista action-comedy, a spinoff of STX's 'Mile 22' film franchise from director Peter Berg, a Jay and Silent Bob project from writer and director Kevin Smith, and a sci-fi thriller from John Wick writer Derek… Read

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‘Ready Player One’ Review: Steven Spielberg’s Dizzying, Dazzling VR Fantasia Of Pop Culture Is Something To Behold

It is virtually impossible to see Ready Player OneSteven Spielberg’s wild ride into the world of virtual reality, just once. There is so much going on in this movie, both retro and futuristic, that it is hard to compute in one sitting. A pop culture treasure hunt of the past 30 years as seen through the prism of a VR Disneyland called Oasis, Ready Player One rotates from the real world of 2045 to a virtual one filled with references to movies, music, personalities… Read