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 recollections, their actions trigger new memories that reveal other facets of the story. Over time, these memories lead to the shocking moment of Erik’s death.
Each viewing reveals a different path to this moment.
“Vestige allows the viewer to experience the healing that can be discovered on the other side of grief and loss,” said Other Set founder Andy Whittaker. “The experience showcases the unique power of the VR medium to connect audiences to Lisa’s very human story on a visceral, human level.”
The project is directed by Aaron Bradbury, who has been working for the past nine years on immersive media, and produced by Paul Mowbray, Antoine Cayrol and Jill Klekas Basmajian. Vestige was created in collaboration with NSC Creative, an award-winning studio that specializes in immersive content, Paris-based Atlas V and Emmy-award winning media company RYOT, and funded through Kaleidoscope, which has raised more than $4 million to finance original projects.
“Vestige is really pushing the limits of what can be done with volumetric capture and multi-narrative storytelling right now,” said NSC Creative director Mowbray.
The film is scheduled for a spring 2019 release and will be available for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Microsoft VR headsets.
Vestige was created using Depthkit’s volumetric capture technology.