All-Female VR Film ‘Baba Yaga’ Adds Glenn Close, Jennifer Hudson, Kate Winslet


Today it was announced that Oscar-winners Glenn Close, Jennifer Hudson, and Kate Winslet have officially joined the cast alongside Ridley, establishing what could easily be considered the most impressive all-female cast featured in a VR/AR film thus far.

Dynamic VR Film ‘Agence’ Lets You Play God With Tiny AI Creatures


According to Pietro Gagliano, creator of Agence and Transition Forms, the “dynamic film” is as much a social experiment as it is entertainment. “I The post Dynamic VR Film ‘Agence’ Lets You Play God With Tiny AI Creatures appeared first on VRScout.


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2020 Celebrates First-Ever Cannes XR Marché Du Film In VR


During this very peculiar time, the Marché du Film is more than determined to highlight the XR industry and to foster links between artists and potential investors to support creation in all its richness and diversity. We are very proud to partner with these leading partners in the XR sector,” said Jérôme Paillard, Executive director of the Marché du Film. The post 2020 Celebrates First-Ever Cannes XR Marché Du Film In VR appeared first on VRScout.

London Film Festival VR: Free New Experiences To Check Out From Today

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London Film Festival is doing the same with its new VR strand. London Film Festival VR Experiences Revealed. But, if you have an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, you can visit The Expanse, a virtual museum modeled after the British Film Institute’s (BFI) Southbank Centre.

HTC Releases Tutorials For Vive Tracker Including Mixed Reality Filming


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Analysis: Immersive tech in film festivals (2020)

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It is not lost on anyone that the best year for immersive film festivals came at the same time as the global pandemic. A stellar year for film festivals that included strands in immersive. VR Chat, Raindance Immersive , and Venice Film Festival.

Bigscreen’s Partnership With Paramount Pictures Brings Blockbuster Films To VR


Paramount’s biggest 2D & 3D films head to Bigscreen Cinema platform as part of a multi-year deal. Starting today, four blockbuster films will premiere on the Bigscreen platform every week. Movies will run for one week, at which point they will be replaced a fresh new lineup of blockbuster films. December’s lineup includes hits like Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and JJ Abram’s Star Trek film.

‘Ready Player One’ Actors Filmed OASIS Scenes In VR


Spielberg immerses his cast in a virtual set while filming certain VR scenes. It turns out VR played a more integral role in Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One film than we previously thought. It was really an out of body experience filming this movie. It was wonderful because we were just living in our imagination for five months,” added Olivia Cooke who plays Art3mis in the film. “We

HTC Vive has Five Original VR Titles Chosen for the 76th Venice International Film Festival

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The 76th Venice International Festival will take place at the end of August and HTC Vive has announced that five of its original virtual reality (VR) works will be on display. The five original VR pieces are films 5×1 — O , 5×1 — Only the mountain remains and 5×1 — The Making of , interactive art INORI and VR animation Gloomy Eyes. HTC is making an oath to develop a complete VR ecosystem.

HTC Vive Bringing ‘A Few Surprises’ And More To Sundance Film Festival


The annual Sundance Film Festival has traditionally served as Oculus’ stomping grounds for showing off VR movie content. HTC is bringing a line-up of apps to the event as part of the VR on the Mountain exhibit running from Janauary 20th – 22nd, which is separate to the New Frontiers division of the festival that has its own range of VR content. Tagged with: htc vive , sundance , vr movies. Events htc vive sundance vr movies

‘Jesus VR’ Claims First Ever Feature-length VR Film, to Preview at Venice Film Festival

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Jesus VR: The Story of Christ , an upcoming feature-length 360 film, is getting its first public preview at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Hailed as the world’s first ever feature length VR film production, the 90-minute movie depicts the life, works, and death of Jesus of Nazareth. The preview of the feature-length film will last 40 minutes, and will be open to festival-goers from September 1-4.

Altspace & Cyberia Join Forces For Free Film Festival Hosted In VR


This weekend catch a screening of over 38 short films presented entirely in virtual reality. VR social platform AltspaceVR has teamed up with veteran film festival organizers Cyberia to generously bring us an impressively-packed independent short film festival this weekend. Taking place today through Sunday, the Cyberia Film Festival is making history as the first conventionally-styled film fest to be held entirely in virtual reality.

Bizarre Interactive VR Performance ‘Scarecrow’ Makes VRChat Debut


Available now as part of the ongoing Raindance Film Festival , Scarecrow on VRChat allows users to experience a reimagined version of the original interactive performance. Sngmoo Lee’s immersive theater experience puts you face-to-face with a real actor in VR.

VR Animated Film ‘Gary The Gull’ Available For Free On Rift, Vive And PS VR


The virtual reality animated short film Gary the Gull is now available for free download. Users with an Oculus Rift, Playstation VR, or HTC Vive can obtain the experience immediately through their respective content platforms. The official synopsis for the film is as follows: “In Gary the Gull , viewers engage with a smart-mouthed bird at the beach named Gary , who does everything he can to distract you while he attempts to steal your lunch!

Google’s ‘Son Of Jaguar’ 360° Short Film Now Available On YouTube


The nine minute 360° short film is a rollercoaster of emotions, letting you follow an aging Mexican wrestler past his prime as he struggles to support his loving family after losing one of his legs from a previous bout. Previously the family-centric film, which also happens to be the longest and most dialogue-heavy piece of content within the Google Spotlight Stories catalog, was only available on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift via SteamVR.

‘Allumette’ Is the Longest VR Animated Film So Far And It May Make You Cry


The companies behind the major headsets, such as the recently released PlayStation VR, the HTC Vive, and the Oculus Rift are all leading the charge for VR. Directors and animators, like Penrose Studios’ Eugene Chung, are experimenting with the visual medium to create films that make you an active participant in their worlds. VR might very well be the next big step for film. The Rose and I, one of Penrose’s previous VR short films.

How ‘The Lion King’ Was Filmed Using Virtual Reality

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Although The Lion King (2019) might have garnered a tepid reception from film critics, there’s no debating that Jon Favreau’s photorealistic remake of the 1994 original film roars in the visual department. Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel lines up a shot using an HTC Vive, Image courtesy MPC, Technicolor. The Moving Picture Company (MPC) helped build the tools for virtual production, and used Unity to emulate live-action film production in VR.

‘Sin City’ Director’s Immersive Action Film ‘The Limit’ Comes to All Major VR Platforms

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Called The Limit, the 20-minute action film stars Michelle Rodriguez ( Lost, Avatar, Fast & Furious ) and Norman Reedus ( The Walking Dead, The Boondock Saints ) in what promises to be a heart-pumping thrill ride. The Limit is available today as an app across major VR platforms including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PSVR, Gear VR, Oculus Go, Daydream, and Cardboard.

Bigscreen’s Funimation Partnership Brings Akira And Anime Films To VR


That means Akira, Your Name, and My Hero Academia: Two Heroes will be available for rent on a pay-per-view basis in VR as more than 30 films are added to Bigscreen’s library. This week, however, the company revamped the offering to move toward more on-demand rentals at any time, and the occasional one-time special event like for the premiere of a new film. You can find the Bigscreen download links for the various stores here and purchase tickets for upcoming films here.

Interactive VR Comedy Has You Staging A Fake Moon Landing For The Taiwanese Government


Great Hoax: The Moon Landing arrives on Viveport this September as part of the Venice Film Festival. This September marks the start of the 77th annual Venice Film Festival in Lido di Venezia, Italy.

Why 360 Film is in the Midst of a Reboot – Part 3: Demand

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The 360 film industry is still young and it’s maturing rapidly. With his name on more than 20 360 film projects to date, Armando Kirwin has had an inside view as to where things started, where they’re going, and why. Over the past three years, the primary customer of 360 film has been big brands. What’s imperative, especially now that we have a massive workforce ready to deploy, is that we figure out how to properly monetize 360 film content.

VR Short Film ‘Asteroids!’ from Baobab Studios Now Available

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Interactive VR short film Asteroids! , is not currently available on PSVR, HTC Vive, or Oculus Rift, despite its considerably more interactive design. Baobab Studios is one of the largest independent VR film studios, having raised a total of $31 million in funding to date, most notably a $25 million Series B funding round in 2016 which also welcomed Larry Cutler (ex Dreamworks and Pixar) as CTO. The post VR Short Film ‘Asteroids!’

Oculus, HTC Hit SXSW With Latest In VR Filmmaking


Both Oculus and HTC are at this year’s show with new projects. Oculus will be highlighting the latest from its VR for Good initiative whereas HTC has two co-produced projects nominated at the SXSW Film Festival. Over on the HTC side, Vive’s first piece is The Making Of. As its name implies, it’s a 360 piece that showcases the shooting of a film from Taiwanese director Midi Z. 360 Video Art & Science Experiences htc oculus SXSW

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HTC Releases 3 ‘Ready Player One’ VR Experiences in ‘OASIS Beta’, Now Free on Viveport

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HTC showed off eight Ready Player One-inspired experiences at the film’s debut event at SXSW. The download is available for free from Viveport , although at least one of the games is launching on Steam soon—Drifter Entertainment’s Rise of the Gunters— which includes support for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets.

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Nerve Film Premieres With First-Person VR Experience


For the NERVE premiere afterparty, Lionsgate teamed up with first-person VR studio SilVR Thread to let you feel what it’s like to embody and step in the shoes of a character from the film as you tackle some harrowing dares. The VR content was captured live on set with stunt actors during the film’s main production and was shot with SilVR Thread’s proprietary cameras and produced on their platform.

HTC Vive Brings NASA-Inspired VR Artwork To Art Basel Hong Kong


HTC Vive is the virtual reality partner of the fair, and the general public can experience the immersive artwork to find out more about technology’s role in contemporary art practices today. Previously, the two artists were awarded “Best VR Experience” at the Venice Film Festival for their work on Chalkroom a.k.a. The post HTC Vive Brings NASA-Inspired VR Artwork To Art Basel Hong Kong appeared first on VRScout. News Art Basel Hong Kong HTC Vive NASA To the Moon VR Art

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Venice VR Curators Offer A Behind-The-Scenes Look At This Year’s Incredible Projects


Image Credit: Venice International Film Festival. Venice VR Expanded at the 77th LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA is coming to a close today, having accomplished extraordinary feats in creative innovation.

Venice VR Expanded: Visiting a virtual film festival

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My immersive colleagues always rated Venice Film Festival as a lot of fun. But critically, Venice Film Festival has been supporting the immersive arts for several years. A range of partners, from HTC to VRrOOm, provided the capabilities to deliver the event in VR.

‘Bigscreen’ Brings Paid Movies to Social VR Platform, Showing Select 2D & 3D Films

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Bigscreen today announced it’s launched a new feature called Bigscreen Cinema , which brings a paid option to its free social VR platform that will let you buy a ticket to watch select 2D and 3D films each week. Films, which can be seen in either private or public virtual cinemas on the Bigscreen platform, are priced between $4 and $5 (or local equivalent), and can be purchased on the company’s website.

The Lion King Introduces Film to Virtual Reality

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John Favreau is the director of the newest live action remake of a classic Disney film, The Lion King. Believe it or not, the entire film was recorded in VR. In a room referred to as the volume, Favreau and his crew donned VR headsets and entered virtual representations of Pride Rock and other locations from the film. A bit of a side note here, but the headsets used, to my eye, are the HTC Vive. This is just the beginning of VR’s use in traditional film.

The Stunning Allumette Is the First VR Film Masterpiece


Penrose Studios' new VR film uses positional tracking and intricate design to create a virtual world you won't want to leave. The post The Stunning Allumette Is the First VR Film Masterpiece appeared first on WIRED. Culture HTC Vive Oculus Rift penrose studios PlayStation VR Tribeca Film Festival virtual reality VR

Justice League VR Coming to HTC Vive & Oculus Rift


Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are stepping up promotion for the upcoming superhero film with a few Justice League VR experiences of their own. Expected to be rolled out in phases prior to the theatrical opening on November 17, 2017, the Justice League VR experience will have a four-stage unveiling that culminates with a full blown room-scale experience for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google DayDream and Sony PSVR. The Vive experience will debut at New York Comic-Con.

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Sundance: Hypha VR Experience Had Me Spreading Fungal Spores To Save The Planet


Developed by Maltrato Films, Hypha centers around the circle of life; how death is part of the natural order and an integral aspect of nature. Image Credit: Maltrato Films. Slipping into an HTC Vive Pro headset, I began my adventure as a single hypha, one of many filaments forming the mycelium of a fungus, living on the perimeter of a large meteorite gliding through the cosmos. News HTC Vive Pro Hypha Maltrato Films New Frontier Sundance 2020 Sundance Film Festival

HTC Vive Libraries Program Will Bring VR Headsets To Over 100 Libraries


Now, HTC has announced the Vive Libraries Program , which is set to bring VR headsets to 110 different libraries in California and Nevada. For selected content, HTC has curated a list of “over 35 of the most immersive educational and experiential VR apps” to use in the library settings, so don’t expect much zombie killing to happen inside these headsets. Education Enterprise HTC Vive education htc Vive Libraries Program

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HTC’s Old CEO Looks To Develop ‘Social Reality’ Platform, Announces World’s First 5G Headset


XRSpace’s Peter Chou believes 5G will usher in “the social reality of the future” Peter Chou, ex-CEO and co-founder of Taiwanese consumer electronics company HTC, has some bold opinions regarding the future of VR technology. Here, friends and strangers can meet-up at the city center to play games like basketball, golf, and darts; watch live sporting events and films; and coordinate with work colleagues.

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Oscar-Winning Director Kathryn Bigelow Discusses Her First VR Film ‘The Protectors’


Attendees at next year’s Tribeca Film Festival will be the first to experience the debut 360-degree film from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow titled, The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes. The 8-minute short film was created through a partnership with Here Be Dragons, National Geographic Channel, and Annapurna Pictures. The film gives viewers a first-hand look into the lives of the park rangers who are the only defense for the African elephants who roam freely.

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HTC Vive announces 6 DOF controllers for Vive Focus and teases hand tracking for Vive Pro

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Today it’s a great day for virtual reality: at WCVRI conference, HTC has just announced a kit to provide 6 DOF controllers for Vive Focus and has showcased a hands-tracking technology for the Vive Pro ! The Venture Reality Fund and of course HTC. Then he described virtual reality advancements, highlighting the dominant role of China and HTC in this technology. This is just a personal speculation of mine and there is not an official statement of HTC about it.