Cinemersia has today announced that principal photography on the forthcoming virtual reality (VR) film, MansLaughter, has concluded. The motion-picture has now entered post-production with an expected August 2015 release.
MansLaughter sees 5 people in tangled relationships discover an extraordinary opportunity: one of them has won a $265 Million Lotto ticket and is cautiously waiting to turn it in. But delay is not his friend, nor are the other four, as it gives them time for deception, double-cross and murder in order to claim the ticket for themselves. But who will end up with the money?
Written and directed by David Marlett, author of the 2014 best selling novel, Fortunate Son, MansLaughter offers four simultaneously existing scenes and encourage the viewer to pay attention to the detail in the background and attempt to find a resolution before the characters themselves. The first of several VR films in development and/or pre-production by Marlett’s production company, Cinemersia, MansLaughter has been designed under the influence of VR storytelling, along with the limitations of developing-but-still-not-there 360 degree spherical HD camera rigs.
“We wanted to create what has never been done before: an HD, cinema quality, narrative, live-action film, placed into the audience’s immersed environment,” said Cameron Ayres, Director of VR Technology for Cinemersia. “So, we worked with a number of experts in gaming and film tech and devised this configuration. David took it from there.”
Shot with RED Dragons, at 6K and 60FPS, and with a linear run time of 14 minutes (with content run time of 60 minutes), MansLaughter will require significant compression to run on current VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift, Samsung’s GearVR, and HTC’s Vive. Post-production will heavily utilise Unity among other editing tools.
Marlett added, “We have a number of cool VR feature films in the works, and we’re excited about the new strategic partnerships and alliances that will help them come to fruition. I am especially thankful to John Carmack [CTO, Oculus] for his insights that made MansLaughter possible.”
MansLaughter has an expected release date of 15th August 2015. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on this and other VR film projects from Cinemersia.