At the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Montreal based creator and producer of cinematic live-action virtual reality (VR) experiences Felix & Paul Studios debuted Mongolian-set Nomads: Herders. For the 2016 festival the studio will be continuing the Nomads series with two 360 degree films, Nomads: Maasai and Nomads: Sea Gypsies.
The second and third installments in the series, Nomads: Maasai follows the semi-nomadic pastoralists living along the Great Rift Valley in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are a patriarchal society where young men become initiated as warriors, male elders make most decisions for the community and women milk the cows, cook, make beaded adornments, and build the mud-based houses.
While Nomads: Sea Gypsies looks at The Bajau sea nomads who live off fishing and spearfish hunting in the seas and oceans of South East Asia. A largely stateless people, they have lived on water for centuries, traditionally in longboat dwellings or more commonly today in stilt houses. As lifestyles change to adapt to the commercial fishing industries and territorial shifts, the way of life of the Bajau Laut is subject to increasing pressure.
“We are honoured to return to Park City with ‘Nomads,'” said Felix Lajeunesse, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Felix & Paul Studios in a statement. “The Nomads series and the medium of cinematic virtual reality allow us to immerse audiences into distant human realities in a highly intimate and sensorial way.”
The studio most recently launched LeBron James Striving for Greatness and Inside Impact: East Africa with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative. The Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, Utah from 21st – 31st January 2016, and VRFocus will bring you all the latest VR film news as details are released.