Back in March 2015, BAFTA-winning director Dan Smith launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to create an independent short film called FlySpy which mixes traditional 2D filmmaking and virtual reality (VR). The campaign was a success and FlySpy is currently being screened on the film festival circuit in both 2D and VR formats.
FlySpy tells the story of a young genius called Greg, who has created a tiny robot drone that looks like a fly. Greg wirelessly remote controls the fly using a VR headset looking through the camera in its head. Obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, he uses the drone to spy on her without her knowing. Witnessing the violence she suffers at the hands of her new boyfriend he decides to do something about it, but his actions don’t necessarily end in success.
To create FlySpy Smith had help from some of the industries leading professionals. The nano-robot designs were created by concept artist Jake Lunt who worked on Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. The post-production visual effects were completed with the support of award-winning company Jellyfish, while the production company producing FlySpy is Flat Cap Films.
The 2D trailer for the film can be seen below plus further details behind its creation can be found at www.flyspy.co.uk. There’s no current indication when the VR version will be publicly available, but from a recent screening at the London Short Film Festival the team are developing a feature length version.
VRFocus will continue to follow the latest updates to FlySpy closely, reporting back any new announcements.