This weeks CES event in Las Vegas isn’t just about companies showcasing their latest hardware innovations, it can also be a chance for developers to display new projects. Cinematic virtual reality (VR) studio Felix & Paul has done just that unveiling its latest collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, DREAMS OF “O”.
DREAMS OF “O” is the third collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and Felix & Paul Studios exploring the many facets of the aquatic piece, “O” by Cirque du Soleil. The experience takes viewers on a journey comprising aerial acrobatics, daring dives, fire and surreal amphibious characters.
Felix & Paul Studios co-directed the 12 minute experience with filmmaker François Blouin, after working with him on KÀ The Battle Within. DREAMS OF “O” combines simultaneous underwater and slow-motion shooting which meant the studio had to advance its technical know-how with its proprietary camera technology.
“Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ is one of the world’s most innovative theatrical productions inspired by the infinity and elegance of water’s pure form and delivered by world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers,” said Sebastian Sylwan, Chief Technology Officer at Felix & Paul Studios. “To immerse viewers in the same ethereal, dreamlike mood in an original VR experience, we combined simultaneous underwater and slow-motion shooting—a feat that required us to significantly modify our proprietary camera technology, merging the two techniques to more poignantly evoke the artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance of ‘O'”.
“We’re proud to release DREAMS OF ‘O’ to celebrate the success of one of our most popular shows in Vegas,” said Jerry Nadal, Senior VP of Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Shows Division. “Our partnership with Felix & Paul Studios highlights Cirque’s leadership in pushing the boundaries of creating outstanding immersive experiences. Virtual reality allows us to explore state-of-the-art platforms to complement our live show experiences.”
Attendees at CES 2017 can view DREAMS OF “O” at the Samsung booth, or for everyone else head to the Oculus Store to download the experience for free on Gear VR. There’s also a 360-degree version on Facebook.
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