Famed director Ridley Scott has long been known as the type of film maker who pushes the limits of technology, a reputation he seems to be determined to stick with as his company RSA Films announces a special division dedicated to virtual reality (VR).
Back in 2015, Scott announced he was working on a VR-related project, which would appear to be related to the announcement of the RSA VR studio. The first project that RSA VR will be working on will be a short VR experience to tie-in to the upcoming Alien: Covenant film, which has been previously covered on VRFocus.
Alien: Covenant is due out in cinemas on 19th May and is being directed by David Karlak with Ridley Scott as executive producer. The tie-in VR experience is being worked on by Fox Innovation Lab along with RSA VR and AMD and is expected to be released on ‘All major VR platforms’.
“We have been heavily involved in VR for the past few years, and having a dedicated stand-alone division underscores our commitment to immersive media in both the brand and entertainment space,” RSA’s president Jules Day said in a statement. “In addition to being one of the most well regarded producers in commercials and content, Jen Dennis brings hands-on experience developing and producing VR and is among the foremost influencers in the space. Ridley has a long lineage as a pioneer in creative technology, and RSA’s roster includes incredibly talented directors who understand the unique language of VR. We are pleased to offer this formidable resource to our clients.”
Dennis, Head of RSA VR said: “I am thrilled to head up our VR division. I think VR is one of the most exciting areas in the industry today, with potential to influence how we consume content for generations to come.”
Also announced was an episodic VR documentary created by underwater photographer Michael Muller, who is also known for producing the photography for a great many movie posters, including Captain America: Civil War and Deadpool. Details on what the documentary will cover are currently unavailable, but considering Muller’s skill set, it seems likely it will be an underwater experience of some kind.
VRFocus will bring you further information on other RSA VR projects when it becomes available.