A virtual reality (VR) short film about the experiences of immigrants suffering from exploitation, human trafficking and forced labour has succeeded in meeting it’s Kickstarter funding goal, with $10,353 (USD) pledged of the $10,000 goal.
Created by director Danny Ryan, The Road follows eight migrants who are told they will get paid work, but soon come to realise they are being exploited and may never get the life they hoped for. Ryan chose to film in 360-degrees to put the viewers in the centre of the experience and allow them to view the story in different ways.
Principal photography for the project completed on 28th May, 2017, and an update from the director indicated that shooting went well. The organisers of the project indicated that the majority of the money raised would be going towards post-production and distribution, since that is the most expensive and time-consuming part of the process, particularly when working with 360-degree footage which requires painstaking work to stitch together the footage into the spherical 360-degree format.
Backers will receive funding rewards ranging from a digital copy of the finished movie, through to an Executive producer credit, a set of movie stills, a copy of the director’s notebook and an exclusive Skype conference with the crew.
Post-production is likely to continue until August, with Kickstarter backers receiving their copies around then, with a final commercial release due in September, 2017. Ryan and the team hope that the film will be a high-quality experience, good enough to be shown at film festivals world wide.
Further information can be found on the Kickstarter page.
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