Currently, the Venice Film Festival is in full swing, premiering some of the very latest virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree content from creators around the world. Paris-based studio, DVgroup, announced three new projects that will make their World Premiere at the event: The Horrifically Real Virtuality, The Roaming – Wetlands and Umami.
Produced by Tiny Planets in co-production with DVgroup and Novelab, Landia Egal’s and Thomas Pons “Umami” is a VR experience and installation which places the user alongside a man sentenced to death, rediscovering his memories through a series of Japanese dishes, beverages and tastes.
While The Roaming – Wetlands, written and directed by Mathieu Pradat is a narrative and interactive piece conceived as an antidote to free roaming shooters, inviting the audience into the darkness to take risks and save two kids running for their lives.
Lastly, The Horrifically Real Virtuality is an horrific comedy set in the 1950’s, paints an introspective portrait of the emerging art of VR. The experience revives Ed Wood Jr. – famous for being crowned ‘worst director of all time’ two years after his death, with the audience invited to both attend the shoot and the screening of his latest film.
“As a studio focused on creating the future generation of immersive stories, we’re committed to providing content creators with the means to adapt to the new challenges in both production and distribution” said Antoine Cardon, DVgroup’s Chief Innovation Officer in a statement.
The DVgroup will be in competition with plenty of other films for the ‘Best VR Experience (Interactive Content)’ at the Festival. These include Awavena, a film following the indigenous Amazonian people, the Yawanawa. Or then there’s animation Shennong: Taste of Illusion, produced by Pinta Studios and co-produced by Jaunt China. Most well known of the bunch will probably be Baobab Studios and its animated film, Crow: The Legend. For any further film festival updates keep reading VRFocus.