This week it’s the annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York, with over 30 immersive experiences to make their debuts like Felix & Paul’s Gymnasia and Doctor Who: The Runaway by the BBC and Passion Animation Studios. Also set to make an appearance is the next instalment of the Wolves in the Walls series by Fable.
Wolves in the Walls: It’s All Over is the latest in The Lucy Stories, a series based on the Wolves in the Walls book by Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and Dave Mckean. The original Wolves in the Walls made its debut in 2018 at the Sundance Film Festival, with Whispers in the Night – confusingly the first in the series – set to premiere later this year at the Virtual Beings Conference.
“What makes the noises we can’t explain? 8 year old Lucy is convinced it’s the wolves,” explains the story summary for chapter 2. “Her family is not so sure. But something’s been stealing Mom’s jam, glitching Brother’s games and howling over Dad’s music. Lucy desperately wants to warn them all, and she needs your help to do it. Will you believe her? Because when the wolves do, in fact, come out of the walls, it’s all over.”
Guests at Tribeca will be able to help Lucy discover what is precisely hiding inside the walls of her home as well as enjoying live actors choreographed by New York’s critically acclaimed immersive theatre company, Third Rail Projects.
The star of the show is Fable’s AI-powered virtual being Lucy with which viewers can build a two-way friendship. Fable sees virtual beings as the next step in storytelling, able to interact with viewers in more natural ways. There are several unique aspects being introduced in Wolves in the Walls: It’s All Over. Apart from Third Rail, chapter two shows that Lucy has memory and that the audience’s actions do have consequences. They’re also able to see her evolve as the story progresses. Finally, Fable has revealed that Oculus’ Quill was used in the previsualization, asset creation and final animation of Wolves in the Walls.
Co-Created by Pete Billington and Jessica Shamash, there’s no official release date just yet for Wolves in the Walls: It’s All Over. When that happens VRFocus will let you know.