At the end of July SIGGRAPH will be returning to Los Angeles for another tech-filled event. The VR Theater will be back for the third time with several world premieres, including Walt Disney Animation Studios’ a kite’s tale. Ahead of its debut, a few more details have arrived regarding what to expect from the virtual reality (VR) short.
Created by Disney’s Short Circuit experimental program and directed by Bruce Wright, a kite’s tale will be the second time the company has debuted a VR short at SIGGRAPH, the first being in 2018 with Cycles. The program gives anyone within the studio the opportunity to participate in a blind submission to be selected for the opportunity to direct their short film idea, which is how both VR shorts came to life.
A brief description for a kite’s tale explains: “[It] combines classic hand-drawn animation and the latest innovations in virtual reality to tell this whimsical tale of two kites; a playful puppy (with a wagging tail) and a pompous dragon who clash, tangle, and ultimately must learn to live with one another subject to the winds of fate.
“I’m thrilled that ‘a kite’s tale’ is premiering at SIGGRAPH 2019’s VR Theater,” said Wright. “Virtual reality has the ability to bring us into new worlds of story, and touch the hearts of the audience in never before dreamt of ways. It’s an honour to showcase our film at SIGGRAPH for the innovators and artists who are shaping the future of this medium.”
“We’re still on the cusp of a powerful new medium, and I cannot wait for audiences to experience what Disney has done with its second VR short,” said SIGGRAPH 2019 VR Theater Director Maxwell Planck. “It’s encouraging and exciting to see studios and artists with proven success in more traditional computer graphics contribute to the next evolution of storytelling, and further proves that the seeds we are planting are strong.”
SIGGRAPH 2019 takes place in Los Angeles, CA, between 28th July – 1st August. More info on the schedule and to purchase tickets head here. For further updates on VR content at the event, keep reading VRFocus.