VR & TRANSMEDIA: THE FRENCH TOUCH
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Firebird: La Peri
Unlike other VR studios, Innerspace VR used innovative technology such as motion capture to create an exquisite VR piece inspired by Walt Disney's Fantasia.
« Innerspace worked with a ballet dancer and state of the art motion capture facilities to create the guardian spirit – La Peri, as well as the other magical creatures you encounter on the journey. The resulting effect is one of unparalleled life-like presence and emotion in a fully artificial environment.
Paul Dukas composed the music for Walt Disney's Fantasia and also La Peri. You are transported into another world where you must try to capture the pieces of the Prince’s heart to ensure your own immortality. However in order to do so you must take those pieces away from their guardian spirits who will try to bewitch you. At the end of the experience you are confronted by the most bewitching guardian spirit – La Peri, who will dance with and around you, dazzling your senses. »
Producer, Firebird: La Peri
Hadrien Lanvin is the CEO of InnerspaceVR (www.innerspacevr.com), a Franco-American VR entertainment company. It has been at the forefront of VR entertainment since 2014, with games and narrative pieces which were part of the very first batch of content available on the Gear VR / Oculus platform. Recently, InnerspaceVR released the first instalment of its narrative series Firebird: La Péri. This award-winning Fantasia-inspired VR experience has been praised by the press and audiences alike, and is available on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It features motion-capture performances and voice acting by John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, The Lord of the Rings).
Hadrien has been an entrepreneur in the media & entertainment space since 2011 and co-founded the company Pick Up, which opened Europe's first VR cinema with a proprietary simultaneous VR screening solution, used in many festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival. Hadrien is an HEC Paris alumnus and spends most of his time in Paris and Los Angeles.
I, PHILIP is the first French fiction created in virtual reality and 3D, which leads us into the universe of the famous Philip K. Dick, arguably one of the most brilliant and twisted science fiction writers of his time. This film offers you to spend 14 minutes in immersion in the head of the android Phil, an android replica of Philip K. Dick.
« In early 2005, David Hanson, an American robotics, is developing its first android human. His name is Phil and it is simply the copy of the famous science fiction author Philip K. Dick. In a few weeks Phil became famous on the Web and in the author’s fan circles. It is presented in several conferences around the world. In late 2005, the head of the android disappeared during a flight America West Airlines between Dallas and Las Vegas. Through the memories of the android and those of the author, the film offers an interpretation of Phil’s life. »
I, PHILIP, immerses you in the memories of what could be the last love affair of the writer. But aren't these memories the fruit of the imagination of an android which learned, little by little, how to become a human?I, PHILIP, immerses you in the memories of what could be the last love affair of the writer. But aren't these memories the fruit of the imagination of an android which learned, little by little, how to become a human?
After a Masters in Communication and Media in Assas and another in PLA at the Sorbonne, Antoine Cayrol created his production company Fatcat Films in 2005. He has since produced four short films and has won numerous awards internationally, dozens of music videos and commercials in the world of luxury and entertainment and three transmedia documentaries (web / TV / cinema / radio). In November 2013, Fatcat Films incorporated the audio-visual group Première Heure and became its digital label. In January 2014, Antoine created a second production company, Okio Studio, specializing in the production of VR content by partnering with Pierre Zandrowicz and Lorenzo Benedetti.
Pierre Zandrowicz is a director/filmmaker whose passion for visual storytelling has pushed him to create a wide range of memorable and awarded works. He has directed music videos, commercials and short films for a wide number of brands, including LVMH, Louis Vuitton, Canal +, Sandro, Maje & Claudie Pierlot, UNESCO and Caudalie, among others. More recently, Pierre worked on several VR films. Using these new techniques and through clever use of imagery, he has the ability of creating authentic and engaging films, giving depth to storytelling. Pierre is one of the first European directors to work in this field, with the new label Okio Studio specialized in VR. He has already directed a short film, “Philip & I”, for ARTE, as well as a commercial for Jean Paul-Gaultier.
Notes On Blindness
Notes on Blindness – Into Darkness, is a multi-platform interactive project created alongside the feature length documentary, “Notes on Blindness”.
« In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and theologian John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began documenting his experiences on audio cassette. Over three years he recorded in excess of sixteen hours of material – a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating his interior world of blindness. These original diary recordings form the basis of this project, a six-part interactive documentary using new forms of storytelling, gameplay mechanics and virtual reality to explore his cognitive and emotional experience of blindness. Each scene will address a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience. »
The project was presented in many festivals et won several awards: Sundance 2016 – New Frontier selection; Kaleidoscope World Tour VR Festival – Best Experimental experience; Tribeca Film Festival 2016 – Storyscape Award and Sheffield 2016 Doc/Fest VR Award.
Producer & Creative Director
AGAT Films / EX NIHILO
Arnaud Colinart is Head of New Media at AGAT Films & Cie / EX NIHILO. His work is focused on the use of new technologies and interactive mechanisms in narrative works, whether documentary or fiction. Arnaud’s productions include the award winning video game Type:Rider (Appstore Editor’s Choice, SXSW 2014 Gaming Award Nominee, Webby Award Nominee – Best Mobile Game, Best Visual Design), the transmedia experience, “Hubot Market” and “Atsugi Robotics” for the Swedish TV series, “Real Humans”, and recently, the graphic tribute to the TV series, “Peaky Blinders” by the American designer, Nigel Evans Dennis (Lovie Award 2015 – TV Category & People Lovie Award 2015).
French Touch is a documentary digital series recorded in binaural sound offering a travel back into the "French Touch" musical scene, through a playlist of 12 iconic pieces of French electronic music from 1995 until today.
«Through never-before-seen archives and interviews revealing anecdotes and insiders’ stories, the series features internationally renowned French musicians and groups such as Sebastien Tellier, Daft Punk, Air, Justice, Chloé, Vitalic, Laurent Garnier, Kavinsky… and analyses this social, generational and global phenomenon born with the Internet bubble. Each episode revolves around one emblematic track of the French Touch and ends with a cover of a “French Touch” track by up and coming contemporary French musicians and groups. »
Composer Chassol created the original musical score. Both the playlist of covers and the original score are available online on the main music streaming platforms.
Priscilla Bertin started her career in Paris at Arte France channel in the cinema and fiction Communication department. After a mission for cinema with The Hong Kong Trade Development Council, she joined producer Jean-Luc Ormières at OF2B Productions. In 2005, she was appointed Head of Production and Business Affairs at La Fabrique De Films / La Fabrique 2, where she worked on several features such as Oxford Crimes by Álex de la Iglesia (staring Elijah Wood & John Hurt) and Cell 211 by Daniel Monzón.
In 2009, she founded Silex Films with associates Judith Nora and Elisa Larriere, dedicated to TV, Cinema and digital projects. In 2014, she created Silex Animation with her partners, a 2D studio. The company has produced many successes such as the popular shortcom series, Connasse (Canal+) and its feature adaptation, The Parisian Bitch, Princess of Hearts, co-produced with LGM Cinema – Gaumont (1.2 million entries in France), the internationally awarded 6x52’ documentary series, The Adventurers of Modern Art, mixing animation and archives broadcasted prime-time on Arte Channel in December 2015, sold to more than 20 territories. She is currently developing feature films, digital dramas and ambitious new formats.
Wonda VR is a mobile/desktop creative and distribution platform for innovative content producers and publishers to explore the power of cinematic VR storytelling. It provides 360° video publishers and producers with a comprehensive software suite to create interactive 360° experiences and delivers it seamlessly across all VR platforms (web, iOS, Android and Samsung Gear VR). Wonda VR was founded by the team that created the award-winning interactive studio Honkytonk Films and maker of Klynt, the interactive video editing and publishing site.
Arnaud Dressen is the founder of Paris-based interactive studio Honkytonk Films and creator of Wonda VR, a new platform democratizing VR storytelling. At Honkytonk Films, Arnaud has been leading the company award-winning approach to digital storytelling, gathering filmmakers, interactive designers and creative coders to explore new narrative formats. Based on his experience as a lead producer of some of today's most acclaimed web documentaries, he co-created Klynt and Wonda VR as creative tools for video professionals willing to create and distribute interactive video experiences on all platforms.
Guillaume Urjewicz comes from 15 years of experience in management and design of web and mobile video applications. In 2009, he joined Honkytonk Films as partner and interactive producer to handle the interactive production of web documentaries and chief project officer for Klynt and, recently, Wonda VR. Previously, Guillaume managed Honkytonk Films’ original productions with France Television, Arte, Canal Plus and Lemonde.fr, and web documentary projects for institutions like France 24, TV5 Monde, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, WWF, Médecins du Monde. Guillaume has also designed from scratch the Klynt software dedicated to create interactive stories.