Sundance 2017 — Virtual Reality Roundup

Jaunt VR, Radiant Images, PBS, 8i and more will have a ton of virtual reality content and shows on display during Sundance 2017
Founded in 1985, Sundance has become the most famous independent film festival in the world! This year HDVideoPro will be on the ground at Sundance 2017 from January 19-24th with interviews and updates. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for breaking news.

Sundance 2017 — TIME & DATE & LOCATION —  The Jaunt VR Lounge

10:30am-5:30pm Daily

The Jaunt VR Lounge

580 Main Street

Park City, UT 84060

Sundance 2017 — TIME & DATE & LOCATION —  Radiant Images and Jaunt VR Space Events

Conservation International Panel
Friday, January 20
4-6pm
580 Main Street (Radiant / Jaunt space)

Jaunt Residency Salon
Saturday, January 21
6-8pm
580 Main Street (Radiant / Jaunt space)

Sundance New Frontier Alumni Social
Sunday, January 22
5:30-7:30pm (Jaunt Hosted Sundance VR Bar)
8:30-9:30pm (Sundance New Frontier Alumni Social)
751 Main Street (Music Cafe)

Radiant VP Michael Mansouri Speaking at RED Digital Cinema Panel
Sunday, January 22
10-11am (Wandering the sphere: crossing the interactive threshold in live action VR)
255 Main Street (Treasure Mountain Inn Hotel, Suite B&C)

Industry Party: Jaunt + Condition One
Monday, January 23
6-9pm
580 Main Street (Radiant/ Jaunt space)

The Radiant Images Jaunt One VR camera
The Radiant Images Jaunt One VR camera

Sundance 2017 Q+A —  The Jaunt VR Lounge


JauntVR will be leading the VR pack at Sundance 2017 with 360 degrees of content. The virtual reality camera company is marketing a ton of content through their VR app, including new VR content at Sundance that has never been seen before. Jaunt will also have workshops with the Jaunt ONE VR camera, (via Radiant Images, which I’ve covered before, lots more info on that here). Standout features in the Jaunt slate of planned VR films include a revamp of 90s sci-fi classic The Lawnmower Man, as well as a 12-episode season of LUNA. See the whole lineup in the press release from Jaunt posted below; they’ll also be showing several other virtual reality features including Through You, My Brother’s Keeper, Bahir’s Dream, On My Way and more.

Follow Jaunt at Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The Jaunt One VR camera with 360º of coverage
The Jaunt One VR camera with 360º of coverage

Radiant Images, covered previously, has partnered with Jaunt to show lots of VR tech at the same location on 580 Main Street open from 10:30-5:30pm. They’ve just updated their complete product catalog, which you can see here. The virtual-reality company will have several events at the Jaunt VR space, see the list above.

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VR content to be shown at Sundance through the Jaunt VR app
VR content to be shown at Sundance through the Jaunt VR app

PBS Digital Studios is also debuting a new VR experience at Sundance that is centered on the Civil War. My Brother’s Keeper, is a story inspired by the PBS dramatic series Mercy Street, and was shot using “first use of true slow motion shot at 120 fps, new 180° framing techniques and custom-made camera rig”, according to the press release, which can be found in full below. It’s showing at the HTC VIVE exhibit at VR on the Mountain, a virtual reality hub from January 20-22. The address is 306 Main St.

Jon Hamm the hologram, an augmented reality project by 8i that will be shown during the Sundance 2017 premiere of Marjorie Prime
Jon Hamm the hologram, an augmented reality project by 8i that will be shown during the Sundance 2017 premiere of Marjorie Prime

Last and, possibly, least, actor Jon Hamm will be turned into a “lifelike 3D hologram for virtual and augmented reality for Sundance”. The star of the Sundance 2017 film Marjorie Prime plays a computer-generated avatar in the film, so it only makes sense that his ethereal stature would be present in hologram form during the film’s opening. VR company 8i put together the presentation. Full press release below.

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Jaunt VR wil have lots of VR content at Sundance 2017. It's also available through their Jaunt VR app for home use.
Jaunt VR wil have lots of VR content at Sundance 2017. It’s also available through their Jaunt VR app for home use.

Sundance 2017 Q+A —  PBS Digital Studios Debuts MY BROTHER’S KEEPER, a Groundbreaking 360° VR Experience of the Civil War on January 21

ARLINGTON, VA; JANUARY 18, 2017 – PBS Digital Studios announced today that MY BROTHER’S KEEPER, a groundbreaking new virtual reality short film that tells the story of two brothers fighting on opposite sides of the Civil War, will debut at the HTC VIVE™ exhibit at “VR on the Mountain” during the Sundance Film Festival on January 20. MY BROTHER’S KEEPER was inspired by the PBS drama series, MERCY STREET, which kicks off its second season on Sunday, January 22.

The nine-minute film tells the story of two estranged brothers, Ethan, 19, and Jackson, 16, who are fighting on opposite sides of the Civil War and unknowingly reunite at Antietam, the bloodiest battle in American military history. Shot on location in Virginia using more than 150 Civil War re-enactors, the story is fictional but based on historical accounts of brothers who fought against each other in the war.

The cinematic VR experience will be available on Viveport, HTC Vive’s app store, beginning January 21, and across a broad spectrum of VR and 360 video platforms beginning January 27. In addition to HTC Vive/Viveport availability, MY BROTHERS’S KEEPER will be available through full 3D-stereoscopic immersive experiences for the Oculus Rift and Samsung Video on GearVR to mobile and web monoscopic 360 experiences at PBS.org, Facebook 360 and YouTube360. Additionally, Littlstar will enable availability via their apps for Sony PlayStationVR, Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, Apple TV and iOS and Android devices. Jaunt will also distribute the piece through its multiplatform application.

A behind-the-scenes video on the making of MY BROTHER’S KEEPER can be viewed here.

MY BROTHER’S KEEPER was written and directed by Connor Hair and Alex Meader and produced by Brian Seth Hurst. The project, produced for PBS Digital Studios by StoryTech® Immersive and Perception Squared and in collaboration with the Technicolor Experience Center, gives viewers a fully immersive 3D stereoscopic experience of being in the Civil War.

“We are at the dawn of a new era in narrative filmmaking in which the visual vocabulary of cinema, as well as the production process, is being completely reinvented. I think MY BROTHER’S KEEPER in its own way does a remarkable job of advancing this evolution, ” said Don R. Wilcox, executive producer of the film for PBS Digital Studios. “Connor and Alex have done an amazing job of developing new techniques that combine traditional cinematic storytelling with the full capabilities of VR in a way that’s never been done before. In keeping with PBS’ long history of innovation, we are excited to present this project.”

Cutting-edge visual effects and post-production services were contributed by the new Technicolor Experience Center, and Technicolor Sound Labs crafted a deep and rich soundscape using innovative workflows.

“This piece represents a new standard in live-action virtual reality. We are thrilled that our teams were able to work so seamlessly to address the new challenges the cinematic experience raised while pushing the story and experience forward,” stated Marcie Jastrow, head of the Technicolor Experience Center.

“We knew the innovation, production values and story had to be at the highest possible level to reflect the quality inherent in PBS programming,” said Brian Seth Hurst, chief storyteller at StoryTech Immersive. “This meant assembling a cutting-edge production team combining artistry and new technologies to serve the story and the audience in ways previously not possible.”

Key battle scenes and flashbacks were shot on the Jaunt ONE omnidirectional VR camera whose technicians readied the camera’s 120fps capabilities in time for the production. It is the first time true slow motion has been used in VR.

The filmmakers also built a camera rig—the “Johnny 4”—exclusively for this production, enabling them to use dynamic camera movement and close-up, stereoscopic shots of actors to achieve the highest level of intimacy between the character and the viewer.

As the story progresses, Hair and Meader also focus the viewer’s attention by introducing 180° framing, in which the back half of the 360° view is blurred by bringing the Bokeh effect from traditional film into VR.

MY BROTHER’S KEEPER was produced for PBS Digital Studios by StoryTech® Immersive and Perception Squared and in collaboration with the Technicolor Experience Center.

About PBS

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Bashir's Dream and OMW  from Yung Jake are more VR projects available to check out during Sundance 2017
Bashir’s Dream and OMW from Yung Jake are more VR projects available to check out during Sundance 2017

Sundance 2017 Q+A —  2017 SCRIPTED PRODUCTION SLATE AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

PARK CITY, Utah – January 19, 2017 – Jaunt Inc., the industry leader in cinematic virtual reality (VR), today revealed five key content deals that are in development and slated to go into production in 2017. Each conceived to be an original, scripted, multi-episode series, the deals span new and existing relationships with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), William Morris Endeavor (WME), Park Television Productions and Triton Media Inc.

“As we continue to develop more immersive, cinematic VR content with high production values and longer run-times, it solidifies for us that VR is fast-becoming a mainstream staple within the entertainment industry,” said George Kliavkoff, president and CEO of Jaunt. “2016 was the final year of experimentation and every indication is that 2017 will be the year of action and adoption. We’re excited to be in development on all five of these series alongside some of today’s top talent.”

THE LAWNMOWER MAN – Revival of a Cult Classic
A new VR series based upon the 1992 cult classic feature THE LAWNMOWER MAN. Partnering with rights holders Jim Howell and Rupert Harvey, Jaunt will develop and produce a reimagination of the film that kick started the VR conversation 25 years ago.

“The original movie was a film of unsurpassed imagination and creativity with its ground-breaking use of VR back in 1992,” said Jim Howell. “Together with Jaunt we look forward to a contemporary team bringing to life a whole new world of VR; a world of immersive entertainment and communication. We are very excited to be working with Jaunt to create a VR realization of the film.”

LUNA – Action-Thriller Series
A 12-episode sci-fi suspense series created by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (ASSASSIN’S CREED, EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS) to be directed by Robert Schwentke (The DIVERGENT Series: ALLEGIANT and INSURGENT, FLIGHTPLAN). LUNA follows an ensemble cast navigating an abandoned lunar base which results in them experiencing fear unlike anyone has felt before.

According to the creators, “Immersive 360-degree storytelling is the movement of the future. The opportunity to launch such a massive franchise in this groundbreaking new medium is a humbling dream come true. Whereas traditional narrative filmmaking brings the story to the viewer, LUNA brings the viewer into the story.”

Specific to the story, they added, “Around the globe, one thing we all share in common is a fascination with what it might be like to experience life on the moon — so as writers, we couldn’t think of a better way to engage this new medium than with something that’s at once unifying and germane to all human curiosity — yet simultaneously, tense, thought-provoking and hopefully, inspiring to us all.”

THE ENLIGHTENED ONES – Political Sci-Fi Series
An episodic VR series written and produced by Tye Sheridan (X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, READY PLAYER ONE) and Nikola Todorovic of Aether, Inc. THE ENLIGHTENED ONES is set in an alternative present where a device is discovered bringing immortality to the human race. After the general public is given access to this technology, the world’s governments form an organization to control the crisis of overpopulation. Season one follows Enlightened One JL57, an employee at the company, as he is pulled into the underbelly of a resistance movement, discovering that this utopian technology may not be all that it seems.

“The entire Aether team is excited to begin development in collaboration with Jaunt on THE ENLIGHTENED ONES,” said Sheridan. “It’s always refreshing to bring great stories into a new medium of storytelling. This is not just a story about good vs. evil. We wanted to truthfully explore what would happen if we discovered a technology that could prolong human life and make war and illness obsolete; would we allow everyone to use it knowing that the earth would overpopulate?”

BAD TRIP – Stoner Comedy Series
A six-episode comedy series from writer/director Todd Strauss-Schulson (HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D). The series will place the viewer in the hyper-visual and uncomfortable situation of taking various drugs in environments that are less than ideal.

“VR is the future. It’s a fascinating new form of storytelling that can create a potent feeling state and a personal subjective experience,” said Strauss-Schulson. “You know what else can do that? Drugs. Drugs have the power to create hilarious, pride swallowing humiliations. I’m pumped to dive into the VR world where I can apply my visual ideas to this medium putting the viewer inside these hallucinatory rollercoaster rides. And I’m excited to be partnered with a team as bold as Jaunt, they are truly on the cutting edge of VR content.”

MISS GLORIA – Sci-Fi Action-Adventure Series
A multi-episode series from New York Times Bestselling author, Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse, How to Survive a Robot Uprising). Set in the distant future, the series situates the user in several distinct points of view as a “Robot Hero” tracks down a young girl who has gone missing during an uprising.

“I wrote MISS GLORIA from the ground up to take advantage of the unique strengths of storytelling in VR,” said Wilson. “It’s a deeply emotional exploration into how we internalize the voices of our teachers and mentors, and how we continue to carry those people with us forever. My first career was as a roboticist, so I’m incredibly excited to combine art and science by crafting thrilling sci-fi for a cutting edge technological medium.”

Building on the successful launch of INVISIBLE – a 2016 scripted supernatural drama series created in partnership with Director Doug Liman, Screenwriter Melisa Wallack, Producer Julina Tatlock, Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), and Samsung – these deals are the latest big Hollywood cinematic endeavors from Jaunt. Each project will be overseen by Jaunt’s Head of Content, Tom Vance, and his team of directors, editors and sound engineers at Santa Monica-based Jaunt Studios.

As an Official Partner of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Jaunt will be operating The Jaunt VR Lounge at 580 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060. The lounge will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. featuring content demos, VR production workshops with Radiant Images and Adobe, charging stations, after-hours events and more. The lounge will host daily screenings of 20 different VR experiences including exclusive and award-winning VR content from RYOT, Lily Baldwin and Saschka Unseld, Conservation International and more. Marquee screenings and premieres include:

Through You – Official Sundance Selection – Lily Baldwin and Saschka Unseld bring audiences a love story over a lifetime in virtuality. Explore love, rage, passion and mortality spanning several decades, from the early 1970s to the late 1980s and beyond.

Bashir’s Dream – Exclusive Premiere at Sundance – From the award-winning RYOT team comes the story of Qusai Bashir Masaama, a 14-year-old Syrian refugee living in Jordan who was shot in the back by a sniper while on a candy run. As a result, Qusai became a paraplegic. He is confined to a wheelchair, but dreams of playing basketball and traveling abroad for better care and education. Filmed entirely in Jordan, this film juxtaposes live action documentary filmmaking and animation as it explores a childlike attitude to a war-torn reality.

Under the Canopy – Limited Private Screening – Developed with Conservation International, this virtual reality film allows you to explore the extraordinary landscape of the Amazon River basin guided by the indigenous peoples and local communities who are essential to its protection.
What Do You Desire? – A globe-spanning journey set to the thought provoking words of philosopher Alan Watts.

OMW – A constantly changing 360° music video for Yung Jake’s OMW (On My Way) brings viewers inside his Tesla Model X, where no two rides are ever the same.
Circa 2345 – Daniel Arsham is known for transforming everyday objects and experiences and making them act in ways they shouldn’t. His VR film CIRCA 2345 combines footage from one of his gallery exhibitions as well as his studio process. The experience is narrated by a fictional archeologist in the future who is looking back at the objects from our own era with confusion and wonder.
The Jaunt VR App, including all content released to date, is available on iOS, Android, Gear VR, PlayStation VR, Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and major desktop browsers.

About Jaunt Inc.
Jaunt is pioneering the future of creative storytelling through cinematic virtual reality. Founded in 2013, Jaunt is the leading developer of the hardware, software, tools, and applications to enable cinematic VR and put the power of virtual reality in the hands of today’s best content creators. Jaunt works with leading creatives – from brands to artists to filmmakers – to create cutting-edge content accessible across all devices and platforms. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, the company also maintains a presence in Los Angeles, CA through its studio arm, Jaunt Studios; a European business office in London; and an engineering and development office in Amsterdam. In 2016, Jaunt established Shanghai-based Jaunt China, a VR company formed in partnership with Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and China Media Capital (CMC). Collectively, Jaunt produces branded and original VR content for audiences worldwide. Join @JauntVR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Jaunt’s investors include The Walt Disney Company, Evolution Media Partners, China Media Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Google Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Axel Springer, ProSiebenSat.1 SE, The Madison Square Garden Company, Peter Gotcher, Blake Krikorian, and Sky (corporate.sky.com). Experience more at www.jauntvr.com.

The Radiant Images Jaunt One VR camera can capture in 360 degrees for VR productions like the upcoming The Lawnmower Man
The Radiant Images Jaunt One VR camera can capture in 360 degrees for VR productions like the upcoming The Lawnmower Man

Sundance 2017 Q+A —  GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE JON HAMM HOLOGRAM — Hamm Makes His MARJORIE PRIME Character a Reality


LOS ANGELES, CA — Art and technology collide at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where Jon Hamm will be unveiled as the first actor to be turned into a lifelike 3D hologram for virtual and augmented reality for Sundance. Passage Picture’s feature film MARJORIE PRIME, with 8i technology, will debut the 3D hologram of Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor at the film’s premiere after-party on Monday, January 23rd. Hamm, who’s character in the film, Walter Prime, is a hologram, appears as the character in this stunning AR rendering.

The photorealistic hologram, which was created by 8i and directed by Rogue Rubin, has the true volume and depth of the actor which makes it look and feel real — allowing viewers to virtually “meet” Jon’s character, Walter Prime, as if they were standing in the same room.

Attendees of the Sundance premiere of MARJORIE PRIME will be treated to a special demonstration of Hamm’s hologram by 8i in a volumetric VR experience and in mixed reality on a mobile device.

“It is amazing to experience the future in the here and now,” said Uri Singer, MARJORIE PRIME producer. “When we first started working on the movie, the script dictated that the holograms would be portrayed as a futuristic reality. Making an actual hologram, not only on film but one that can be experienced with VR/AR attests to how present the future has become.”

MARJORIE PRIME follows eighty-six-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) who spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband, Walter (Hamm). With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. Geena Davis and Tim Robbins round out the all-star cast.

Built around exceptional performances from a veteran cast, MARJORIE PRIME shines a light on an often-obscured corner in the world of artificial intelligence and its interactions with mortality. Bringing us robustly into the future, Michael Almaryeda’s poetic film forces us to face the question—If we had the opportunity, how would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?

About Passage Pictures:
Founded by veteran film producer Uri Singer, Passage Pictures is a production company based in Los Angeles. Formed in 2016, the company is focused on bringing quality, thought-provoking stories to the big screen. Similar to the mission statement behind Singer’s previous company, BB Pictures, through which Singer produced nine features in six years, Passage Pictures seeks to balance cinematic prestige with commercial viability by acquiring and developing literary works for adaptation alongside fresh, original content.

The company’s debut feature is Marjorie Prime, Singer’s second collaboration with acclaimed director Michael Almereyda following The Experimenter. Additional upcoming projects include I Am Rose Fatou, a comedic take on email phishing schemes, written by Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures). Melfi penned the script while working with Singer on his very first feature, Bed and Breakfast. Singer optioned the rights to Don LeLillo’s career-defining novel “White Noise,” with Almereyda set to pen the screenplay, as well as The King of Oil, the biography of Marc Rich: controversial billionaire, commodities trader, and Glencore founder. The biopic, entitled Rich, is in the final development stages. Singer is also the producer behind Tesla, another collaboration with Almereyda, who is set to direct the movie about the life of the Serbian-born inventor Nicola Tesla.

About 8i:
8i is a technology startup on mission to enable the evolution of media and human communication by giving people the best way to connect with each other and express themselves through holograms. We provide the easiest way to create, mix and experience human holograms that look real and feel as if they were in the same room. Our proprietary technology transforms video from an array of cameras into a photo-realistic 3D hologram of a human that can be viewed from any angle, on any device for virtual, augmented or mixed reality. As the world moves beyond the flat screen, 3D holograms enable us to experience human content and each other in the most realistic way. Founded in May 2014, 8i is based in Wellington, New Zealand, and Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES, CA — Art and technology collide at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where Jon Hamm will be unveiled as the first actor to be turned into a lifelike 3D hologram for virtual and augmented reality for Sundance. Passage Picture’s feature film MARJORIE PRIME, with 8i technology, will debut the 3D hologram of Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor at the film’s premiere after-party on Monday, January 23rd. Hamm, who’s character in the film, Walter Prime, is a hologram, appears as the character in this stunning AR rendering.

The photorealistic hologram, which was created by 8i and directed by Rogue Rubin, has the true volume and depth of the actor which makes it look and feel real — allowing viewers to virtually “meet” Jon’s character, Walter Prime, as if they were standing in the same room.

Attendees of the Sundance premiere of MARJORIE PRIME will be treated to a special demonstration of Hamm’s hologram by 8i in a volumetric VR experience and in mixed reality on a mobile device.

“It is amazing to experience the future in the here and now,” said Uri Singer, MARJORIE PRIME producer. “When we first started working on the movie, the script dictated that the holograms would be portrayed as a futuristic reality. Making an actual hologram, not only on film but one that can be experienced with VR/AR attests to how present the future has become.”

MARJORIE PRIME follows eighty-six-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) who spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband, Walter (Hamm). With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. Geena Davis and Tim Robbins round out the all-star cast.

Built around exceptional performances from a veteran cast, MARJORIE PRIME shines a light on an often-obscured corner in the world of artificial intelligence and its interactions with mortality. Bringing us robustly into the future, Michael Almaryeda’s poetic film forces us to face the question—If we had the opportunity, how would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?

About Passage Pictures:
Founded by veteran film producer Uri Singer, Passage Pictures is a production company based in Los Angeles. Formed in 2016, the company is focused on bringing quality, thought-provoking stories to the big screen. Similar to the mission statement behind Singer’s previous company, BB Pictures, through which Singer produced nine features in six years, Passage Pictures seeks to balance cinematic prestige with commercial viability by acquiring and developing literary works for adaptation alongside fresh, original content.

The company’s debut feature is Marjorie Prime, Singer’s second collaboration with acclaimed director Michael Almereyda following The Experimenter. Additional upcoming projects include I Am Rose Fatou, a comedic take on email phishing schemes, written by Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures). Melfi penned the script while working with Singer on his very first feature, Bed and Breakfast. Singer optioned the rights to Don LeLillo’s career-defining novel “White Noise,” with Almereyda set to pen the screenplay, as well as The King of Oil, the biography of Marc Rich: controversial billionaire, commodities trader, and Glencore founder. The biopic, entitled Rich, is in the final development stages. Singer is also the producer behind Tesla, another collaboration with Almereyda, who is set to direct the movie about the life of the Serbian-born inventor Nicola Tesla.

About 8i:
8i is a technology startup on mission to enable the evolution of media and human communication by giving people the best way to connect with each other and express themselves through holograms. We provide the easiest way to create, mix and experience human holograms that look real and feel as if they were in the same room. Our proprietary technology transforms video from an array of cameras into a photo-realistic 3D hologram of a human that can be viewed from any angle, on any device for virtual, augmented or mixed reality. As the world moves beyond the flat screen, 3D holograms enable us to experience human content and each other in the most realistic way. Founded in May 2014, 8i is based in Wellington, New Zealand, and Los Angeles.