FIVARS 2016 Selections


Title: Not Above That VR Experience
DIR: DJ Turner and Monty Marsh
USA | RT: 4m
Production Company: VRPlayhouse
Not Above That VR Experience” takes you on a journey through psychedelic space and time with futurist diva Dawn Richard. Viewers travel in a spaceship throughout the outer dimensions of the galaxy, encountering twinkling stars, unknown planets, fireballs, vortexes, black holes, wormholes and asteroid fields, at one point even navigating the terrain of an otherworldly planet.
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Title: Marriage Equality VR
DIR: Steve Schklair & Celine Tricart
Country: USA | RT: 6m18s
Production Company: 3ality Technica

“Marriage Equality VR” is a recreation of the events leading up to the US Supreme Court’s Decision regarding the legality of same-sex marriage. At the center of the debate was the 14th Amendment providing for due process and equal protection under the law for all Americans. The court ruled on the following question: Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
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Title: The Prospects VR
DIR: Zaoeyo/Yan Liang Country: China | RT: 2m10s
Production Company: Beauty of Science

A CG 360 VR animation about why humans are driven to uncover the secrets of the world through 4 scenes: the room of knowledge, the neutrino detector, the DNA, and the cosmos. Visuals: Zaoeyo. Producer: Yan Liang. The DNA model surface generated with Maya. The Cosmos scene used a photo from NASA.
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I Philip, 360 vr film

Title: I, Philip
DIR: Pierre Zandrowicz
Country: France | RT: 14m
Production Company: Okio Studio

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
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Vaudeville VR

Title: Vaudeville !
DIR: Thomas Villepoux
Country: USA | RT: 4m47s
Production Company: Digital Rise

A busy husband come back home in the middle of the day to find his gorgeous young wife all dressed with lingerie. Was she expecting a visit?

VAUDEVILLE is a 5’ energetic comedy VR-3D show following a bunch of epic characters in situations of love, passion, cheating, jealousy, awkwardness, sensuality and laugh. Inspired by the Vaudeville style, french popular theater, the classic comedy plots are renewed in a modern fashion. The inner principle stays : respectful society and irreverent behavior in an exhilarating paradox.
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Title: Immersive Combat: a VR experiment
DIR: Nick Malukhin
Country: USA | RT: 3m6s
Production Company: Spherica

Immersive Combat is an ambitious virtual reality project by Spherica. Shot with unique proprietary hardware which enables camera movement in 360 VR video, this first-ever action series, consisting of over a dozen films to premiere in 2016, takes you to places you could never imagine. All the amazing stunts are performed by world champions in Kung Fu, Muay Thai and Medieval Combat.

Spherica introduces the first-ever live-action series in 360 VR. Place yourself in the heart of the action where fantasy meets reality for a pure, uncompromised VR experience. Vikings and pirates, steampunk and cyberpunk – immerse yourself in the battle with world champions in Wushu, Muay Thai and Medieval combat.
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Title: The Key
DIR: Elli Raynai
Country: Canada RT: 7m
Production Company: Cinehackers

The Key is a narrative cinematic VR experience that allows the viewer to inhabit the perspective of the protagonist in order to explore a traumatic memory in their past. Through the narrative the viewer not only has ability to observer the memory, but must follow an alternative path that fundamentally changes what happened and as a result brings the protagonist to a healing moment.  The Key was designed specifically for the HTC Vive as it takes advantage of the headset rooms scale technology in a unique way, as the viewer must physically interact with the environment in order to progress the story.  The experience also utilises photogrammetry to build environments and Depthkit to capture real performances that are then composited in the experience, which fundamentally results in a very convincing and engaging interactive narrative.


Title: Pearl
DIR: Patrick Osborne
Country: USA
Production Company: Google Spotlight Stories

Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.
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Title: Irrational Exuberance
DIR: Ben Vance
Country: USA | RT: TBA
Production Company: Buffalo Vision Games

A surreal exploration through the far reaches of space.

Irrational Exuberance: Prologue is a surreal odyssey through deep space uniquely designed for room-scale VR. Explore mysterious phenomenon, hidden beauty, wonder, and awe. Go face to face with the infinite. I highly suggest to read this article about the best monitor to play your video games.
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Neural Path Screenshot

Title: Neural Path
DIR: Michaella Vu
Country: USA | RT: 4m26s
Production Company: Vunous

A young woman seeks revenge by kidnapping and drugging the man who robbed her taking him on a surreal trip of redemption.

Neural Path, a surreal revenge piece is an innovative 360 art house narrative that incorporates live action shots with animation, Janus VR (internet VR), Google Tango 3D scans and neural networks fed with Picasso’s Girl Before A Mirror. This film was produced to evoke the exploration of 360 filmmaking methods with technology that utilizes internet virtual reality and artificially intelligent algorithms.
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cardboard goliath

Title: Cardboard Goliath
DIR: Marcy Boyle
Country: USA | RT: 5m15s
Production Company: DPYX Productions

“It has been said that art is a tryst; for in the joy of it, maker and beholder meet.”― Kojiro Tomita.

A live action 360° experience, chronicles the construction of a thirteen foot cardboard sculpture of Ivan Drago (from ROCKY 4) by Los Angeles street artist, Calder Greenwood, to experiment with the interplay of the execution by the artist, the audio-visual information presented by the filmmakers, and the kinetic reaction of the viewer in a Virtual Reality headset (HMD) to cultivate a ‘plastic point of view’ that encourages an immersive cinematic dance.
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Nobel's Nightmare screenshot

Title: Nobel’s Nightmare
DIR: Chamsy Sarkis
Country: USA | RT: 5m
Production Company: SmartNews Agency

One of the world’s oldest city and for many years the heart of the Syrian economy, Aleppo is now ravaged by war. This immersive footage was shot with the Syrian Civil Defense teams of Aleppo, the unarmed volunteers performing search and rescue, recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Filmed in 360°, the video is an insight on their every day struggle and a visit through the devastated city. The film includes include interviews with White Helmets as well as scenes of bombings and the rescue of those trapped in the rubble.

The Closet from Canadian Film Centre

Title: The Closet
DIR: Ian Tuason
Country: Canada | RT: 5m5s
Production Company: CFC Media Lab

A young man investigates strange supernatural forces in his new home when he discovers an even stronger, insatiable force where he least expects it.
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Title: Wild Things
DIR: Tristan and Andrew
Country: Canada | RT: 5m30s
Production Company: Cream Productions

Actor Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings, Lost) explores some of the most remote corners of far-flung countries across the globe. as he searches for the largest, weirdest and most intense creatures alive.
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Title: Waiting for Big Benny – World Premiere
DIR: Roberto Sosa
Country: USA | RT: 1m23s

The dark forest plays upon a young girl’s fears as she waits for the arrival of Big Benny.

Gotthard Screenshot

Title: Gotthard 360
DIR: Sylke Gruhnwald
Country: Switzerland | RT: 7m41s
Production Company: SRF

The Gotthard Tunnel is a symbol of Swiss identity and development. The opening of the new base tunnel on June 1, 2016 will make the Gotthard – at 57 kilometres – the longest tunnel in the world. AND AS BORING AS HELL! We created a 7’40’ VR documentary that 1/3 of all viewers watched until the end.
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Dead head vr screenshot

Title: Dead Head
DIR: Ben Leonberg
Country: USA | RT: 2m30s
Production Company: You Visit

Experience a unique perspective of the Zombie Apocalypse… Will Hank and Julie make it out of the barn alive? Find out in this head-pounding Virtual Reality encounter like you’ve never seen.


Title: Edge of Space
DIR: Thomas Wallner
Country: Canada | RT: 11m
Production Company: DEEP Inc / Koncept VR

Edge of Space is a virtual reality documentary commissioned by ARTE about the launch of one of the largest stratospheric balloons. A collaboration between DEEP Inc., KonceptVR, The Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and the French Space Agency (CNES), Edge of Space tells the unique story of this historical flight that reached an altitude of 40km and captured the first cinematic VR images of the earth shot in the upper stratosphere.
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Title: Real
DIR: Connor Hair
Country: USA | RT: 12m46s
Production Company: Perception Squared

Consumed by Virtual Reality addiction, a woman clings to the digitally reconstructed memory of her dead husband. As the lines of reality blur, she begins to question which world is real.

Consumed by Virtual Reality addiction, a woman clings to the digitally reconstructed memory of her dead husband. As the lines of reality blur, she begins to question which world is real.

The film was captured partially in 3D 180 degree view and partially in 2D. The format dynamically switches from 2D to 3D when the main character puts on her virtual reality goggles. Allowing the viewer to see the virtual world through her eyes and creating a one of a kind cinematic experience.
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