The Emmy award-winning VR filmmakers from Felix & Paul Studios have teamed up with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) for a new VR film dubbed “Gymnasia” that is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month — and judging from the trailer that the studio exclusively shared with Variety, it’s going to be scary…
“Gymnasia” is a 6-minute VR experience that is said to blend 3D 360-degree video, stop motion, miniatures and computer-generated graphics. It invites viewers into an abandoned school, full of spooky memories of childhoods’ past.
The piece has been produced by Stéphane Rituit (Felix & Paul Studios) and Dana Dansereau (NFB) and directed by the award-winning duo Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Clyde Henry Productions). The soundtrack comes from the Montreal-based musician Patrick Watson, and the sound design was done at Headspace Studios.
“We are honored to once again premiere our work and be part of the official selection at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival,” said Felix & Paul Studios co-founder and creative director Paul Raphaël. “We collaborated with Chris, Maciek and Patrick on our very first VR experience, ‘Strangers’ with Patrick Watson, so it was both fascinating and rewarding to see how much the medium has evolved in the short five years since our studio produced that inaugural VR piece.”
“Partnering to create new and modern experiences is a part of NFB’s DNA. Working with Clyde Henry and Felix & Paul Studios on this technical feat and style pushing expertise has been laborious work but in addition a pure pleasure,” mentioned NFB digital studio producer Dana Dansereau. “Cease movement animation in VR is in its early days and it took the acute abilities of those three teams to drag off such a profitable venture. We’re proud and excited to launch ‘Gymnasia’ at Tribeca Immersive 2019.”
“Gymnasia” will shall be obtainable for obtain on the Oculus Retailer on April 26. At Tribeca, it will likely be exhibited with a location-based expertise that features life-sized puppets, and combines immersive theater with a extra conventional VR viewing expertise. The movie shall be a part of Tribeca’s Immersive program, which may also embody greater than 30 different VR and AR experiences, together with the world premiere of the primary “Physician Who” VR expertise.