XRMagazine

July 5, 2020

“We have to make content that is going to speak to everyone” - Victor Agulhon (TARGO)

One of the main problems in relation to immersive productions is the audience: how can we make more people interested in this medium?

July 1, 2020

"We want to embrace as many genres and stories as possible" - Jay Kim (BIFAN's Beyond Reality)

As the world is opening again to events and festivals, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) will happen on July 9-16. With its XR section, Beyond Reality, and a lot of surprises this…

June 28, 2020

XR Backstory: CONTINUANCE, by Stratéolab

CONTINUANCE, produced by Stratéolab for La Pulperie, a museum in the Saguenay region, is a virtual reality experience based on Portage-des-roches a painting by local artist Arthur Villeneuve.

June 18, 2020

"VR might be the medium that I have been looking for" - Ethan Shaftel (AJAX ALL POWERFUL)

We noticed Ethan Shaftel's work some time ago, his virtual reality films with fantastic, funny and terribly enthusiastic universes. Coming from the world of animation, Ethan never stops playing with …

June 17, 2020

Legendary music artist Jean-Michel Jarre goes full VR for its next live performance with VRrOOm

Jean-Michel Jarre will premiere ‘Alone Together’, a 40-minute musical set in the virtual world of VRrOOm, on June 21.

June 15, 2020

Daisy Ridley is BABA YAGA in new Mathias Chelebourg's VR project

Baobab Studios is proud to announce the casting of Daisy Ridley in the lead role of Magda in their newest immersive experience, BABA YAGA.

June 11, 2020

Cannes XR Virtual unveiled a multi-selection of 55 XR works

For its 2020 edition, the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes’ XR program dedicated to virtual and augmented reality becomes CANNES XR VIRTUAL from June 24 to 26. This 3-day event will be entirely de…

June 11, 2020

Save the date for Stereopsia 2020 - and Stereopsia Online!

Mixing physical and digital event, Stereopsia - the friendliest XR event - is fully prepared for the new XR world!

May 18, 2020

goEast’s Open Frame 2020 goes fully VR for its award ceremony

Germany-based goEast - festival of Central and Eastern Film became the first festival in the world to make its VR-section available for online audiences.

May 14, 2020

SXSW 2020 Virtual Cinema finds its way on Oculus TV

SXSW is excited to reveal a new collaboration with Oculus TV, SXSW 2020 Virtual Cinema on Oculus TV, set to launch globally on May 22.

May 12, 2020

Sundance Institute presents New Frontier Story Lab projects - 2020 edition

Six projects and artist teams have been selected for the 2020 Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab, which supports independent artists working at the cutting-edge convergence of film, art, media…

May 12, 2020

Cannes XR teams up with major key players for its 2nd Virtual edition

After unveiling the Marché du Film Online, a standalone online market to be held from 22 to 26 June, the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes announces the reshape of Cannes XR in a digital only event…

May 10, 2020

"I feel that animation is an awesome tool to enhance VR" - Van Phan (UPSTANDER)

As part of Tribeca Immersive - Cinema 360, UPSTANDER was screened few days in April on Oculus TV. A great opportunity to discover how the immersive medium could speak about bullying at school. We met…

May 8, 2020

" I want to give artists a high-quality experience of our festival" - Michel Reilhac (Venice VR)

Venice VR is not only an immersive festival and one of the most beautiful venue to showcase VR. Filmmakers and producers are also welcome all year long to work on their project through the Biennale C…

May 2, 2020

"New ideas are emerging to keep our festival alive" - Michael Swierczynski (NewImages)

Building bridges with Asia (a strong partnership with Taiwan) and other continents (Africa was guest of honor 2020), this 100% immersive festival in the heart of Paris is gaining in importance each y…

April 30, 2020

The Open Frame Award at goEast goes to the Infinite Realities!

Being a forum for virtual experiences, in its third edition at goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film the Open Frame Award continues to experiment with new forms and media formats.

April 30, 2020

Phi Centre is "VR TO GO"

Featuring a premiere of Alegría – A Spark of Light, created by Felix & Paul Studios, PHI VR TO GO explores the best narrative content in virtual reality from the comfort of your home.

April 24, 2020

PIXEL RIPPED 1995 is finally out on Oculus and Steam VR

In these times of stay-at-home confinement, we may not go out as much as we'd like, but at least we can invite you to a multi-dimensional VR trip back in time to 1995, an era that planted the roots o…

April 23, 2020

“Forget the technology and remember the story and the emotions” - Ricardo Laganaro (A LINHA)

When you read something as a child you do not only enjoy a story. Everything about it comes to life around you: the voices, the sounds, the smells, the colors, even the tastes. There is no separation…

April 22, 2020

“I use space to drive the story” – Shao Qing (BLACK BAG)

With its ability to create a rhythmic, spatial & particularly dark narrative, BLACK BAG is to virtual reality what film noir is to the cinema. A strange odyssey to discover quickly!

April 17, 2020

"Tribeca Immersive is a reflection of the diversity of creators across the globe" - Loren Hammonds (Tribeca Immersive)

Due to the current situation, Tribeca Festival had to cancel his physical event and found its way online (see the complete line up). For the Immersive part the Cinema360 program will air on Oculus fr…

April 16, 2020

"We are a social XR cultural hub" - Louis Cacciuttolo (VRrOOm)

Established in 2016 as a content platform, VRrOOm (link) is developing as a distribution platform for festivals with a service of virtual rooms to broadcast projects and host XR users.

April 15, 2020

“There is a special festival atmosphere you can’t produce digitally” – Astrid Kahmke (Virtual Worlds)

As its 2nd edition originally scheduled in June was postponed, we spoke with Astrid Kahmke (director of the festival and Head of the European Creators'​ Lab) and Benedikt Frank (PR manager) about the…

April 13, 2020

“Bringing Ubisoft worlds to new audiences” - Melanie de Riberolles (Ubisoft)

While the restoration works are ongoing, many are keeping alive in their minds and eyes – through videos, pictures and memories – the beauty of this sacred monument. Ubisoft joined them, creating a V…

April 6, 2020

"There are a lot of opportunities in Africa for immersive storytelling" (Ingrid Kopp, Electric South)

Between innovation and art, the world is its playground, and we keep looking for talent everywhere. Africa is a great place of creativity, with a lot of VR films shot there. What about the local tal…

April 3, 2020

XR Backstory: SPACE EXPLORERS: THE ISS EXPERIENCE, by Félix & Paul Studios

The SPACE EXPLORERS series from Montreal studio Félix & Paul was born from a crazy idea: to follow through on one of VR's promises, that is to allow us to access distant, fantastic or simply inaccess…

February 28, 2020

"Comedy, action, suspense" Mathias Chelebourg (DOCTOR WHO: THE RUNAWAY)

Presented at Tribeca last year, DOCTOR WHO: THE RUNAWAY (available on Steam and Rift) opens the doors of the Tardis for an exclusive episode of the saga. And a lot of troubles for our hero. What coul…

February 2, 2020

“ I would like to offer more freedom to the user” – Charles Ayats (THE SCREAM VR, 7 LIVES)

Since then, his passion for videogame and storytelling leaded to innovative and complex experiences. With THE SCREAM VR (co-created with Sandra Paugam) and 7 LIVES (co-created with Sabrina Calvo) rel…

January 9, 2020

“My job as a producer is above all about storytelling” – Jeremy Pouilloux (La Générale de Production)

Founder at la Générale de Production, Paris-based production company, Jérémy Pouilloux produced in 2019 the immersive documentary ACCUSED #2: WALTER SISULU, one of the most selected projects in festi…

December 30, 2019

"We created the first musical in mixed reality" - Thibault Mathieu (Wilkins Avenue)

Previously Head of Creative Innovation at Webedia (France), he is now entirely dedicated to creative and immersive experiences where storytelling is king. With his new company Wilkins Avenue, he has …

December 18, 2019

"We are fighting to put creativity before technology" - Camille & Marc Lopato (Diversion)

In 3 years, the company founded by Camille and Marc Lopato is operating as VR spaces creators for festivals (Venice VR, IDFA Doclab…) or brands, and opened last year a distribution department. With a…

December 3, 2019

“I like to think of the way I work like a theatre workshop” - Michael Beets (THE UNKNOWN PATIENT)

Every year, on November 11, the world celebrates the end of the First World War. Last year XRMust dedicated an article to its 100th anniversary, interviewing Sébastian Tixador, director of the powerf…

November 4, 2019

“New technologies are now an integral part of the artistic practice” - Myriam Achard (Phi Centre)

“For art in all its forms”: Montreal-based Phi Centre is not new to immersive exhibitions and events. After their pop-up showcase at La Biennale di Venezia from May to October, Phi just launched thei…

October 31, 2019

“It’s very positive to see that storytelling is first” – Sebastien Lefebvre (360 Film Festival)

Paris-based event SATIS-Screen4All (new merger between 37-years old SATIS and Screen4All Forum) is a 2-days show dedicated to creation and technological innovation in media, entertainment, and audio-…

October 17, 2019

“We must learn from theatre to shape the story” - Valentina Paggiarin (DREAMS OF BLUE)

In 2017, one of the works selected for the VR Days Europe was DREAMS OF BLUE, directed by Valentina Paggiarin, an Italian interactive writer specialized in new media and videoludic narrative.

October 8, 2019

“Virtual Reality can offer an inner journey” – Jan Kounen (7 LIVES, AYAHUASCA, -22.7°C)

Even with no feature film in the last ten years (COCO CHANEL AND IGOR STRAVINSKY in 2009), Jan Kounen has been busy: documentaries, books ... and this year no less than 3 works in virtual reality: no…

September 29, 2019

“It’s why we do art, to tap into people’s emotions” - Tupac Martir (COSMOS WITHIN US)

On August 21, 3pm, the online booking to reserve your slot for VR works presented at the 2019 Venice Film Festival opened. Two hours later, the installation COSMOS WITHIN US was almost sold out and i…

August 31, 2019

WebVR: belgian startup LucidWeb launches VR content distribution platform

LucidWeb, a leading WebVR and WebAR startup based in Brussels, expands its offering by launching its premium virtual reality distribution platform today at the 76th Venice Film Festival. The event wi…

August 29, 2019

The all-new Crans-Montana World XR Forum is here! (2019 edition)

The Crans-Montana Forum becomes the Crans-Montana World XR Forum.

August 21, 2019

“Building a momentum for your project is key” – René Pinnell (Kaleidoscope)

This month at Venice VR will be officially launched the new version of his platform Kaleidoscope, a marketplace for immersive contents, with more features to work with artists and funding companies. …

July 23, 2019

“Feel the narrative in your skin” – May Abdalla & Barry Gene Murphy (GOLIATH)

I was lucky enough to be there and listen to the teams of directors and producers sharing their ideas and stories. One of them, in particular, resonated in me for its compelling and meaningful conten…

July 17, 2019

“Of course you want to work with great storytellers” – Dana Dansereau (National Film Board of Canada)

Dana Dansereau is an interactive producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio, based in Vancouver. We met at the Annecy Film Festival where GYMNASIA (produced with Felix & Paul Stud…

July 12, 2019

To follow: a Twitter list of XR influencers

Social networks and private groups are used to share news and events. Not the fear of missing something, but certainly the idea of a real community behind virtual worlds: this is not a fantasy. In ou…

July 4, 2019

ShorTS – International Short Films Festival – is making VR a collective experience

And, while we are all waiting for the VeniceVR of the Venice Film Festival, we can enjoy other beautiful events that are working hard on bringing virtual reality to a wider audience.

June 25, 2019

“What matters is the relationship with the character” – Pete Billington (WOLVES IN THE WALLS)

It’s not only one of the most selected VR films in festivals this year (so far Tribeca, Annecy, New Images…), but WOLVES IN THE WALLS first segment was also well distributed in 2018. Now we are able …

April 15, 2019

"Realities come together" - Grégoire Parain (Novelab)

Being as discreet as possible, the company based in Paris and Toulouse is however regularly selected in the biggest festivals of the world for their immersive experiences.

March 25, 2019

“We place storytelling at the forefront” - Loren Hammonds (Tribeca Immersive)

The Tribeca Film Festival is amongst the first entertainment event every year, and it’s still growing attention with a fearless line-up of talents and projects. This year’s Immersive selection seems …

March 6, 2019

”Experiencing the trees memories” - Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Adam Loften (THE ATOMIC TREE)

The Atomic Tree is a journey into the memories of one of the most revered trees in the world—a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed—and survived—the atomic blast in Hiroshima.

February 20, 2019

”I believe VR is a first-person medium” - Celine Tricart (THE SUN LADIES)

Celine Tricart is an acclaimed storyteller who has developed a unique and recognizable style involving highly emotional stories and strong visual artistry. Her work was showcased in numerous Academy …

February 14, 2019

”Science as a storytelling tool” - Eliza McNitt (SPHERES)

From astronauts to astrophysicists, McNitt works alongside scientists to tell stories about the human connection to the cosmos. Her films and VR experiences have appeared at festivals including Sunda…

February 6, 2019

”The limits are being stepped over all the time” – Jorge Tereso & Fernando Maldonado (GLOOMY EYES)

In this exquisite VR experience, it is 1983 on a cold night in Woodland City, and being a zombie is still illegal. Like all of his kind, Gloomy is hiding in the forest, away from bounty hunters.

January 21, 2019

”Exploring a technological format that could affect the content” - Gaelle Mourre (MECHANICAL SOULS)

The doors of virtual universes open again at New Frontier, the immersive section of the Sundance 2019’s festival. This year the regulars of the event in Park City will discover 2 sections dedicated t…

October 28, 2018

”History is a great subject for immersive stories” - Sebastien Tixador (11.11.18)

A few minutes before the suspension of fighting in World War on November 11, 1918, soldiers have to face a series of decisions.

October 8, 2018

”Looking forward to the day that we don’t name the medium anymore and just talk about the content” - Katayoun Dibamehr (FNC Explore)

Born in Iran, Katayoun Dibamenhr has been programming new media for the FNC eXPlore section at the Festival du nouveau cinéma for the last years.

October 3, 2018

”Sharing a relationship through VR” - Irem Harnak & Elli Raynai (MADE THIS WAY: REDEFINING MASCULINITY)

I was thinking about gender, masculinity, growing up in a patriarchal society I always wanted to be a man. I am drawn to the ambiguity of gender and capture it in my photographs. Going against the cu…

September 19, 2018

"In my mind, immersion will happen. It will spread." - Mathieu Pradat (THE ROAMING VR)

Filmmaker and architect, Mathieu Pradat inscribes his practice in the growing interaction between virtual and real worlds, like so many territories carrying knowledge and emotions. He explores new na…

September 9, 2018

”We are creating the blueprint as we go along” - Tulanana Bohela (Tanzania)

Tulanana Bohela is a Tanzanian entrepreneur, journalist and filmmaker. She began reporting in Tanzania and the East African region on TV, radio and digital for BBC Africa and BBC Swahili. She became …

August 27, 2018

"Technology must be transparent" - Gilles Jobin (VR_I)

Cie Gilles Jobin is a Geneva-based international contemporary dance company. Gilles Jobin’s work has regularly fed on matter- and movement-related science and technology.