Oculus & Kaleidoscope curated twenty remarkable projects from some of the most innovative creators in the world. These are the rising stars for virtual reality; artists who expand the medium with their pioneering projects.
DIR. JULIO MEDEM
Spain | 20 Episodes | Live Action Narrative
Madrid and Paris-based District Room, and Julio Medem, one of Spain’s most renowned directors, have teamed up to develop “Assassin’s Amnesia,” a 20-episode false recall thriller for virtual reality.
Julio Medem is one of the most respected and strong voices in Spanish cinema. His beautiful film "Lucia y el sexo," began the career of actress Paz Vega, and his most recent film “Ma Ma” has received rave reviews for Penelope Cruz’s astonishing interpretation of a woman surviving from breast cancer.
Patrick Juárez is the Chief Leadership Officer for District Room, leading the VR/AR/Immersive Experiences and Holograms for the Global unit based out of Paris and Madrid. Patrick is a facilitator and strategist with experience working as a producer and consultant with major companies such as Fox, HBO, Discovery Networks, MTV Films and Sky Channels.
DIR. NICO CASAVECCHIA & MARTIN ALLAIS
Spain | 25 Min. | Real-Time Animation
Battlescar is an animated narrative with interactive components that follows a year in the life of Lupe, a Puerto Rican-American, living in the 1978 Punk rock scene of New York City.
Martin Allais is a visual artist, illustrator, animator and director. Experimentation and playfulness are key elements in his work, which strongly shines through in his finished pieces.
Nico Casavecchia is an Argentine director, screenwriter and illustrator. His work employs mixed media techniques ranging from animation to live action.
DIR. ISAAC COHEN
US | 5 Hours | Real-Time Interactive
A child spends the last day of their summer break delving deeper and deeper into a mysterious game which slowly unfolds into a mystical journey through landscapes of fear, wonder, love, and a discovery of what is Beyond.
Isaac Cohen has created an eclectic array of projects ranging from audiovisual fact-learning apps, interactive experiences made from recursive algorithms, to a real-time procedural music blogs.
DIR. ARNAUD COLINART & MIKE BRETT
France | 6 Episodes | Interactive Non-Fiction
From the creators of the acclaimed Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness comes Icarus, an episodic VR experience that explores man’s hubris and the sometimes violent cost of progress.
DIR. NICK PITTOM
UK | 6 Episodes| Real-Time Interactive
You awaken on a drifting, battle-damaged spaceship, with only the cloudy memories of its mysterious, ancient pilot to help piece everything together.
Blair founded three VR start-ups in the last two years, including IRIS VR; Quantum Capture; and Occupied VR, one of Canada’s leading VR client service companies.
Before jumping into VR Nick worked for a decade as Animator, Director and Editor with a diverse range of clients in Film, TV, Games and Marketing.
DIR. HAYOUN KWON & BALTHAZAR AUXIETRE
France | 5 Episodes | Real-Time Interactive
Firebird is a virtual reality series of interactive music pieces where the user becomes part of a dazzling show, with an unforgettable score of legendary classical music.
Balthazar started to experiment with virtual reality headsets at art school, exploring how to achieve a new kind of immersive storytelling experience. Eidolon, his first VR project, was released in 2011. In 2014, he founded InnerspaceVR with Hayoun Kwon.
Hayoun Kwon is a repeat prize-winning artist and documentary director born in South Korea. Her work revolves around the notions of memory and the frontiers between reality and fiction.
DIR. GABRIELA ARP
US | 5 Episodes | Live Action Non-Fiction
Forward is a three-part series that blends cinematic virtual reality and real-time 3D animations to take viewers on an unforgettable journey of human migration.
Andrea Patiño Contreras is a visual journalist from Bogotá, Colombia. Her work deals with questions of immigration and global mobility and the reasons why people choose or are forced to leave places.
Chris Barnes is a developer with over 11 years of experience. During the last decade, he has created award-winning projects for Disney, Harley Davidson, Adult Swim, The Weather Channel.
GLASS: Invisible You
DIR. LILY BALDWIN
US | Open Ended | Interactive
A high-velocity journey that turns you from stalked to stalker. You can lose yourself to then find yourself in ways you never thought possible.
Lily Baldwin is a filmmaker and dancer whose directing work has appeared at SXSW, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, V&A Museum London, Art Basel Miami, ShortsHD, Filmmaker Magazine, NOWNESS, Fandor, and BitTorrent.
DIR. JOSEPHINE DECKER
US | 12 Min. | Live Action Narrative
A humorous, dark take on wanting a kid while still feeling like a kid, “Upstairs” explores the ways even an ancient 40-year-old woman can birth anything she desires.
Josephine Decker aims to spark curiosity and wonder in audiences. Part of Time Warner's 150 incubator, a recent alum of the Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, her first two narrative features at the Berlinale Forum 2014 to rave reviews.
SQUARE THE CIRCLE
DIR. SARA KOLSTER & HARM VAN DE VEN
NL | Open Ended | Real-Time Interactive
In Square the Circle viewers find themselves in a world consisting of connected cells, with each cell containing one part of a fantastical machine - it’s up to you to discover, play with its inner workings, and ultimately figure out how it’s all connected.
Harm van de Ven is an interactive art director at a company called Zesbaans, where they have been exploring VR, always focused on creating the best user experience for their interactive stories.
Juul Spee (1982) is interaction designer and developer at interactive art collective Zesbaans, where they have been exploring VR, always focused on creating the best user experience for their interactive stories.
DIR. GEORGE MICHAEL BROWER
US | Open Ended | Real-Time Interactive
Playthings puts virtual drumsticks in your hands and sets you loose on a musical playground from another world.
George Michael Brower is a Brooklyn-based artist making interactive art. As the founder of Always & Forever Computer Entertainment,George practices a broad range of disciplines from animation to sound design and programming.
DIR. SARA VOGL
Germany | Open Ended | Real-Time Interactive
Lucid Trips is an open-world VR experience that lets you slip in a bodiless consciousness and explore planetary dreamworlds with your friends.
Sara Lisa Vogl has been completely obsessed with VR since the Rift DK1. Sara comes from a design and 3D Art background and taught herself the game engine Unity and some scripting skills to bring her interactive VR experiences to life.
MUSEUM OF THE IMPOSSIBLE
DIR. KATE PARSONS & BEN VANCE
US | Open Ended | Real-Time Interactive
Museum of The Impossible (MOTI) is a curated platform for the best in virtual reality art and immersive experiences. No longer limited by the constraints of physical reality, MOTI reinvents the museum experience by transforming our relationship to art and architecture.
Ben Vance is a creator and collaborator who explores new technology, art and design. He has made games with Electronic Arts, small indie studios, and with hummingbirds on back patios, surrounded by succulents.
Kate Parsons is an educator, video artist and VR content creator living in Los Angeles. She obtained her M.F.A. in Media Arts from UCLA in June of 2015, and completed her M.A. in Digital Art and Video in May of 2013. She also holds a B.F.A. in Fine Art and Graphic Design.
DIR. MICHAEL CATALANO & ELLIOT COLE
US | Open Ended | Real-Time Interactive
Movements is an interactive VR experience that generates beautiful music and abstract visuals based on the natural movements of your body, allowing you to become the conductor of your very own psychedelic orchestra.
Elliot is a composer and music technologist. He is a PhD candidate at Princeton and teaches digital music production and coding at The New School and Juilliard. He has produced large-scale works for Grammy-winning groups Roomful of Teeth and A Far Cry, and his percussion music is performed frequently around the world.
Michael is a visual artist that has contributed to many feature animated films including Book of Life, Zootopia, and Moana. He has a M.S degree of Visualization where he innovated new ways of driving procedural visuals from music analysis in his Masters’ project “Bright Shadows” that he later adapted to VR.
PALE BLUE DOT
DIR. ELIZA MCNITT
US | 5 Episodes | Real-Time Interactive
A virtual reality exploration of the Universe and the human future in space inspired by Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot", this episodic experience takes viewers on an interactive journey through the cosmos and explores our future in the stars and our place amongst them.
Eliza McNitt is a writer and director of films and Virtual Reality experiences. Her work has been described by the New York Times as “beautiful and surprising.”
DEAR PIGEON MAN
DIR. DANIEL ERNST
NL | 4 Episodes | Real-Time Experience
Dear Pigeon Man is about a small pigeon post office that loses its relevance during the mid nineties internet revolution and it’s effect on the community.
Daniël Ernst is an interactive illustrator based in The Netherlands. After working in the game industry for multiple years he decided to put his research on storytelling through illusions and his love for everything 3D into practice and apply it to VR.
DIR. TYLER HURD
US | 30 Min. | Real-Time Interactive
Snippets is a fun series of quick, random, funny, ridiculous, and bizarre interactions with animated characters in VR.
Tyler Hurd is the Founder of Gentle Manhands, Animator, Director, Creator of the VR Experiences "BUTTS" and "Old Friend", chopper of wood, and collector of grains and berries.
DIR. ZOHAR KFIR
US | Open Ended | Live Action Interactive
Tes·ti·mo·ny presents the narrative accounts of sexual abuse survivors, using virtual reality to empathically engage the viewer in the context of an interactive, motion-driven interface.
Josephine Wiggs is a multi-instrumentalist and film composer. She is best known as a founding member of the Breeders, who are currently working on a new album.
Zohar Kfir is a New York based media artist working with experimental video, interactive art and installation. Her artistic practice deploys non-linear narrative to cover a wide range of topics; from poetic meditations to documentary interventions.
DIR. WINSLOW PORTER & MILICA ZEC
US | 8 Min. | Real-Time Interactive
Tree covers atrocities that mankind brings upon Mother Nature and her non-human inhabitants.
Milica Zec is a New York City-based film and virtual reality director, editor, and screenwriter. Her directorial debut in the virtual reality medium was a short narrative piece called, “Giant,” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival New Frontier 2016.
Winslow Porter is a Brooklyn based director, producer and creative technologist, specializing in virtual reality and large-scale immersive experiential installations. With over six years of experiential work under his belt, he has helped create interactive experiences for Google, Delta, Diesel, Merrell and Wired, to name a few.
DIR. AARON BRADBURY
UK | 5-10 Min. | Real-Time Interactive
Vestige is a journey into the mind of a man who lost his lover in a car accident. Within an empty void, fragments appear of their life together, refracting and glistening.
Aaron Bradbury is VFX Supervisor at NSC Creative, based at the National Space Centre in the UK. Over the past 9 years he has been working with immersive media and developing his own artistic approach to immersive filmmaking.
Paul Mowbray is the Director of NSC Creative, an immersive studio based at the National Space Centre in the UK. He has over 14 years experience of animating, writing, directing and producing for immersive environments.