Atlas V Sets ‘Gloomy Eyes,’ ‘Crusoe,’ ‘Fortune’ by Atlas V Admin

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Atlas V, the Paris-based VR powerhouse whose “Spheres” and “Battlescar” are playing at the Venice Film Festival, is developing and producing several new projects with international talent, including “Gloomy Eyes,” “Crusoe” and “Fortune.”

“Gloomy Eyes” is a real-time animated VR series directed by Jorge Tereso and Fernando Maldonado, the duo behind the 2012 animated short “Shave It.” Set in 1983, “Gloomy Eyes” centers on a zombie who is an outlaw and has access to things humans don’t see or understand. In his world, zombies have been around for almost a decade but are being hunted down and hiding in the forest. The three-part series is being produced by Atlas V, 3DAR and Arte.

“Crusoe” is being developed by Jalil Lespert, the director of “Yves Saint Laurent” and “Versailles,” and Pierre Zandrowicz, who previously helmed “I, Philip.” A re-imagining of the classic tale of Robinson Crusoe, the room-scale experience follows an exile into a spiritual and poetic world where the user interacts with others. “Crusoe” is being produced by Atlas V, Film France and Onze Cinq.
“Fortune” is a documentary series in augmented reality that will be directed by Brett Gaylor, whose credits include “RiP: A Remix Manifesto,” about copyright issues in the information age. “Fortune” will explore in a playful and modern way what lies behind currencies and the power of money in our society. “Fortune” is produced by Atlas V, Arte and Canada’s NFB.
 

Atlas is also developing “Destiny,” a VR documentary to be directed by Andres Jarach (“El Gaucho”), about a kid who doesn’t like to eat but who grows up to become the famous chef Pierre Gagnaire.

All these projects are being backed by France’s National Film Board (CNC).

Altas’ production slate also includes Jan Kounen’s mystical experience, “Ayahuasca,” as well as Clement Deneux’s “Untold Stories,” a documentary series being produced with the BBC and Arte, which will feature well-known directors exploring passion projects that never got made.

Atlas V is attending Venice with Eliza McNitt’s “Spheres,” an interactive journey inspired by the iconic “Pale Blue Dot” image of planet Earth and exec produced by Darren Aronofsky (with the voices of Jessica Chastain, Patti Smith and Millie Bobby Brown), and “Battlescar,” an animated series narrated by Rosario Dawson, about a Puerto Rican living in New York City in the late 1970s.

All three episodes of “Spheres” are playing for the first time at a festival and are competing in Venice. “Battlescar,” which previously played at Tribeca, is screening out of competition.

Prominent presence for French works at Venice VR by Atlas V Admin

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With no fewer than 8 French immersive works selected for the second edition of Venice VR, this event once again highlights the robust health of the French virtual reality sector. In terms of the number of films presented, France is the second most highly-represented country, just behind the United States.

 

The 75th Venice International Film Festival is taking place from August 29 through September 8, 2018. For the first time this year, the Venice Virtual Reality section will shine a light on immersive interactive and linear experiences, with 40 works to be showcased, including 30 in competition.

Among the 25 countries represented at Venice VR, France counts a total of 8 productions (including one minority production), second only to the USA, reflecting the prominent status and high visibility of French VR works at this time.

Alongside productions by leading players in the sector, such as Atlas V (BattleScar, SPHERES), viewers will also have the chance to discover The Horrifically Real Virtuality—the new installation by DVgroup, who created a sensation last year with Alice, the Virtual Reality Play, The Roaming - Wetlands—as well as the latest creation by La Prairie Productions, whose 2017 work Proxima earned acclaim at numerous festivals, and, last but not least, Isle of the dead produced by Les Produits Frais and Arte, and inspired by the painting of the same title by Arnold Böcklin. In addition, three new contenders will reveal their first immersive works: Eclipse by Jonathan Astruc and Aymeric Favre, Umami by Landia Egal and Thomas Pons, and Elegy by Marc Guidoni.

France's presence at this event also extends to the jury. Following the 2017 jury members John Landis, Céline Sciamma, and Ricky Tognazzi, this year's jury will comprise the Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (jury president), the Italian writer/director/performer Alessandro Baricco, and the French actress Clémence Poésy.
The Venice Virtual Reality jury will present the following three awards: Best VR Immersive Story, Best VR Experience for Interactive Content, and Best VR Story for Linear Content.

The complete program can be viewed here.

Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment by Atlas V Admin

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Darren Aronofsky’s three-part virtual reality series Spheres will make its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which also will mark the debut of the final chapter of the series, narrated by actress Millie Bobby Brown.
 

Brown, who received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role as Eleven on the Netflix series Stranger Things, lends her voice to the actual first installment in the trilogy, Spheres: Chorus of the Cosmos, which explores the sounds of the universe from the vantage point of earth.

Spheres made history as the first VR project to land a seven-figure deal at the Sundance Film Festival, where it screened Spheres: Songs of Spacetime, a journey into a black hole that’s narrated by Jessica Chastain. That second chapter in the series is an Emmy finalist in the 2018 jury category “Innovation in Interactive Media.”
 

Patti Smith narrated the third installment (and second to screen), Spheres: Pale Blue Dot, which made its debut at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival’s Immersive category. It concludes the series with a bang, or rather, the big bang.

Director Eliza McNitt conceived of Spheres as an opportunity to transport viewers to a world beyond our own. Aronofsky and Ari Handel executive produced the series, which is presented by Oculus Studio & Protozoa Pictures. The project was made with support from Intel, and involved the production companies are AtlasV, Crimes of Curiosity & Novelab and made with support from Intel.

Following its Venice premiere, Spheres which will be available on Oculus in this fall, distributed by CityLights.