First VR Film Starts Shooting in Baltimore
Principle photography of for the first feature film to be shot entirely with 360-degree virtual reality cameras is scheduled to begin in Baltimore. Set to the be the first 90-minute feature length movie created for dedicated virtual reality headsets, “Career Opportunities in Organized Crime” is a comedic, documentary-style film about the Russian mafia shot for VR headsets so that “Viewers will have the experience of being in the movie, right there, with the characters,” according to the film director, Alexander Roman.
As the Facebook-owned Oculus has announced an early 2016 ship date for the Oculus Rift Headset and both Sony and HTC have similarly announced they will ship their headsets — Project Morpheus and the Vive — in the first quarter of 2016, several major technology companies are set to release VR headsets to the general public in time for the potential release of “Career Opportunities in Organized Crime”. The movie itself will be available for download for the headsets upon its release.
The indie film doesn’t have backing from major studios, but the Akibimi Productions, LLC movie will be filmed simultaneously with Virtual Reality cameras and conventionally with a RED Epic cinema camera, with both versions to be released at the same time.
“The intent is to examine the effect of Virtual Reality on the cinematic narrative,” says Roman, “Will the same story have more of an emotional impact when viewed through virtual reality? Will it actually prove more difficult to tell a focused story without being able to control what the audience sees? These are the questions we are hoping to examine with our project.”
Starring Rick Irwin and Alexander Mills, the film is set up as a Russian mafia recruitment film and follows the story of Nicholas Stevenson, the Russian Mob’s first American recruit.
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Akibimi Productions, LLC is an independent film production company that focuses on the development of virtual reality and other innovative narrative content.