THE VOX is my first born child.
‘THERE IS A BOX IN EVERY CORNER, DON’T TAKE ANY OF THEM FOR GRANTED’
The Vox is a fiction drama VR short film delivered as an APP. It is an immersive cinematic experience, shot in 360º, with the ability for the visitor to interact and make crucial decisions that affect both, the course and journey of the characters in the story.
To create a personal and unconventional story, shot with a yet unknown technology for many and delivered as a unique App.
The project is relevant on a personal and professional level. To have completed a consistent VR short film from beginning to end on both creative and technological sides, applying knowledge already familiar, and other features, such as script, storyboard and interactivity.
Two girls find a box in the street, which contains three mysterious videotapes. Through the tapes, the film delves into three fundamental aspects: family, love and death, to which the visitor/viewer enters through the same interactive fiction window to discover the three dramas.
Based on a real story, while walking in London with my cousin, we found a box in front of a house, with a mysterious old man leaning out of the window. The box had familiar objects and some videotapes. The box stayed for many months under my bed until I connected the box with this project. It was the perfect inspiration to create an interactive 360 short based on that experience.
When a project is personal and starts from a real experience, the story is then pure and alive. I could see a broad arch of possibilities to work and experiment with. Technology, storytelling, crew and on set strategy, as well as, giving the visitor the opportunity to experience being in various places without moving, acquiring different character identities throughout the film and, being able to take part in the story through interaction by choosing the desired tape to watch, thus, changing the paths in the character’s lives.
‘The Vox’ design is an essential part of the film message. It has an improvised, personal and unique style, as the poster and the videotapes are made by hand. The project itself is a mixture of cutting-edge technology with human and traditional skills.
The opposite poles come together in a fiction experience, making it very real due to the immersion, the interaction and the drawings by hand. In the same way the colours work, black and white, because this story is pure contrast. The poster conveys a mysterious air which the last thing one would ever think is that behind that poster there is VR interactive experience.
The app is the main feature in this project. It allows interactivity and engagement to the visitor, as well as, dynamism, intuition and unpredictability to the story. It is a next level experiment where one can actually take part in the character choices. To watch on Oculus and Gear VR, yet after permission of software developer. Here is the APP structure:
The tapes are design same way as the poster, each tape looks different and has a different title, which refer to the story and to classic musical songs.
MUSIC by LOST TWIN
The surreal tone of the film is supported by the atmospheric soundtrack provided by LostTwin, one of Spain’s most well-respected electronic musicians. His evocative work reinforces the dreamlike qualities of the film, providing a subtle background at times and a tense, eerie feel that flawlessly supports the most dramatic scenes on each story.
Production by Met Film School.
Equipment provided by Gate Reality.
BILL BEST as Old Man
MAJA LASKOWSKA as Daisy / Rose / Lotus / Cactus
MIRANDA SHAMISO as Asahi / Sapporo / Kirin / Orion
Direction and editing by JULIANA SOUP
Production by WINNIE TANG & JULIANA SOUP
Written by MARILIA CAMPOS & JULIANA SOUP
Software Development by SAMUEL TRUDGIAN
Music by LOST TWIN
Sound Recorder & mixer LUKE FRENCH
1st Assistant Director DIYA GHOSH
2nd Assistant Director SANJAY KAVUNGAL KIZHAKKEKKARA
Assistant Camera BEATRIZ AMARAL TEIXEIRA
Set Designer JULIANA MATSUBARA
Make-up Artist GOODIE MAY-JOHNSON
ANA DE BACKER as Woman in Red Dress
© 2018 Juliana Soup
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