What is being called the world’s first interactive virtual-reality theatre is opening in Atlanta. Created by new technology company Exploring Digital, the new theatre, called the Megaverse, combines VR headsets and hand controls with a multi-sensory haptic experience unlike anything on the market. With unlimited freedom to move, people physically interact in this VR theatre, literally stepping into a metaverse environment.
The mixed reality company Silver Spoon and production house Schrom have partnered to launch a new extended reality stage in New York called XR New York.
Deluxe, the global provider of digital and cloud-based services to the world’s leading content production studios and distributors, has formed a new division, Deluxe Events, to provide content mastering, localization, and distribution for physical, virtual, and hybrid experiences.
The selection is complete for the Virtual Reality works of the 78th Venice International Film Festival. The Venice VR Expanded will again be held online September 1-19. From September 1-11 the Venice VR Expanded Program will be available on site for accredited festival guests, at the VR Gallery in the Palazzo del Casinò (Lido di Venezia), Sala Amici, upon reservation.
A new digital platform with the working title Cinnovate has secured € 380.000 funding through the European Union programme Cinemas as Innovation Hubs for Local Communities. The effort’s partners include four of Europe’s leading arthouse cinema networks – Folkets Hus och Parker, Folkets Bio (both from Sweden), Access Cinema (Ireland) and Art kino mreža Slovenije (Slowenia) – that together count 308 screens in three territories and will be coordinated by Cologne-based video-on-demand and digital distribution experts Rushlake Media and independent consultant Jan Runge. Additional content and network partners are the Event Cinema Association (United Kingdom), Spielfabrique (Germany) and IMZ International Music + Media Centre (Austria).
Filmmaker and explorer Michael Muller has made what he believes is a first-of-kind underwater virtual reality project featuring nine episodic short films. The series, entitled Into the Now, offers a revolutionary, stereoscopic virtual-reality experience that explores the most spectacular events in marine life, what Muller calls "the holy grail of diving.”
Ymagis Group today announced the successful launch of its third Illucity virtual reality park, in Brest, France. Following the popular Paris-La Villette and Marseille locations, Illucity Brest opened its doors at the Ateliers des Capucins on June 24.
Radiant Images, a subsidiary of Hawkeye Systems, has introduced Meridian, an innovative light field capture system that aims to push the next evolution of immersive content creation and filmmaking. The company says the Meridian represents the Holy Grail for content: photographic 6DoF or six degrees of freedom.
European cinema services provider CinemaNext has installed its first Illucity Corner virtual reality system for cinema exhibitors at Belgium’s Kinepolis Liège cinema. The opening comes one year after the launch of the Illucity adventure park in Paris, the first VR location based entertainment center of its kind.
Now preparing for its 11th edition, the DTLA Film Festival, downtown Los Angeles’ largest film-TV event, has announced a call for entries for 360º/VR/MR films for a new sidebar of immersive content, running concurrent with the rest of the festival, October 23-27. Submissions for all genres of immersive films are now open through August 16 and are free to all filmmakers. Films can be submitted through the festival's Film Freeway account.