Memoir II, 2016

VR cinema

A game captured segment from Memoir II

     Transcribed journal entries written by a father observing his son in the ICU served as lattice for this cinematic short film for Virtual Reality.  We enter the experience in hallways, patient rooms seen through cracked doors and walls.  Audience members can control their movement forward and backward - we suddenly cut to a hospital wing, moving through the tight spaces, empty but something has happened.  The narrator guides us with the journal readings as we move into both literal and hallucinatory spaces in the VR experience.
     The piece combines stereoscopic-3D video, synthetic modeled spaces,  and stereo-360 spherical images.  Photographed and filmed content was shot using both DSLR and UHD video acquired with a beam-splitter camera rig for true stereoscopic-3D.  360 image spheres shot with stereo-rig then stitched.  Audio, image, video, and modeled materials are assembled in game-engine with custom scripts for game-control and scene transitioning.

Software: Maya, Unity, AfterEffects, Reaper, PTGui, Supercollider
Hardware:  HTC Vive, Robert Rig, Canon 5d Mark II, Black Magic Ursa, H4n  
Credits: Andrew Theisen (technical design / programmer)

Shane Morris (voice): www.shanemorrisvoiceovers.com

Ben Mentzer (patient)

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