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Friday, April 22, 2016

Virtual Reality (VR) Pioneers

Studio 360: The Pioneers Who Are Making the First Virtual-Reality Narratives

Andrew Marantz | April 25, 2016 

Janicza Bravo makes short films about loneliness. In one, Michael Cera plays an abrasive paraplegic who can’t get lucky. In another, Gaby Hoffmann plays a phone stalker for whom the description “comes on too strong” is not strong enough. Bravo’s shorts employ the visual grammar of art-house cinema: over-the-shoulder shots representing a character’s point of view, handheld tracking shots depicting urgent movement, lingering closeups to heighten intimacy or unease, carefully composed establishing shots with an actor in the center of the frame.
In March, 2015, Bravo went to Venice, on the western edge of Los Angeles, to meet with a production company called Wevr. The name is pronounced “weaver,” but it can also be thought of as a sentence, with “We” as the subject and “V.R.” as the verb.


<more at; related articles and links: (Wevr: The virtual reality studio you need to know. Where Hollywood meets VR. February 19, 2016) and (IMDb: Janicza Bravo)>

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