Spheres, a three-part virtual reality series executive produced by Darren Aronofsky, was just purchased this past week at the Sundance Film Festival for seven figures by LA-based, VR Financing and distribution studio CityLights. Seven-figure deals aren’t much to chime about when it comes to Hollywood movies or even most high-profile film festivals, but it does mark a first-ever seven-figure VR purchase at this particular event.
The first episode, “Songs of Spacetime” is narrated by Jessica Chastain, and was the segment that premiered as part of the New Frontier Section of the Sundance Film Festival. “Songs of Spacetime” invites users into the heart of a black hole to uncover the hidden songs of the cosmos. In this interactive VR experience, the breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves transforms how we see the Universe.
Check out the trailer for Spheres: Songs of Spacetime below:
Spheres was directed by Eliza McNitt and executive produced by Protozoa Pictures’ Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and produced by Jess Engel, Arnaud Colinart, and Dylan Golden. Not only does Spheres allow viewers to experience this journey as a visual, but also an acoustic sensation, thanks to music from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Survive, the electronica band that recently rose in prominence thanks to their inclusion in the Stranger Things soundtrack.
“Most people think Space is silent,” said McNitt. “It’s not. We’re excited for CityLights to help bring this experience to the world as we pioneer a new path to create and distribute immersive stories.” All three chapters were directed by Eliza McNitt, writer of “Fistful of Stars,” another space-set, VR experience that debuted last year at South by Southwest.
CityLights co-founder Joel Newton added: “We’re incredibly excited to work with Eliza and the entire team on Spheres. The ambition and generative nature of the vision for Spheres perfectly fits with our mission to bring content to broader audiences and showcase the types of experiences only VR can deliver.”
Spheres: Songs of Spacetime, the first installment of three in an episodic series will be released on the Oculus Rift in 2018.
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