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FilmGate Interactive
Media Festival #07

VIRTUAL REALITY

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BATTLESCAR follows the life of 16-year- old Lupe, a Puerto Rican-American teenager living in late 1970’s New York City. Lupe’s handwritten journal guides us through her experiences as she meets Debbie, another runaway kid living in the city.

Carried by two strong female characters, the story exudes the energy of New York punk-rock - fast and harsh, loaded with anti-authoritarian ideology and political messages, expressing a young rebellion characterized by the main characters independent and determined attitudes.

BattleScar is a coming of age drama that explores the theme of identity through the use of animation and immersive environments in virtual reality.

DIRECTED BY: Nico Casavecchia & Martin Allais

LENGTH: 30 minutes

FORMAT: 3x10mn/vr6dof + 360 Video Version

PUBLIC: Mature audiences

AVAILABLE LANGUAGES: English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin

VR INFO: All VR devices (no controllers required)

PLAY AREA: 4 x 8 ft

PRODUCED BY: Atlas V in coproduction with 1stavemachine, Fauns and Arte France in association with Kaleidoscope, with the support of CNC & La Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

NARRATED BY: Rosario Dawson & Jenny Beth

CREATORS

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MARTIN ALLAIS

MARTIN ALLAIS is a visual artist, illustrator, animator, and director. Experimentation, freshness, and playfulness are key elements in his work, which strongly reflects in his finished pieces.

He co-founded the collective No-Domain, directing commercials for brands like Heineken, Seat and G4 Channel, among others. Whilst Martin was part of No-Domain, the New York based production company, Blacklist, Part of Psyop Inc, represented the collective. Psyop is a multi-awarded production company, and creators of iconic commercials such as Coca Cola’s Happy Factory Campaign and Crow for MTV.

Martin has participated in international events like Designmai (Berlin), Sperm (Prague), Mapping (Genève) and Sonar Festival Barcelona (editions of 2004 to 2007), touring with the festival as the official video performer.

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NICO CASAVECCHIA

NICO CASAVECCHIA is an Argentinian director, screenwriter and illustrator based in Brooklyn. His work employs mixed-media techniques ranging from animation to live action. His first feature film Finding Sofía, a live action narrative film, premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2016.

Nico directed A Boy and His Atom (2013), a stop-motion animated short lm created by IBM Research scientists. It was made by moving carbon monoxide molecules, and is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s smallest stop-motion film.

Nico’s work has been showcased in festivals like Sundance, SXSW, BAFICI, Siggraph, Viedram (Rome), Holland Film Festival, Ars Electronica, among others, and has collected Gold & Bronze statues in Cannes, Clio, AICP, and London LIA awards.

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TRAILER

SPACED OUT (France)

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From lead artist, Pyaré, SPACED OUT is an underwater VR experience using the revolutionary VR waterproof headset, DiVR by Ballast Technologies . It invites visitors to float on water while breathing with a snorkel, giving an illusion of being immersed onto the lunar surface.

SPACED OUT transports the visitors from earth to the moon, from water to space and from the first to the third person leaving body behind, to reach the moon and then its hollow center.

The trip crosses in a tunnel of lines and points, a trajectory of the Earth on the surface of the moon, where the last Apollo 11 mission landed. SPACED OUT’s narration is composed by original audio archives of the communication between the three astronauts and the mission control. The running audio track clashes with the abstract 3D visual representation of what the 19th century writers believed the moon looked like. The piece is like a magic trick: simulating absence of gravity it bypasses the brain’s predispositions for an immersion of all senses.

CREATORS

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PYARÉ

Pierre “Pyaré” Friquet is a digital artist based in France and India who creates immersive experiences. Fascinated by immersive technologies since 2010, Pyaré has created more than a dozen VR fictions, documentaries, music videos, and dome- and location-based experiences. His VR original fiction (co-created with Ando Shah) Jet Lag won the Best Live-Action Experience Award at the Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival.

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STILTSVILLE VR (USA)

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Seeming to float above Miami's Biscayne Bay shallow seagrass beds, Stiltsville has a colorful history that dates back to the 1930s, when "Crawfish Eddie Walker" built the first shack on stilts above the water. Told in the style of a time travelling journal, with puzzles solved, games played, images captured and clues discovered, the Oculus Quest experience, will guide us through the houses, their history, their underwater sea life colonies and introduce us to their colorful caretakers. From 29 houses, to 7 and most recently to 6, these fascinating houses have weathered historic and nature turmoil, not unlike Miami itself. The houses have influenced many talented architects, who are using their ingenuity as the blueprint for sustainable structures, where the sea is taking over the land. Now at the mercy of sea level rise and climate change, they are living on borrowed time and will remain preserved in posterity in a virtual world.

CREATED BY: FilmGate Miami & Jose Guzman, Lien Tran, and Clay Ewing of nerdlab.miami

DIRECTED BY: Diliana Alexander

WRITTEN BY: Diliana Alexander

PRODUCED BY: FilmGate Miami

DEVELOPER: Jose Guzman

3D ARTIST: Segundo Correas

TYPE: Prototype

DEVICE: Oculus Quest

LENGTH: 5 minutes

PLAY AREA: 4 x 8 ft

CREATORS

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DILIANA ALEXANDER

Diliana is an award winning interactive storytelling producer and director, who hails from Toronto, Canada and now lives in Miami, Florida. In 2012, she founded FilmGate Miami a not-for-profit production studio, supporting innovative storytellers who craft independent narratives. She is also the Founder and the Executive Director of the annual FilmGate Interactive, a Festival that focuses on interactive and immersive storytelling and the tech that empowers it. In 2017, she founded the Downtown Media Center, a co-working space for media related businesses. Hosting pitching sessions, workshops, panels, interactive screenings, virtual reality experiences and networking events. Diliana is an experienced speaker and festival organizer and is currently producing the experience Stiltsville VR.

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JOSÉ GUZMAN

José is passionate about the entire video game industry, from the artistic elements that create different atmospheres and worlds to the logical part behind the main core mechanics’ functionality. He also enjoys creating interactive worlds and simple solutions to complex problems.

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SEGUNDO CORREAS

Segundo Correas is a 3D artist from Argentina. He started his career doing architectural renderings, which helped him realize his passion for 3D and convinced him to move to Miami to study Game Art and work in Video Games.

He loves to bring environments, props, and characters to life through sculpting, modeling and texturing.

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PAULINA CAMPO HAEUSLER

Paulina is a Filmmaker from Colombia. Her main focus is on editing and screenwriting. She currently coordinates Stiltsville VR for Filmgate Miami.

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