What started out last year as the Dutch VR Days cinematic VR experiment grew out to become a full blown VR Production! To premiere a year later at VR Days Europe – a lot can happen in one year and we are proud of it. This night Ashes to Ashes will have it’s world premiere.
Ashes to Ashes is a surreal, tragicomedy in virtual reality about how a dysfunctional family handles the dying wish of their grandfather. Seen through the ‘eyes’ of the deceased –the urn containing the ashes– this short VR film gives a unique point of view on a bizarre set of family relationships that are ready to blow up. We witness how each family member drops their pretenses to reveal the full extent of their dishonesty. Ultimately, Ashes to Ashes is about choosing your own reality, your imagination, your world.
With Ashes to Ashes we wanted to explore how visual storytelling works in a filmed 360 3D world. And, as part of this exploration, we invited three directors from different professional backgrounds to join forces; Steye Hallema (VR), Ingejan Ligthart Schenk (theatre), and Jamille van Wijngaarden (film). Benjamin de Wit is the creative producer and initiator of the project. The film is written by Anne Barnhoorn, one of the best and most awarded screenwriters in The Netherlands.
Ashes to Ashes is an initiative of Benjamin de Wit, Submarine Channel and AVROTROS – the largest Dutch broadcaster, production house WeMakeVR – a pioneer in the Dutch VR scene. In collaboration with Force Field VR – a company specialized in 3D content for VR and AR, Jaunt VR – world leader in cinematic VR, and Big Orange – a sound studio with a track record in spatial audio.
On invitation only!