‘Spheres: Songs Of Spacetime’ Becomes The First Ever VR Film To Be Brokered For Seven-Figure At Sundance New Frontier
This year at the Sundance Film Festival, we got to witness some amazing and beautiful VR films through the New Frontier Exhibit. People from all over the world gathered to celebrate the storytellers and the genius that goes behind creating these works of art. One of those standout VR films this year was Spheres: Songs of Spacetime directed by Eliza McNitt.
Spheres: Songs of Spacetime has become the first ever VR film to be acquired for seven figure digits out of the New Frontier section at the Sundance Film Festival. It was announced that a new VR financing and distribution venture, CityLights, has acquired SPHERES, a three-part virtual reality series, Executive Produced by Protozoa Pictures’ Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and produced by Jess Engel, Arnaud Colinart, and Dylan Golden.
Spheres: Songs of Spacetime is narrated by none other than Jessica Chastain from Interstellar and The Martian.
The full series will debut on the Oculus Rift in 2018, after which CityLights will expand the distribution of the series. SPHERES was created with support from Oculus and Intel.Secured on Kaleidoscope, a funding platform for immersive art and entertainment, the deal is the first ever seven-figure agreement for a virtual reality film brokered during the Sundance Film Festival, marking new territory for the burgeoning medium.In a statement today it was announced that a new VR financing and distribution venture, CityLights, has acquired SPHERES, a three-part virtual reality series, Executive Produced by PROTOZOA PICTURES’ Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and produced by Jess Engel, Arnaud Colinart, and Dylan Golden.
Songs of Spacetime is the first episode out of three where you are invited to check out the heart of a black hole and uncover the hidden songs of the cosmos. This is an interactive VR experience where you will discover the gravitational waves and how it transform the universe.
“Spheres explores the songs of the cosmos,” said Eliza Mcnitt. “Most people think Space is silent – 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.”
“We’re incredibly excited to work with Eliza and the entire team on Spheres,” said CityLights co-founder Joel Newton. “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.”
The series, presented by Oculus Studios and Protozoa Pictures, features original music from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of SURVIVE (Stranger Things) with sound design by Craig Henighan.
The Spheres series is directed by Eliza McNitt, presented by Oculus Studio & Protozoa Pictures. It is produced by Jess Engel, Arnaud Colinart, and Dylan Golden in association with Kaleidoscope. Production companies are AtlasV, Crimes of Curiosity & Novelab and made with support from Intel.