MansLaughter

MansLaughter, an experiment in theatrical VR

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MansLaughter

An Experiment in Theatrical VR

Four people in tangled relationships learn a man who's won a $265 Million Mega Lotto is waiting to turn in the ticket. Delay is not his friend, nor are the other four as his caution gives them time for deception, double-cross and murder in order to claim the ticket for themselves. But who will end up with the money? Pay attention all around you to find out.

In this revolutionary, original, experimental film, you'll have a never-seen-before experience. After putting on a Samsung GearVR (virtual reality headgear), you'll find yourself in a virtual world, amid a web of lies and murder. Here time is collapsed and four scenes (that would otherwise happen on different days in the real world) happen simultaneously all around you. Watch it several times to unravel who is setting up whom in order to steal the winning ticket.

Press Coverage

Production Design

The concept for the experimental, four-way VR production arose out of perfectionism and necessity.  We were already heavily engaged in Blue Highway in 2014, having developed it for both stage and screen the year prior. It was a logical choice for our first VR film, but the 360 degree spherical cameras available at the time simply couldn't produce sufficient quality images. Thus writer/director David Marlett and a group of game design/tech engineers asked the question, Ok, what can we do?

From that limitation came opportunity as we devised a means for shooting four scenes, each about 80˙ wide, then laying them into a fully-white environment, with sufficient room (in this case about 10˚) between each of the four scenes.  The question then became one of camera, stage and, oh yeah, a cool story.  The theatrical experiment was then conceived, and from that, MansLaughter was written, produced, edited, and distributed, all within six months during 2015.

Three of the four simultaneously running scenes.

Three of the four simultaneously running scenes.

Early Stage Designs and Renderings

Production Stills