Master Media to premiere cinematic VR project

Upcoming short film is a mix of CG and live action in stereoscopic 360
Hasan R. Sayed Hasan, managing director at Master Media.
Hasan R. Sayed Hasan, managing director at Master Media.

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Master Media and Realvision have joined forces on creating a new flavour of cinematic Virtual Reality content, with the short movie “Dirrogate - A Cinematic VR novel”. A first in VR, the short film is a mix of CG and live action in stereoscopic 360.

With the new buzzword in Hollywood being “Cinematic VR”, top studios arescrambling to learn all there is to know in order to create cinematic VR movies that encompass immersive storytelling with visuals that envelop audiences.

Watching a movie shot with a camera system that captures the entire 360 field of view, on a Virtual Reality headset or Head-Mounted Display (HMD), creates an experience that rivals even large-scale cinema screens. However, there is an acute lack of compelling Cinematic 360 3D content.

Hasan R. Sayed Hasan, managing director at Master Media, comments: “Master Media’s team has been on the forefront of utilising and implementing the latest and upcoming technologies, from setting up in 2004 the first tapeless broadcasting facility then the first HDTV studios in the Arab world in 2009, to the first and only Stereoscopic 3D lab in the MENA region in 2011. Master Media is now leading the way with another innovative initiative through venturing into Virtual Reality content development and production”.

'Dirrogate: A Cinematic VR novel', breaks new ground in visual storytelling and is based on the 2013 hard sci-fi novel 'Memories with Maya'.

Clyde DeSouza, author of the book and partner at RealVision, says: “Virtual Reality is the perfect medium to re-create visually the ideas from the pages of 'Memories with Maya'. A.I., digital immortality and “the wizer” - a fictional sunglasses-like VR headset - are themes explored in the book, and they come to life in this VR novel."

The short film is approximately 10 minutes in length, and features original composed music, binaural audio, and a mix of CG and live action in stereoscopic 360 – a first in VR. It will playback on VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift, GearVR, Vive, and Google Cardboard, through which audiences wil "enter" the pages of the graphic novel, and become part of the scene as the action unfolds around them.

'Dirrogate- A Cinematic VR novel' is produced by Master Media and is slated for a late September release this year.

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