VR (Virtual Reality) film is a video creation medium that has emerged in recent years and impacted the mainstream. When the Venice International Film Festival, one of the world's three major film festivals, established the Venice Immersive section in 2016, VR programs and productions have emerged from all over the world, symbolizing that the VR era has officially begun.
Unlike traditional films, which are watched from a single location, VR films are characterized by the use of panoramic shooting technology, which allows the audience to be immersed in a 360-degree film through a head-mounted VR device. The subjective and passive storyline, the sense of immediacy of the sound and images that follow the movement of the head, and the sense of participation and empathy in watching the film rise to a whole new level, making VR films synonymous with "immersive experience".
While filming equipment and technology have been driving the evolution of film aesthetics, the full-speed development of VR films has never slowed down, with the "Interactive VR" with joystick and optional features, "Mixed Reality MR" that mixes virtual content with reality in real time, and "Room-scale VR'' that emphasizes the sense of spatiality and the freedom to explore. These kinds of new forms offer greater interactivity and have become a major trend for creators to explore the possibilities of cinema.
"Rewind" and "Fast Forward" - two important buttons on the VCR when playing a film. Inspired by this, two series of short-term exhibitions, "Rewind Macao" and "Looking Forward", will be held in the exhibition space on the 3rd floor of the Cinematheque・Passion. Following the first exhibition of the "Rewind Macao" series, "Freeze The Moments - Akimoto Chan's Film Stills Exhibition", the "Looking Forward" series, which introduces cutting-edge works from overseas, presents the first exhibition of the "Immerse - VR Film Experiential Exhibition", hoping that the immersive cinematic sensation of VR will allow us to open our eyes and ears, and to be mesmerized by the illusion of stimulating the imagination of the images.
The exhibition "Immerse - VR Film Experiential Exhibition" returns to the VR360 format, which emphasizes pure viewing, and features two VR works with different aesthetics and dialogues with reality:
【2024.2.6 - 2024.3.31】
Chroma 11, a VR work directed by Tsang Tsui-shan, centers on the symbiotic creation/relationship between dance artists Aaron Khek Ah Hock and his partner Ix Wong Thien-pau, and reconstructs in the VR medium a reunion of two people who have been separated from each other but who are still in a state of virtual reality. In addition to Chroma 11, the exhibition also features the short film Ward 11, a linear narrative concept that highlights the transition and experimentation of Tsang's work from traditional film narration to VR.
【2024.4.1 - 2024.5.8】
Dutch transmedia creator Adriaan Lokman uses a linear aesthetic to recreate the seemingly ordinary day of the protagonist in Flow. When the protagonist wakes up from a dream, the movement of people, traffic, breath, and gusts of wind, all around her appear in front of her eyes in a series of sometimes concrete, sometimes abstract lines. Blurring reality and dream, Flow seems to open the viewer's eyes to the heavens and reacquaint them with everyday life in VR video.
2022 / Color / 13’ / Hong Kong / In Cantonese and English, with no Subtitles
Director: Tsang Tsui-shan
★2022 Venice Immersive section, Venice International Film Festival, Italy
★2023 VR Cinema in 28th ifva Festival, Hong Kong
★2023 Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic
Chroma 11 is a Virtual Reality immersive experience based on the true story of lost love. As an extension of the dance documentary film Ward 11, which documented the heart-rending last days of dance artist Aaron Khek Ah Hock and his partner Ix Wong Thien-pau. Through clips of rearranged memories and volumetric video captured by DepthKit, the creative team strives to reconstruct a reunion of the parted souls in the form of a duo dance after life.
The idea of Chroma 11 comes from that of a dance with the dead. The border between life and death can be wide but also blurred. Taking user’s experience into consideration, filmmaker Tsang Tsui-shan hopes that the boundless love between lx and Hock can touch participants, using the specific quality of the Virtual Reality (VR) to create a dance work that lies between reality and unreality.
Quota: 3 persons per screening (Free Admission)
* The entire experience is 40 minutes long
* Please be sure to arrive on time after registration;
* All participants must be at least 120cm tall; children aged 7 to 12 should be accompanied by their parents.
Screening Info (must read before registration)
- VR Screenings are not recommended for children under the age of 7 as their eyesight may still be developing. Children aged 7 or above require to have a body height of 120 cm or above. Guardian will be required to accompany children who are aged between 7 to 12.
- Please follow the instruction of staff to put on the screening device. Please inform the staff immediately if any problem.
- Most glasses are suitable for VR headset, though we recommend audiences to put on contact lenses for a better viewing experience.
- In order to show the films in their best quality, Chinese subtitles may not be provided in some films. Chinese/English dialogue sheet will be offered at the venues.
- Dizziness and nausea may happen to some audience during screenings. Please make sure your physical and mental health condition is capable for VR screenings before starting the experience. The event will take no responsibility for the similar situation.
- If you do not feel well during screenings, please raise your hand for assistance immediately. Our staff will provide assistance and stop the screening if needed.
- Food and drinks are not allowed inside any of the screening venues.
- Mobile phones will need to turn sound off during screenings. No recordings are allowed.
- In the event of breakdown of equipment, or any other unexpected circumstance which stop the operation, the VR film screenings will be postponed.