The guy who saved humankind from vampires time and again (and looked cool doing it) is about to save us from aliens, as Wesley Snipes will be appearing the the upcoming interactive short The Recall VR Abduction, which takes place in the same universe as the upcoming feature length film The Recall.
From the Press Release:
Action movie veteran Wesley Snipes will star in his first virtual reality project, THE RECALL VR ABDUCTION, scheduled for release this summer 2017. In this VR film experience, Snipes is interacting with the user through the eyes of another cast member played by R.J. Mitte (Breaking Bad’s Walt Jr.), to pursue death-defying adventures in a world facing alien invasion. This standalone transmedia piece exists in the same universe as the feature-length film, THE RECALL, and features the same cast. The Recall is produced by Mind’s Eye Entertainment who has teamed up with VMI Worldwide, Bridgegate Pictures, Invico Capital, , Talking Dog Studios and SkyVR, to create this virtual reality piece that places viewers in this storyworld colored by extraterrestrial terror.
THE RECALL VR ABDUCTION, a 10 minute VR film, will subject the viewer to the sci-fi tension through Mitte’s eyes, as he and his friends first encounter Snipes’ mysterious character. Directed by Mauro Borelli, the experience serves as a stand-alone transmedia story, and alongside Snipes, features Jedidiah Goodacre, Niko Pepaj, Laura Maria Bilgeri, and Hannah Rose May.
Snipes was eager to highlight the innovative challenges of working in this dynamic medium for the first time. “The cool thing is that for theater actors, or thespians, this is a great format, because shooting in VR is similar to shooting a play, or performing a play,” explained Snipes. “You don’t have the luxury of cuts, and short takes, and do overs. You have to be on your game, and since everything is in the shot, everyone else needs to be on their game at the same time.”
HE RECALL VR ABDUCTION is currently set for release prior to the feature, but with multiple endings different from the feature this makes for a very unique standalone experience. In addition, audiences will be able to delve even further into the production process, through several VR and 360 behind-the-scenes clips that will be released in the coming months via THE RECALL film social media accounts on Facebook 360 and YouTube 360.
“This will change the way we hear about movies and rewrite the way we package content. Viewers today are smarter and have access to more content right at their fingertips not just to watch the movie, but live in the realm and watch the feature through this new medium,” – VR Producer Travis Cloyd.
“We are excited about the opportunity to team with Wesley Snipes, Talking Dog Studios and SkyVR to tell this story in a virtual reality format outside of the traditional feature experience.” – Minds Eye Entertainment CEO and Producer Kevin DeWalt.
“VR is one of the most innovative technologies to come of age in recent years. We are proud to all come together and lead this technology into the future,” – Bridgegate Pictures, Executive Producer Guy Griffithe.
Feature film production on The Recall was made in multiple formats including BARCO Escape and made possible through the Creative Saskatchewan Screen-Based Media Production Grant Program, with the participation of the Province of British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit and Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.