Follow the White Rabbit (VR Film)
VR Film "Follow the White Rabbit" (2016) is among the world's first live-action, interactive VR movies using real-time rendering technology. Produced by VFX (visual special effects) company 'Dexter Studios', and directed by Korean filmmaker Chae, Soo-eung, professionally known as Chuck Chae, (채수응, 蔡洙应), 'Follow the White Rabbit' was created in Seoul, South Korea. The film features actresses Jung Da-bin and Canadian Kelly Frances as sole character "An huisu". Additionally, Frances voiced all multi-character effects.
To accommodate the film's distinct technological aspects, a customized device known as "HOMI" accompanied by VR "viewers" were designed by Chae. HOMI is described as a moveable, 'chair-like' apparatus which provides what has been described as a "rollercoaster-like experience of interactive story-telling" for moviegoers. Chae's roles and contributions include VR narrative, motion design, script, casting, film and dubbing direction.
Production officials described the movie as a combination of live-action stereoscopic 3D and real-time rendering technique.
Following numerous showings at exhibitions and festivals, including the 21st Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and The 2017 VR Summit, the film was selected for screening at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in the VR genre
The total run-time is 10 minutes, providing a "movement and virtual world" experience to filmgoers.
Plot and Inspiration
Using VR motifs inspired by Ruiz Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' in design and theme, Korean actress Jung Da-bin (known for her appearance as "The Baskin-Robbins Ice cream girl") portrays the Korean character (An huisu); a young girl who occasionally engages in 'breaking the fourth wall' technique to share her thoughts. Akin to Carroll's "Alice" , An Huisu finds herself suddenly shrinking, and is transported into a world of wonders where she experiences and shares an internal journey.
The English version was produced for global audiences and voiced by Canadian voice actress Kelly Frances. Frances is best known in Korean language film for appearances on SBS variety show 'English King Korea' as mentor to Television Personality Kim Na-young.
The first English language viewing will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival, whereas the Korean language format is commonly used for exhibition in Korea with exception to globally targeted events.
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