Start Beyond will premiere their original project Awake at this year's South by Southwest. This interactive cinematic VR experience demonstrates Start Beyond's fusion of Hollywood cinema with emerging virtual reality technologies, to create interactive cinematic experiences for traditional movie audiences.
The idea behind Awake was developed by Start Beyond Chief Content Officer, Martin Taylor, over several years. It is the character-driven, volumetric VR narrative that captures audiences in a truly emotionally transformative way.
Jake McDorman is Harry, a misjudged, isolated man haunted by memories of his beloved wife Rose (Analeigh Tipton). Through spatial narrative, object interaction and exploration of realms beyond the physical, audiences uncover the mystery surrounding Harry’s past.
Created with financial partners Screen Australia and HTC Vive, Awake is a thought-provoking and character-driven series that takes audiences on a journey through space, time and existence. This unique cinematic story was co-produced by animation and VFX studio Animal Logic, and features creative collaboration with Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture Studios, Mike Jones and Christian Cantamessa.
Awake will be shown at South by Southwest's Virtual Cinema: a custom-built space for showcasing the best of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality. Slated for public release late March, Awake will be available for the HTC VIVE and Microsoft’s Mixed Reality headset, with other headsets to be announced.