Spheres: Songs of Spacetime has become the first VR film to snag seven-figure deal at the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier section.
The three-part series, set in space, was acquired by a new VR financing and distribution venture, CityLights. After Spheres premieres on Oculus rift later this year, CityLights will expand distribution elsewhere.
The first episode of the series–the one which debuted at Sundance–invites viewers to visit the heart of a black hole.
Spheres was directed by Eliza McNitt, narrated by Jessica Chastain, and presented by Oculus Studio & Protozoa Pictures. It was executive produced by Protozoa Pictures’ Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and produced by Jess Engel, Arnaud Colinart, and Dylan Golden, and made with support from Intel. The series also features original music from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of SURVIVE (Stranger Things) with sound design by Craig Henighan.
“This is a historic moment for the VR industry; it signifies that a viable storytelling medium has emerged,” Engel told Wired Magazine. “Deals like this establish VR as it’s own marketplace for independent creators, producers, and investors.”
We couldn’t agree more.