Thrilling New 'Immersion' Sci-Fi Short Film from Raphael Rogers
"I'm going to fight my way out of this world!" There seems to be an oncoming trend with sci-fi involving virtual worlds, e.g. Second Life, most likely thanks to growing interest in virtual reality via Oculus Rift. A new short film called Immersion, written & directed by Raphael Rogers, has debuted online and it's a techno-thriller (though I probably shouldn't call it that) kind of inspired by The Matrix and Tron, about a virtual gaming platform called "Immersion". This 7 minute sci-fi short starts out pretty good, then gets a little choppy in the second half, almost as if he's trying to give us hints at a bigger story in the full-length feature. Which may be what's really going on anyway, another unique short hinting at the potential of more. It looks pretty cool and I'm intrigued by the premise, though I wish the story in the short was a bit clearer.
Synopsis from Vimeo: Immersion has taken the world by storm. Initially created as a virtual gaming platform more enticing than reality, its simulations have become so convincing that criminals are now being treated as patients inside virtual reality. Pairing the worlds of Immersion with nanotechnology has unlocked the key to modifying brain behavior. We can now cure a murderer, heal an addict. But change can happen both ways. The short is written & directed by Raphael Rogers (see more of his work), with cinematography by Brendan Uegama, starring Stevie Hendrix, Emilie Ullerup, Brad Simanski and Ryan Caldwell. See the behind-the-scenes video here. It was shot with Red Epic and Sony a7s primarily, with one 5DIII shot. "All the VFX was done by two of us using After Effects." I'm up for more. Thoughts?