TopDogVR Announced Speed Kills VR Experience
TopDogVR just announced that Hannibal Pictures’ upcoming feature film, Speed Kills, was shot in standard format HD 4K as well as Virtual Reality, making the Speed Kills VR Experience the VR debut for Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner John Travolta, Kellan Lutz, Katheryn Winnick, and Jordi Mollà.
The cast and content of the Speed Kills VR experience is one of the most exciting VR features to be released to date, already pushing boundaries that have never been pushed before; it is one of the longest cinematic VR feature ever brought to the market, delivering over an hour of cinematic VR content.
The VR Experience also stars Speed Kills cast members Katheryn Winnick, Kellan Lutz, Tom Sizemore, Jordi Mollà, Jennifer Esposito, Matthew Modine, James Remar, Michael Weston, and Amaury Nolasco. With the incredible cast participating in the VR experience, viewers are bound to be on the edge of their seats in a cinematic VR experience for the ages and have stars in each scene offered.
TopDogVR, the production company of the Speed Kills VR Experience, collaborated with the filmmakers to produce over 60 minutes of immersive story-driven VR content. The VR experience will be cut into eight parts and delivered to VR platforms in episodic format within a customized movie-themed VR environment as a free downloadable app in late 2017. TopDogVR’s involvement in producing and financing the movie is extremely exciting, as they are paving the way to become the leader in VR content tied to feature films. Producers of the VR content include Richard Del Castro, Guy Griffithe, and Travis Cloyd.
The experience will make use of social media to help drive awareness for the feature film. Kellan Lutz, who plays Robbie Reemer, a speedboat racing, drug-running kingpin, was very excited to make his debut in his first VR film. Lutz states, “VR is the future for entertainment and this was my first time filming VR for a film and it was remarkable! It’s definitely different than filming a standard format feature; less time, smaller crew, and really innovative technology.”
In one scene, viewers will watch Lutz sling drug deals out at sea and get chased by the DEA while trying to offload his haul. With the use of VR drones and VR cameras strapped to speed boats racing on the open water, everybody should get excited for a new evolution of cinematic storytelling.
The Speed Kills VR Experience was directed by Travis Cloyd. “This will set the bar for celebrity-driven cinematic virtual reality,” said Cloyd. “Our goal is not only to drive an audience to go see the feature film, but also give them a unique experience as if they were side-by-side with these icons. How often can you stand next to a legend going 60 mph in a speedboat? Thanks to VR, this is finally a possibility, and we are excited to be crafting compelling, action-packed content for this medium.”
Speed Kills is inspired by the life of a speedboat racing champion who also created the most enduring boat brands in the industry, including Donzi Marine, Blue Thunder, and the legendary Cigarette. It is based on the book by Arthur J. Harris. The feature film, currently in post production, is being represented by Hannibal Classics Worldwide and will premiere Spring 2018.