MULTI-PLATINUM COMPOSER JUNKIE XL TO SCORE UPCOMING VR CINEMATIC, THE GREAT C
“Award-winning artist Junkie XL taps into his extensive musical background to score the upcoming Philip K. Dick VR adaptation “
Entertainment One’s (eOne) Emmy® Award-winning studio Secret Location announced its collaboration with Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, who is scoring its upcoming cinematic virtual reality (VR) narrative, The Great C. Featuring a poignant storyline, stunning environmental design and an expressive soundtrack, The Great C is adapted from a Philip K. Dick – The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – the inspiration for Blade Runner – short story of the same name.
“I’m always looking for new technological advancements or mediums to experiment with in my composition work and The Great C was a unique project to explore VR, a really exciting new space with huge cinematic potential,” said Holkenborg. “I love being at the cutting edge and The Great C allowed me to really push the envelope of what a film viewing and listening experience can be.”
Holkenborg, who’s recent film scoring credits include Mad Max Fury Road, Deadpool and Peter Jackson’s forthcoming Mortal Engines, composed The Great C soundtrack with a dark intensity that fluctuates between brooding ambient movements and powerful blasts of electronic fury. Each of The Great C’s 37-minutes are emotionally elevated by Holkenborg’s backing tracks, which were recorded and written to enhance viewers’ time with the VR experience through the lens of his extensive knowledge of both classical and modern musical structures.
“Junkie XL’s reputation precedes him. We knew from the beginning that having him compose The Great C’s soundtrack would be a best-case scenario that takes our work to the next level,” said Ryan Andal, President and Co-Founder of Secret Location. “Pairing a strong Philip K. Dick story with Junkie XL’s atmospheric soundtrack, and then wrapping it all up in an intense filmic experience has made The Great C an unmissable title we feel is indicative of a new wave of VR content that better shows the medium’s potential.”
The Great C follows Clare, a young woman who finds her life upended when her fiancé is summoned for this year’s pilgrimage. Forced to leave the safe confines of her village, Clare must now decide whether to accept the rules of this harsh society or fight against the oppressive reality of her world.
The Great C, which premiered at this year’s prestigious Venice Film Festival, will be offered as a timed-exclusive at select location-based venues beginning this September. It will also be available for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation®VR, with an expected release in Q4 2018. This title is not yet rated. Secret Location produced The Great C with the support of the Canadian Media Fund.
About Secret Location
Founded in 2009 and acquired by Entertainment One (eOne) in 2016, Secret Location is reshaping the virtual reality (VR) industry by combining cutting-edge technology with traditional storytelling. Secret Location created the first original serialized VR narrative and is the first company in the world to win a Primetime Emmy Award for a VR project. Secret Location also in-house developed Vusr, a cloud-based content management system that offers solutions to several challenges in VR distribution such as monetization and managing location-based experiences.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes Makeready with Brad Weston; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment and Renegade 83; live entertainment leaders Round Room Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library, valued at US$1.7 billion (as at 31 March 2017), is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 80,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.