John Travolta Stars in “SPEED KILLS VR,” Series Released On Several Platform
Coming off a massive win for the Best Feature Film VR 2018 at Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley this past month, the cinematic virtual reality episodic experience ‘Speed Kills VR’ has been officially released today, April 25th 2018.
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Staring John Travolta, Kathleen Winnick, Kellan Lutz, and many other stars, the 360 degree experience was shot alongside the feature film, which will be out in the coming months, and offers a unique perspective inside the life of a notorious speed boat builder, who at one time made the fastest boats alive used by both the US Coast Guard and drug smugglers in the late 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s. Inspired by a true story the experience covers the rise and fall of this world champion and multi millionaire whose life showcased in VR is one of the first VR period drama’s to ever be released.
Created by TopDogVR the groundbreaking experience is 8 episodes at 7-9 minutes per episode covering immersive boat racing, mobster beatings, drug running and DEA chasing in 360 degree’s of action packed content. The VR series, produced by Richard Rionda Del Castro, Guy Griffithe and Travis Cloyd, was shot in Puerto Rico in the summer of 2017 to resemble Miami Beach in the early days of speed boat racing. Set to become available across the US, China, France, Korea and the rest of the international markets, Speed Kills VR provides over an hour of replayable cinematic VR content.
This award winning VR film is being delivered to a rapidly growing audience prime for mass adoption and new experiences. Especially with standalone headsets anticipated soon, the ease and comfort levels will only get better. More importantly for fans who have yet to jump into VR this film offers a high impact story with legendary Hollywood icons they’ve enjoyed for so many years on the big screen. In a world full of gaming and 2D content bringing entertainment and technology together to create these kind of cinematic VR experience’s to marketplace will open doors to the next wave in film making and give inside access to tell stories on a spherical canvas. Just like Speed Kills VR, providing extremely top level of artistic and creative vision as well as the highest level of technical VR experience to coexist along side feature films.
Travis Cloyd, who served as a producer and the director on the project and was also recently awarded VR Visionary of the year by Cinequest, discussed the project further, saying, “There are many challenges we face in the world of VR when story telling within this new medium especially when it involves top talent, real events, extreme shots and industry leaders. Luckily we had an amazing team, incredible cast, supportive community and a lot of great people which is what it takes to provide the audience with a new way to absorb impactful stories, but yet not effecting the bottom line.”
Speed Kills VR will be premiering at Marché Du Film Festival Du Cannes May 8-17 in France. The project’s release roll out, which begins today, will culminate with the series being available on platforms including Google DayDream, Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, Oculus Rift, HTC Viveport.