Light Sail VR Summons Demons in ‘Speak of the Devil’ VR Experience, in Collaboration With Google Jumpstart
Hollywood-based virtual reality (VR) studio Light Sail VR today announced the debut of its first original IP: an interactive VR horror experience “Speak of the Devil.” With live-action cinematic visuals and game engine-powered interactivity, “Speak of the Devil” brings a dark and sinister twist to the choose-your-own adventure tale in VR. With 12 fatal paths and one way out, viewers are in control of the narrative as they explore and come across different paths that lead them to their bloodcurdling fate.
Speak of the Devil stars actors Michael Grant Terry (Bones, The Archer, Grimm), Taylor Murphy-Sinclair (Fame Dogs) and Mick Ignis (The Sandman, Neighbors 3: Zombies Rising, Hocus Pocus: I Put a Spell on You), and was developed in association with Google’s Jumpstart program, which connects filmmakers with top production resources to create high-quality original VR experiences.
The VR experience will be available to download for Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream headsets for $2.99. The experience will later be available for HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift.
Viewers are transported to a camping ground in the middle of a forest from the perspective of a single camper. They are interrupted by Lindsey (Murphy-Sinclair) and Brian (Terry), a couple setting up a tent nearby.
The couple discloses that the purpose of their camping trip is to conduct research for Lindsey’s Ph.D thesis on lost civilizations, including one within those same woods. Lindsey’s infatuation with the the supernatural leads to a discovery that awakens demonic horrors. The viewer is then left to explore the woods and discover petrifying and unforeseen paths.
Speak of the Devil was shot with the GoPro Odyssey throughout 50 locations in Big Bear, CA, and is one of the first live-action 360 horror experiences to be shot in daylight. The experience and choose-your-own path style narrative leverage the unique viewpoint and capabilities of VR.
The script was written by Light Sail VR’s Creative Director/Co-Founder Matthew Celia, who closely collaborated with Co-Founder/Executive Producer Robert Watts to create a layout that strategically interconnects each narrative path, building a unique experience that places the story and audience first.
This project was also in collaboration with LumaForge Systems, who supplied its high-performance storage services, and Wemersive who provided app development, hosting and streaming.
Title: “Speak of the Devil”
Production Company: Light Sail VR
Director: Matthew Celia
Executive Producer: Robert Watts
Writer: Matthew Celia
Story by: Robert Watts, Matthew Celia, Katie Celia
Camera: shot on GoPro Odyssey-courtesy of Google Jumpstart Program
Unity Development: The Oberon Group
App Development, hosting and streaming: Wemersive
Media Storage was sponsored by LumaForge
Makeup: Nocturnal Designz
Brian: Michael Grant Terry
Lindsey: Taylor Murphy-Sinclair
Demon: Mick Ignis
About Light Sail VR
Light Sail VR is a Hollywood-based VR production company taking the helm of the evolving field of cinematic virtual reality storytelling. At the entertainment-savvy studio, creative producers and 360 writer-directors collaborate on live-action experiences, bringing compelling narratives, dynamic characters and entrancing visuals to every kind of VR project. From powerful original content to high-profile branded pieces for the likes of Google, ABC, GoPro and Paramount, Light Sail VR’s work captivates audiences and garners millions of views on the web.
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