The first-ever VR adaption of a Philip K. Dick story uses traditional filmmaking techniques to evoke its cautionary message of worshiping technology

Entertainment One’s (eOne) Emmy® Award-winning studio Secret Location is taking its powerful cinematic narrative, The Great C,to mobile audiences. The first-ever virtual reality (VR) adaptation of legendary author Philip K. Dick (The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – the inspiration for Blade Runner), is now available on Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream. In addition to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift owners, millions of mobile VR users can now experience the 37-minute dramatic sci-fi adventure featuring a poignant storyline, stunning visuals and powerful soundtrack scored by Grammy-nominatedmulti-platinum producer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL.

“Philip K. Dick’s cautionary tale on the pitfalls of worshiping technology is especially relevant in today’s society and our adaptation of The Great C stands strong as an example of how a VR narrative can be riveting while still conveying an important message,” said Ryan Andal, president of Secret Location. “We hope to introduce The Great C’s truly cinematic production value and storytelling to the millions of mobile VR users seeking a new sci-fi adventure to experience.”

Secret Location’s Vusr Publisher, a customizable white-label VR content management and distribution platform, allowed for seamless porting of The Great C onto mobile VR devices. Through Vusr Publisher, creators and publishers can easily publish, distribute and monetize their content from a centralized dashboard and release to their own branded applications on major head-mounted displays. 

The Great C transports viewers into a post-apocalyptic landscape where humanity’s remnants are ruled over by an all-powerful supercomputer known as the Great C. Each year, the nearby village is forced to send a young person on a pilgrimage to appease the mysterious machine – a journey from which no one ever returns. The story revolves around 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.

Secret Location utilizes traditional filmmaking techniques throughout The Great C in areas such as editing, composition, and story structure, bringing a uniquely robust and visceral narrative to VR. This cinematic language is melded with real-time, room scale, characters and environments to engage audiences in a fully realized, next generation-level of storytelling tailormade for VR. The Great C premiered last year at the Venice Film Festival with additional screenings at the Chicago Film Festival, and FEFFS in France.

The Great C is available now for $5.99 USD on mobile devices including Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream, as well as theOculus Rift and HTC Vive. This title has not been rated. Secret Location produced The Great C with the support of the Canadian Media Fund.

Additional information on The Great C:

Check out the mobile VR app on: Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream

Check out the PC VR store pages: Steam, Oculus Rift and Viveport

Follow Secret Locationon Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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 specialises 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 international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment and Renegade 83; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; innovative music platform Audio Network; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

Author: VR Reporter

I am a hi-tech enthusiast, VR evangelist, and a Co-founder & Chief Director at Virtual Reality Reporter!

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