The Pulse, one of Australia’s leading creative studios, is helping to define the future of virtual reality entertainment by creating the country’s first long format VR action series. ‘Remember’ is a narrative of 13 x 20 minute episodes exploring humankind’s relationship and reliance on technology and the influence it has on our identity.
The first episode recently premiered at the 2016 International Film Festival & Awards, Macau. It has now been released globally in English and Mandarin and is available in 4K streaming video compatible for all VR headsets.
‘Remember’ is a collaboration between The Pulse, Pioneer AR/VR Studio and LENS Immersive.
The Pulse is a creative studio working internationally from bases in Sydney and Hong Kong. LENS Immersive, founded in Sydney Australia by Yan Chen and Travis Rice, is a video streaming infrastructure and VR distribution platform. Pioneer VR/AR Studios, meanwhile, is based in Hong Kong, and is the studio arm and sister company to LENS Immersive. It is the world’s first Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality film studio, with ‘Remember’ as its inaugural release.
Featuring Rosie Lourde (Starting From Now), Roger Sciberras (Fool’s Gold) and the voices of Cam Ralph (Blinky Bill) land Paige Walker, ‘Remember’ was filmed on location in Australia and Macau. Executive Producers were Brett Heil, and Tracey Taylor as well as Travis Rice, Jay Chun and Yan Chen. The Pulse team included Producer Shane Fernandez and Directors George Kacevski and Frederic Simard.
“Virtual reality has not only allowed us to expand on how we tell stories but also how we engage with stories,” said the show’s creator George Kacevski. “We believe Virtual Reality is a medium for conveying different degrees of storytelling, rather than a genre. It has opened up a new set of tools to increase immersion and explore worlds in a much more empathetic and meaningful way.”
The first episode of the sci-fi series, entitled ‘Sarah’, follows a grieving mother who is new to Remember, a virtual reality memory re-creation system. Learning to use the software she begins to create and re-live long lost memories. In a world at war and with her son missing, she escapes her reality by immersing herself in her past and with the encouragement of Remember, she begins to manipulate her memories, creating perfect moments in time. As time passes, she struggles to differentiate her virtual experiences from reality and upon discovering a fragment that sparks a connection to her son she is forced to fight for her most pure memories.
The remaining 12 episodes are currently in development with an anticipated 2017 release.
The trailer for ‘Remember’ is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HClwhwgAkfU
‘Remember’ is exclusively available via the LENS platform www.lens-immersive.com