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Ashes to Ashes

What started out as an experiment during the Dutch VR Days 2015 grew into the full blown VR production, Ashes to Ashes. The surreal VR short about a dysfunctional family premiered in November where it all started, at the VR Days. Now touring festivals, Ashes will launch online in 2017.

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Ashes to Ashes is a surreal, tragicomedy in virtual reality about how a dysfunctional family handles the dying wish of their grandfather. Seen through the ‘eyes’ of the deceased –the urn containing the ashes– this ten-minute VR film gives a unique point of view on a bizarre set of family relationships that are ready to blow up. We witness how each family member drops their pretences to reveal the full extent of their dishonesty. Ultimately, Ashes to Ashes is about choosing your own reality, your imagination, your world.

With Ashes to Ashes we wanted to explore how visual storytelling works in a filmed 360 3D world. And, as part of this exploration, we invited three directors from different professional backgrounds to join forces; Steye Hallema (VR), Ingejan Ligthart Schenk (theatre), and Jamille van Wijngaarden (film). Benjamin de Wit, co-organizer of the VR Days, is the initiator and executive producer of the project. The film is written by Anne Barnhoorn, one of the most awarded screenwriters in The Netherlands.

Ashes to Ashes is a co-production between Submarine Channel and AVROTROS – the largest Dutch broadcaster, in collaboration with production house WeMakeVR – a pioneer in the Dutch VR scene, Jaunt VR – world leader in cinematic VR, Force Field VR – a company specialized in 3D content for VR and AR, and Big Orange – a sound studio with a track record in spatial audio.


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